Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books.
Release Date: February 15, 2011.
First there are nightmares.Angelfire is definitely one of the best YA paranormal novels that I’ve read lately. And that’s probably because it’s so unbelievably kick-ass.
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.
Ellie is this normal girl who likes to shop and go to the movies with her friends, but then she’s a fierce heroin who can wield a sword without effort and take out some pretty monstrous reapers when she needs to. Courtney writes a very alluring mix between normal and paranormal for Ellie in this fantastic debut. She’ll fight the reapers in one scene and come home to another fight with her verbally abusive father in the next. It’s very admirable that even with the paranormal aspect, Courtney didn’t lose touch with Ellie’s human life.
And Will. *sighs* Ellie and Will are like Batman and Robin to me, only Ellie is Batman and Will is a lot more sexier than Robin ever was. But seriously, I really did love Will. He has all the appeal of a bad boy, but he’s just a huge softy at heart and his adoration for Ellie leaped off the pages.
Speaking of leaping off pages, let me tell you, the action? EPIC. This author owns writing intense fight scenes. And she’s also good with switching gears from kick-ass action of killing reapers to being all romantic and soft with ease. I went from being all riled up from a fight scene to nearly melting in my seat at the gushiness that followed.
Overall, Angelfire is a fantastic debut full of action, romance, and straight up epic kick-assery. It’s a magnificent start to a what is sure to be a magnificent series and I can’t wait for book two! Paranormal fans, this book was basically written for you. I definitely recommend!
Other reviews for Angelfire:
Just Your Typical Book Blog.
My Bookish Ways.