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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.

Topics: Trilogy, First in a Series, Debut, Angels, Demons, Reincarnation , Michigan, Female Protagonist, and First Person Narration

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She is the only one who can kill the forces of evil. With the help of her guardian, she, a teenage girl with amazing strength, will protect humans from Hell's efforts on earth. Her name is Buffy. Oh wait, no, it's not. Ellie, her name is Ellie. The vampire slayer. Wait, wrong again. She is the Preliator and slays reapers. Whatever, same difference.

There is no way this book would exist without Buffy; even I (who does not gamble ever) would pretty much be willing to lay down money that Moulton was a fan of the show. The main difference between the two stories is that Ellie reincarnates, rather than the powers being reborn in different girls. Also, her guardian is young-looking and hot. And her friends do not help her in her battle or know anything about it.

On the other hand, Ellie, like Buffy, dates the 'good' version of the creatures she kills. Without any other really important character, the book feels like what Buffy would be with just Buffy, Angel and the "I love you, but we can't be together" thing. Oy. Ellie also seems to experience a ridiculous amount of trouble in her battles before winning no matter the difficulty of the enemy being fought (which always seemed to be the case on Buffy too). Gotta keep the battles interesting right? Only, it's not so cool when the supposedly bad ass heroine drops her sword in EVERY SINGLE FIGHT.

I also had trouble taking a heroine seriously when she chooses to dress like a skanky nurse for Halloween. She's really one of those girls? You want to dress slutty on Halloween, fine, but at least use some creativity! Don't just buy a package from a costume labeled sexy nurse, cop, devil, witch, etc. Ellie also will delay practice for battle to put makeup on. A girl like this just is not going to survive very long in this gig. Additionally in the not a smart fighter category is that she continually talks her guardian into not standing watch. Bad plan. In the real world, this would backfire so hard.

While somewhat entertaining, Angelfire does not stand out for me. Buffy fans will find it a weak copy and lament the loss of the excellent ensemble cast which made Buffy so fabulous. Nevertheless, expect this to be pretty popular with teens.more
When I originally heard of this book, I had saw a fan's rendition of the way they thought Will would look. I was immediately drawn to his green illuminated eyes and before reading anything else I decided I HAD to read this book because I wanted to know who this character was. And low and behold, I wasn't disappointed. All the characters in this book were easy to connect with and made me keep wanting to know about everything they were doing. Overall, this was a great debut from Moulton. She has a great writing style that allowed for easy reading and a clear understanding of all the information in the story. Her writing also allows for the easy connection to all the characters. I also enjoyed the fact that the stereotypical things you see in YA books were nonexistent. There was no love triangle (she handled Landon the RIGHT way) and there was no "insta-love." It took awhile before Will and Ellie kissed. The only thing that was close to the YA stereotype was the forbidden love, but the fact that Will actually was willing to take heed on it and didn't just say "Oh forget it," like in many of the others, it made me happy. Another thing I loved about her writing was the fact that it was action packed. I was hooked to the book because of the non-stop action throughout the story. I mean there was a reaper fight in almost every scene. (The boat scene and her birthday party scene.......OMG I was wide eyed the entire time!) The only thing I did not like about the book, was the fact that Ellie seemed sooooo naiive. All these things were happening to her yet she still couldn't believe what she was. And then all these things were happening to her yet she still wasn't trying her hardest to fight. She was relying on memories to help guide her to fight. I would've been trying to practice alllllll the time. Especially if I had things like reapers big as minivans coming after me. I just found it awkward that she didn't care as much. But overall, this book was amazing. Now I'm on the hunt to find the next book in the series, "Wings of the Wicked," because my library doesn't have it. I recommend this to anyone that may have a love for angel books but cannot find a good one.more
Ellie has nightmares of fighting strange creatures. As it turns out Ellie is a reincarnated soul that battles demons. When she dies in one life she is reborn in new one. She is allowed to come to the age of 17 where she should “reawaken” and remember her purpose as well as her previous lives.Ellie was away longer than usual before being born. She also isn’t reawakening. Her “guardian angel” Will, is able to “wake her up”, but her memory of previous lives is very slow to return…as are her demon hunting killing skills. Ellie is also fighting her purpose…after so many human lives she is reticent to give up her humanity to fight demons full time. Then, there are the feelings she is developing for Will. UGH! Why does life have to be so hard?I’ve had this book since it came out and for the life of me I can’t figure out what took me so long to read it! It’s one of those “sit down and hold on” roller coaster rides that I read in one glorious sitting. Lots of action (demon killing), lots of unrequited love, and lots of new angel mythology.I loved the idea of Ellie being reincarnated and allowed to come of age before her past was reawakened in her. What a neat concept. It reminded me of “Incarnate” by Jodi Meadows, except that Jodi’s characters remembered their previous lives from birth. I also can appreciate a strong female lead character, even though Ellie is so torn between her human side and her “purpose”. I think she tries to do a good job of balancing, even though some people around her think her human side is a weakness.Then there is Will and his being bound to protect and serve Ellie even when he totally disagrees with her choices. He manages to compromise and create balance as well. And it’s that balance that allows them to work so well together. But then after working together for like 600 years, I would think they would have the whole thing down pat.I look forward to see where Moulton goes with the next installment. Still lots of questions about why Ellie took so long to reincarnate and she still isn’t remembering everything. Also…what do the demons have planned and what the hell is up with Ellie’s Dad?!?!?more
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton is an incredible debut novel that sets up what is sure to be an exciting series. Ellie, our heroine, is a well-adjusted, financially well-off teenager... or so she thinks. Once her power is awakened, strange things begin happening to Ellie, and poor Marshmallow (her car) always seems to catch the crap end of her battles with the reapers. Her mother is incredibly supportive and very rational. She's the kind of mother that every teenager wants, but no teenager has. Her father, however, is a nightmare.Ellie's friends are believable and funny, and even though they have no idea what is going on with her, they still try to be supportive. Kate and Ellie's friendship is displayed wonderfully throughout the novel, but even though Kate has been Ellie's best friend since Ellie was born, Will is the only person who really knows her. Will is her protector, and he has been with her for thousands of years. He knows Ellie better than she knows herself, and because of him, she is able to continue her fight to protect humanity.Angelfire is one of those novels that I lost myself in. I could not put it down either time that I read it. Ellie grows as a character, and by the end of the book, I felt that she was actually comfortable in her own skin. Her relationships with her friends, family, and Will also change over the course of the story, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with them next. While the novel ends nicely, and there are no obvious cliffhangers, there are still some questions left unanswered. Throughout the whole book, there were hints that something is amiss with Ellie's father, but that question wasn't answered in Angelfire. I hope that it's answered in Wings of the Wicked, which is due out on January 31, 2012.more
If you are looking for a book with a kick butt heroine and a whole lot of heart-pumping action, then this is the book for you!I’ve really wanted to read Angelfire for a while now, and I’m glad that I didn’t wait any longer because it was FABULOUS!The story starts out with Ellie just trying to live and have a normal teenager’s life. Problem is, she’s tormented every night by horrific, VERY realistic nightmares, and her parents are really worried about her. They’ve even sent her to counseling because Ellie’s nightmares have caused major dysfunction in their home.One day, when Ellie is at school she sees a boy who looks oddly familiar to her, and who is…ahem, *cough, cough*…TOTALLY HOT! Anyways, this TOTALLY HOT boy (Will) seems to be everywhere. And then one night, after her parents get into a huge fight (right after midnight and is now her birthday), Ellie wanders outside their home to get some fresh air and…surprise…she stumbles into HOT Will!Will turns out to be Ellie’s HOT guardian angelic reaper, and he tells her that every time she dies, she’s reincarnated into a new human body. And each time she’s reincarnated, Will MUST always find her again in order to protect her. But why?! It’s because Ellie is a serious, kick-butt demon fighter, and she’s the only human who can produce the demonfire (out of two wicked swords) necessary to kill the demon reapers who prey on human souls! Doesn’t that rock?And after reading this totally awesome book, I’m MORE than a little excited to pick up my copy of Wings of the Wicked because I think that’s going to rock too!more
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton has been on my TBR pile forever! I kept putting the ebook on hold at the library, receiving it, then not having time to read it due to internship/dissertation/review ARCs, etc. I finally made sure to clear some room in my schedule so I could get to this one and I'm glad I did. :DAngelfire is the kind of book that's great for fans of fantasy series with a romantic angle. There's a lot going on in Angelfire, from the angel mythology, fatal monsters and fight scenes, hot guys, a divine mission to save souls and, of course, high school drama. I often think that books like this aren't particularly skilled at integrating the whole I-want-to-be-a-normal-teen aspect, but Angelfire does. Ellie's high school friends and scenes get quite a bit of page time. Enough for me to feel a connection to those characters without taking away from the rest of the plot.The plot is pretty high stakes too. It's a classic "Save the world, one soul at a time," type thing...and, oh, by the way, the bad guys have finally found a way to defeat the awesome good guy (or in this case, girl). It was a race to the finish to find out which side would complete their mission first. Could the bad guys release the ultimate evil or could the good guys dispose of it before the bad guys got a chance? Good stuff.There are also some random things in the book that brought a true smile to my face. First off, Marshmallow? That's just about the coolest car name ever. Especially because of the description of the car. It fits. Second, any author who can make a Super Trooper reference is good in my book. If you don't know what I'm talking about, shame on you.Overall, Angelfire was an enjoyable read. I'm excited to continue the story with Wings of the Wicked.Final thoughts: Borrow.more
