Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

Title End of Days
Series: Penryn & the End of Days, #3
Author: Susan Ee
Category: Dystopian/ Fantasy/ Sci-Fi
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

My Review


I feel madly in love with this series when I first read Angelfall, having stumbled upon it while on Goodreads one day, and now it has come down to the last book.  And I can say that I have loved every book, loved being in the world Susan created, getting to know the characters, watch them grow, overcome, survive, and it was been such a bittersweet experience. 
“This is Penryn Young, Daughter of Man, Killer of Angels.” 
End of Days was a whirlwind of action, adventure, and growth for all the characters. Though it did take me a while to pick up the book (I didn’t want to say goodbye), I think that Susan wrapped up the story nicely. Closing the plot, taking care of the storyline, and giving the characters a bright future. Though I didn’t feel like everything was explained fully, I also didn’t feel like I was left hanging. 

The world that Susan created was simplistic yet eerily dark and dreadfully real. I got swept up in her dyspotian world with each book, fall in love with a cocky Archangel, and grew close to a strong and determined heroine.  The growth throughout the entire series was amazing to watch, especially when it came to Raffe. I adored him from the moment I meet him in the first book and was so in love with him by this one. 

The growth and development between Penryn and Raffe was another factor, other than the world Susan created, that I couldn’t get enough of. Penryn and Raffee, Daughter of Man and Archangel. Their connection can be nothing more than enemies, especially in a world at war. But the push and pull, the connection they shared, the intensity that sparked between them could never be denied. I loved watching them overcome the obstacles they faced and find their places beside each other. Though it was an emotional ride, where they were by the end of the book made my heart sing. I loved their journey, watching them grow as individuals,as acquaintances, as friends, and then more. Watching Raffee step up, watching Penryn just being by his side.  Their banter, their personalities, was something else I just couldn't get enough of. 

The rest of the characters in the series also make an appearance, along with quite a few new faces. Though they each strive, suffer, and fight, I found them all admirable. Especially Penryn.  And though my heart did ache for Penryn’s sister, and a few other characters,  I was happy with their endings. 

The ending was wrapped up nicely, leaving me happy, yet also wishing for more. Like the rest of the series, the pacing was fast, the writing style very straight forward, simple in description, yet so realistic in the imagery and the emotions I just couldn’t help but get swept away.  And though the epilogue wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for, it was still a lovely glimpse into their lives after the war finally ended. 
"Just this once,’"he says almost more to himself than to me. "Just one moment."
Then he leans down and kisses me.
I hate to say goodbye to this series, but I know I'll be re-reading it whenever I can because Susan created a world I just loved getting lost in, characters I have fallen madly in love with, and an journey of courage, heart, love, and pure determination I couldn’t get enough of. 



6 comments:

  1. I hate saying goodbye to a good series. I haven't read this one yet but the teaser makes me want to.

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  2. Great to hear it was a good ending for the series

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  3. i am with you, you wouldnt believe how many books i never finished because i refused to say a goodbye :(

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  4. Saying goodbye to a series is the worst! I know how much you love this series and you really have me wanting to make time for it someday. Awesome review!

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  5. Sounds like this was the perfect conclusion to the series! I love that there was good banter between the characters and a great support cast! Great review girl!

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  6. Great review, Magen. I loved this series too and also liked the ending. One for the 'will read again' pile.

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