Books I've Read

Angels With Swords

Another book review! That’s two this week!

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

I read this book to review it on Bibliophiles AnonymousAngelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton. There have been a lot of “angels vs. demons” stories out there lately, but I thought this book did something a little bit different, which I always appreciate. The story is about a girl named Ellie. Ellie keeps having nightmares about fighting monsters. She doesn’t know why, and she certainly doesn’t like it. Then she meets Will, a young man who is very mysterious. She feels a connection to Will that she can’t explain.

Then she finds out that she has lived many, many lives, fighting demons with her swords of angelfire. These monsters, called reapers, are looking for her, trying to kill her again. Will has also traveled with her throughout her lifetimes, acting as her guardian. Every time, she has been killed by the reapers, and every time, he has had to wait for her to be reborn, to grow up, and then regain her memories.

But something is wrong this time. Ellie can’t remember her past lives and has to relearn how to fight. She is a creature unto herself, unprecedented. No one knows why she has the power that she does, or what has happened to keep her from remembering.

Of course it’s predictable that Ellie and Will fall in love, despite their differences in status. But this book was anything but predictable in other ways, especially the huge reveal at the end. It threw me for a loop! This book has a lot of little twists and turns that make it very enjoyable to read, even if Ellie sounds like a spoiled brat from time to time. She has a lot going on, trying to fight reapers by night, having a normal teenage life during the day.

This book is the first in a trilogy. The second book is out now, the third one due to be released sometime next year. When I have time, I definitely plan on picking up the next book. The story intrigued me. I want to see where this is going.

Writing Challenge Update: over halfway there!

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Showcase Sunday · Stacking the Shelves

Purchases and Podcasts

This week, while continuing with Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews, I will also be linking to Showcase Sunday with Books, Biscuits and Tea. Both websites are excellent places to talk about books.

My haul this week: three new books.

1. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton – Bought this one to talk about on the podcast. Oh yeah! Have I mentioned that I’m on a podcast? I probably have. It’s called Bibliophiles Anonymous and can be found on iTunes, Podbean, and YouTube. In our last episode, my friend Jess and I continued the discussion from the past Top Ten Tuesday topic and talked about the series we stared and didn’t finish. This book is our next discussion this upcoming weekend.

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Bought this one because I have heard a lot of buzz about the movie version that will be in theaters soon. I think I want to see it, but as always, I want to read the book first to see if the movie stacks up.

3. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – I read this book several months ago from the library (you can find my review here). I thought it was a pretty good book, and included it in the list of series that I would like to finish at some point. Then I came across the first book in my local used bookstore for $2.50. Yep. Had to get it!

So that’s my take home this week. Did you find anything good?