Recently I've finally read some of the books that have been sitting on my shelf for a while, but that I just hadn't had the chance to get to, and I'm really wishing that I'd picked some of these books up earlier! Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton is most definitely one of those books! It was probably my favourite book that I read this summer!I really loved all of the characters in this book. I felt like there was such an amazing, diverse cast of characters that were a lot of fun to read about. I really liked Ellie's friends and the way that they interacted with one another. They seemed like normal teenagers who liked to have fun a goof around and I felt like they allowed Ellie to keep that little bit of normalcy in her life, which I really liked.As I just mentioned, one of the things that I liked about Ellie was the fact the she tried to keep at least some aspect of her life normal. She was pretty much thrown into a world of fighting Reapers and I think that over all she handled this huge shift in her life quite well. I fell like she was a really strong character and the way she handled his giant change was just one of the many ways that she demonstrated her strength. Outside of the whole Reaper hunting thing, I also felt like Ellie was a pretty relatable character, which is definitely something that I look for in a book. If I can't relate to a character in at least some way, I can find it difficult to for a connection with the character, but this was not an issue at all with Ellie. Ah, Will. I'm not quite sure why, but I really have a thing for guys in books named Will. Don't ask me why, I just do and Angelfire's Will was no different. One of the many reasons that I liked him, as I'm sure is also the case for many others who have read this book, was the fact that he was hot. What can I say, I love a hot love interest! But he also had a ton of other qualities that I really loved as well. First and foremost, he was so loyal and caring towards Ellie, he literally lives only for her and is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her safe and alive, while at the same time helping her accomplish what she is meant to do. His loyalty towards his job as her guardian is also one of his flaws, I think. He has to put Ellie's life above all else and is willing to sacrifice his own, and even Ellie's, happiness to do so, which kind of sucked.As a whole, Angelfire was an awesome book! Probably one of my favourites of the whole summer! Courtney's writing was great, the plot was fast paced and exciting, and I really loved all of the characters! I honestly can't wait to get my hands on the sequel and see where Will and Ellie's relationship goes as well as what's in store in the Reaper-hunting department. If you haven't read Angelfire I would definitely recommend picking it up, I loved it and I hope that you will too!more
'Angelfire' is a killer debut novel. Going in to this book I didn't know what to expect. All I knew is that it had to do with reapers which is pretty darn awesome, so I dived right in.It's about a girl named Ellie and a guy named Will. Ellie is one of the best heroines I've ever read about, she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior and every time she dies, she just gets born again. I just loved her, she was kinda amazing. Now, onto Will, I loved Will also. I think I loved every single character in 'Angelfire'. They were all so amazing!The story was just so original! Have you ever heard of a book about reapers? I know I hadn't before 'Angelfire'. The plot will keep you on the edge of your seat. The action in the book was just enough to grasp the attention of the male audience, while the romance will keep the females attention.The writing for me wasn't anything special, but when the writing didn't keep my attention the plot and characters did.I will most definitely be picking up anything else Moulton writes, and so should all of you 'cause it's truly amazing awesomeness. Mostly.more
This book bored me and I couldn't slog through to the end. Though it does get a bonus point for mentioning my hometown, Commerce Twp., Michigan and having the main character live in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Not enough YA characters live in Michigan and that is a FACT! But the book was like eating cardboard and expecting it to taste like chocolate. Just my personal opinion.more
Ellie is having nightmares every night. Nightmares she pretends to her parents have gone away. Nightmares of monsters, terrifying creatures attacking her.Now, with the appearance of 'just call me Will," a mysterious boy who seems to show up out of nowhere, Ellie's nightmares seems to be coming to life. At first she's able to convince herself the nightmares are sill just that, dreams but soon she has to face that fact that they're actually happening.Will hasn't started appearing in her nightmares, her nightmares have become real. Will, a teen boy she feels like she already knows awakens an ancient power inside Ellie.Ellie is more than just a wealthy teenage girl shopping for designer dresses for her seventeenth birthday party and anxiously awaiting the new car she's going to get for said birthday. The car isn't the only thing Ellie's going to get on her birthday--Will is also going to return her powers on her birthday. Powers that will awaken lifetimes of memories reminding her how she's the one powerful enough to kill the creatures lurking in the dark lately, the same ones from her nightmares. The ones that happen to be very, very real.Angelfire has a lot of lore in it (think season five and six of Supernatural, maybe) which--for whatever reason-is making it hard for me to summarize . . .It's really kind of great because of that, though, because it takes an average girl, a la Buffy, who enjoys being popular and spending time with her friends, throws in this mysterious, kind of enchanting supernatural-y guy with big news of 'you're not exactly average.'Then now-not-so-average-girl has to figure out being the one girl who can fight these big nasty things with being the fun teenage girl with friends and things to do. All this while trying to learn this ins and outs of the world no one else knows exists, who's the biggest bad and how to stop them from killing her and Mr Mysterious Guy . . . who just might present romance potential.See, kind of like Buffy in the big points. But really different when reading/watching :)I really liked that Ellie was a fun girl who loved her pretty dresses and parties while this was a supernatural book. It might just be my reading choices but a lot of books seem to have girls that are able to fight (even with powers given to them) hate fashion or anything girly.The evil beings having hierarchy and names, etc. reminded me of Supernatural here, but I loved it because a) I love Supernatural (hey, I do!) and b) it helped me keep some of it straight--I'm really hoping some of this is recapped in book two because I don't know if I'll remember all of it!One aspect of the story also had me really wanting to rewatch a certain season of Angel!While I have compared this book (or at least parts of it) to Buffy, Supernatural, and Angel, don't think that Angelfire is only a mash-up of existent paranormal TV shows put into book form. Angelfire is still very original and highly creative. In fact, if you enjoy any of those TV shows, you've lucked out because now there's a book series you'll enjoy!Really looking forward to book 2 in this series!more
A super dark and intense debut packed with lots of action, mystery and fantasy elements. Angelfire isn’t your average angel story, it’s captivating and debut author, Courtney Allison Moulton takes on mythology with a riveting plot.The author has created an eerie and alluring world of angel’s, demons and reincarnation. It’s so engrossing; I found it hard to put down. The plot isn’t original but the contents and quality of the writing is and what stood out to me most was the action. The action can be described as being very intense, rapid and descriptive. I liked the character developments. Ellie is a strong protagonist that can really kick butt. When she meets Will, a boy who holds the secrets to her past, her life is changed drastically. Ellie is a Preliator, a mortal who has the power to kill reapers. Although at times, she finds herself wishing to be a normal teenager. Ellie undergoes a transformation as her powers awakens, as she starts understanding her purpose in life she becomes stronger, powerful and determined to fulfil her destiny. Despite being a Preliator, she refuses to give up her humanity. Will is attractive, charming and also, Ellie’s guardian. He’s a great guy and is completely faithful to Ellie; he sticks around and comforts her when she is down. Will also has great fighting skills; he challenges Ellie and cares deeply about her too. Together he and Ellie, stop the evil that is threatening to end the world.The attraction between Will and Ellie is undeniable but also forbidden because he is her guardian but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any entertaining parts. I’m excited to see how their relationship develops in the future.The story itself was just so engrossing, be sure to read it! Despite this book being super fantastic, there are still many unanswered questions, so be sure to look out for the second installment, Wings of the Wicked. Rating: 5 out of 5more
"It's never easy to be chosen, never easy to be called...I can see the writing on the wall, I can't ignore this war, at the end of it all, who am I living for?" (-Who Am I Living For by Katy Perry). Life. Death. Life. Ellie has been fighting the same war for centuries now, as the reincarnation of a fierce ancient warrior. Life and death, it's been the same cycle over and over again, until now. Adrenaline and action everywhere, I took Angelfire in with hunger and excitement, full with the utmost love for this book.Let me set this down on the table--er, blog--Ellie is a kick and bad ass character. I rooted for her from the beginning to the end. She is someone who can use her head--and two bad ass khopesh swords--and she's one who will never give up. If any of the reapers messed with her, they'd be in heaps of trouble. She can kick their ugly reaper butt, literally. While Ellie has such a big responsibility as the Preliator, she ends up falling for Will. Now come on, who wouldn't? Sexy, tough, gorgeous, sexyyy... Will has the traits of a kick butt partner and at the same times, those of a great love interest. It's hard to be the protector of an ancient warrior who reincarnates all the time, having to find her all over again and at the same time fall in love with her. Their relationship was in sync and it developed at the right pace, that I totally relaxed and was satisfied about it. Great partners and great lovers. Being able to kick butt comes with a lot of action. Sometimes, action scenes are really hard to put down into words, just the way you want it to be. Country Allison Moulton got past that and delivered the most visual and detailed descriptions of the fighting scenes. You could practically hear Ellie's khopesh swords swipe the reaper or hear Will's knuckles come in contact with a reaper's jaw. Hell yeah, that's epic. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the action scenes were WAYY EPIC.This is one of the best debuts I've read. Remarkable plot, writing, and characters, Angelfire and Courtney Allison Moulton deserve all the love I have for this book. I hope the next book matches up, if not tops, this one.more
