Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Copy Courtesy of Harper Collins and NetGalley
Release Date: 2/15/2011
Ellie is living it up as a wealthy suburban teen (think BMW's). Of course, she's also having nightmares and her grades are slipping. Turns out, that's not all she has to worry about; she also has to kick monster (reaper) butts because she's the Preliator (basically THE human that gets reincarnated over and over again to kick monster butts). The bonus is that she's got a hot sidekick called Will who likes to be mysterious about Ellie's past that she can't seem to remember at the moment.
This story somewhat reminds me of Bleach (an anime) - hero gets bigger and badder powers as s/he fights, in the modern world, bigger and badder monsters who eat human souls to save the world. A lot of time is spent trying to explain the back story of Ellie's previous lives, the conflict she is embroiled in, and battles, which are interesting, but these elements start to get tedious after awhile and seem to be overly complex (I'm not a huge fan of detailed battle maneuvers).
One thing that really threw me right at the beginning of the book was the fact that higher level reapers are called vir since I just finished reading the Night Angel trilogy, which defines vir as a vile kind of magic. This is an unfortunate coincidence and not the fault of the author, but it was part of my experience.
I enjoyed being inside Ellie's head though with her internal schizophrenia of being this ancient being as well as a somewhat spoiled teenage girl who is confused. She also has some philosophical dialogues which I'd like to see her pursue more vigorously.
I think this story could use more editing, but otherwise it is not bad.
Star Rating: 2.5/5.0
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