Book: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
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.
Now, before you think I'm a stalker and call the cops, please read my reasons as to why I'm so in love with you:
You wrote about a badass heroine named Ellie.
In a lack of better words, she was awesome. I admire you for coming up with someone so strong yet vulnerable... someone so real. Who else has the power to tell a hot guy to eff off? (Okay maybe Ellie didn't say it like that but I don't even have the strength to tell a really, really hot guy to go away!)
Another reason why she's a cool cat? She's not annoying! Oh yes, yes, YES. Hallelujah. I can totally relate to her (not her hunting life though). If I ever met her in real life, I think we have a possibility to be best friends.
Another reason why she's awesome? She can KICK BUTT. Big time. I loved the way you described her inner conflicts when she fought monsters, that incredibly real lack of confidence that nagged at her throughout the book. It just made her all the more real.
You created a really hot guy... that's not a jerk.
I've seen so many love interests in the YA department of paranormal romance that are cocky and smexy. Don't get me wrong, I love them all (in fact, I'd steal them if I could) but it is so rare to find the one guy who's protective, adorable, sexysexysexy, strong, and not a total asshole! Will is perfect in a sense, but his actual character isn't. He's tortured, which I adore, and having inner wars within himself. To me (and Ellie), he's perfect.
Favorite quote from him [Read at your own risk!]:
"Please understand that no matter what I am or what has happened in the past, I am yours. I am devoted to you above all else, including my own life." - page 240 of Angelfire.
Good LORD, how can you not go on a swooning rampage from THAT?
Your writing is just stupendous, and so is the plot!
This story was so much fun to read. The descriptions are vivid and genuine, I felt like I was practically there! You threw some stuff at me that I did not expect, which I most certainly loved however. Unpredictability is best for keeping me and any reader surprised!
I especially loved the conversations throughout this whole book. The witty remarks and banters between Ellie and Will, the girl to girl conversations with Kate and Ellie, Landon and Chris' boy talk, everything was fantastic. In some books, I feel like the author is trying too hard to write like how teens talk but you, Courtney, write like a wizard with mad writing skills. Total love. ♥
Also, thanks for not leaving me hanging that much at the end of the book. The ending was total epitome of badass-ness in all its glory.
To sum up how I felt about your book...
P.S. I can't wait for Wings of the Wicked to come out!
P.P.S. You're AWESOME SAUCE.