Angelfire... wow!!! I loved this book! I loved these characters. I was so happy that Ellie was a strong-minded independant character. And Will... wow... he's just great!! I love him! He's not the typical YA paranormal character and has his own sustenance. The action scenes are always in the right spots and so well detailed, I felt part of it! It did remind me a bit of Mortal Instruments but not to the extent that it felt a carbon copy. It's hard to write a YA paranormal romance novel these days without crossing the lines or concepts of others as they are all so similar. But, I still felt Angelfire was a standout and I will be counting the days until the sequel is out. Also, if you haven't done so, check out the official website because the illustrations and gorgeous!!more
Angelfire throws us right into action within the first few chapters which I love, like I always mention. Courtney writes natural and realistic fight scenes. The fight scenes were my second favorite scenes, nothing can out beat make-out scenes.Courtney described situations using real life examples, such as using the T-rex in Jurassic Park the movie to describe the way an animal growls and moves. This way, many scenes or situations were easy to understand and picture. Many quotes she wrote reminded me of things I used to say in high school and other things were just hilarious.Will…gorgeous, gorgeous Will! He is the one of the best love interests out there in the young adult world! Will and Ellie are perfect together. Of course they have their ups and downs, confusion, and morals seem to get in the way often.The only problem I found with Angelfire was the world Courtney built for us was confusing to me at times. Many times I thought about re-reading portions of the book before I moved on. I didn’t because I thought in my head “I shouldn’t have to re-read paragraphs, I should be able to understand on the first read.” Courtney has a great imagination to come up with this world and the creatures were new and exciting. This could only be me that had this problem, but of course I had to mention it. By the end of the book, I did understand the world more.I still have many questions rolling around in my mind about this book and I cannot wait to have them (hopefully!) answered in the second book.more
I was intrigued by Angelfire’s premise and was not let down. In this stunning debut, Courtney Allison Moulton a butt kicking novel. Angelfire was something new and intriguing. Once I started it, I could not put it down. From the first chapter to the last page I was drawn in. What made this book was truly the characters and there interactions with each other. Ellie was a kick ass heroine. Even as she was discovering who she was and what she was Ellie still had a certain spark to her. And Will was a hot bundle of mystery. And there is Cadan who did not have a huge role, but was definitely a bigger mystery then Will and I have a feeling will be seeing a bunch more of him later. This book had tons of butt kicking, action packed scenes. Ellie and Will get there share of kicking reapers butts. And let me say, I loved these action scenes, they were awesome. While reading them, I felt like I could picture exactly what was going on as if I was watching an action movie. I literally could not get enough of them. I loved how Courtney Allison Moulton was able to make this story completely unique and her own. Angelfire was truly a story I’ve never read before. The plot was fresh and kept me on the edge of my seat, and the twist at the end, BRILLANT! Angelfire is a must read and I will definitely be waiting on the sequel.more
It's not hard to see why Angelfire has been drawing so much buzz. The action plus Ellie's kickass attitude makes it an appealing book to guys, and her relationship with the hot and mysterious (and entirely swoon-worthy) Will is an added bonus for girls. Ellie is a strong, independent female lead, a one-of-a-kind girl that I've been missing in recent YA releases. Yes, she will mess up during real fights with Reapers out to get her, but she can seriously kick Will's butt in practice fights. All she needs to do is figure out the Preliator business, and she'll deal serious damage to the Reapers. She'll become the hunter and they the prey. At the moment, she's still a really funny girl with a sweet and sensitive nature underneath her tough exterior. I do have this nagging suspicion that there's more to the whole dad business. Ellie's depression over her jerk of a dad seems unreal, and I don't get how a guy can change so much all of a sudden. I think the Reapers have infiltrated her house. That's the only possible explanation that I can think of (unless they found a way to brainwash good dads). Will. I love him just as much as I love Ellie and maybe just a tad bit more because... well, he's Will. Hot Will with a passionate heart concealed under the impassive mask he wears. It doesn't hurt that he's Ellie's sworn guardian and completely devoted to her. I really, really hope that they manage to stay together throughout the saving-the-world business. They've both suffered enough already, Will more-so in that he still remembers each of Ellie's lives that he's lived through while she's still struggling to remember everything. Angelfire is a fast-paced read abundant in action while not lacking in hilarious moments or heart-touching romance. I recommended this book for those who love books with angels. For those who love books with action. And for those who love books with romance. Courtney Allison Moulton's debut novel is a must read. I can't wait to read Wings of the Wicked, the next installment in the series!more
** spoiler alert ** If you like an action packed, and fast paced book with paranormal elements then AngelFire is the book for you!! Ellie is a "normal" high school student until a strange boy named Will comes into her life, and weird things start to happen. Will starts to creep her out and tells her that she is a Preliator who fights Reapers. She soon is going to school during the day and fighting reapers to almost near-death at night, with the protection of Will, who she finds out is her Guardian and has been for the past 500 years. He's been by Ellie's side for many different lifes, and has had to deal with her deal, and his intense love for her for many, many years. The books is left on a cliffhanger between the relationship with Ellie and Will, but unlike so many YA books, their relationship was very slow to develop and most recent YA books I feel like they are in love with each other within a few pages of the story. Courtney really built up their relationship slowly and just when it started to get intense the story ends. Angelfire definetly left me wanting more, and I can't wait to read the second installmant of this book, I mean who loves a kick-ass lead female character, with a bit of romance with a hot guy, and a mix of action-packed, page turning lovelyness.more
First off, thank you to Harper Teen for giving me an ARC to review!I don't want to put up my full review yet since this book is several months away from being published. I just want to say that THIS BOOK BLEW ME AWAY. It is ridiculous how good it is.I was pretty excited to read it, but I had absolutely no idea how freakin' fantastic it would be. Seriously. Just a few minutes after I read the last page, I was telling April @ Good Books & Good Wine that the book came at a good time. Once Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead are released later this year, I wasn't going to have anything else that I was so obsessed with getting my hands on. Now I do -the next two books in this trilogy. Once I said that, I realized it is about the highest compliment I can pay someone: comparing their book to both The Hunger Games and Vampire Academy series. And let me tell you, Angelfire measures up.It has the best action/combat scenes I can remember reading ever. All the characters are fabulous, the plot is riveting and the love story exceptional. Go out immediately and do whatever it takes to get your hands on a copy. Beg, borrow, or steal one...just read it!more
This was a wonderful story. I enjoyed the characters. They are well thought out, cleverly created and developed with a purpose. The setting is realistic and easy to invest in. The interactions between the characters is intriguing and entertaining. I look forward to more from this author!more
What I enjoyed most about Angelfire was that the author, Courtney Allison Moulton, put her own spin on Angel Mythology. I thought this book was very original and with so many other books out there based on Angels, Angelfire stands out and can hold its own.Ellie is a normal teenager until she starts to have nightmares about horrific black monsters that she has to fight and destroy. With the help of her Guardian, Will, Ellie begins to remember past lives consisting of fighting reapers before they can murder humans and bring their souls into hell. When she is killed in a past life, she is reincarnated into a different body, but her soul remains intact. With Will’s help she learns how to fight and how to use her powers, getting stronger with each fight. Ellie is the chosen one, and in the fight between good and evil, it is up to her to put an end to it.I thought Ellie was a very strong character. She was funny, capable, brave, but also a 17 year old girl at heart. She wanted to hang out with her friends and go to parties. She understood what her destiny was, but she wasn’t going to forget that she still was just a teenager. Every time she is reincarnated she becomes a little bit more human, and this has been the most human she has ever been. Ellie wanted to know all about her past lives and so did I. We get little glimpses, but I hope in future books we see more of it. I am wondering how Ellie’s family is going to come into the story. There is definitely something up with her father, and I wonder if my thoughts are correct about what is actually going on with him.Will has been her Guardian for centuries. He took an oath to always protect Ellie and guide her. When she dies, he waits for her reincarnated self to become seventeen, where he will teach her about her power, over and over again. I loved how protective Will was of Ellie. You can tell that they have such a long history and he cares for her deeply. I really liked Will and I hope we get to learn more about him.Will and Ellie have a wonderful chemistry and it is clear that they have strong feelings for each other. I just thought they were adorable together and you can tell that they complete each other. I am interested to see how their particular story will play out. Angelfire ended with many different cliffhangers and I can not wait for the second book! Overall, I thought this book was awesome. It really had a little bit of everything. It kept my interest the entire time that I was reading it!more
