Ellie is turning seventeen soon. She can't wait, because it means getting a new car and... new powers? During a quiet late night walk, Ellie runs into a reaper, a horrific creature bent on destroying her. Luckily, new boy Will shows up out of the blue to help her survive the attack. And then he sticks around to help Ellie learn who she is and what she was born to do. Pretty heavy stuff, no? As Ellie's nightmares become actual memories, she not only comes to accept the role she was chosen to lead, but also takes charge of her destiny.
As with so many angel-themed books coming out these days, I was looking forward to reading this one. The cover and blurb didn't capture my attention as much as some of the other books out there, but I was still going to give this one an honest shot. Unfortunately, I did not like it. And honestly, it was a tough stretch to finish it. The characters of Ellie, Will, and everyone else were really shallow. Ellie was super strong and independent, except when she spent half her time whining to Will that she needed him. And her father was extremely harsh without cause or reprimand from Ellie or her mother. The paranormal elements seemed far-fetched and forced. The reader is thrown into the Grim headfirst and there are tons of names and places to keep track of. A little overwhelming. What I did like was the fact that Ellie actually felt the physical effects of her new born powers after she used them. It's only natural that a girl feel tired and achy after such battles! Moulton also writes fairly graphic and exciting fight scenes, which I think I would have enjoyed more if I were actually invested in the lives of the characters. The end of the book wrapped up nicely, but there were still a lot of questions left unanswered. The second book in the series, Wings of the Wicked is due out next year, but I do not think my interest will be strong enough to read further into Ellie's world.
Overall Rating: 2 Stars