Thursday, April 7, 2011
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Release: February 15, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books
Age Group: YA
From Goodreads: This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.
When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.
A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.
While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.
My Thoughts: I loved this book! I had trouble putting it down and was thoroughly disappointed when it ended. Ellie's character is great. She's smart and tough. There are quite a few books out with strong female leads who fight monsters, but Ellie seemed to be the toughest (in my opinion). When reading the action scenes, I could actually picture the fighting in my head. Will is one of those hot male characters that can leave you drooling and wishing you had a guy just like him in your life. I'm so eager to read the next book in the trilogy. There seems to be so much more to come. I'm not sure which is causing me the most suspense: what will happen with the reapers or what will happn between Ellie and Will.