ANGELFIRE, by Courtney Allison Moulton, is full of action, romance, and suspense. Moulton conceived a world where human's greatest nightmares lie in wait right outside their vision. I am partial to books that focus on angels and the like, so I was very excited to read this one. Ellie started off being a normal teenage girl wanting to hang out with friends and party. But Ellie is anything but normal. Moulton started the action right in the beginning with the introduction of Will and soon after, a reaper. The reapers and other creatures that lived right beyond our world were terrifying. The visualization of the reapers and their characterizations really flautned Moulton's creative mind. I enjoyed the fight and training scenes betwen Ellie and Will. While reading I felt I was there it the fight with them. And Ellie's swords with angelfire were definitely impressive and added a little extra oomph to the fighting. As much as I liked the book, I found myself getting bored with Ellie. It is understandable that in the beginning it would be a total shocker to discover that you are a reincarnated reaper-killing machine, but I think her resistance to the idea took way too long to get over. I would think her dead-beat dad and party-hardy friends couldn't compete with being a badass fighter. But in a way, my frustrations with her connected me more to the story so that I would (hopefully) see her accept her fate. I am not one for spoilers, but I have some questions that will hopefully be answered in the next book. Overall, this was a great start to the series and I anxiously await number two!Side note, how awesome is the cover? I love getting a look at her sword!!more
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. After a rough first chapter that felt rather amateurish, the author really hit her stride. There were a few other rough patches (some odd sentences and a few places with long paragraphs of background and explanations), but it's quite an enjoyable read in the end.The action sequences are excellent, the angst is oh-so-angsty, and the hero isn't a huge jerk. The heroine makes some stupid teenage decisions, but not so many that she becomes a parody. She actually shows quite a few sides to herself, and it was really nice having a multifaceted teen heroine in what is essentially a teen romance novel.I was worried that this was going to be another Christianity-in-disguise novel, but it dances around religion in the same way that Buffy the Vampire slayer did. Demons and angels are present, but that's just the way reality is in the book.I was also worried about yet another teenage-girl-is-the-chosen-one story. Buffy has been mentioned in other reviews, but this novel actually reminded me more strongly of Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters series. I liked this one better, and I look forward to the next in the series.more
Product DescriptionFirst 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 found this to be a very enjoyable read. Lately, it seems I've been swamped with books, that instead of being enjoyable were just a chore to read. Angelfire was a nice change of pace.What I liked: The main characters. Ellie, though I think she has room to grow, is a very likable character. She came across as rather well grounded, concerned about many typical teen concerns (school, clothes, parties), but not overly spoiled or snotty. Will is your typical brooding, dark and handsome love interest. The bad guys: No, I'm not on their side, but I thought the Reapers were a nice departure from your usual demons out to destroy the world.What bothered me: There were two things that I found disturbing. Ellie's acceptance: When Ellie is "awakened", she seems to accept what is happening rather quickly. I guess that's to be expected when you are forced to fight the Reapers or die. I just thought she might have questioned her sanity a little more. I think most teens would.Ellie's father: This isn't a criticism of the book. I just don't like him. He is certainly up for the bad parent of the year award. I sometimes wonder if he's been possessed by a Reaper.Over all this is a great book. If you like good vs. evil with a little bit of romance as well as action, then this is a book that you should read. It is true that there are a lot of unanswered questions, but I think the author planned it that way on purpose as there are two more books yet to be published. Angelfire is a new and interesting spin on what seems to be a fast growing popular genre of books about angels. There is enough action and enough twists and turns (including a surprising revelation about Ellie) to keep readers turning the pages.more
When I started reading Angelfire, I had a bit of a shock: The book is written in third person past tense. Sure, this is the traditional point of view to write in, but not in YA these days... I'm so used to seeing first person or, more commonly, first person present, that it took me at least the first few chapters to wrap my head back around the way the story was written. And that's where a bit of a problem came in. Because, you see, while the story itself is good, the writing bothered me. There were some awkward turns of phrase, and weird bits of infodump that could have easily been edited out. I'm not sure why the editor made the choices she did, but that's fine--it's Moulton's debut novel, and she's put together an exciting story, fiddly sentences aside.The main character is strong, a bit sarcastic, and thinks with her head, not her heart. She doesn't swoon all over a guy and then bend her life around him, which is both refreshing and realistic... their feelings for each other are slow to develop, and questioned along the way. In fact, I'd argue that romance is on the backburner for the majority of this one. Instead, the story focuses on butt-kicking action, as our heroine discovers she's a reincarnated soul who fights supernatural creatures known as Reapers. She's reluctant warrior whose memories didn't come back this time... so she has to discover all these things anew. Add in some fallen angel mythology, and plenty of violent fight scenes, and you have Angelfire.I won't say I'll rush out to read the second book, but I'm curious to see where the author goes with it, and I'd love to see her writing develop even further. Recommended for those who enjoy supernatural/paranormal YA.more
I. Love. This. Book.I'd borrowed my best friend's copy, and I was this close (l l) to stealing it from her.Summary:Ellie is getting seriously creeped out. She's been seeing reapers, demons that take human souls and send them to Hell. She has flashbacks, memories of battles, of her and Will, and weirdest of all, of her dying. Then she meets the boy she's been seeing in her visions. They click like that *snaps*. As Will slowly begins to reveal Ellie's past to her, deaths, age, and all, Ellie begins wondering what exactly she is, how she can stop Bastian, a Fallen angel, from starting up another war with heaven, all on top of figuring out how to be a normal teenager. A normal teenager stuck in the middle of a paranormal war.Comments:First off, if you've read this and loved it as much as I did, you have to read PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White. My best friend (Emily) said I would absolutely fall in love with this book because it was exactly what I was looking for in a book: sarcasm, paranormalcy, and romance. Boy, was she right. I loved it so much that I didn't want to give it back to her. That I freaked out when she said that it had gotten wet because of rain. That I started bookmarking all of my favorite parts. In a nutshell, if you haven't read this yet, you need surgery to remove all that stupid from your brain.more
I was completely entertained. Cannot wait to read the next in the trilogy.more
Reminiscent of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Recommended to fans of the series.more
I read this book the day after it came out because I wanted it so much it was consuming. Why I didn't review it earlier is beyond me -life just got in the way I guess. Anyway... this book was great! It has made it onto my list of all-time favorite books, which is a very selective spot. Angelfire follows Ellie, a normal seventeen-year old. Well she was normal. Or more appropriately, she thought she was normal. But Ellie is anything but normal. She is an ancient warrior, reincarnated generation after generation after dying fighting the reapers. However, Ellie isn't sure that is who she wants to be. After going so long being just Ellie, it is hard to give that up. But when your life and the lives of your family are at stake, there may not be an easy way out.I loved, loved, loved this book! There was tons of reaper-killing, kick-butt action. As well as romance, teenage angst, humor, suspense, and difficult choices. The plot is something that will almost immediately draw you in, but for me, the plot wasn't the selling point (though I loved it), the characters were. The characters in this novel were so well developed and completely likable! They were funny, they had depth and they were realistic. Also, Ellie's relationship with her best friend reminded me shockingly of me and my own best friend. So maybe I'm a little biased there since I felt like I bonded with them because they said the same things I would in that situation. But it wasn't just the "good" characters that I loved. I loved the bad ones just as much. They were not the annoying, I-can't-stand-reading-about-you kind. Sure, they were evil, but there are just some evil characters you don't find yourself hating. You might hate what they do, but the characters themselves are interesting. Like Bellatrix from Harry Potter (my favorite character from the series), or Lady Macbeth. Both are horrible, but awesome at the same time. Or maybe I'm just evil... watch out!So overall, I cannot wait until I get to reunite with Ellie and dive into her crazy, scary, action-packed world again! It is a trilogy: Wings of the Wicked (2012) and Hymn to the Fallen (2013) will be the next installments in the series. If you have yet to pick up this awesome debut, I would recommend you do that soon (now would be great).more
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She is the only one who can kill the forces of evil. With the help of her guardian, she, a teenage girl with amazing strength, will protect humans from Hell's efforts on earth. Her name is Buffy. Oh wait, no, it's not. Ellie, her name is Ellie. The vampire slayer. Wait, wrong again. She is the Preliator and slays reapers. Whatever, same difference.

