Angelfire➽ [Reading] ➿ Angelfire By Courtney Allison Moulton ➲ – First there are nightmaresEvery night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her killing herThen come the memoriesWhen Ellie meets Will she feels on the verge of First there are nightmaresEvery night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her killing herThen come the memoriesWhen 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 dreamNow she must huntEllie 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. Rating my own book I’ve thought long and hard to deter­mine if there was a sin­gle aspect of this book that I even likedThe char­ac­ters the story telling the writ­ing the themes was there anything? No  I tried but this book was painfully bad  I am not at all exag­ger­at­ing when I report that I fell asleep twice within the first twenty pages  This book was highly rem­i­nis­cent of both Buffy and Bleach  So what?  Pretty much half the things pub­lished in YA these days are rem­i­nis­cent of Buffy  Unfor­tu­nately you want to at least stand up a lit­tle in the com­par­i­son  This is not com­pa­ra­ble to Buffy This is Buffy if Buffy weren’t Buffy but Dawn was BuffyWould you really want to watch Buffy if Dawnnwere Buffy?I would like to take this oppor­tu­nity to remind peo­ple that there is noth­ing wrong with writ­ing a real­is­tic teenager  Ellie was cer­tainly real­is­tic – for a cer­tain type of teenager  She was vapid shal­low thought­less com­pletely stuck in her own world and hope­lessly self centered  This is a prob­lem for two reasons 1 Nobody takes issue with this  Will men­tions twice that she doesn’t take her duties seri­ously enough but this is laughed off and treated by the text as if he takes them way too seriously2 The fuck­ing world relies on her and her alone Look I don’t want to be nit­picky but this girl has our lives in her hands  What I want to know is is there a way that cannot be the case? She’s so bor­ing and the novel becomes bor­ing because of how bor­ing she is This is sup­posed to be a book about an immor­tal war­rior girl who fights Reapers to save human­ity  It ends up being Gos­sip Girl with the occa­sional mon­ster  What con­tin­u­ally amazes me is that Ellie even has friends – because she has all of the wit and charm of a mouldy mop  Yet Re­ui­site Best­friend and Re­ui­site Friend­zone Fred­die just hang off every word she says  We have Will who is one of those annoy­ing brood­ing male roman­tic inter­ests  There’s not much to say about him because he’s like ALL brood­ing male roman­tic interests They could have over­come the insur­mount­able obsta­cles to their love and found a way to be together but he was too busy brood­ing and she was too busy shop­ping  Also the world ended along the way The writ­ing is bor­ing and the plot is painfully slow  The plot is barely there and Moul­ton com­pletely fails to marry the overtly long and com­pli­cated world build­ing with any kind of rea­son­able story arc  The only method she knows of con­vey­ing infor­ma­tion is in mas­sive info dump con­ver­sa­tions  After you fin­ish wad­ing through mean­ing­less vapid social inter­ac­tion after mean­ing­less vapid social inter­ac­tion you dis­cover that the few fight scenes there are in this book are painfully short and bor­ing  How am I sup­posed to care about the end of the world and the pos­si­bil­ity of a Reaper con­sum­ing my soul and con­demn­ing me to an eter­nity in hell when all Ellie fuck­ing cares about is her par­ties and social stand­ing?  Oh I’m sorry  She also cares about Mr Tall dark mys­te­ri­ous and broody  They spend a lot of time talk­ing  A Lot of timeIt’s not like I expected her to go from 0 kickass in five sec­onds  But Ellie never at any point in this novel has a real rev­e­la­tion about the fact that she’s got a divine fuck­ing mis­sion here  And it’s not to attend par­ties  Think about it  Every time she’s going to the movies with friends or cof­fee or a party some­one is out there dying  And not just dying Their soul is going to burn in hell and suf­fer eter­nal tor­ment and be used in Lucifer’s fight to con­demn ALL the souls  Every time Ellie decides to take a break and not be so seri­ous about her duties which she does with alarm­ing fre­uency – a child a woman a man SOMEONE will suf­fer for­ever for it  Every time she needs to inves­ti­gate some­thing or train and she says “Oh I’m busy at the movies tonight can we do that in two days time?” she’s per­son­ally let­ting peo­ple downThe hor­ror she expe­ri­ences every time she faces off against one of the Reapers the hor­ror for which we are meant to sym­pa­thize as one of her strug­gles yeah well she has both Will and a cou­ple of kick arse swords when she faces off against them  Think of the chil­dren who have had to face that hor­ror on their own and have not survivedI have no sym­pa­thy or emo­tional invest­ment in her at all  Sure she doesn’t have her mem­o­ries but even in flash­backs she is