Published by HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books on February 15th 2011
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.
In the beginning I didn’t particularly have high hopes for Angelfire. When it comes to gauging my possible like of a novel, I stick to a core group of bloggers and their reviews. Not only do I and said bloggers have similar tastes and opinions, I also can trust that their reviews won’t spoil the story for me. I cannot tell how many times I’ve quickly browsed Goodreads and had books ruined for me because a user had posted blatant in-your-face spoilers. Grrr!! *shakes fist* So the reviewers I trust, had for the most part shown no interest in Angelfire, or disliked it greatly.
However, between an e-copy sale, out-of-the-blue receiving of an ARC of book #3, and my general love of angel-centrique books, I decided to wing it and start Angelfire this past weekend. Below I’ll break down the main parts I liked and disliked.
Story – Moulton did a great job of taking random bits of angel-myth, mixing in some original-myth and creating a unique story. Out of all the angel series I’ve read now which is like 6 or 7, Angelfire establishes its own identity.
Romance – Most of us, if not all of us, despise the “insta-love” and dread the “love-triangle”. I’m glad to report that neither occur in this book. The love that does develop is literally centuries in the making, although, also reasonably paced in the current time. You can tell where the main relationship is/will be right away in this one, and although a tiny fork in the road pops up here and there I promise that you won’t be declaring #team *who-evers*.
Action – This particular element I found to be both positive and negative. Positive: Instead cowering in the corner, waiting for a big strong man to come to her rescue, Ellie does A LOT of butt-kicking. It was great having a strong female lead that could handle herself.
Characters – Although I liked Ellie for her butt-kicking ways, I really didn’t connect to her. I felt like her relationship with her parents was too weird. For instance, in the beginning, Ellie was quite bitchy towards her mom and dad. She was pretty much plain rude, not really wanting anything to do with them. Half-way through the novel her dad seemed to exhibit a monstrous-behavior which definitely would explain the earlier coldness, but it still felt out of the blue. 2 and 2 just never connected. The relationship felt whole-y, like there were parts to the story that I missed (weren’t there) and I couldn’t understand why she’d act in *that* particular way.
Information Overload – EEEK attack of the 50-foot info overload!!! *STOMP STOMP* I loved the story and the information given, but too much was given at a time. At one point we were hit back-to-back with new info and I had to reread the section like 4 times. AND I’m still not entirely sure what it all means or how it will play out.
Action – (The negative side) Sure, there was a lot of great action scenes, which I didn’t mind, however, I felt like the storyline suffered because of it. The story didn’t feel as strong because Moulton focused too much on the action and not enough on the emotions and world-building. I would have liked a nice balance.
So there ya go! I give Angelfire 3 out of 5 stars. From reviews I’ve read, book two seems to be better received. I plan on reading it early-January.