Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Summary: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.
My Thoughts: Firstly, I'd like to say that the fallen angel theme has become extremely popular in YA books. I think it partially has to do with the fact that they are depicted as yummy and mysterious creatures, or in other words, the heroes teens love! Unlike many other books, the heroine, Ellie is the active force, the one putting her life on the line. Ellie is more powerful than she realizes, and can take care of herself. This was one of the major differences Moulton had when it came to fallen angel littérateur. In most books, the girl is the one in need of saving, however, in this book Ellie was the one saving mankind. The relationship between Will and Ellie is handled well, and taken slowly, which added a bit of reality to the book. This was a debut novel, and it was reflected in the writing at some points, but overall, it was a smooth read. I would recommend this book to anyone in need of something to read!