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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.

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Book #7

So being a morning person worked out for . . . only two mornings. But I have an excuse, I mean, explanation. It’s been a rough couple of days here at the Calvin homestead. My seven year-old has strep throat. She’s better now, but she was miserable earlier in the week. So I haven’t gotten as much writing done as I planned. I did, however, finish another book.

I found it while perusing Entangled Publishing’s website (which can be found here if anyone is interested). My good friend, Minta Hall, has recently signed a book deal with them, so I thought I’d take a look at what they work with. They have a line of fantasy novels which, of course, drew my attention. I wanted to see what their fantasy books were like, just to see if my book might one day fit within their guidelines.

Of course, my book only has one solid chapter so far, but its never too early to be prepared, right?

I chose Hellsbane by Paige Cuccaro because it sounded interesting. Angels, demons, swords – sounds like my kind of book! The story follows Emma Jane Hellsbane, a young woman who finds out that she is half angel. Her friend Tommy is also half angel, but has been marked as an illorum, destined to wield an angelic sword to send demons back to the abyss where they belong.

One problem. Its not just demons that they are dealing with. They also have to fight fallen angels, who are much more powerful. In addition to that, they are charged with finding the fallen angels who sired them in order to redeem themselves for their sire’s sins. Add in to the mix Eli, a beautiful angel tasked with training new illorum, and it spells trouble for our quirky heroine.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I like what Cuccaro did with her version of the classic battle between heaven and hell. It looks like this book is he first of a series, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing where else this story goes.