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I found this to be a very enjoyable read. Lately, it seems I’ve been swamped with books, that instead of being enjoyable were just a chore to read. Angelfire was a nice change of pace.
What I liked: The main characters. Ellie, though I think she has room to grow, is a very likable character. She came across as rather well grounded, concerned about many typical teen concerns (school, clothes, parties), but not overly spoiled or snotty. Will is your typical brooding, dark and handsome love interest.
The bad guys: No, I’m not on their side, but I thought the Reapers were a nice departure from your usual demons out to destroy the world.
What bothered me: There were two things that I found disturbing. Ellie’s acceptance: When Ellie is “awakened”, she seems to accept what is happening rather quickly. I guess that’s to be expected when you are forced to fight the Reapers or die. I just thought she might have questioned her sanity a little more. I think most teens would.
Ellie’s father: This isn’t a criticism of the book. I just don’t like him. He is certainly up for the bad parent of the year award. I sometimes wonder if he’s been possessed by a Reaper.
Over all this is a great book. If you like good vs. evil with a little bit of romance as well as action, then this is a book that you should read. It is true that there are a lot of unanswered questions, but I think the author planned it that way on purpose as there are two more books yet to be published. Angelfire is a new and interesting spin on what seems to be a fast growing popular genre of books about angels. There is enough action and enough twists and turns (including a surprising revelation about Ellie) to keep readers turning the pages.