Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Ellie is just your everyday mild mannered typical teenage girl, with a secret identity. She just doesn’t know it yet. Sure she’s been having strange dreams. And a gorgeous but slightly weird guy is oddly where ever she is. But on her seventeenth birthday all those oddities start to come together, and will reshape her life as she’s known it.
Turns out she’s the Preliator. A mortal with supernatural powers and the ability to handle angelfire a substance that destroys demonic reapers. Ellie nightmares are a precursor to her transition. They are memories of her past lifes and deaths. Because Ellie is an old soul, destined to repeat her duties as preliator, being reincarnated after each of her deaths. Dreamy Will is her five hundred year old guardian sworn to protect and awaken her powers for as long as he lives. Ellie though is having a hard time recalling her past lives, and the reapers are not letting up their relentless assault just because she’s not ready. The reapers kill mortals and eat their souls, recruiting them for Lucifer’s side in the second war between Heaven and Hell. But now the reapers’ leader Bastian has a new plan, that could destroy Ellie soul forever.
Angelfire has a great concept. It’s interesting following Ellie as she tries to find her way in becoming a super powerful demon slayer, while maintaining who she is and the normal human life she covets. At times she seems a bit dense and maybe it’s because the author keeps her reluctant a bit too long, but by the end she seems to except her fate and works toward her destiny instead of against it. The epic love story began long before we or our main characters even realizes. The build up is slow and steady with some serious complications.
All in all it was a refreshing take on the battle between good and evil, heaven and hell, and Romeo and Juliet.
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