The Compulsive Reader: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Friday, February 11, 2011

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

All Ellie wants for her seventeenth birthday is a car and memorable party. She certainly doesn't expect a hot stranger, super-human strength, and a whole slew of reapers to fight. It turns out that the hot stranger is Will, her sworn protector, and Ellie is the Preliator, a mortal gifted with the strength to kill reapers, who is reincarnated in every generation. But this life is different: Ellie doesn't remember anything in her past, and her strength and abilities are returning slower than usual. And in the meantime, the demonic reapers are planning something huge that only Ellie can stop--if she can uncover all of her memories in time.

Angelfire is an absorbing, witty, and unique book. Ellie is a humorous and spunky heroine with a lively personality that will keep readers laughing. She balances out the darker bits of the plot--the menacing reapers, her past deaths, and the threat of death around every corner. There is plenty of intriguing, complicated lore to sort through, and Moulton's take on angels, both heavenly and fallen, is a unique one. She packs in as much suspense as she does humor when building up to the fight scenes, which will attract fans of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. But there's also a lot more going on in this book than just the fight between good and evil--Ellie has to deal with friend drama, family issues, and confront her growing feelings for Will, even though her memory of past lives with him isn't fully intact. There's so much happening in Angelfire, you'll hardly notice you've been sucked in until you flip to the last page, hungry for book two.

Cover Comments: So, this cover is pretty wicked--I love the expression on the model's face, the swords, the clouds in the background--very awesome!

ARC picked up at GLIBA, courtesy of the publisher.


Jayme @ Horribly Bookish said...

I love the cover on this book. So fierce.

Lauren said...

Looks awesome. I just hope it's different -enough- from Buffy to be unique.

The Compulsive Reader said...

Lauren: Oh, definitely. It's got the kick-butt, saving the world from monsters at night thing going on, but the dynamics between the friends and the issues Ellie faces is very different from the Buffy plot line.