Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton


9 Critic Reviews

Despite magical flaming blades, a convoluted but interesting angel angle and forbidden romance, this first-in-a-series ultimately fails because Ellie is so intensely unlikable.


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.


About Courtney Allison Moulton

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Courtney Allison Moulton lives in Michigan, where she is a photographer and spends all her free time riding and showing horses. She is the author of the Angelfire trilogy, including the first two books about Ellie and Will, angelfire and wings of the wicked. Ellen Schreiber was an actress and a stand-up comedienne before becoming a writer. She is the author of the other books about Celeste and Brandon, Once in a Full Moon and Magic of the Moonlight, as well as Teenage Mermaid, Comedy Girl, and the bestselling Vampire Kisses series, which includes Vampire Kisses, Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins, Vampire Kisses 3: Vampireville, Vampire Kisses 4: Dance With a Vampire, Vampire Kisses 5: The Coffin Club, Vampire Kisses 6: Royal Blood, Vampire Kisses 7: Love Bites, Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings, and vampire kisses 9: immortal hearts. She is also the author of the fully illustrated manga series about Raven and Alexander, Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives and Vampire Kisses: Graveyard Games. Leah Clifford is the author of A Touch Mortal and A Touch Morbid. She was also an extreme-cave-tour guide, a pizza delivery girl, a waitress, and a grocery store clerk before becoming a full-time writer. She lives near Cleveland, Ohio. Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly trilogy. A native of southeastern Idaho, she has graduate degrees in creative writing from Boise State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She currently lives with her husband and two small children in Southern California, where she teaches writing at Pepperdine University.
Published February 15, 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books. 469 pages
Genres: Romance, Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 9 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 3


Below average

Despite magical flaming blades, a convoluted but interesting angel angle and forbidden romance, this first-in-a-series ultimately fails because Ellie is so intensely unlikable.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jan 17 2011

Ellie can be maddeningly slow on the uptake, but this is one heroine who's happy to take matters (and angelic swords) into her own hands.

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Above average
on Jun 02 2011

The romance in this story takes a backseat to the action...There are plenty of fight scenes for readers who love action. Reapers can only be killed by decapitaion, having their heart removed or from angelfire.

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Suite 101

Above average
on Nov 17 2011

All in all, Angelfire is a story worth reading. It may drag out important information, slowing the pace, but the wait is well worth it in the end.

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Open Book Society

Above average
on Aug 31 2011

Angelfire is a decent read. There are small aspects of the novel that are enjoyable and interesting but not enough to take time out of your day to read.

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The Ranting Dragon

Above average
on Feb 08 2011

As I was reading Angelfire, I could not help but fantasize how even smallest touches would have injected the story with more life.

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Night Owl Teen


"Angelfire" was a fast-moving story, with lots of excitement and danger, leaving the reader eagerly turning pages.

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YA Highway

Above average
on Aug 26 2010

I've read this book twice now, and enjoyed it just as much--or maybe even more--the second time...Courtney took angels and demons and gave them her own fresh twist, and the world building was fantastic and believable.

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YA Bound

on Dec 31 2010

Angelfire was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down. I fell in love with the characters right away. Ellie is a wonderfully crafted, strong YA female character.

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