com­pletely disin­gen­u­ous as an immor­tal war­rior fight­ing for human­ity  When Buffy got her mis­sion she woke up fairly uickly and real­ized that her hopes and dreams and free time were all com­pletely incon­se­uen­tial com­pared to her mis­sion  Ellie did not have that real­iza­tion in this entire novel  Every­thing took a back­seat to her social life and school cal­en­dar  Every­thing  And this was not per­ceived to be a prob­lem  Not even by the nar­ra­tion which gives far time and invests far heav­ily in Ellie’s star crossed lovelife than it does in the fact that there is an apoc­a­lypse comingThere is some­thing supremely wrong about that “Meanwhile I was reduced to staring at the wiry gray chest hair puffing out of Mr Meyer’s polo shirt like overgrown steel wool and wondering whether or not he had ever considered waxing” Well that’s an interesting way of describing something “As I looked at him I felt a certain fondness deep in my heart but I shook the feeling off” Damn it she sees a pretty guy for the first time describes his appearance and clothing in detail and she has a “special bond” with him Fantastic “Another growl came and then very heavy footsteps – like T rex shaking the water cup Jurassic park style heavy footsteps” This is how the first action scene is introduced Just sayin’ “But I wasn’t afraid A calmness washed over me and my mind analyzed at a lightning pace Strange memories and thoughts that didn’t belong to me flooded into my mind faces and violence I’d seen long ago in different times I looked up at Will whose face sparked the clearest and fondest memory I knew I had to fight now but I needed my weapons” Are you freaking kidding me??? She gets the memories of reincarnated lifetimes so she never has to actually learn how to fight? Or have to get to know this Will guy? It’s just GIVEN to her? Biggest case of deus ex machina ever? I think so “’I’m going to name him Marshmallow’ I announced” She’s talking about a car The morning after she fights a demon or something sigh Rich girls “‘You rich girls and your stupid names for your cars’ Chris said” I like this guy “We drove Kate’s BMW Kate stopped to ogle a table topped with shoes by Channel fondle a particular bag in the Valentino collection I decided on a cute strapless cream Badgley Mischka cocktail dress I knew I had the perfect matching black Marc Jacobs satin shoes adventurous black mesh front Dolce Gabbana bustier sheath dress we went to eat lunch at PF Chang’s Louis Vuitton boutiue with a new bag ” Jesus H Christ “I nodded imagining what I’d do with tens of millions of dollars Oh God – the shoes I could get with that” The Chosen One to save the world ladies and gentlemen By the way sidenote – I’m getting really tired of these really long explanations from Will They’re really boring It’d be way natural if they just incorporated the answers in the story instead of these page long infodumps They’re making my eyes water Oh Other sidenote – Why exactly is this girl the Chosen One? I mean she’s only good at fighting because of these memories and even then she doesn’t put her sacred duties very high on her priority list just after her birthday party and movie night Plus she’s pretty shallow and not very bright She’s actually a pretty normal teenager which is fine but if she’s a Chosen One she shouldn’t be so ordinary “Why would he say something so dismissive and hurtful? Didn’t he understand how important my birthday party was to me? Wasn’t I important to him?” Oh the pseudo problems of upper middle class teenage girls She bitches that her dad is never around when he’s the one working to pay for her stupid car and her party I’d love to be rich for a day It’d be kinda cool to know what it’s like when my birthday party going wrong is actually a real problem I don’t think I’ve had a birthday party since I was nine “The reaper stepped toward me ‘I am Ragnuk and I am going to eat you now’” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Oh man I actually laughed out loud at this That’s scary stuff right there Anyways this was fun – actually no fun at all – but I’ve got a huge stack of awesome books I can’t wait to read and since this probably won’t improve my life in any sort of way I’m dropping it The writing is some of the worst I’ve seen in YA lit and that’s saying something You know how with some books every few words you're like Ooooh ostentatious that's a good word Oh guttersnipe that's another good wordWell this isn't one of those booksNot like that's a bad thing I just mean that it's a very uick and easy read Prose that's not exactly lyrical but also not anywhere near boring The Rundown Into every generation she is born one girl in all the world a chosen one She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires demons and the forces of darkness reapers; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number capture of human souls She is the Slayer PreliatorChosen One who battles darkness with the