There is no way this book would exist without Buffy; even I (who does not gamble ever) would pretty much be willing to lay down money that Moulton was a fan of the show. The main difference between the two stories is that Ellie reincarnates, rather than the powers being reborn in different girls. Also, her guardian is young-looking and hot. And her friends do not help her in her battle or know anything about it.

On the other hand, Ellie, like Buffy, dates the 'good' version of the creatures she kills. Without any other really important character, the book feels like what Buffy would be with just Buffy, Angel and the "I love you, but we can't be together" thing. Oy. Ellie also seems to experience a ridiculous amount of trouble in her battles before winning no matter the difficulty of the enemy being fought (which always seemed to be the case on Buffy too). Gotta keep the battles interesting right? Only, it's not so cool when the supposedly bad ass heroine drops her sword in EVERY SINGLE FIGHT.

I also had trouble taking a heroine seriously when she chooses to dress like a skanky nurse for Halloween. She's really one of those girls? You want to dress slutty on Halloween, fine, but at least use some creativity! Don't just buy a package from a costume labeled sexy nurse, cop, devil, witch, etc. Ellie also will delay practice for battle to put makeup on. A girl like this just is not going to survive very long in this gig. Additionally in the not a smart fighter category is that she continually talks her guardian into not standing watch. Bad plan. In the real world, this would backfire so hard.

While somewhat entertaining, Angelfire does not stand out for me. Buffy fans will find it a weak copy and lament the loss of the excellent ensemble cast which made Buffy so fabulous. Nevertheless, expect this to be pretty popular with teens.more
When I originally heard of this book, I had saw a fan's rendition of the way they thought Will would look. I was immediately drawn to his green illuminated eyes and before reading anything else I decided I HAD to read this book because I wanted to know who this character was. And low and behold, I wasn't disappointed. All the characters in this book were easy to connect with and made me keep wanting to know about everything they were doing. Overall, this was a great debut from Moulton. She has a great writing style that allowed for easy reading and a clear understanding of all the information in the story. Her writing also allows for the easy connection to all the characters. I also enjoyed the fact that the stereotypical things you see in YA books were nonexistent. There was no love triangle (she handled Landon the RIGHT way) and there was no "insta-love." It took awhile before Will and Ellie kissed. The only thing that was close to the YA stereotype was the forbidden love, but the fact that Will actually was willing to take heed on it and didn't just say "Oh forget it," like in many of the others, it made me happy. Another thing I loved about her writing was the fact that it was action packed. I was hooked to the book because of the non-stop action throughout the story. I mean there was a reaper fight in almost every scene. (The boat scene and her birthday party scene.......OMG I was wide eyed the entire time!) The only thing I did not like about the book, was the fact that Ellie seemed sooooo naiive. All these things were happening to her yet she still couldn't believe what she was. And then all these things were happening to her yet she still wasn't trying her hardest to fight. She was relying on memories to help guide her to fight. I would've been trying to practice alllllll the time. Especially if I had things like reapers big as minivans coming after me. I just found it awkward that she didn't care as much. But overall, this book was amazing. Now I'm on the hunt to find the next book in the series, "Wings of the Wicked," because my library doesn't have it. I recommend this to anyone that may have a love for angel books but cannot find a good one.more
Ellie has nightmares of fighting strange creatures. As it turns out Ellie is a reincarnated soul that battles demons. When she dies in one life she is reborn in new one. She is allowed to come to the age of 17 where she should “reawaken” and remember her purpose as well as her previous lives.Ellie was away longer than usual before being born. She also isn’t reawakening. Her “guardian angel” Will, is able to “wake her up”, but her memory of previous lives is very slow to return…as are her demon hunting killing skills. Ellie is also fighting her purpose…after so many human lives she is reticent to give up her humanity to fight demons full time. Then, there are the feelings she is developing for Will. UGH! Why does life have to be so hard?I’ve had this book since it came out and for the life of me I can’t figure out what took me so long to read it! It’s one of those “sit down and hold on” roller coaster rides that I read in one glorious sitting. Lots of action (demon killing), lots of unrequited love, and lots of new angel mythology.I loved the idea of Ellie being reincarnated and allowed to come of age before her past was reawakened in her. What a neat concept. It reminded me of “Incarnate” by Jodi Meadows, except that Jodi’s characters remembered their previous lives from birth. I also can appreciate a strong female lead character, even though Ellie is so torn between her human side and her “purpose”. I think she tries to do a good job of balancing, even though some people around her think her human side is a weakness.Then there is Will and his being bound to protect and serve Ellie even when he totally disagrees with her choices. He manages to compromise and create balance as well. And it’s that balance that allows them to work so well together. But then after working together for like 600 years, I would think they would have the whole thing down pat.I look forward to see where Moulton goes with the next installment. Still lots of questions about why Ellie took so long to reincarnate and she still isn’t remembering everything. Also…what do the demons have planned and what the hell is up with Ellie’s Dad?!?!?more
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton is an incredible debut novel that sets up what is sure to be an exciting series. Ellie, our heroine, is a well-adjusted, financially well-off teenager... or so she thinks. Once her power is awakened, strange things begin happening to Ellie, and poor Marshmallow (her car) always seems to catch the crap end of her battles with the reapers. Her mother is incredibly supportive and very rational. She's the kind of mother that every teenager wants, but no teenager has. Her father, however, is a nightmare.Ellie's friends are believable and funny, and even though they have no idea what is going on with her, they still try to be supportive. Kate and Ellie's friendship is displayed wonderfully throughout the novel, but even though Kate has been Ellie's best friend since Ellie was born, Will is the only person who really knows her. Will is her protector, and he has been with her for thousands of years. He knows Ellie better than she knows herself, and because of him, she is able to continue her fight to protect humanity.Angelfire is one of those novels that I lost myself in. I could not put it down either time that I read it. Ellie grows as a character, and by the end of the book, I felt that she was actually comfortable in her own skin. Her relationships with her friends, family, and Will also change over the course of the story, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with them next. While the novel ends nicely, and there are no obvious cliffhangers, there are still some questions left unanswered. Throughout the whole book, there were hints that something is amiss with Ellie's father, but that question wasn't answered in Angelfire. I hope that it's answered in Wings of the Wicked, which is due out on January 31, 2012.more
If you are looking for a book with a kick butt heroine and a whole lot of heart-pumping action, then this is the book for you!I’ve really wanted to read Angelfire for a while now, and I’m glad that I didn’t wait any longer because it was FABULOUS!The story starts out with Ellie just trying to live and have a normal teenager’s life. Problem is, she’s tormented every night by horrific, VERY realistic nightmares, and her parents are really worried about her. They’ve even sent her to counseling because Ellie’s nightmares have caused major dysfunction in their home.One day, when Ellie is at school she sees a boy who looks oddly familiar to her, and who is…ahem, *cough, cough*…TOTALLY HOT! Anyways, this TOTALLY HOT boy (Will) seems to be everywhere. And then one night, after her parents get into a huge fight (right after midnight and is now her birthday), Ellie wanders outside their home to get some fresh air and…surprise…she stumbles into HOT Will!Will turns out to be Ellie’s HOT guardian angelic reaper, and he tells her that every time she dies, she’s reincarnated into a new human body. And each time she’s reincarnated, Will MUST always find her again in order to protect her. But why?! It’s because Ellie is a serious, kick-butt demon fighter, and she’s the only human who can produce the demonfire (out of two wicked swords) necessary to kill the demon reapers who prey on human souls! Doesn’t that rock?And after reading this totally awesome book, I’m MORE than a little excited to pick up my copy of Wings of the Wicked because I think that’s going to rock too!more
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton has been on my TBR pile forever! I kept putting the ebook on hold at the library, receiving it, then not having time to read it due to internship/dissertation/review ARCs, etc. I finally made sure to clear some room in my schedule so I could get to this one and I'm glad I did. :DAngelfire is the kind of book that's great for fans of fantasy series with a romantic angle. There's a lot going on in Angelfire, from the angel mythology, fatal monsters and fight scenes, hot guys, a divine mission to save souls and, of course, high school drama. I often think that books like this aren't particularly skilled at integrating the whole I-want-to-be-a-normal-teen aspect, but Angelfire does. Ellie's high school friends and scenes get quite a bit of page time. Enough for me to feel a connection to those characters without taking away from the rest of the plot.The plot is pretty high stakes too. It's a classic "Save the world, one soul at a time," type thing...and, oh, by the way, the bad guys have finally found a way to defeat the awesome good guy (or in this case, girl). It was a race to the finish to find out which side would complete their mission first. Could the bad guys release the ultimate evil or could the good guys dispose of it before the bad guys got a chance? Good stuff.There are also some random things in the book that brought a true smile to my face. First off, Marshmallow? That's just about the coolest car name ever. Especially because of the description of the car. It fits. Second, any author who can make a Super Trooper reference is good in my book. If you don't know what I'm talking about, shame on you.Overall, Angelfire was an enjoyable read. I'm excited to continue the story with Wings of the Wicked.Final thoughts: Borrow.more
