Age Group: Young Adult
This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.
When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.
A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.
While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember
First off, can I say that my expecations were probably miles into the sky for this book? I'm still trying to figure out if I was disappointed or not. So I'm using this review to try and figure that out. I think that if I had normal expecations for this book I wouldn't have been disappointed, you know?
The characters, I didn't have a character that I particularily liked, I felt like all you got to see was the surface of them. I didn't particularily like Ellie, or Will, they were all just alright. I feel like if you got to know them on a deeper level, I would have had a better chance at liking them.
The plot was one of the better parts of the story, altough I felt like it just jumped from action part to action part, I wish there was some linking parts that made the story flow better, also the relationship between Ellie and Will was a little awkward for my liking and some parts were rather unbelieveable, and those things always bug me more than they should. But the ending saved the story for me! It was very action-y and intense, in a good way!
Courtney's writing was overall quite good, and the story idea was very very original. I just feel that she could have exicuted it a lot better.
Overall, it was an alright read, if your already at the B&N then it wouldn't hurt to pick up a copy.