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ANGELFIRE by Courtney Allison Moulton

last unicorn - remember your heart
I read this as an ARC in October '10, but didn't post about it then because I've been thinking about ARCs and reviewing things so early it leaves time for people to forget... So from now on when I read an ARC, I'm going to wait until closer to release time for posting reviews. Because I don't want anyone to have time to forget about good books.

ANGELFIRE comes out next week -- February 15.

I was really excited to read ANGELFIRE. I must admit some bias toward liking this: not only is this book with my imprint, but we share an editor, so I was eager to see what drew her toward this story.

Here are my theories:

1. Worldbuilding. Ellie's world is dark and dangerous. While it's set on Earth as we know it, there's another layer -- the Grim -- and that's where Ellie finds unimaginably horrible monsters called Reapers, which maul people to death, then drag their souls to hell. It's scary and never safe.

2. Angels. This book has angels in it. (If you couldn't tell from the title.) One of the thing that always gets me about angel books...their angels are fluffy. In the Bible, though, angels introduce themselves by saying, "Fear not!" They have swords. They are sent to destroy cities. They are freaking scary and people fell over in the street when they appeared.

ANGELFIRE is cool with scary angels.

3. Ellie. There were a lot of reasons to like Ellie, but what really worked for me was her unwavering loyalty for her friends, and her fierce instinct to protect them. Ellie is someone I want on my side. I also really, really appreciated that she has to take the time to train, in spite of her natural gifts. And Ellie's friendships remain constant, in spite of a hot supernatural romance budding...

4. Romance. To me, this wasn't a book that focused on the romance, but there certainly is one. I really like how Courtney didn't go easy on the characters, the complications of a romance, and the choices they must make to do what's right.

5. ANGELFIRE is a book with a lot of action, awesome curvy and flaming swords, and things you probably wouldn't expect in a book that features a girl who calls her car "Marshmallow."

Oh yes, this is an exciting book.

I'd suggest this book to fans of YA urban fantasy and paranormal romance, who're looking for something solid and mature.

Comments

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asakiyume
Feb. 8th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
And Ellie's friendships remain constant, in spite of a hot supernatural romance budding... --glad to hear it!

Also, I like that the angels are scary.
jmeadows
Feb. 8th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of good in here!
out_totheblack
Feb. 8th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Cool. Thanks.
jmeadows
Feb. 8th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
I hope you pick it up!
questofdreams
Feb. 9th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
Definitely going on my to-read list! I've heard Angelfire rec'd elsewhere as well so I'm sure it'll be a great read.

ALSO, I LOVE YOUR ICON *__*
jmeadows
Feb. 9th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Part of my original unicorn obsession. ;)
questofdreams
Feb. 9th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
I think it's safe to assume we're both Team Unicorn in the Unicorn vs Zombies debate. *high five*

jmeadows
Feb. 9th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, that one too! I love that one! The original sparkle movie.

*high five*
vmckay
Feb. 9th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
Sounds right up my alley. I'll add it to my "must read" list.
jmeadows
Feb. 9th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Excellent! That's what I like to hear!
tracy_d74
Feb. 9th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
Well, I already had my eyes on this book...now I guess I have to read it sooner than anticipated.
jmeadows
Feb. 9th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Next week! :D
anabelgonzalez
Feb. 9th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
I will add it right now to my list! Thank you!
jmeadows
Feb. 9th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Yay! I hope you like it!
blythe025
Feb. 9th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Sounds very, very cool. :)
jmeadows
Feb. 9th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
I hope you buy it and love it! :)
jasondwittman
Feb. 9th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Have you seen Prophecy 1, 2, or 3, in which Christopher Walken plays the archangel Gabriel? He is not fluffy. Oh no.
snow_white904
Feb. 9th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
LOVE those movies. And Viggo as Lucifer? hell yeah.
jmeadows
Feb. 10th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
I have not seen any of those, but I mentioned them to Jeff. Perhaps there will be new movies in my future...
snow_white904
Feb. 9th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Jodi!!! You better believe I'll be pestering Sarah like CRAZY for Incarnate ;-) Can't wait to get it!!
jmeadows
Feb. 10th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
I was glad I got to read it early!! I hope Sarah gives you INCARNATE, but be warned - I had to go to NYC to get a copy of ANGELFIRE from her. You may have to storm the office. I think she likes it when we do that. ;)
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