Recently I've finally read some of the books that have been sitting on my shelf for a while, but that I just hadn't had the chance to get to, and I'm really wishing that I'd picked some of these books up earlier! Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton is most definitely one of those books! It was probably my favourite book that I read this summer!I really loved all of the characters in this book. I felt like there was such an amazing, diverse cast of characters that were a lot of fun to read about. I really liked Ellie's friends and the way that they interacted with one another. They seemed like normal teenagers who liked to have fun a goof around and I felt like they allowed Ellie to keep that little bit of normalcy in her life, which I really liked.As I just mentioned, one of the things that I liked about Ellie was the fact the she tried to keep at least some aspect of her life normal. She was pretty much thrown into a world of fighting Reapers and I think that over all she handled this huge shift in her life quite well. I fell like she was a really strong character and the way she handled his giant change was just one of the many ways that she demonstrated her strength. Outside of the whole Reaper hunting thing, I also felt like Ellie was a pretty relatable character, which is definitely something that I look for in a book. If I can't relate to a character in at least some way, I can find it difficult to for a connection with the character, but this was not an issue at all with Ellie. Ah, Will. I'm not quite sure why, but I really have a thing for guys in books named Will. Don't ask me why, I just do and Angelfire's Will was no different. One of the many reasons that I liked him, as I'm sure is also the case for many others who have read this book, was the fact that he was hot. What can I say, I love a hot love interest! But he also had a ton of other qualities that I really loved as well. First and foremost, he was so loyal and caring towards Ellie, he literally lives only for her and is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her safe and alive, while at the same time helping her accomplish what she is meant to do. His loyalty towards his job as her guardian is also one of his flaws, I think. He has to put Ellie's life above all else and is willing to sacrifice his own, and even Ellie's, happiness to do so, which kind of sucked.As a whole, Angelfire was an awesome book! Probably one of my favourites of the whole summer! Courtney's writing was great, the plot was fast paced and exciting, and I really loved all of the characters! I honestly can't wait to get my hands on the sequel and see where Will and Ellie's relationship goes as well as what's in store in the Reaper-hunting department. If you haven't read Angelfire I would definitely recommend picking it up, I loved it and I hope that you will too!more
'Angelfire' is a killer debut novel. Going in to this book I didn't know what to expect. All I knew is that it had to do with reapers which is pretty darn awesome, so I dived right in.It's about a girl named Ellie and a guy named Will. Ellie is one of the best heroines I've ever read about, she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior and every time she dies, she just gets born again. I just loved her, she was kinda amazing. Now, onto Will, I loved Will also. I think I loved every single character in 'Angelfire'. They were all so amazing!The story was just so original! Have you ever heard of a book about reapers? I know I hadn't before 'Angelfire'. The plot will keep you on the edge of your seat. The action in the book was just enough to grasp the attention of the male audience, while the romance will keep the females attention.The writing for me wasn't anything special, but when the writing didn't keep my attention the plot and characters did.I will most definitely be picking up anything else Moulton writes, and so should all of you 'cause it's truly amazing awesomeness. Mostly.more
This book bored me and I couldn't slog through to the end. Though it does get a bonus point for mentioning my hometown, Commerce Twp., Michigan and having the main character live in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Not enough YA characters live in Michigan and that is a FACT! But the book was like eating cardboard and expecting it to taste like chocolate. Just my personal opinion.more
Ellie is having nightmares every night. Nightmares she pretends to her parents have gone away. Nightmares of monsters, terrifying creatures attacking her.Now, with the appearance of 'just call me Will," a mysterious boy who seems to show up out of nowhere, Ellie's nightmares seems to be coming to life. At first she's able to convince herself the nightmares are sill just that, dreams but soon she has to face that fact that they're actually happening.Will hasn't started appearing in her nightmares, her nightmares have become real. Will, a teen boy she feels like she already knows awakens an ancient power inside Ellie.Ellie is more than just a wealthy teenage girl shopping for designer dresses for her seventeenth birthday party and anxiously awaiting the new car she's going to get for said birthday. The car isn't the only thing Ellie's going to get on her birthday--Will is also going to return her powers on her birthday. Powers that will awaken lifetimes of memories reminding her how she's the one powerful enough to kill the creatures lurking in the dark lately, the same ones from her nightmares. The ones that happen to be very, very real.Angelfire has a lot of lore in it (think season five and six of Supernatural, maybe) which--for whatever reason-is making it hard for me to summarize . . .It's really kind of great because of that, though, because it takes an average girl, a la Buffy, who enjoys being popular and spending time with her friends, throws in this mysterious, kind of enchanting supernatural-y guy with big news of 'you're not exactly average.'Then now-not-so-average-girl has to figure out being the one girl who can fight these big nasty things with being the fun teenage girl with friends and things to do. All this while trying to learn this ins and outs of the world no one else knows exists, who's the biggest bad and how to stop them from killing her and Mr Mysterious Guy . . . who just might present romance potential.See, kind of like Buffy in the big points. But really different when reading/watching :)I really liked that Ellie was a fun girl who loved her pretty dresses and parties while this was a supernatural book. It might just be my reading choices but a lot of books seem to have girls that are able to fight (even with powers given to them) hate fashion or anything girly.The evil beings having hierarchy and names, etc. reminded me of Supernatural here, but I loved it because a) I love Supernatural (hey, I do!) and b) it helped me keep some of it straight--I'm really hoping some of this is recapped in book two because I don't know if I'll remember all of it!One aspect of the story also had me really wanting to rewatch a certain season of Angel!While I have compared this book (or at least parts of it) to Buffy, Supernatural, and Angel, don't think that Angelfire is only a mash-up of existent paranormal TV shows put into book form. Angelfire is still very original and highly creative. In fact, if you enjoy any of those TV shows, you've lucked out because now there's a book series you'll enjoy!Really looking forward to book 2 in this series!more
A super dark and intense debut packed with lots of action, mystery and fantasy elements. Angelfire isn’t your average angel story, it’s captivating and debut author, Courtney Allison Moulton takes on mythology with a riveting plot.The author has created an eerie and alluring world of angel’s, demons and reincarnation. It’s so engrossing; I found it hard to put down. The plot isn’t original but the contents and quality of the writing is and what stood out to me most was the action. The action can be described as being very intense, rapid and descriptive. I liked the character developments. Ellie is a strong protagonist that can really kick butt. When she meets Will, a boy who holds the secrets to her past, her life is changed drastically. Ellie is a Preliator, a mortal who has the power to kill reapers. Although at times, she finds herself wishing to be a normal teenager. Ellie undergoes a transformation as her powers awakens, as she starts understanding her purpose in life she becomes stronger, powerful and determined to fulfil her destiny. Despite being a Preliator, she refuses to give up her humanity. Will is attractive, charming and also, Ellie’s guardian. He’s a great guy and is completely faithful to Ellie; he sticks around and comforts her when she is down. Will also has great fighting skills; he challenges Ellie and cares deeply about her too. Together he and Ellie, stop the evil that is threatening to end the world.The attraction between Will and Ellie is undeniable but also forbidden because he is her guardian but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any entertaining parts. I’m excited to see how their relationship develops in the future.The story itself was just so engrossing, be sure to read it! Despite this book being super fantastic, there are still many unanswered questions, so be sure to look out for the second installment, Wings of the Wicked. Rating: 5 out of 5more
"It's never easy to be chosen, never easy to be called...I can see the writing on the wall, I can't ignore this war, at the end of it all, who am I living for?" (-Who Am I Living For by Katy Perry). Life. Death. Life. Ellie has been fighting the same war for centuries now, as the reincarnation of a fierce ancient warrior. Life and death, it's been the same cycle over and over again, until now. Adrenaline and action everywhere, I took Angelfire in with hunger and excitement, full with the utmost love for this book.Let me set this down on the table--er, blog--Ellie is a kick and bad ass character. I rooted for her from the beginning to the end. She is someone who can use her head--and two bad ass khopesh swords--and she's one who will never give up. If any of the reapers messed with her, they'd be in heaps of trouble. She can kick their ugly reaper butt, literally. While Ellie has such a big responsibility as the Preliator, she ends up falling for Will. Now come on, who wouldn't? Sexy, tough, gorgeous, sexyyy... Will has the traits of a kick butt partner and at the same times, those of a great love interest. It's hard to be the protector of an ancient warrior who reincarnates all the time, having to find her all over again and at the same time fall in love with her. Their relationship was in sync and it developed at the right pace, that I totally relaxed and was satisfied about it. Great partners and great lovers. Being able to kick butt comes with a lot of action. Sometimes, action scenes are really hard to put down into words, just the way you want it to be. Country Allison Moulton got past that and delivered the most visual and detailed descriptions of the fighting scenes. You could practically hear Ellie's khopesh swords swipe the reaper or hear Will's knuckles come in contact with a reaper's jaw. Hell yeah, that's epic. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the action scenes were WAYY EPIC.This is one of the best debuts I've read. Remarkable plot, writing, and characters, Angelfire and Courtney Allison Moulton deserve all the love I have for this book. I hope the next book matches up, if not tops, this one.more
