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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 birthda
Hardcover, 453 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books
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Courtney Allison Moulton
Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: young-adult, my-books
Rating my own book
Kat Kennedy
I’ve thought long and hard to deter­mine if there was a sin­gle aspect of this book that I even liked.

The 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.  Unfor­
“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.

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 word."

Well, this isn't one of those books.

Not like that's a bad thing. I just mean that it's a very quick 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 th
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 hell.

Ellie 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.
Vi Vi
Jun 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Buffy fans, Final Fantasy VII phallic sword fangirls
Honestly, it sounds a bit too much like Buffy for comfort, except Giles is a hot guy with a Cloud-strife-esque buster sword.

Still, I'll take a look.

ETA: READ IT. Okay, here's my non-spoilery review.

A good effort. Which seems patronizing, but really, after struggling through the whole thing that's the only compliment I can really muster.

I mean, she certainly writes action 'well' - and by 'well' I mean, you can clearly visualize what's happening, except it feels more like dancing while counting i
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" ...more
Wendy Darling
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 unique 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 ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
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 is.

I 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 releas
Dec 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
Angelfire 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, b
Normally I wouldn't write a review if I didn't read at least half of the book in question, but I'm obligated by Amazon Vine to give my honest opinion about a product. I yielded at 170 pages and refuse to force myself to read something I am not enjoying in the least.

First off I cannot feel sympathy for the protagonist, Ellie, which is essential in a book like this. She's a shallow character who wasn't brought to life in the pages I read. It's hard to relate to a girl who has everything she could
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I think I'd be willing to sell a kidney for this book. I mean, who needs two anyway?

EDIT: actual review


Ellie is just your average teenage girl, living an average teenage life. But on her seventeenth birthday, Ellie finds out she is far from average – she’s the Preliator. With her newly awakened powers, and under the protection of the bodyguard she doesn’t remember, Ellie must harness her new abilities in order to fight off the demonic reapers and save humanity from a war that could destroy
Are angels the new vampires, or what? There are parts of this series opener I liked -- several parts of the angel/reaper mythology; the slow way Ellie breaks in her new powers (while she can fight right away, she doesn't like to let herself go, and she doesn't like how her powers make her feel); the fight scenes, mostly, though they were not well integrated -- but overall I wasn't impressed with the amateurish writing (whoa with the adverbs, adjectives, and redundant phrasing) or the romance bet ...more
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011, own-copy
Right on! Looks like I found me another series to devour!

Angelfire is a kickass debut novel that screams amazing!
Love the concept, not only is it unique but it's gripping, suspenseful and action punched with a really sweet romance. How awesome is the twist for this element, not to mention the ideas behind the reapers? Great imagination. I also loved that Ellie's memory-lost got stretched through out the story. It was effective and intriguing.

These characters rocked! While clueless at first, Elli
Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
So, as I finished this book, I thought, hmmmm, Will is freaken hot, sexy and his torturous lopsided grins have my insides melting. And then, I had another thought—I absolutely love Will…he is the angelic counterpart and BFF of faerie winter prince Ash for me. Yes, Prince Ash from the Iron Fey series. LOL!!! Both warriors, both sworn fealty to the lady loves of their lives, to love and to hold, to protect their ladies for the rest of their existence. Awwuhhh…so romantic…I can’t contain my squeals ...more
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-galley
And I have finally/sadly come across an angel book that I am just not that into. The blurb describes Ellie as spirited and independent. Will, her love interest, is her protector and loyal GUARDIAN. God, god… god! I was so ready to love Angelfire; too bad, it did not meet my expectations. The first 60 pages or so of this book is riddled with dei ex machina. Disappointing, I kid you not. Every question she asked, the guy had an answer to. Every time something was about to happen or actually happe ...more
Sarah (YA Love)
I know “hate” is a strong word, but I positively hate it when I can’t get into a book and end up not finishing it. Unfortunately, I’ve been running across quite a few books in that category this year. And since I’m not going to fully review them since I didn’t finish them, I think I’m going to post why I simply couldn’t get into them.

My alumni book club and I went to the launch party for Courtney Allison Moulton’s debut novel Angelfire. She did a great job at the launch, we all bought books and
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
OKAY. First things first. I have mixed feelings about this book, and I haven't even finished reading it yet--I'm past 300 pages though--but having been curious about what other people thought of it, I looked up reviews here in Goodreads and bam. I wasn't alone.

I expected to like this book because my bestfriend, who's a reader like me, lent me the book and said it was really action-packed and that I should give it a shot. And I respect my bestfriend and her feedback a lot, so don't get me wrong o
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Have you ever loved a book so much you simply have no words to explain your feelings for it? This is slightly like my feelings for Angelfire. I have no critism for this book what so ever. I found it to be perfect in every way, and I am very excited for future works from the marvelous Courtney Allison Moulton.

