Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
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Set to release: 2/15/11
3/5 Stars

I really wanted to like this book, but alas....

What is going to sell this book will be its cover.

Angelfire reads like an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer minus the humor, spunk, personalities, and magic. Okay, I take it back. Ellie is no Buffy.
I really did not like Ellie or relate to her in anyway. She is the Slayer, er, I mean Preliator.
The fight scenes were not bad, if confusing in points, and the monsters seem original although interchangable. The book does not do a very good job of setting up the history of The End of Days. I really felt like the average reader, who has not read books like this before, would have to do some side research to really understand what was going on. Here's an unanswered question: Why are the "bad" angels trying to bring about the war?

The story may have been better from Will's POV. It might have been more effective with some flashbacks that explained things. It might have been better if Ellie seemed like she cared about something besides her brand new Audi. And what is up with that father? Is that set up for a sequel? I hate clues that don't lead anywhere, as opposed to clues that throw you off the track (red herrings). Clues that end up not meaning anything are sloppy. In case you missed it, the father has not been the same "for months", he used to be a loving father but now calls Ellie a moron, and Will tells Ellie something "smells" wrong in her house when he comes over on Halloween and later that her father smells like blood.

I am just thankful that Ellie is not real, because if she really was our last defense between us and Armegeddon, we'd all be toast.