help of her Angelic love interest and nerdy friends Does the plot of Angelfire sound familiar at all? It should Fire Bad Angel PreeeeettyNow just throw some angels and some stuff about Heaven and Hell and battling the forces of Hell New rule You steal my storyline you get punchedOh that sounds familiar too? The World building This seems to be heavily influenced by Buffy which in my case well I just can't freaking help it I love it I drink it up like chocolate from a chocolate fountain If there is a chosen one and beastie fighting I am all over it Yet Angelfire lacks the humor and refinement of Buffy so it ends up being similar to Mortal Instruments in tone and maturityWith the exception of my absolute love of the show Supernatural I've never really gotten into the whole heaven vs hell thing Luckily this one appears to be easy on the preach I know some people zone out when God and Lucifer get brought out but I felt this on was lighter on that aspect than most It focused much on the angels and the Fallen instead of Heaven blah blah blah God blah blah blah The Characters Very cliched very typical YA Yes our main character named Ellie is a bit of a Mary Sue and her guardian Will has a major Hero complex but God help me maybe that isn't always the worst thing in the world Especially when you just want to escape for a whileWill whom Ellie looks at with a certain fondness deep in her heart is older than most YA hero types as an early twenty something Being in my mid twenties this was much appreciated and made me feel like less of a Pedobear than usual The Verdict If you weren't a fan of Twilight or the original Mortal Instruments then you may not like this either But if you loved those and I know many of you do then you'll probably love this series too In the end I liked it but wasn't overly impressedIt's a zombie page turner The kind where you zone out and can't believe how little time seemed to go by in so many pages But maybe that's just me Any mention of a chosen one and I'm gone Simple language simple story but it's all simply fun I was underwhelmed by the character development but overwhelmed with enjoyment for this world that feels so familiar My not very reliable theory about how this book came into existance Buffy and Supernatural had a baby who ended up being raised by Seventh Heaven after it's parents were killed by demons Sounds believable right? With a refreshing new take on the lately popular Angel subject Angelfire tells the story of 17 year old Ellie a seemingly ordinary human girl who suddenly finds out that she’s not so ordinary after all but actually a heavenly creature reborn into a human shell destined to fight the monsters from hellEllie is basically your average teenager which in my opinion was really nice for a change She’s not one of those tortured heroines we usually encounter in the field of paranormal YA literature Both her parents are still alive her family is not perfect but at least she’s not one of those traumatized teens she lives in an ok neighborhood her family is uite wealthy but not overly so she’s doing average in school and she’s got a bunch of great friends but isn’t especially popularwhich leads me to the second point that I found really refreshing No mean girls The popular crowd actually mingles with the other kids instead of terrorizing them constantlyWhat I noticed right off when I started reading was the fluent writing The pages flew by I never found myself being bored by overly long descriptions or too many details Moulton’s writing style made this a uick and easy readSweet and not over the top I found the romance part very well done as well I liked Will a lot the scenes between him and Ellie made me smile and warm all over and their relationship developed at a reasonable pace I also liked the secondary characters in this book like Kate and Nathaniel for example but weirdly enough Ellie’s mother was my favorite So this sounds all pretty good so why not 5 stars? you might wonder Well there were some small flaws plotwise that bothered me but nevertheless I can safely say that I enjoyed this book thoroughlyThanks to netGalley and Harper Collins Honestly it sounds a bit too much like Buffy for comfort except Giles is a hot guy with a Cloud strife esue buster swordStill I'll take a look ETA READ IT Okay here's my non spoilery reviewA good effort Which seems patronizing but really after struggling through the whole thing that's the only compliment I can really musterI mean she certainly writes action 'well' and by 'well' I mean you can clearly visualize what's happening except it feels like dancing while counting in your head and one and two and three then really letting the passion flow out of the writing I think part of that had to do with the fact that a lot of the fights felt like fights for the sake of fights on that later than something moving and intrinsically tied to the emotional and narrative plot Still good clear fight scenesThe idea is pretty