By Courtney Allison Moulton
Genre: Fantasy / Young Adult
Reading Level: Medium
Review: 4.5 / 5
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. (Goodreads)
This book, guys… this book. I love it. One of the cutest things that I’ve read in a really long time, and after I finished it, I kept on annoying people by ranting about how much I liked this book.
It tries to be an edgy book, and in some ways it is (with all of the demon killing things and whatnot) but it can’t really classified
as an edgy book. And why? Well, not a specific reason, per say, but it just didn’t feel very edgy. The mood it sets isn’t edgy. It’s almost cute the way it tries to be tense and dark, and kind of like an overexcited puppy, you just love it for it.
I’m not exactly sure how I feel about the main character – rather indifferent, I suppose. She didn’t exactly generate the strongest of reactions in me – I didn’t hate her, I didn’t love her. If anything, I guess I could say that I sort of liked her, but even that’s stretching the truth a bit. She was… okay.
I love him, however – Will. Why are Will’s always awesome in books? Seriously, I have yet to meet a Will that I haven’t immediately loved. If you can think of one, feel free to comment in the comment’s section below. This William is kind of dark and brooding, in a way that avid YA readers love – it’s just delicious, trust me.
I really like her writing style, as well. So many YA authors try excruciatingly hard to sound all fancy and use a bunch of complicated words that feel out of place. Moulton, however, has a quite effortless way of integrating more advanced words into her writing, which is also another way to describe her writing: effortless.
The plot has some intriguing twists in it, but sadly, isn’t the most original plot in the world. Books with angels, demons, Heaven, Hell, etc. are all mildly similar to one another, and it is really difficult to develop a completely unique plot in a genre that’s almost exhausted. Moulton did try, however, and as I said, it does have some interesting points.
So, there you have it! Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton – all I can is that you should read it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I didn’t really have any expectations – it was in my TBR Jar.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am going to go and order the next two books in the series.
Have a great day!