Sunday, February 13, 2011

Angelfire: By Courtney Allison Moulton



First there are nightmares.

Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.

Then come the memories.

When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie's power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie's memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.

Now she must hunt.

Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember.


Fans may be surprised with what they get with Courtney Allison Moulton’s Angelfire. It is full of action, has a well written protagonist, and if the reader is open to it, will captivate their attention, making (at least in my mind) Angelfire a fun book to read.

Of course some readers may be expecting more romance, something completely ridiculous like having the characters fall in love after knowing each other a day (yes, I’ve read books with such a plotline, and yes other people have liked them for that.) But for me the romance that Moulton creates is much better for the story, the readers, and really the romance in general. Moulton allows the characters to get to know each other for a long period of time before anything happens. Not only that but the feelings they feel for each other are complicated and are not resolved neatly. Because of this and other factors Moulton has set Angelfire up to be a series that I for one will make sure to follow.

All in all I was surprised with how much I liked Angelfire. It was full of action, fast paced, and besides the father (who I felt wasn’t necessary to the story) had interesting characters that were endearing. Making this a good book for anyone interested in a young adult fantasy.

9 out of 10


Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Published: February 15, 2011

Price: $17.99

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