Courtney Allison Moulton
The concept behind this book sounded really interesting to me, but I was a little disappointed in the end result. There were some things that I liked about the story, and some things that really irked me
The Characters: While I was pleasantly surprised at how Ellie and Will were developed as characters, everyone else in the book fell flat. There are so many characters that are introduced in the beginning just to be forgotten halfway through. The best friend was stereotypical for the genre, as was the guy friend that was in love with the heroine. On a positive note, Ellie did seem to mature and grow a bit by the end of the novel.
The Flashbacks: When the Ellie starts having flashbacks of her past, they are described in great detail. Sometimes they would drag on too long and it would take me out of the story, but mostly, it was helpful in understanding what the character was learning. However, after a while the flashbacks stop and the leading man would ask the heroine, “do you remember now?” and she says she does with no insight to the reader.
I will be continuing the series when the second book is released. I am intrigued enough to read on, but I feel that predictability will be this trilogy’s downfall.
Ellie is a seemingly typical seventeen-year-old high school girl. She has a good sized group of friends that include her best friend, Kate, and the boy that likes her, Landon. She is an okay student with dreams of attending Michigan State, but is having trouble concentrating on school work due to her terrifying nightmares. On her seventeenth birthday, her parents agree to get her a car. However, that’s not the only gift that she’ll receive.
A few days before her birthday, in the midst of planning her party, Ellie starts seeing a strange boy in weird places. She happens to run into him while out with her friends and he tells her his name is Will. She goes for a walk to avoid her parents fighting and sees him again. At first, she starts suspecting he is the person that killed her teacher, but then she starts hearing something in the darkness, something she can’t quite see.
As Ellie is about to start running away, Will puts his hand to her forehead and she starts to remember things about herself, things about her past lives. She ends up fighting off a reaper (semi-demon like creatures that either serve the will of Satan or the angels) by calling on her swords that emanate angelfire (burns up the reapers after they die, rather than turning them to stone like they would with regular weapons). It takes Will a while to convince her it is not all a dream.
After Ellie is convinced that she has a sacred duty, she starts training with Will who she has found out is a reaper, but a good one. This proves to be problematic in a variety of ways. Her birthday party is interrupted and she gets thrown through a window. She has no explanation for them except to tell them that she was drunk. Her new-to-her car, Marshmallow is destroyed (and luckily replaced by insurance). Not to mention that her memories from her past lives are starting to come back to her including her past deaths. Ellie must endure all of this through her father’s temper (possibly a reaper?), friends’ concern, and growing feelings for Will.
Eventually, she learns of a plot for Bastian (a really powerful reaper) to release the Enshi. Though our heroes don’t know exactly what it is, it is said to have the ability to end a soul rather than sending it to hell, like a regular reaper. With the help of Will’s friends, Nathaniel (another good reaper, like Will) and Lauren (not immortal, but a psychic of sorts), they find and acquire the sarcophagus that the enshi is kept in. They decide to take it to Puerto Rico and dump it in The Deep so that it will be crushed by the pressure and destroyed.
Once in Puerto Rico, they find a ship to take the sarcophagus out to sea. However, they are attacked on the way out. Two reapers show up, killing the entire crew. Ellie kills the reaper, Geir, after he starts to make the boat sink. Meanwhile Will took off the shoulder of Ivar. Bastian (leader) showed up and was unwilling to fight against Ellie (though she knows he would have won), but our heroes were still able to get the sarcophagus off the boat and into the water.
However, their victory was short lived. The archangel, Michael, shows up and tells Ellie that she is his sister, Gabriel, put into a human body. He informs her that the sarcophagus will be retrieved from the depths of the ocean and she must prevent the enshi from being released. He also informs Will that he cannot be with Ellie the way he wants to be.