Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
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Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
I don’t know what it was about this book, but I had a hard time with it and honestly still haven’t finished it. First off, I have had a stressful two weeks so maybe my judgment is slightly clouded. Second, I had literally JUST finished City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare and was seeing a few things in Angelfire that reminded me of CoFA, which also threw me off a little.
I felt like the main character, Ellie, asked way to many questions. To the point where I found it annoying. She would ask the same questions, maybe worded differently, but they all seemed to be about the same thing over and over. My book club read this book and the others said that they didn’t notice the questions quite as much as I did. Ellie’s guardian, Will, has to keep reminding her of what she is, and what her purpose is. I think that after the second time he tells you, it should stick a little in your head.
With Ellie asking so many questions, you would think you would get some answers, but I found Will brushing them off by answering with something like, “Irrelevant.” “It will come to you.” “That doesn’t matter.” Clearly the main character is not remembering, so could you help her out? Maybe even a little?
Maybe my stressful two weeks has me nit-picking a little too bad on those points, but the few things that reminded me of CoFA? The main characters in CoFA have black swirling tattoo’s that normal humans can’t see. The MC Will, in Angelfire, has black swirling tattoos that Ellie didn’t notice before her powers were awakened. CoFA mentions a demon named Lilith, and so does Angelfire. After about 184ish pages, I didn’t really want to finish the book. I may pick it up again this summer and give it another shot, but as for now it will sit on my shelf unfinished.
I don’t feel like Ellie grew much as a character either. She just seems to have accepted the fact that she has to kill reapers but she still want’s to live her old normal life as if nothing has changed. And maybe she is a little over sensitive about what her dad thinks. At one point in the book, she goes flying through a window of her house and her dad calls her a moron and she seemed completely heart broken. If I broke a window in my house my dad would call me a moron too! If not with more colorful wording.
For those of you who have read it, finished or not, what did you think?