Series: Penryn & the End of Days, #2
Author: Susan Ee
Category: Paranormal/ Dystopian/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world.
When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.
Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.
Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?
This world that Susan has created just seems to get better and better and I can’t wait to see how awesome it is just by book three! I’m also a big angel/apocalyptic type of books fan; I don’t know why but I just love getting lost in those kinds of worlds. However, it is just so hard to find ones that really stand out; that are unique, intriguing, and take you on one really amazing reading adventure. Penryn & the End of Days is one of those series.
Though it’s been so long since I read the first book, getting into the second one was a bit bumpy. I had to skim over the first book from time to time just to recall people and certain events; however, after I got a few chapters in the excitement, the euphoric feeling I got from reading the first book came rushing back, as well as most of the events that took place in the first book.
“Of course you’re fine.” She keeps walking. “You’re the devil’s bride and these are his creatures.”
Penryn doesn’t waste time trying to figure out what is going on in her world and tries her hardest to protect her sister and her mother in an angel-ravaged world. What I love so much about the character of Penryn is how tough this girl is. She’ll punch anyone in the face, angels included, if they are trying to harm her or the ones she cares about. I adore heroines like that. Ones that fight, yet also have a bit of a vulnerable side as well. Her love for her family and willingness to protect them is amazing, and her desire for Raffe is something I enjoy reading so much about.
And, of course, I cannot not talk about the cocky and arrogant angel that has no sense of humor but thinks he is hilarious; Raffe really is another character that stole my heart. Being saved by a human, something that has never happened to any angel, changes him. Though he tries so hard to deny it, I can see it peeking out, slowly shining through. There is definitely more to him than meets the eye. But he has also grown, like Penryn, since the first book. Though he doesn’t openly express his emotions he definitely shows them more. He’s arrogant but kind and willing to do whatever it takes to protect Penryn. And I love that!
Susan did take a very different approach to angels, one I haven’t really encountered before, and she handled it all so well. The world she created is dark, grotesque, and can be quite scary. I loved every bit of that! It made the book hauntingly real, like maybe something like this could happen. That angels could fall from heaven and just wage a war on humans. I also loved the twists she throws in: the angels have no idea why they are on earth either. That is one very intriguing factor, one that keeps me glued to the pages because I want to know why they are on earth as well.
I just really loved this book! The pacing and build up is fast, but never felt rushed to me. I loved the world building, the detail, and imagery of the world Susan created. I enjoyed all the characters – she created some very interesting and diverse main and side characters. I love the push and pull of romance between Penryn and Raffe, a forbidden romance that I’m just eating up!
“He is the one pocket of warmth in a sea of ice. Being in his arms feels like the home I never had.”
All in all, I’m so happy I stumbled upon this series. Each book just seems to get better and better, the world more diverse and deep. I loved the fast, action packed pace, the intense, dark, and scary real world and the amazing sarcastic and strong characters. I definitely recommend this series to dystopian lovers and those who love an apocalyptic angel story.