interesting too though let's be honest we're only calling this 'uniue' because it's decidedly different than Twilight plotwise anyway and now and days so much paranormal YA feels like an endless simulacrum so when you find a book that 'goes against the grain' and again in the slightest of ways you take notice But if you've watched Buffy this isn't any different Stop me if you've heard this one girl demon fighter chosen one reincarnated again and again to keep fighting those demons Only she can defend the world against yadda yadda And there's the guy devoted to watch er protect her Except unlike Giles he's young and hot okay Giles was hot but and carries a 6 foot sword only I'm guessing because the author is most likely an embarrassing FF7 fangirl whose been taught by Cloud Zack and Sephiroth that guys with really long phallic weapons are hot and really they are and it is Can't fault her on thatI mean it has the potential to be interesting but I've just seen it all before Still even with a pretty well trodden premise a great writer could twist it into something really compelling But that's the problem Moulton put in a great effort but she's just not a great writer Not yet anyway She's decent But her writing style is lacking and unfortunately clearly shows her lack of techniuewriting sophisticationSo much exposition in the A style with Ellie asking stupid uestions that someone in her position in the current situation that she's in after just discovering her powers for example would not ask Certain uestion that I felt the author just threw in there just so the readers would have this bit of info Sometimes it wasn't even important to know And trust me there are much better ways to introduce interesting plot elements than just random fight Hey Will? asks uestion Well Ellie answers Some of the exchanges between the two are just so laughably ridiculous you just can't imagine a regular person reacting the way Ellie does in the situations she's in And you can tell this is just awkward maneuvering by the author to make sure we know some piece of information or to set up for a joke that she really want to put in there When you stop seeing the story and start seeing the strings you know the author's doing something wrongThe fights were also though clear slightly annoying Like I've read in another review there's a difference between action and adventure Adventure has the action that is actually important to the plot moving it along in different and interesting ways Action is just the random fighting that happens And you get that a lot Fights that happen in the middle of EllieWill's 'date' or something just to spice up the narrative and to give the characters an excuse to angst over each other in battle It's like the random fights in an old school J RPG Walk walk walk OMG FIGHT then walk walk walk on to the next plot pointAnd the writing That's the biggest issue here the style of it Honestly the writing was extremely flat line The author seems to be able to convey teens pretty well except there's so little personality in her writing it barely ever really comes out This is even of a problem when the book's in first person First person narratives ESPECIALLY need a great engaging voice and some of the sentences are so clunky so dull and heavy handed it was tough just to keep reading The very opening of the book was where I realized I'd run into problems with this Boring No flare nothing engaging nothing to stir the reader's interest to get the juices flowing Just Ellie is in school Class ends She gets paper HUH? Really? Isn't the first rule of writing to hook the reader from the get go? It doesn't have to be flashy but think about the great books out there the evocative setting voice something interesting happening that reveals something about who the character is and this was just so balls out dull I almost put it down right there I mean don't agents and editors WARN writers about that type of stuff? It's like every conference that's what you hear Opening pages opening pages What happened?Look I know that at least in terms of paranormal Young adult lit the standards are decidedly lower You can hate on me for saying that but with some of the crap coming out it's true It's become so corporate and commercialized it's really about trying to hit certain points that Twilight proved will absolutely bring in the target audience romantic wangst monsters special heroines hot boys etc Not to say that Angelfire is Twilight level You can tell the author was really trying to do something with it But because standards for paranormal YA have dropped so low and fangirls have become increasingly easier to please hitting those points become far important than the writing and execution That's why I suspect this will get a sizable following And really I feel like that's become the main marker of success for YA novels But the fact remains that in the hands of a experienced and sophisticated writer this book could have been a lot