“Ellie is having nightmares and doesn't know why. But, when she dreams un-normal things like reapers she is shown by her protector Will that they are real. She also, discovers that she is a Preliator and she is re-born after every time she has fallen in battle. But, she is becoming more and more human, and it's taking longer, and longer for her to be reborn while she can't figure out that problem, there's another. She loves Will but, she can't because it's forbidden even though he likes her too. So, while fighting reapers with her twin khopesh swords that hold the angelfire and almost the only thing that can kill reapers she has that to worry about.”Mikaela wrote this review Monday, January 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was really good and I want to read the sequel. It was interesting because of the suspense at the beginning and then the actual plot was great as well.
“Can't wait for the next one!”Chris W wrote this review Wednesday, August 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am a hundred plus pages into this book and have yet to find a reason to finish it. The characters are poorly conceived offering nothing new, as they resemble most characters in young adult books published these. I couldn't find much of anything new in this book. In fact as I was struggling to read it I kept wondering if I had read it before. Then I remembered the book Shattered Souls, and recognized so many similiar elements that I had to look up when both books where published. While neither book copied the other it gave me pause to wonder if the publishing world had run out of unique stories to publish. One day I may be able to finish reading this book and give it a better review, but for now I'm sticking with great books like Devil's KIss by Sarwat Chadda. It is a shame that books that are original like Devil's Kiss stopped getting published after two books, and regurgitated books like Angelfire have three out with undoubtedly more to come.”Anne wrote this review Wednesday, August 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So much of torn love stories. Love it. ♥”Angelie wrote this review Saturday, June 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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. ”
“A new series to look forward to! I super love the twists and turns in the story and of course WILL !!♥♥♥”Jade wrote this review Saturday, May 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“very slow and not much movement in it”Candi is on Holiday OR caught up in Life!!!!!-but creativity is just as important as education (please leave a message) wrote this review Monday, May 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amazing! Period.”Maddie wrote this review Thursday, April 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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The very opening of the book was just so utterly boring. The entire first chapter was just so pointless. I had to fight to not put the book down and actually give it a chance. I found most of the time while reading this book, I had to fight the urge to completely give up on it. The writing style needs a lot of work.
Well the main character Ellie is supposed to be portrayed as the heroine within the novel, I think she could use some work. Simply because she is constantly thrown into fight scenes doesn’t mean she is a strong female character. She acts more like a damsel in distress through having Will protect her. She also makes incredibly stupid decisions, i.e. going out to drink with her friends when she knows she has enemies after her. She really just started to annoy me by like chapter three. The way she spoke was just too ‘immature teenager’ and had the quality of a yelping puppy, painful to the ears.
As much as I appreciate Will’s attempt at playing a stalker, he was just too creepy. There is a way to portray stalker like qualities and make it fun. Will was too evasive, he never wanted to answer any questions or be open. As much as I can appreciate the dark and brooding male lead, he was just as annoying as Ellie. I guess the author strives to make Will the protective, loving, male lead but he was self-indulgent and had no real depth. That was also Ellie’s problem, there wasn’t any real depth to her either, she was just another teenager. The only thing that set her aside was the fact that she was given the task of being the Prelaitor but she doesn’t live up to the hype of her gifts.
I really hated the fact that Will kept having to hit Ellie on the forehead to activate her powers. I would have understood Will having to do it the first time but he kept doing it, and it made Ellie seem incapable of handling her own gifts which inevitably is true throughout the book.
The dialogue was too forced and too clumsy. There was no soul behind the dialogue. Ellie CONSTANTLY had a question and Will was walking around like he was an open encyclopedia in such a monotone like way. It made sense that Will would have so many answers since he had spent five hundred years watching over Ellie but there are just things Ellie needs to learn on her own, and some things don’t need to be verbalized. Too much of the story was being told to the reader instead of allowing the story to show it.
The only real thing that the book did well on was the mythology behind the plot. You can tell the author did a great amount of research and created a thoroughly intricate and elaborate plot. I was very surprised when Archangel Michael showed up and enlightens Ellie to the truth of who she is: Archangel Gabriel. That was a really great twist and one I did not expect.
Even though the book is very action packed and that did keep me from putting the book down, the fights scenes even lacked depth. The novel felt as if the author had written a ton of fight scenes to make up for the fact that she seemed to lack the ability to add passion, heat, to the fights. Ellie and Will just seem to fight because that’s what the author wrote, not because they were determined to rid the world of evil.
The romance between Ellie and Will was too cliche throughout the entire novel. Secret mysterious boy comes into girl’s life, helps show her who she really is, and proclaims he has always been in love with her. Girl suddenly goes from hating him to being madly in love with him. The only time I really cared anything at all about their romantic relationship is toward the end where Will finally confessed his love but tells Ellie he can’t be with her because he is her guardian. I liked that the book didn’t end with a happy bubbly ending.
Angelfire is a decent read. There are small aspects of the novel that are enjoyable and interesting but not enough to take time out of your day to read.