Review: Angelfire

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: AngelfireAngelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Series: Angelfire #1
Published by Katherine Tegen on February 15, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 453
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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.

There is no way this book would exist without Buffy; even I (who does not gamble ever) would pretty much be willing to lay down money that Moulton was a fan of the show. The main difference between the two stories is that Ellie reincarnates, rather than the powers being reborn in different girls. Also, her guardian is young-looking and hot. And her friends do not help her in her battle or know anything about it.

On the other hand, Ellie, like Buffy, dates the ‘good’ version of the creatures she kills. Without any other really important character, the book feels like what Buffy would be with just Buffy, Angel and the “I love you, but we can’t be together” thing. Oy. Ellie also seems to experience a ridiculous amount of trouble in her battles before winning no matter the difficulty of the enemy being fought (which always seemed to be the case on Buffy too). Gotta keep the battles interesting right? Only, it’s not so cool when the supposedly bad ass heroine drops her sword in EVERY SINGLE FIGHT.

I also had trouble taking a heroine seriously when she chooses to dress like a skanky nurse for Halloween. She’s really one of those girls? You want to dress slutty on Halloween, fine, but at least use some creativity! Don’t just buy a package from a costume labeled sexy nurse, cop, devil, witch, etc. Ellie also will delay practice for battle to put makeup on. A girl like this just is not going to survive very long in this gig. Additionally in the not a smart fighter category is that she continually talks her guardian into not standing watch. Bad plan. In the real world, this would backfire so hard.

While somewhat entertaining, Angelfire does not stand out for me. Buffy fans will find it a weak copy and lament the loss of the excellent ensemble cast which made Buffy so fabulous. Nevertheless, expect this to be pretty popular with teens.

Note: This is the first in a series of four reviews of books I read while on vacation in Cancun last week. 🙂 That’s why they came all in a row.

4 responses to “Review: Angelfire”

  1. Mari says:

    I felt the same way about Angelfire… this was so hyped up. For me it was a struggle just to finish the story. Also I found Will to be a very annoying character.

  2. Stephanie T. says:

    I was a little curious about Angelfire. I’m not sure if I should read it, but I’ve never watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Thanks for your opinion!

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