Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Book Review: Angalfall (Penryn & The End Of Days,#1) by Susan Ee

Title: Angalfall
Series: Penryn & The End of Days, #1
Author: Susan Ee
Category: Dystopian/ Sci-fi/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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.

My Review: 

I was going to give this book a rating of 4 stars, but when I got to the last few chapters of the book, that’s what really turned me around. I had already fallen in love with Angellfall, but those last chapters took me on such an amazing ride I realized this book deserved a 5 star rating. In my opinion, it is such a unique angel book, one I haven’t encountered before. I have fallen hard for Angelfall.

I actually stumbled upon this book, and I am very glad I did. Susan took a very different approach to Angels, one I haven’t really seen before, and she handled it all well.  It was the cover that first drew my interest, but upon the first chapter, I was captivated.

‘But the thing that really convinces me that the apocalypse is here is the crunching of smartphones under my feet.’

It’s been six months since angels have descended upon the earth and started the apocalypse. Bringing doom and destruction in their wake and now only chaos consumes the world.  For seventeen-year-old Penryn protecting her mother and sister is top priority in the now angel apocalyptic world. And she’ll do everything in her power to keep them safe.

When Penryn, her mother, and sister  try to escape the city one night, they witness a fight that takes place between the apocalyptic angels, which results in one angel having his very own wings ripped out. And when Penryn tries to get her mother and sister away from the avenging angels, she’s spotted. While trying to distract the angels, her crippled sister is taken. With her mother nowhere to be found, gangs of the night approaching, and a wingless angel at her feet, Penryn makes a decision.

She knows that this wingless angel can help her, so she does something no human has before, she saves him.

“My friends call me Wrath,” says Raffe. “My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?”

I was really taken by surprise by not only the story Susan created, but the world, the characters and the idea of this book. I feel she took a simple, common idea and gave it a very unique spin.  And she spun an amazing story full of evil angels, an apocalyptic world and creatures that go bump in the night. In Angelfall, you enter the world six months after the attack of angels. Yes, it seems that they are not all golden light, white fluffy wings and hold-you-in-their-arms-peaceful kind of angels. These angels have brought on the apocalypse and they don’t seem to care about human kind at all. 

Penryn is trying to survive this now crumpling world, where people are doing everything they can to survive and protect themselves from the angels. That means gangs of violence have popped up, cannibals, and fighting have taken over the once peaceful world she knew.

I feel that I should really give Penryn major props, I know I couldn't survive in the world that she lives in. She had to become cunning and very brave. And throughout the story you see she is a very strong character, one that will not back down. That is what made me really enjoy Penryn. But it did seem, at times, like she rushed into situations without forethought.

Then you have the fallen angel, who Penryn saved and made a deal with, Raffe. What can I say about this dangerous and sexy character? Well, those two words pretty much describe him! As the book progresses, you are able to see many sides of this multi-dimensional character.  He is arrogant, but he is also very caring. Which he seems to hide very well. I enjoyed Raffe, he is an angel I have a crush on now. But you also realize he is more than meets the eye. And I can't wait to learn more about him.

I also loved seeing the growth of Penryn and Raffe’s relationship. They were thrown together in a very chaotic situation, and at first, things are very much difficult for the two. But through their travels together, getting Penryn’s sister and Raffe’s wings, they do build a bond.  And it is a very dangerous bond, one they must hide from humans and angels alike. 

You meet a lot of characters, and you get to see a very interesting world. The pacing did feel a bit rushed to me and I was left with many questions, however, the story line held me captive and I really did enjoy Angelfall.  There is so much I want to write about, but I am forcing myself to stop or I might spoil something! 

I felt like Susan created a very original and unique story. And I have fallen in love with the characters, the storyline and the idea of Angelfall. I am very excited to see where this story will go, and to see what is going to happen next. To learn why the angels are on earth, what are they planning,  what is going to happen to Penryn and why did the Raffe lose his wings?? Just so many questions! So all in all, I need the next book! 


  1. Wow, this book sounds utterly unique! I can't believe that I've read a synopsis like the one for Angelfall. Already, I'm really liking the idea of this book, especially because I'm a fan of post-apocalyptic books! I think I will definitely be picking this one up.

    The main character sounds like a character I would easily bond with, and that's especially important for me in books! She sounds very brave, strong, and everything I want a heroine to be. Not only that, but the romance does sound fantastic as well. You've convinced me that Raffe is indeed a character I'll fall in love with as well. ;)

    Fantastic review Magen! I will be wandering to the library tomorrow in search of this book- I must absolutely pick it up now!

  2. Okay I am officially convinced. I will simply have to find time to read this book. If you loved it then its pretty much guaranteed I will too!

    Fab review!


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