Feb 22, 2011

Book Review: Angelfire

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.

I have ran across some pretty good young adult novels lately but ANGELFIRE has to take the cake.  We get to meet Ellie and come to care about her as she discovers herself and just what she is capable of.  Ellie is a senior in high school that just wants to spend time with her friends and enjoy her last year of school.  Now she has to juggle all that with finding time to train or she might find herself being the hunter rather then the hunter.

I really enjoyed  ANGELFIRE and didn't want to put it down for anything.  The huge knot on my forehead will attest to that as I walked into a pole while reading.  Ms Moulton has done a superb job of balancing the intense fight scenes with the more laid back moments that give us more insight into both Ellie and Will's characters.  There are some things in the book that I question whether they are necessary but since this is a trilogy, only time will tell.

Now I am not a parent but I feel that I would be remiss as a reviewer if I didn't mention that ANGELFIRE does contain underage drinking, and Ellie does do a lot of lying to parents to cover for her other activities.  It is also heavy in the Christian mythos.

I rate this book a 4.5.


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