Thursday, February 10, 2011

Angelfire - By Courtney Allison Moulton

Release Date: 2/15/2011
Publisher: Haper Teen
Purchase Info: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders

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.

Think back to your 17th imagine if you ran into a super hunky boy in the middle of the night on a dark street....yeah, you'd be a little freaked out. This is exactly what Ellie was thinking when she ran into Will for the first time. Oh and now add a digusting dog-like reaper beast attacking you into the mix! Hands down weirdest birthday EVER!

Ellie doesn't understand the connection she feels towards Will, or how she can summon swords from her hands. All she knows is that it's somehow linked to the crazy nightmares that have been taking over her life lately. Having Will in her life seems to just fit, though she doesn't want to admit to herself that any of the creepy things happening to her are real, she knows in her heart that this is what she's meant to do. Fight.

The way the story unfolds with Ellie & Will I feel is perfect. Ellie is trying to cope with the fact that Will has been apart of her life for hundreds of years. With each reincarnation he is always there, helping her memories surface and secretly keeping his feelings to himself. As her guardian Will sees it as inappropriate to feel anything but protective towards Ellie. So admitting that he's falling in love with her is the last thing he needs on his plate when they're trying to avoid an apocalypse and dispose of thee oldest reaper known to man.

As her debut novel, Courtney did an amazing job! I don't read much YA, but this series will be one that I absolutely have to follow. The world she's created, and the characters in them are truly dazzling, and you would have to be a fool to pass up this book!


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