Angelfire... wow!!! I loved this book! I loved these characters. I was so happy that Ellie was a strong-minded independant character. And Will... wow... he's just great!! I love him! He's not the typical YA paranormal character and has his own sustenance. The action scenes are always in the right spots and so well detailed, I felt part of it! It did remind me a bit of Mortal Instruments but not to the extent that it felt a carbon copy. It's hard to write a YA paranormal romance novel these days without crossing the lines or concepts of others as they are all so similar. But, I still felt Angelfire was a standout and I will be counting the days until the sequel is out. Also, if you haven't done so, check out the official website because the illustrations and gorgeous!!more
Angelfire throws us right into action within the first few chapters which I love, like I always mention. Courtney writes natural and realistic fight scenes. The fight scenes were my second favorite scenes, nothing can out beat make-out scenes.Courtney described situations using real life examples, such as using the T-rex in Jurassic Park the movie to describe the way an animal growls and moves. This way, many scenes or situations were easy to understand and picture. Many quotes she wrote reminded me of things I used to say in high school and other things were just hilarious.Will…gorgeous, gorgeous Will! He is the one of the best love interests out there in the young adult world! Will and Ellie are perfect together. Of course they have their ups and downs, confusion, and morals seem to get in the way often.The only problem I found with Angelfire was the world Courtney built for us was confusing to me at times. Many times I thought about re-reading portions of the book before I moved on. I didn’t because I thought in my head “I shouldn’t have to re-read paragraphs, I should be able to understand on the first read.” Courtney has a great imagination to come up with this world and the creatures were new and exciting. This could only be me that had this problem, but of course I had to mention it. By the end of the book, I did understand the world more.I still have many questions rolling around in my mind about this book and I cannot wait to have them (hopefully!) answered in the second book.more
I was intrigued by Angelfire’s premise and was not let down. In this stunning debut, Courtney Allison Moulton a butt kicking novel. Angelfire was something new and intriguing. Once I started it, I could not put it down. From the first chapter to the last page I was drawn in. What made this book was truly the characters and there interactions with each other. Ellie was a kick ass heroine. Even as she was discovering who she was and what she was Ellie still had a certain spark to her. And Will was a hot bundle of mystery. And there is Cadan who did not have a huge role, but was definitely a bigger mystery then Will and I have a feeling will be seeing a bunch more of him later. This book had tons of butt kicking, action packed scenes. Ellie and Will get there share of kicking reapers butts. And let me say, I loved these action scenes, they were awesome. While reading them, I felt like I could picture exactly what was going on as if I was watching an action movie. I literally could not get enough of them. I loved how Courtney Allison Moulton was able to make this story completely unique and her own. Angelfire was truly a story I’ve never read before. The plot was fresh and kept me on the edge of my seat, and the twist at the end, BRILLANT! Angelfire is a must read and I will definitely be waiting on the sequel.more
It's not hard to see why Angelfire has been drawing so much buzz. The action plus Ellie's kickass attitude makes it an appealing book to guys, and her relationship with the hot and mysterious (and entirely swoon-worthy) Will is an added bonus for girls. Ellie is a strong, independent female lead, a one-of-a-kind girl that I've been missing in recent YA releases. Yes, she will mess up during real fights with Reapers out to get her, but she can seriously kick Will's butt in practice fights. All she needs to do is figure out the Preliator business, and she'll deal serious damage to the Reapers. She'll become the hunter and they the prey. At the moment, she's still a really funny girl with a sweet and sensitive nature underneath her tough exterior. I do have this nagging suspicion that there's more to the whole dad business. Ellie's depression over her jerk of a dad seems unreal, and I don't get how a guy can change so much all of a sudden. I think the Reapers have infiltrated her house. That's the only possible explanation that I can think of (unless they found a way to brainwash good dads). Will. I love him just as much as I love Ellie and maybe just a tad bit more because... well, he's Will. Hot Will with a passionate heart concealed under the impassive mask he wears. It doesn't hurt that he's Ellie's sworn guardian and completely devoted to her. I really, really hope that they manage to stay together throughout the saving-the-world business. They've both suffered enough already, Will more-so in that he still remembers each of Ellie's lives that he's lived through while she's still struggling to remember everything. Angelfire is a fast-paced read abundant in action while not lacking in hilarious moments or heart-touching romance. I recommended this book for those who love books with angels. For those who love books with action. And for those who love books with romance. Courtney Allison Moulton's debut novel is a must read. I can't wait to read Wings of the Wicked, the next installment in the series!more
** spoiler alert ** If you like an action packed, and fast paced book with paranormal elements then AngelFire is the book for you!! Ellie is a "normal" high school student until a strange boy named Will comes into her life, and weird things start to happen. Will starts to creep her out and tells her that she is a Preliator who fights Reapers. She soon is going to school during the day and fighting reapers to almost near-death at night, with the protection of Will, who she finds out is her Guardian and has been for the past 500 years. He's been by Ellie's side for many different lifes, and has had to deal with her deal, and his intense love for her for many, many years. The books is left on a cliffhanger between the relationship with Ellie and Will, but unlike so many YA books, their relationship was very slow to develop and most recent YA books I feel like they are in love with each other within a few pages of the story. Courtney really built up their relationship slowly and just when it started to get intense the story ends. Angelfire definetly left me wanting more, and I can't wait to read the second installmant of this book, I mean who loves a kick-ass lead female character, with a bit of romance with a hot guy, and a mix of action-packed, page turning lovelyness.more
First off, thank you to Harper Teen for giving me an ARC to review!I don't want to put up my full review yet since this book is several months away from being published. I just want to say that THIS BOOK BLEW ME AWAY. It is ridiculous how good it is.I was pretty excited to read it, but I had absolutely no idea how freakin' fantastic it would be. Seriously. Just a few minutes after I read the last page, I was telling April @ Good Books & Good Wine that the book came at a good time. Once Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead are released later this year, I wasn't going to have anything else that I was so obsessed with getting my hands on. Now I do -the next two books in this trilogy. Once I said that, I realized it is about the highest compliment I can pay someone: comparing their book to both The Hunger Games and Vampire Academy series. And let me tell you, Angelfire measures up.It has the best action/combat scenes I can remember reading ever. All the characters are fabulous, the plot is riveting and the love story exceptional. Go out immediately and do whatever it takes to get your hands on a copy. Beg, borrow, or steal one...just read it!more
This was a wonderful story. I enjoyed the characters. They are well thought out, cleverly created and developed with a purpose. The setting is realistic and easy to invest in. The interactions between the characters is intriguing and entertaining. I look forward to more from this author!more
What I enjoyed most about Angelfire was that the author, Courtney Allison Moulton, put her own spin on Angel Mythology. I thought this book was very original and with so many other books out there based on Angels, Angelfire stands out and can hold its own.Ellie is a normal teenager until she starts to have nightmares about horrific black monsters that she has to fight and destroy. With the help of her Guardian, Will, Ellie begins to remember past lives consisting of fighting reapers before they can murder humans and bring their souls into hell. When she is killed in a past life, she is reincarnated into a different body, but her soul remains intact. With Will’s help she learns how to fight and how to use her powers, getting stronger with each fight. Ellie is the chosen one, and in the fight between good and evil, it is up to her to put an end to it.I thought Ellie was a very strong character. She was funny, capable, brave, but also a 17 year old girl at heart. She wanted to hang out with her friends and go to parties. She understood what her destiny was, but she wasn’t going to forget that she still was just a teenager. Every time she is reincarnated she becomes a little bit more human, and this has been the most human she has ever been. Ellie wanted to know all about her past lives and so did I. We get little glimpses, but I hope in future books we see more of it. I am wondering how Ellie’s family is going to come into the story. There is definitely something up with her father, and I wonder if my thoughts are correct about what is actually going on with him.Will has been her Guardian for centuries. He took an oath to always protect Ellie and guide her. When she dies, he waits for her reincarnated self to become seventeen, where he will teach her about her power, over and over again. I loved how protective Will was of Ellie. You can tell that they have such a long history and he cares for her deeply. I really liked Will and I hope we get to learn more about him.Will and Ellie have a wonderful chemistry and it is clear that they have strong feelings for each other. I just thought they were adorable together and you can tell that they complete each other. I am interested to see how their particular story will play out. Angelfire ended with many different cliffhangers and I can not wait for the second book! Overall, I thought this book was awesome. It really had a little bit of everything. It kept my interest the entire time that I was reading it!more