than it was The premise is interesting enough to bring in the readers and again it does indeed hit all those 'young adult paranormal' points But the writing and execution of it was just so juvenile I can't in good conscious give it then a 25 Maybe 28 It's nearing a 3 but just not uite good enough to get there I'd say if this was a story I found on fictionpressnet or one of those sites where amateur writers post up their original fiction and if I read it I'd give it an enthusiastic review saying something like This is great You need to work on A B and C but if you keep writing and working on your craft you'll definitely be good enough to get published one day Keep it up Because that's exactly what this story read like a decent but ultimately flawed manuscript written by someone with talent but who just ultimately isn't ready to get published yet And yet is IS hence the low marksAgain I'll probably get tons of 'unhelpful' reviews on this though let's face it the 'unhelpful' or 'helpful' buttons are fairly pointless used by fangirlsanti fangirlsthe author to hate on reviews that don't immediately agree with whatever opinion the button presser has about the book Still this is just my honest review It's just not a decent enough book for me to honestly recommend it to anyone other than those who already have pretty low standards when it comes to books Especially those for whom YA supernatural lit represents the pinnacle of literaturePS Strong heroine? Let's get this straight Simply being able to fight doesn't automatically make a female character 'strong' Particularly when she seems revel in being protected by the Hot Nice Guy who we know is a Nice Guy ie syndrome because of his numerous and fairly self indulgent not to mention creepy for a NUMBER of reasons displays of 'noble' self sacrifice I really wish authors would realize that it takes than a sharp weapon to make your heroine impressive Aside from occasionally amusing asides Ell names her white car Marshmallow this book is all over the place The plot is both simplistic and confused none of the characters are uniue or compelling and there is a disturbing laxness in parenting not her father who's supposed to be unlikeable but her mother who calmly accepts her 17 year old and her friends drinking under her own roof Plus Ell dresses like a slutty nurse for Halloween and goes shopping with her friend during which the brands BMW Audi Badgley Mischka and Valentino are dropped Ugh Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton is one of the best angel books I've read in years and I've read A LOT of them The only other angel book on the same level is Cynthia Hand's Unearthly which is also stellar With Angelfire it's like Moulton had a check list of what makes a great young adult book and seamlessly blended all of these components together into this sensational debut novel I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn't stop reading it was another wee hours of the morning finish because this book was THAT GOOD There are so many cliches in young adult paranormal fiction these days and Moulton has an antidote for all of them Tired of weak whimpering heroines? You will LOVE Ellie She's the perfect balance of mad battle skills and heart Wondering why every teenager has to have absent parents? Ellie and her mother share a close loving relationship Yes youth of today it's okay to love your mom Creeped out by centuries old guys falling in love with teenage girls? Well Ellie's soul's pretty old too Annoyed by girls throwing themselves at obsessive stalker guys? Ellie totally calls Will on it and actually shows a healthy level of suspicion After reading about one too many TSTL heroines this year Angelfire was refreshing and originalFrustrated by book series holding their cards too closely and providing no answers? I'm looking at you Fallen Well Moulton's perfect mix of answers and mystiue creates a well developed intriguing mythology for her series And thank you Courtney for NO CLIFFHANGER Angelfire's ending is my favorite kind for a book in a series there's a satisfying resolution to this book's conflict with just enough unanswered uestions and mystery to have you clamoring for the seuel AND I AM CLAMORINGAnd that romantic tension? You'd need to use one of Ellie's Khopesh swords to slash through it I was about to say this is where Moulton really shines but then I remembered her action scenes which are brilliant and I don't even really like action scenes so I suppose Moulton is eually brilliant at writing heart aching romantic tension and gripping action scenes Moulton's pacing for Ellie and Will's relationship is fantastic I loved seeing Ellie fall in love with Will none of this I love you for no reason other than I happened to see you from across the hall for our heroine and Moulton's use of flashbacks was captivating This book oozes and seethes with romantic tension and it kept me coming back chapter after chapter waiting for the moment