Friday, January 24, 2014

Angelfall by Susan Ee [Review]

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) 5 out of 5 Robots!

Angelfall by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn and the End of Days #1
Genre: YA Paranormal/Dystopian
Release: August 28, 2012
Paperback: 283 Pages
Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
This book, man.  I was not sure what to expect going into it.  I knew it was an "angel book", which is not a genre I usually enjoy.  But I was really glad I looked past that and read it.  First of all, it is not a typical angel book.  It is really more of a post-apocalyptic book/survival story.  Angel apocalypse, people!  Neat!  Love it.  It takes place only 6 weeks after the world (or at least the USA) was attacked by angels.  Things have quickly devolved and entire cities have wiped out.  The humans are in shambles, trying to stay out of sight and survive.

And you won't find mooney girls in love with fallen "bad boy" angels.  Instead you get Penryn, a determined and resourceful girl who takes matters into her own hands when her sister is taken by angels.  This is where Raffe comes in.  Penryn comes across a fight between Raffe and some other angels who manage to overtake Raffe and cut off his wings.  Penryn tries to help Raffe, but in the process, her younger sister is kidnapped by the angels.  Penryn then takes Raffe hostage in an attempt to get him to help her find her sister.  Raffe agrees once he thinks Penryn can help him find someone to reattach his wings.  What develops between them is very sweet.  No insta-love here.  I would say there isn't a lot of outward romance, but Penryn and Raffe's relationship is definitely romantic.  And while there are romantic moments, I don't believe it ever got in the way of the plot.  

The other part I really liked is the angel politics.  Susan Ee gives a really interesting glimpse into the inner power struggles among the angel ranks. It is very different than anything else I've read on angels. I totally loved this aspect and wanted to know more.

Lastly, the writing is exciting and urgent.  I really wanted to just sit down and read the whole book in one sitting.  There is a lot of action and some awesome "holy crap!" moments.  I honestly can't think of anything I disliked about the book.  Except, maybe, that I didn't understand why Raffe talked like a normal guy, slang and all.  It sometimes made it hard to distinguish him from human.  But then again, Penryn sometimes has the same problem, so maybe it was purposeful on Susan Ee's part.

Either way, if you are looking for something different (or if you hate angel books but love post-apocalyptic or survival stories), I suggest checking giving this a try!

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Angelfall
2. World Ever After


  1. I've heard some really awesome things about this book. And by heard I mean I saw it on a bunch of lists saying I should absolutely read it (I don't have much time to read reviews anymore, so I think this is the first one on the book I'm reading actually)

    1. Ooh, I hope you like it! I just started the sequel.



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