ANGELFIRE, by Courtney Allison Moulton, is full of action, romance, and suspense. Moulton conceived a world where human's greatest nightmares lie in wait right outside their vision. I am partial to books that focus on angels and the like, so I was very excited to read this one. Ellie started off being a normal teenage girl wanting to hang out with friends and party. But Ellie is anything but normal. Moulton started the action right in the beginning with the introduction of Will and soon after, a reaper. The reapers and other creatures that lived right beyond our world were terrifying. The visualization of the reapers and their characterizations really flautned Moulton's creative mind. I enjoyed the fight and training scenes betwen Ellie and Will. While reading I felt I was there it the fight with them. And Ellie's swords with angelfire were definitely impressive and added a little extra oomph to the fighting. As much as I liked the book, I found myself getting bored with Ellie. It is understandable that in the beginning it would be a total shocker to discover that you are a reincarnated reaper-killing machine, but I think her resistance to the idea took way too long to get over. I would think her dead-beat dad and party-hardy friends couldn't compete with being a badass fighter. But in a way, my frustrations with her connected me more to the story so that I would (hopefully) see her accept her fate. I am not one for spoilers, but I have some questions that will hopefully be answered in the next book. Overall, this was a great start to the series and I anxiously await number two!Side note, how awesome is the cover? I love getting a look at her sword!!more
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. After a rough first chapter that felt rather amateurish, the author really hit her stride. There were a few other rough patches (some odd sentences and a few places with long paragraphs of background and explanations), but it's quite an enjoyable read in the end.The action sequences are excellent, the angst is oh-so-angsty, and the hero isn't a huge jerk. The heroine makes some stupid teenage decisions, but not so many that she becomes a parody. She actually shows quite a few sides to herself, and it was really nice having a multifaceted teen heroine in what is essentially a teen romance novel.I was worried that this was going to be another Christianity-in-disguise novel, but it dances around religion in the same way that Buffy the Vampire slayer did. Demons and angels are present, but that's just the way reality is in the book.I was also worried about yet another teenage-girl-is-the-chosen-one story. Buffy has been mentioned in other reviews, but this novel actually reminded me more strongly of Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters series. I liked this one better, and I look forward to the next in the series.more
Product DescriptionFirst 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 found this to be a very enjoyable read. Lately, it seems I've been swamped with books, that instead of being enjoyable were just a chore to read. Angelfire was a nice change of pace.What I liked: The main characters. Ellie, though I think she has room to grow, is a very likable character. She came across as rather well grounded, concerned about many typical teen concerns (school, clothes, parties), but not overly spoiled or snotty. Will is your typical brooding, dark and handsome love interest. The bad guys: No, I'm not on their side, but I thought the Reapers were a nice departure from your usual demons out to destroy the world.What bothered me: There were two things that I found disturbing. Ellie's acceptance: When Ellie is "awakened", she seems to accept what is happening rather quickly. I guess that's to be expected when you are forced to fight the Reapers or die. I just thought she might have questioned her sanity a little more. I think most teens would.Ellie's father: This isn't a criticism of the book. I just don't like him. He is certainly up for the bad parent of the year award. I sometimes wonder if he's been possessed by a Reaper.Over all this is a great book. If you like good vs. evil with a little bit of romance as well as action, then this is a book that you should read. It is true that there are a lot of unanswered questions, but I think the author planned it that way on purpose as there are two more books yet to be published. Angelfire is a new and interesting spin on what seems to be a fast growing popular genre of books about angels. There is enough action and enough twists and turns (including a surprising revelation about Ellie) to keep readers turning the pages.more
When I started reading Angelfire, I had a bit of a shock: The book is written in third person past tense. Sure, this is the traditional point of view to write in, but not in YA these days... I'm so used to seeing first person or, more commonly, first person present, that it took me at least the first few chapters to wrap my head back around the way the story was written. And that's where a bit of a problem came in. Because, you see, while the story itself is good, the writing bothered me. There were some awkward turns of phrase, and weird bits of infodump that could have easily been edited out. I'm not sure why the editor made the choices she did, but that's fine--it's Moulton's debut novel, and she's put together an exciting story, fiddly sentences aside.The main character is strong, a bit sarcastic, and thinks with her head, not her heart. She doesn't swoon all over a guy and then bend her life around him, which is both refreshing and realistic... their feelings for each other are slow to develop, and questioned along the way. In fact, I'd argue that romance is on the backburner for the majority of this one. Instead, the story focuses on butt-kicking action, as our heroine discovers she's a reincarnated soul who fights supernatural creatures known as Reapers. She's reluctant warrior whose memories didn't come back this time... so she has to discover all these things anew. Add in some fallen angel mythology, and plenty of violent fight scenes, and you have Angelfire.I won't say I'll rush out to read the second book, but I'm curious to see where the author goes with it, and I'd love to see her writing develop even further. Recommended for those who enjoy supernatural/paranormal YA.more
I. Love. This. Book.I'd borrowed my best friend's copy, and I was this close (l l) to stealing it from her.Summary:Ellie is getting seriously creeped out. She's been seeing reapers, demons that take human souls and send them to Hell. She has flashbacks, memories of battles, of her and Will, and weirdest of all, of her dying. Then she meets the boy she's been seeing in her visions. They click like that *snaps*. As Will slowly begins to reveal Ellie's past to her, deaths, age, and all, Ellie begins wondering what exactly she is, how she can stop Bastian, a Fallen angel, from starting up another war with heaven, all on top of figuring out how to be a normal teenager. A normal teenager stuck in the middle of a paranormal war.Comments:First off, if you've read this and loved it as much as I did, you have to read PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White. My best friend (Emily) said I would absolutely fall in love with this book because it was exactly what I was looking for in a book: sarcasm, paranormalcy, and romance. Boy, was she right. I loved it so much that I didn't want to give it back to her. That I freaked out when she said that it had gotten wet because of rain. That I started bookmarking all of my favorite parts. In a nutshell, if you haven't read this yet, you need surgery to remove all that stupid from your brain.more
I was completely entertained. Cannot wait to read the next in the trilogy.more
Reminiscent of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Recommended to fans of the series.more
I read this book the day after it came out because I wanted it so much it was consuming. Why I didn't review it earlier is beyond me -life just got in the way I guess. Anyway... this book was great! It has made it onto my list of all-time favorite books, which is a very selective spot. Angelfire follows Ellie, a normal seventeen-year old. Well she was normal. Or more appropriately, she thought she was normal. But Ellie is anything but normal. She is an ancient warrior, reincarnated generation after generation after dying fighting the reapers. However, Ellie isn't sure that is who she wants to be. After going so long being just Ellie, it is hard to give that up. But when your life and the lives of your family are at stake, there may not be an easy way out.I loved, loved, loved this book! There was tons of reaper-killing, kick-butt action. As well as romance, teenage angst, humor, suspense, and difficult choices. The plot is something that will almost immediately draw you in, but for me, the plot wasn't the selling point (though I loved it), the characters were. The characters in this novel were so well developed and completely likable! They were funny, they had depth and they were realistic. Also, Ellie's relationship with her best friend reminded me shockingly of me and my own best friend. So maybe I'm a little biased there since I felt like I bonded with them because they said the same things I would in that situation. But it wasn't just the "good" characters that I loved. I loved the bad ones just as much. They were not the annoying, I-can't-stand-reading-about-you kind. Sure, they were evil, but there are just some evil characters you don't find yourself hating. You might hate what they do, but the characters themselves are interesting. Like Bellatrix from Harry Potter (my favorite character from the series), or Lady Macbeth. Both are horrible, but awesome at the same time. Or maybe I'm just evil... watch out!So overall, I cannot wait until I get to reunite with Ellie and dive into her crazy, scary, action-packed world again! It is a trilogy: Wings of the Wicked (2012) and Hymn to the Fallen (2013) will be the next installments in the series. If you have yet to pick up this awesome debut, I would recommend you do that soon (now would be great).more
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