Details: Hardcover, 464 pgs.
Published: Feb. 15th, 2011 by HarperCollins/ Katherine Tegan Books
isbn: 0062002325 (ISBN13: 9780062002327)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, HarperCollins
Received free of charge in exchange for an honest review
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.
This is a tough one to review. There were things I liked and other things I wasn't so impressed with. I do have to say I definitely am glad I read it and I don't feel I wasted my time.
I'm going to say the things I liked less first. I didn't love the main character. I found her annoying and naive and I kinda wanted to chuck the book (which was actually my ereader) across the room. Although I did like Will quite a lot I was really wishing that they would communicate just a bit more. He said she would regain her memories, but in the meantime she didn't really know much. I think if he just told her stuff they could have avoided her naivety in many areas.
I thought the story line was unique enough. But I still felt a bit underwhelmed by it for some reason.
Now the good things~ This book has some kick a$$ fight scenes! I'm not big into the fight scenes usually. I usually skim them over to get on with the story. Surprisingly I quite enjoyed them in this book. I think maybe the fact that they fought with knives and swords was a big part of that. And I found Will to be quite sexy wielding that sword!
Overall it was a good book but it didn't blow me away or anything. I am curious to see where things go so I'm sure I'll read the next book.
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