Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE by Moulton


Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire #3)
by Courtney Allison Moulton

Published January 29, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Find it at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble as well as other stores
 (Technically 2.6 rounded to 3.. being generous)

                          GENRE: YA • Angels & Demons • Paranormal Romance
                          Supernatural • Urban Fantasy • Action

Your strength in heart and hand will fall. . . . Ellie knows that the darkest moments are still to come, and she has everything to fight for:

She must fight for Will. The demonic have resorted to their cruelest weapons to put Will in mortal danger, and Ellie makes an unlikely alliance to save him and to stop Lilith and Sammael, who seek to drown the world in blood and tear a hole into Heaven.

She must fight for humanity. As the armies of Hell rise and gather for the looming End of Days, Ellie and her band of allies travel to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions in her quest to come into her full glory as the archangel Gabriel.

And Ellie must save herself. Her humanity withers beneath the weight of her cold archangel power, but Ellie must hold tight to who she is and who she loves as she prepares for the ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.

In this final installment in the Angelfire trilogy, Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing bright conclusion.
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I am feeling generous to round up to three, mainly because of Will. Otherwise this would have been a solid two review. And please, Angelfire lovers... don't hit me. 

Honestly there are some really great aspects to the whole series. But the pace, the monologues, lackluster characters and the super intricate mythology left me dropping off to sleep. Sorry, just was. It started out really enjoyable but then quickly turned sour.


The first book, before Ellie knew who she was, had to be my favorite section in the whole series... followed by the end of book two. This one was hard for me to keep interested in, mainly because Will was unconscious for most of it. That's probably why it seemed so flat and emotionless. I was getting upset at how long it was taking Ellie to get going to find the cure, along with her lengthy pit stops. It was so opposite of what she should have been doing. She seemed so distracted, and frankly not very upset that the love her LOOOONNNGGG life was dying and it made me want to blow my top...


After such in depth and complicated story lines and mythology, I thought the answer to Will's illness was too simplistic and frankly boring. There were new characters introduced that made little impact other than to slow the story down. One of the major drawbacks to this book was Ellie herself. I really started to dislike her and by the end I was wishing 
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Will could find someone who truly deserved him. She was incredibly selfish and rude. Isn't she suppose to be Gabriele.. the super duper angel? Um. yeah. She was also too "black and white" in her reactions to others. One minute, she's unfeeling ancient angel and the next she's giggling about some crazy hair do of her friend. There was no blending of personality and overly dramatic reactions at inappropriate times that left me shaking my head. Her inability to feel any emotion over losing loved ones in her past "lives" left me at a total disconnect.

Cadan was featured in this one again and he had a horrible case of wanting what you can't have. Though for the life of me I can't understand the draw. He became more likable by the end so his character was redeemable.

The ending was disappointing and I can't say that I enjoyed it. If you loved the series, you will probably enjoy this last book anyway. However, if you were on the fence to begin with, I'd probably skip it and stop while you're ahead.