Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Angelfire" by Courtney Allison Moulton - Book Review

Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: HarperTeen
Pub Date: 02/15/2011
ISBN: 9780062002327
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, fantasy, paranormal

About the Book:
When ordinary 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 Angels and the Fallen, and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will, who has been waiting sixty years for her return, reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one armed with angelfire, and capable of fighting the reapers. He is animmortal sworn to protect her in battle. Her soul has been reborn again and again over the centuries to fight the reapers, and he's been there for five hundred years to protect and fight alongside her. 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. At the same time, Ellie is falling in love with Will, even though they know their relationship should be impossible.

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 destroy Ellie's soul forever, not to mention the devastating ramifications for human souls. 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.

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My Thoughts:

Finally! A novel that has an extremely strong female main character. Say goodbye to the needy Bella Cullin type and usher in the empowered Ellie Monroe. Ellie is far from needy and doesn't rely on a man to take care of or rescue her. She is strong and can really kick some serious butt! Her side-kick, Will, has the title "Guardian" but don't let that fool you - as Ellie and Will are a team. A team that fights soul snatchers from the "Grim".

The storyline is fast-paced and full of descriptive fighting - usually hand-to-hand combat with sword play. It's good vs evil theme is classic but it has a nice paranormal twist dealing with angels and those that had fallen from God's grace. It was truly a novel that keeps one on the edge of their seat, and a true page-turner. I kept wanting (more like needing) to know what would happen next.

I did find that I had one problem with the storyline: it used Biblical events, characters, angels and God. Mind you, there is nothing wrong with using them in a fictional tale, but in this case, they or their stories were changed some. I found the changes interesting, but at the same time, uncomfortable. Taking something so well known and minutely change it, may cause some confusion in one that is not grounded well in Scripture.

"Angelfire" is a very good read, but I recommend it more for the older teen through adult. It is scary, violent and contains some offensive language.

About the Author:

Courtney Allison Moulton lives in Michigan, where she is a photographer and spends all her free time riding and showing horses. She has always loved reading about ancient mythologies, studying dead languages, and telling scary, romantic stories. Angelfire is her debut novel.

I want to thank the publisher and Net Galley for providing a copy of this book for me to honestly review.

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