Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Genre: YA paranormal
Page Count: 464
Publication Date: Feb. 15, 2011
Why I read it: netgalley review copy
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.
After reading about 200 pages of this one, I gave up on it. Besides being incredibly slow moving, I felt like I was reading the same things over and over. It seemed like the author had a few ideas of what she wanted her characters to do, and then just rotated through them.
This is yet another book about a girl in high school who finds out she has some paranormal powers, and I bet you can guess how she finds out. Yup, a mysterious, incredibly good looking boy. So if you haven't had enough of those yet, pick this up! I'm not sure there was any point in this story where I actually cared about the characters or the plot, and although I've read many reviews where the readers thought the battle scenes were great, I thought they were repetitive and tedious. Maybe things got better, but after a couple hundred pages of not good, I wasn't taking any chances. Too many other books to read.