My Thoughts: Hi kids. Do you like violence? No, not the psychotic Eminem circa 1999 kind. The fun, heart-thumping, "kill the scary monster" kind! If so, look no further! Because Courtney Allison Moulton makes epic battles come to live right before your eyes. Not to mention super delicious romantic moments between Khopesh sword-wielding redhead Ellie and her om nom guardian Will. I'd warn you that you WILL (haha) potientially develop a crush on Will. And by "potentially," I mean "definitely."
Published: Katherine Tegan Books (February 15, 2011)
Series: Book #1
Source: I purchased this book
GoodReads Summary: 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.
Hands down, I know this is going to be a 2011 Top Ten Favorite. Maybe I'm a weirdo, but I love fight scenes. I am the chick fist-pumping during a UFC fight and clapping whenever someone's face gets split open. Angelfire was right up my alley with the chopping and the slicing and the gratuitous use of the word "impale." This book has everything that I want. EVERYTHING. Not a dull moment around. Not a boring character in sight. I've read reviews where people thought the battle scenes were too much. Uh, is there such a thing?
Ellie and Will have to be one of my favorite YA couples of all time. The constant push and pull of "will they or won't they? I bet they will... THEY'D BETTER!" And yes, there's the forbidden love aspect, but YOU GUYS! This is seriously, SERIOUSLY forbidden! I can't say much more without spoiling a ton, but you'll see. YES, YOU WILL. Courtney must have a Will of her own lying around somewhere, because she knows exactly what to write and exactly how to make her characters real and raw and irresistable.
And I feel we've got much, much more to hear from Cadan. I'm totally excited to hear more about him and also Ellie and Will's past. Ellie has a firm grasp on her humanity now, but what was she hundreds of years ago? Was she a raging killing machine? What happened between her and Will over the span of hundreds of years?
I have insider information. This book was very flirty, yet innocent. But when I met Courtney at Dark Days of Supernatural, she confessed that she turns up the heat in the sequel, Wings of the Wicked. I may or may not have danced and emitted high pitched noises when this tidbit fell upon my ears.
If you like LOTS of intense action scenes, exhilirating "OMG JUST KISS ALREADY" romance, and swoonworthy guys named Will, please do yourself a favor and read this book.
Also, I invite you to count the number of times I used the word "Will" in this review.