Review: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

“Action packed and viciously written, this is a do-not-miss debut.”

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Title:Angelfire
Author:Moulton, Courtney Allison
Publisher:HarperTeen
Pages:464

From Goodreads: This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.

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.

What can I say about Angelfire that isn’t going to sound like I am just garbling out a litany of adjectives!? If you follow my Twitter account you may know that this first half of February has been a funk of reading for me but Angelfire has been the one book I keep going back to and the only book I have finished this month so far. That in itself should say a lot.

As someone who is not religious in nature I immensely enjoyed the way Moulton employed not only Christian Bible religion but other Eastern traditions as well. I enjoyed her mythology and I thought it was very well done. I have read most of the Angel Lit (as I have dubbed it) out there and I truly only feel comfortable recommending this book and one other (Unearthly) as those you should read. This book is begging to be read!

Some of the mythology:

“Do you mean that real angels exist? The Fallen are demons, aren’t they? Does that mean that God exists? Satan too?”
He took a breath. “Yes. Lucifer rebelled against God and lost the First War, as you have probably learned at some point in your life. God banished Lucifer from Heaven, and he fell into Hell, but his war fell to Earth. The angels who joined Lucifer’s cause fell with him and became demons – the Fallen. Two of the Fallen bore horrible children, whose decedents are the creatures we know today as the demonic reapers. In desperation for more soldiers to fuel his army of the damned, Lucifer uses the reapers to collect human souls.” Pg 123 ARC

Moulton writes action scenes that are big screen worthy. The characters are well fleshed out and fabulous. Ellie is reluctant but not whiny. I had no problems with the writing, and generally nothing to to complain about at all, except maybe for the shady way her father acts but my instincts tell me that is going to play a part in books to come.

Ellie has a fantastic Mom which is something I love seeing in YA fiction, while her Dad leaves a lot to be desired, like I said I think this is going to play a part later to come. Will is a fantastic love interest but we meet a dashing young man closer to the end of the novel and I find myself wondering a lot about him.

I give it a 4.5 out of 5 only because the fantastic action scenes felt a bit repetitive at times and amnesia is a personal problem for me I want my characters all knowing and even though Moulton does a fantastic job with Ellie not remembering everything and it didn’t annoy me in the slightest, I had I’m on a boat syndrome.

Ragnuk at times seemed that he was going to utter Wizard of Oz lines his evilness was tinge over the top but I am telling you people. That is what makes Ragnuk so bad-ass. You really must read Angelfire.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in ARC form in return I gave them a fair review.

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10 Responses so far

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    Okay, so I have an ARC of Angelfire, but have been basically sitting on it. I had no idea it was angel lit. BUT if it’s of the awesome variety and not the dumbass variety, I am all for it.

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    It’s one of the TWO I will rec, and you liked Unearthly, this isn’t like Unearthly at all, but it has some kick-ass action in it and the love interest isn’t Twilight-y at all. Great stuff.

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    I actually really did not like this one, mostly because of her mythology. I really didn’t like the idea of reapers being able to claim any soul they want for satan, because it completely removes choice from the equation, and I didn’t like the big reveal at the end about who she really was. Didn’t make sense to me at all…

    Oh, and she’s supposed to be hardcore, but I felt like she was completely helpless w/o Will the whole time.

    I did love Unearthly though!

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    Ashley – Wasn’t that her job though to destroy those bad reapers who were throwing the powers that be off balance? She wasn’t bad ass in life, she was a teen girl, until a fight came her way and then the other side of her came out and then boom she was forced to bring out the (dare I say it?) can of whoop ass. Those scenes were action packed. It’s not a perfect book by any means but it was super fun and way enjoyable. :D I am sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy it more, maybe book two when we get to hear more about Cadan!!

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    I agree there is something shady about her dad. I did find her to be a little whiny but I loved Will. I liked this one but wasn’t in live with it.

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    Okay so I just got a google alert email like I normally do whenever I comment, and okay in re-reading my comment I realize how much of a moron I am. I mean DURRRR the title is ANGELfire. But I guess I’m just more focused on reapers and the grim reaper, etc.

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    I’m DIEING for the next book to come out lol
    I know it wasn’t that long ago that this novel was released but it was just SOO well done I NEED to know what happened next! It was one of those books that I finished in a day because I couldn’t put it down! And I loved how you linked it to unearthly. Two great novels. If I hadn’t read unearthly already it would have been a great follow up.
    I really have to admit from the cover art it just didn’t grip me of something I was sure about reading but I saw it on your site here with a 4.5 so I gave it a try. You never let me down Pam!
    Thank you SO much for your site!
    Now i’m off to continue reading “Throat” a vampire book with something different I’m connecting well with =]

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    Thank you Nicole! It is so awesome to hear from a reader that I do good recommending books :D I want Angelfire’s sequel too. You should try A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL by Suzanne Young! Same publisher and a really great book.

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    Thanks for the suggestion! I just put in a request from the library. It’s great you suggested it because the library has it on order but it hasn’t been posted in the “new on order” books (they take a while to load the books in the new on order section but you can order them sometimes if you know titles) So luckily since you suggested this to me I’m number 7 in line whereas if I where to be waiting until I saw on the usual page where the new books come I sometimes end up in the hundereds on a wait list! This can be really hard when your dieing to read a book lol. Even when you know a book is coming you can end up waiting a long time. (I’m in Canada’s Capital library system so it’s hard)
    But it’s still worth it to read such great books especially when I’m home all day =]

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