Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moutlon

Title: Angelfire
Author: Courtney Allison Moutlon
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
E-ARC, 290 pages
Date Published: February 15, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.
Ellie used to be normal, with a normal family and normal friends, but with her 17th birthday quickly approaching, strange nightmares beat at the back of her mind. Then on the night she turns 17, Will, a boy who strikes déjà vu in her mind, turns up outside her house and literally opens her eyes to the world around her. Ellie has been reincarnated time and again as the Preliator, the one who stands against the demonic reapers of the world and with Will as her Guardian, the two must face down the evil that is eager to tear out her soul.

Courtney Allison Moulton has just made me fall in love…with an angel story. This is a rare feat, as I do not generally go for angel stories, but this one blew my socks off, stuck them in the dryer, and made them all toasty warm for me. Just the way I like em’! If that made no sense to you, it just means the book was awesome.

Angelfire offers something for everyone: action, romance, incredible world-building, and plenty of snarky dialogue. Ellie is badass, but not cold. Her human nature and emotional vulnerability make her easy to relate to and easy to like. Also, the fact that she names her oh so pretty Audi, Marshmallow, helps. Then there’s Will. Oh Will. If you follow me on Twitter you would have seen my readiness to throw down and fight over Will because he is so worth it. And, Ellie jokingly calls him Batman – who just so happens to be my favorite superhero – so Will is full of win. He’s also gorgeous and tough and willing to fight to the death, you know, to protect a girl (and the world). He’s exactly the right amount of tortured emo boy, but fun at the same time.

Courtney Allison Moulton surprised me with Angelfire. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did and I think her writing contributes a great deal to my love for the book. The snarky banter between Ellie and Will never gets old and the dialogue in general flows so well. Ellie is hilarious at times, but breaks down as well. She feels very, very real. I’m more than eager to see where the story goes, what happens with the bad guy, and how Ellie further deals with her mess of a life.

Opening line: I stared out the classroom window and longed for freedom, wanting to be anywhere in the world other than gaping up at my economics teacher like the rest of my classmates. ~ pg. 11

Favorite lines: This is why I love Will: “Ellie, you need to understand,” he said softly. “I exist only to serve you and fight by your side. Whether that fighting is to preserve your life or to make sure you smile, that is what I am built to do. You’re all I have, and I will watch over you forever.” ~ pg. 136
And I love this line:
“So no, love doesn’t make you blind. It paralyzes you until you can’t breathe or run away from it.” ~ pg. 145
*This is the e-ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may be subject to change before official publication
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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7 comments:

Khadija said...

Sounds really awesome! I have an e-book of this for review and I've been hearing a lot of good things about it so I'm exited to read Angelfire. I really enjoyed your review! :)

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Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Khadija - You HAVE to read it! I was so surprised by how much I loved Angelfire, but I'm definitely happy that I read it. I hope you enjoy.

Sniffly Kitty said...

Sadly, I actually didn't like this one that much because it reminded me of Bleach >.>

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Chelsmac91 said...

I have this book to read too. I hope I like as much as you do, now I need to go get reading!

Bere said...

Oh my, you have just made me want to pick this one up, asap. Angelfire sounds super fantastic. I will definitely be adding this one to my reading list, like, right now! Wonderful review, Nikki, as always. =D

~The Book Pixie said...

I've got Angelfire glaring at me, begiging me to read it as we speak. Curse you review books. lol. I think I'm gonna love this one just as much as you. :D

~Briana

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

Totally loved this one. Great quotes and review!

Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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