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Angelfire

Reviewed by Administrator on February 14, 2011.

Part romance, part girl super-hero, part paranormal, part Biblical allusion, Angelfire is a fast-paced read sure to resonate with fans of Twilight and Maximum Ride.

Ellie has weird nightmares and premonitions about fighting monsters and demons with swords of angelfire. When she keeps running into an interesting older and sexy guy named Will, she realizes it's not an accident. Will tells her that they have a past together--and it's not any every day, ordinary, ho-hum past. Ellie has been reborn AGAIN and is the Preliator, the one hope of the human race to conquer those evil demons sent to destroy us. Will is her Guardian, sworn to protect her no matter what.

This revelation would be surprising and hard to handle for anyone, but for Ellie, who is best friends with Landon, a boy she has known since childhood (at least in this current lifetime), how does she juggle her human friends, her feuding parents, her hot, sexy guardian who she is falling in love with, her nightly lessons and training in demon-killing, fighting evil, saving humankind, and still trying to pass her high school classes?

If Ellie and Will fail, Ellie's soul will forever die and humans will be no more.

Recommended grades 9-up. Underage drinking and party scenes may not be suitable for younger readers.

Recommended by Pamela Thompson, MLIS, Library Media Specialist

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When Ellie turns 16, she notices a boy who seems to keep showing up where she is. It turns out that she is the Preliator, a warrior gifted with angelfire in order to fight demonic reapers (demons that eat people's souls and send them straight to Hell). The boy, Will, is her guardian and is there to awaken her memories. The Preliator has amazing power and strenth but is still mortal and can be killed.

However, every time she dies, she is reborn, and Will is always there to train and protect her. But this life cycle is different. It took her much longer to be reborn, and the gossip is that Bastian (a demon) is going to awaken a monster that can finally kill the Preliator's soul forever. Can she regain her strength and power in time to save herself and the boy who seems much more than a guardian to her?

A complicated world with a lot of background and characters to cover made this one a bit of a slow-starter for me, but by the end of the book, I was utterly engrossed.
464 pages Ages 14 and up

Recommended by Brandy S. Huffman, Librarian.

 
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