Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Book review: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
After reading this book I took some time before writing the review. There were things I liked about the book but, also, things that bothered me greatly.
Ellie thinks she is a typical teenager but, she starts having nightmares about monsters and fighting demons. Enter Will, a sexy, dark and mysterious guy who is always around her. Soon, she realizes the nightmares are memories of previous lives and she is an ancient warrior, the preliator, destined to fight this monsters. She is in the middle of a battle between good and evil, heaven and hell, and her actions could tip the balance.
The story had a lot of potential but it kept being focused on Ellie being a whiny teenager. Most teenagers are whiny (I remember), so at least she nailed that characterization. Ellie, if anything, was true to form and acting JUST like any other teenager. The problem is that she didn't act much like the ancient warrior she was supposed to be. The dichotomy of her character, between great warrior and whiny teenager, kept throwing me off.
Throughout the story we are inundated with question upon question, possibility upon possibility. What is Ellie, what is the preliator? There are so many tangents and theories in this book, it is hard to keep track of them. In the end, we only get a (as in 1) half-answer to one of the most pressing questions but, not much more.
Even though this is a series, the author, Allison Moulton, could have done a better job answering the questions to puts forward. The book is a little predictable and it is barely bearable being inunaded with so many storylines issues.
This is a book with a lot of potential, it just has to be polished a lot.