Release Date: February 2011
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal - Fantasy
Source: Around the World Tours
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.
The concept of good vs. evil always fascinates me. Here lately I've came across some authors who just could not pull it off as well as I hoped they would. That's not the case with Courtney's writing. She won my heart over with her in-depth storyline of what Ellie is, what she's done in her past lives, and what her and Will both will be facing.
You are first thrown into Ellie's life. Which I won't lie - I wasn't exactly ecstatic when I first started reading. The narrative didn't really grab me, and I felt that Ellie's 'normal life' sometimes lagged. I wasn't a huge fan of Ellie's circle of friends. (Go away, Logan!) The only one I enjoyed was Kate so this could be why I was a bit iffy on the intro. Then Ellie's dreams started happening. I suddenly was sucked into this world of this bad ass girl who fought off hideous creatures, and a guy who was by her side.
One thing I LOVED was when Will's character was introduced, Ellie didn't swoon at her feet and instantly want him in her pants. I think we can all agree that type of storyline is way over-played lately. Will was fantastic. He is who he is. He's sarcastic, grumpy, and has a mind set of what needs to happen. Acting like a human as Ellie drags him along with her isn't exactly in his plans. This why I loved these two characters together. I felt like I got to know Ellie so much better when she was with Will and vice versa. They really brought out each other.
The background story and pace of this novel is worth the four hundred and some odd pages that it is. The action - oh the action! I couldn't read it fast enough. When I thought nothing else could happen, Courtney threw a whammy that has me so intrigued to get my hands on the second book. I want to know more about this Cadan fellow, and especially what is going on with Ellie's father who I can't decide if he may possibly be evil or just a real jerk.
All in all, Angelfire is the start of a fantastic new series that all paranormal and fantasy lovers should not miss out on!
Courtney Allison Moulton lives in Michigan, where she is a photographer and spends all her free time riding and showing horses. Angelfire is her first novel.
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