The Blurb -
When ordinary 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 Angels and the Fallen, and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.
A mysterious boy named Will, who has been waiting sixty years for her return, reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the onlyone armed with angelfire, and capable of fighting the reapers. He is animmortal sworn to protect her in battle. Her soul has been reborn againand again over the centuries to fight the reapers, and he's been there for five hundred years to protect and fight alongside her. 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. At the same time, Ellie is falling in love with Will, even though they know their relationship should be impossible.
While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, sheand Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to destroy Ellie's soul forever, not to mention the devastating ramifications for human souls. 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.
The Review -
This was an ARC I read back in October. The finished book is due for release in February so I am now posting my full review.
With so many new Paranormal YA novels coming out it is hard to decide what to try and what not to bother with. The blurb had me more than interested and the cover looked very promising. I took the bait and went in with a 'I hope I am not wasting my time' attitude and slowly realised I had no need to worry.
I liked Ellie straight away. She wasn't trying to be anything special and she was just down to Earth and normal. Of course she has some problems due to the nightmares she has suffered all her life but she plays them down. When she does find out why she has been having the bad dreams all her life, she takes things in her stride.
The story itself was well thought out and nicely written. Something new and maybe a little borrowed this was a very good read and kept me guessing all the time. Actually there were quite a few questions left unanswered imho and I am looking forward to seeing what the author brings in the next book. If there is indeed going to be a sequel.
As for the Young Adult angle. Well it wasn't too sexual or rude but the characters are seventeen and act it. Definitely not for younger teenagers who may be influenced by the older crowd! However on saying that it wasn't too over the top either.
A great read and another author to add to my watch list. Gimme more and I will be happy to read it. I want to know what happens next...there is something off about Ellie's dad.