when Ellie and Will would FINALLY kiss So so so worth the waitAlthough I was a little thrown by the big reveal about Ellie near the end of the book I definitely did not see that coming and I'm not crazy about that development I cannot wait to see these characters again Intriguing mythology well crafted characters riveting action and captivating romance combine into one thrill ride of a novel that grips your heart and doesn't let go I don't want to put up my full review yet since this book is several months away from being published I just want to say that THIS BOOK BLEW ME AWAY It is ridiculous how good it isI was pretty excited to read it but I had absolutely no idea how freakin' fantastic it would be Seriously Just a few minutes after I read the last page I was telling April Good Books Good Wine that the book came at a good time Once Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead are released later this year I wasn't going to have anything else that I was so obsessed with getting my hands on Now I do the next two books in this trilogy Once I said that I realized it is about the highest compliment I can pay someone comparing their book to both The Hunger Games and Vampire Academy series And let me tell you Angelfire measures upIt has the best actioncombat scenes I can remember reading ever All the characters are fabulous the plot is riveting and the love story exceptional Go out immediately and do whatever it takes to get your hands on a copy Beg borrow or steal onejust read it is the first book in the Angelfire Trilogy The beautiful girl on the cover is seventeen year old Ellie who has begun having nightmares about past lives where she fights reapers Ellie notices a boy stalking her but since he’s handsome she is intrigued The stalker Will turns out to be her immortal guardian and she turns out to be the Preliator Latin for “warrior” Every time she dies she eventually reincarnates into another human body but Will has to wait until she’s seventeen to activate her memories and her powerAn uninspired love interestIf you guessed that despite Will’s immortality he looks about twenty then kudos If you thought seventeen sorry; that’s Twilight which I liked much than Manon Will is the kind of immortal who never bothered over his years to learn the meaning of humor or levity because 1 how else would a girl know that this guy is ancient and “wise” unless he’s also unfunny? and 2 this reaper threat is serious business Serious but not urgent it seems since he has to wait for his Ellie who sometimes bides her time in the reincarnation process and must grow to the ripe age of seventeen before her powers are activated Since there’s no competing love interest all that’s keeping the lovebirds apart is Will’s sense of honor? I’m not completely sure After a half twist reveal though I suppose I would also feel uncomfortable if they were to become an official coupleMore unreuited romance than adventureEllie’s girl friend proclaims that girls are hardwired to desire nothing than a shining white knight a sentiment that proves unfortunately sincere in Angelfire However kickass Ellie may turn out as the series progresses it will remain secondary to her love for Will and his oh so noble sacrifices to protect her This is disappointingThat is not to say there is no action; though I would distinguish said “action” from “adventure” There are plenty of fight scenes in which reapers randomly attack and bellow threats while Ellie’s trying to date Will and convince him to do normal teenager stuff These scenes seem contrived failing to build any suspense because Ellie and Will are never in real danger While they accrue battle wounds those wounds heal uickly because the two have supernatural abilities The fights serve as an excuse for the pair to cry out each other’s name and declare their love for each other without actually declaring their love for each otherAn unimaginative storyAs I was reading Angelfire I could not help but fantasize how even smallest touches would have injected the story with life Since Ellie is in part a different person every time she reincarnates why couldn’t she have for once not been attracted to Will? Think of all the additional moping Will could do Or since Will never knows exactly how long it takes for Ellie to reincarnate Will could feel bitter towards Ellie Maybe he could even decide to abandon her Think of all the additional moping Ellie could do I don’t mean these suggestions in earnest just as a warning that this book can prompt meandering thoughtsWhy should you read this book?The author absolutely nails the young adult experience; perhaps that is why legions of teenagers who have received advanced copies of this book vehemently disagree with me However I cannot imagine very many adults who would enjoy this book

Angelfire PDF ¿ Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 453 pages
  • Angelfire
  • Courtney Allison Moulton
  • English
  • 14 March 2015
  • 9780062002327