Friday, June 22, 2012

Anglefire Review

Title: Angelfire

Author: Courtney Allison Moulton

Date of Publication: February 15, 2011

Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book

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Synopsis: Seventeen year old Ellie is plagued by nightmares, nightmares of creatures she must kill before they kill her. When Ellie meets Will she has the nagging feeling that she's met him before, that they already know each other. As it turns out Ellie is the reincarnated spirit of the Preliator, a being intended to kill Reapers before they can drag their victims to hell and Will is her guardian. They must work against the clock to find the Enshi, a powerful being that has the potential to destroy the Preliator, before those who want Ellie dead can release it and destroy Ellie forever.

My Review:

By some small miracle I actually finished Angelfire, there were several times when I was tempted to stop but truthfully I'm glad I finished it. The last 150 pages of the book are quite good, filled with action, romance, and an interesting plot, however the 300 plot-less, boring, repetitive pages you must wade through to get there make it almost not worth it.

For the first 300 pages Ellie is a weak character, complaining about her life while her parents buy her a 30,000 dollar car for her 16th birthday and sobbing in her room when her dad calls her a moron for wrecking it. All Ellie wants to do is party with her friends and her parents hardly even care when she gets drunk and, attacked by a reaper, flies through the windows of her house. When Ellie must fight reapers she hardly even does anything, letting Will take care of most of the work. The first 300 pages are a repetition of Ellie complaining, "fighting" reapers, and partying.

However, in the last 150 pages Ellie becomes a kick-ass heroine. She takes control in battles, she isn't afraid to get her hands dirty, and Will stops doing most of the work. The last 150 pages are also where most of the plot appears, before this there had been talk of the Enshi but there was little action taken. Ellie, Will, and their friends attempt to destroy the Enshi while engaged in a bloody battle with the Preliator's greatest enemy.

Perhaps in coming volumes there will the a stronger plot and Ellie will be a more likable character, but at this time I cannot say that I recommend this novel. The last 150 pages are not worth suffering through the rest of the book, I don't exactly hate this book but to be honest definitely disliked it.


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