Angelfire was one of the most original fantasy books I have ever read. Right off the bat, you experience Moulton's world and her version of reapers. When most people think reapers, they thin
Sláinte Wanderlust
“I guess it’s true that loves makes you blind.”
“No,” my mom said. “It doesn’t make you blind. You’re very, very aware of everything about the one you truly love, whether you know it from what your eyes tell you or your heart. So no, love doesn’t make you blind. It paralyzes you until you can’t breathe or run away from it.”
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angels, paranormal
4.5 ★

No whiny female character?
No "I see you and I know that you are my soul mate"?
No "you want to kill me and you treat me like crap but I am still madly in love with you"?.. No obsessing?!?

God, what's 'wrong' with this book?! ... yeah, I'm being ironic..
In fact I mean.. what's right with this book?
And the answer is: everything!

I think that the author took all the bad things that we find in some paranormal YA, turned them into good stuff and then put them into this story.. And you k
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fiery, intricate, original and comical, Angelfire is a fantastic blend of battle and romance. With a very strong female protagonist, a complex male counterpart, and a winding story line, this one is a hit. In an ever expanding genre and an increasing number of things classified as ‘cliché,’ Moulton breaks through the mold with a six foot sword.

Ellie is witty, funny and sprightly. She’s vivid and distinct, easily liked, and easy to understand. Even in a tense situation, she breaks the tension wit
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has it all; amazing premise, awesome cover, and a super huge marketing scheme that made this debut one of the most hyped releases of the year 2011. Sadly, it was just not for me.

The biggest problem I had this book was the writing style. It felt rough, choppy, and lacked that certain fluidity to capture my attention. There isn’t much of any glorious descriptive writing that I drool over, nor is there any richness. A lot of it came of as rushed and lacked any subtlety. Another thing that
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was not a good book to read directly after Grave Mercy.


Because even trying to compare this shallow, weak heroine with the heroine in Grave Mercy is blasphemy. Sorry everyone, this is going to be a somewhat rant-y review. This novel is just... bad.

After about the third time a "reaper" demon is compared to some expensive car in relation of size I lost all hope in this book. That was the straw that broke the camel's back and after laughing about the ridiculousness I realized I was act
Ranting Dragon
Feb 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: benni

Angelfire 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, b
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: why-the-hype
Rating: 2.5 Stars

The problem with Angelfire is that it's the type of book that makes you stop in the middle of your reading and say, "Where have I read that before?" It's a mix of multiple ideas, philosophies, and imaginations all rolled into one. For a less prolific reader, I guess this book would come across and stunning and original; however, I found it to be a light and frankly kind of a dull read.

Ellie seems to be normal teenager despite her strange nightmares. It's nearly her seventeenth
Nov 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Street corner tbr
May read #4 per tina

After completing this I have several thoughts/questions…

1. What is up with the Dad? Is he going to be a ‘bad guy’ in the upcoming books?

2. Why can Ellie not remember everything?

3. Why is she becoming more and more human with each new life? Is she eventually going to be a mere-mortal?

4. Why is it so wrong for Ellie and Will to just be together?

5. Why does Michael just show up once every blue moon?

6. How could she not know deep down she was an archangel?

7. Is
John Egbert
First I was like,


But then I was like,


That's what it was like for me all throughout Angelfire. I kept expecting something awesome and unpredictable to happen, but nothing did. Even when (view spoiler) I wasn't surprised. (view spoiler)

The point is that this book was just okay. It wasn't a joyride, but it wasn't a complete snoozefes
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like I was with the Hunger games, I was too nice to this book in the beginning. I can't really be bothered to finish this. The writing is way too noobish, the plot while a very good pace feels just like any other clichéd shojo super girl story. This, in all honesty, despite the chances and re-reads I gave it just isn't my cup of tea.

That's not to say the author doesn't have potential. And I'm glad she actually bothered to do research. Thank freaking George Carlin than there are still YA authors
Annie Brewer
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Angel book lovers
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So. I have a new top favorite angel boyfriend. His name is Will.
Yes, he beats my beloved Patch.
This is my new favorite angel series. I can smell the awesomeness coming in the next two books.
This book was badass! I loved every second of this journey with Ellie to self-discovery when she learns that she's not quite human. She's probably my favorite heroine. She kicks ass. She's strong. She's loyal. She's caring. Overall she's just amazing!

Will, I have no words for this sexy immortal being.
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Courtney Allison Moulton lives in rural Michigan with her family, horse, donkey, and a flock of spoiled sheep. When she isn't studying ancient civilizations or writing about magic and monsters, she's busy with farm chores. Her debut novel ANGELFIRE was published when she was just 24 years old.

For more information about Courtney, visit her online at

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