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Angelfire was a book that I wanted to read as soon as I “discovered” it. Next to vampires and werewolves, angels are one of my favorite paranormal “creature”. I adore Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush and Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, so I was positive that I would love this book. And I do.
Courtney Allison Moulton has written a fantastic debut novel that will invite readers into a world full of angels, demons, mystery, and romance. Her descriptions make the thing she’s describing come alive and they allowed me to visualize everything clearly, especially the fight scenes. The characters also jumped off the pages! The only thing that bothered me was some of the dialogue. At times it was too formal and awkward, but this only occurred a few times and all the other times, the dialogue was perfectly fluid.
Ellie is a great narrator and lead character. She certainly knows how to use her swords and kick some demon butt. What I really loved about her is how she reacts to who she really is. At first, she denies it all and refuses to believe Will, but she soon discovers that everything he says is true and that she is not just a teenage girl. I liked that she struggled with it all and that she quickly came to accept it.
The other main character in Angelfire is Will. Some reviews have said he’s a bit of a creeper, but I think his actions are quite romantic. I enjoyed getting to know him through Ellie and as the story went on, more and more about his character was revealed. He’s not just another pretty supernatural boy. His background is pretty complex and I hope there’s more to learn!
The romance is, of course, my favorite part of the book and I think it’s one of the novel’s stronger aspects. At first, it looks as though Ellie and Will’s relationship is going to be another love-at-first-sight-despite-knowing-nothing-about-each other kind of relationships, but it’s not. Instead, their relationship is heart-wrenchingly beautiful. I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling something, but I will say that it’s beautiful, romantic, and believable.
Another strong aspect of the novel is the mythology. Ms. Moulton certainly had to have done a massive amount of research before writing the story and if not, then she has an incredible imagination and eye for detail. The mythology makes up the story just as much as Ellie and her role does. Unlike some of the other angel stories out there, the novel doesn’t focus on fallen angels and it actually paints them in a different light. I especially liked the mythology regarding the reapers.
Angelfire is a mythology-rich, action-packed, and beautifully romantic debut. Courtney Allison Moulton has written a story that readers will immerse themselves in and they won’t want to stop until they’ve read the very last sentence. Each character and scene is brought to life thanks to Ms. Moulton’s incredible writing and readers will be left wanting more!
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