Book Review #11: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

“First there are memories

Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.

Then comes 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 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, her role is to hunt and kill the reapers the 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.”

As soon as I made my first thoughts on this book, I knew I had to review it on here (and since I’ve been M.I.A. on wordpress for the longest time). So, where to start…

Ellie finds out she’s this ancient being called a Preliator, who has been resurrecting over and over fighting these demon things called reapers and virs. And Will is her “Guardian” and no other information about him is revealed (yet) and it also just so happens he’s immortal. Now, I’m probably going to start bashing this book, maybe because I’m jealous she gets the hot guardian just for being clueless throughout the entire novel.

First, I didn’t find this very realistic. Well, this is obviously a supernatural themed novel, but I found it unrealistic in the things that we supposed to be normal. For example, Ellie’s Mom doesn’t punish her enough for the stupid thing she does, like her new car gets messed up at various times in this novel and her mother is completely calm about it. Doesn’t really yell at her at all, doesn’t really give her a real punishment for the bad things she does. Another example of unrealistic events/characters was Ellie’s father. Her and her Mom are having problems with him and Ellie’s Mom and Dad fight all the time. Now, I’m not dissing the whole situation, because that could very well happen to anybody, but what he says and the way he gets angry sounds kind of stupid, the way he “insults” Ellie and her Mom as bad as it is, doesn’t seem real to me. It’s like he’s reading off a script.

Second, a majority of the book, was just boring. If I’m reading a book about this kind of stuff, I don’t want endless boring typical teenage blarghs with movie nights and parties. Also, Ellie whines to much. About everything, blah “I want to be a normal girl” over and over again gets slightly annoying. I was relieved when she finally got a sense of humour about half way through the book.

Third, I found explanations of things hard to follow. I’m quite a forgetful person, so you have to remind me of things or I have to find a way to remind myself. The lengthy explanations of things in the book were to spaced apart and not often repeated so I am reminded of things. I’m quite and avid reader and I still couldn’t understand anything, so how are people who aren’t really readers supposed to understand it.

But overall, there were moments that kept me reading. Although they were spaced apart. I probably won’t pick up the next book anytime soon, I’m not sure if I honestly care for the trilogy now. The ending of this book was kind of cliche.

Two stars.

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