Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
The Story: (from HarperTeen) 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.
My Review: Ellie is a beautiful, popular soon to be seventeen year old who is suddenly having nightmares that scare her even after she's awake. When Will, a strange but attractive boy shows up, Ellie can't help but to be drawn to him. He's brooding, covered in tattoos and comforts Ellie in a way she's not sure she trusts at first. It isn't long before Ellie's nightmares become a reality, though, and she realizes she has no choice but to trust Will.
She learns that she's the Preliator and that Will is her Guardian. Together, they are supposed to be fighting the awful creatures of the Grim. The problem is, Ellie has never survived. At some point in each of her past lives she has been killed, no matter how hard Will tries to protect her. Ellie normally returns in human form within a few years but this time Will had to wait four decades. Neither of them is quite sure what it means but the fact that Ellie is taking longer than usual to remember her past lives is also something to worry about.
Ellie and Will's growing relationship kept me turning the pages well past when I should have been asleep for the night. The action scenes in Angelfire are unparalleled in YA books. Courtney gives you amazing detail of each fight that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I am super excited about book two in this series and am looking forward to more from this talented new author.