Friday, November 26, 2010

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton



Summary:
Angelfire tells the story of 17 year old Ellie, whose life is filled with the usual: family, friends, and school. Nothing is out of the ordinary until she meets the mysterious Will. It turns out that he knows why she has so many nightmares, which are actually memories of her past lives. She is the Preliator, a powerful being meant to fight vile reapers who aim to kill people and steal their souls. Ellie’s soul has come back over and over for hundreds of years always with the same mission; to fight evil. Will is her Guardian, he is an immortal who fights along side her and waits for her soul to be reborn after each time she is killed. When Will finds her and awakens her spirit he knows this cycle is different from all the others. It took twice as long for Ellie to come back this time. She cannot remember who she is or anything from her past, not even him. Ellie struggles to discover more about her purpose and to defeat her enemies all while trying to figure out how Will fits into her life. Why does she feel such strong feelings for him when he just pulls back every time they get too close?

Review:
Ellie’s character is brave both in fighting and in going after what she wants. Her in-your-face attitude never fails to liven up the chapters. It was refreshing to see such a strong heroine and the world-building sets up this series really well. Moulton’s fast paced, action packed book is an amazing read and the next one can’t come fast enough.

Reviewed by: Lostnthestacks

This was an advanced readers copy. Angelfire will be released on February 15, 2011. Put your copy on hold in February.

Afterlife by Claudia Gray



Summary:
Ok, there is no way to review this book without giving away huge SPOILERS from Hourglass. So, if you are not up to date with the Evernight series do not look down!





After the heartbreak of watching Bianca die, Lucas rushed into a battle against Charity who defeats him and gives him a fateful bite. Bianca, who has actually become a wraith, struggles with herself as she tries to decide whether or not to let him finish the transformation into a vampire. She knows his worst nightmare would be turning into one of the undead but she loves him too much to let him die for good. As expected, he freaks when he wakes up but then he sees that Bianca is not gone. He accepts his fate when he realizes that they can still be together. Throughout this whole book Lucas really stands out as a tried and true hero. He stays strong for Bianca and even Balthazar comes to admire and respect him.
The whole gang heads back to Evernight so that Lucas can learn to deal with what his new life will be like. He and Bianca are content to be together but they each have to adjust to how their relationship has evolved. While back at the school they begin to investigate why Mrs. Bethany has been luring the wraiths to her. There are some startling answers to the mysteries set up throughout this series.

Review:
Gray has developed a painstakingly intense love story that overcomes even the tallest obstacles. The unexpected plot twists which are her signature mark really are the most enjoyable parts of the final book in the Evernight series. I was pleasantly surprised on more than one occasion and the ending was especially gratifying.


Reviewed by: Lostnthestacks
This was an advanced readers copy. Afterlife will be released March 8, 2011. Put your copy on hold in March.

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