Book Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Posted December 31, 2012 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: Angelfall by Susan EeAngelfall by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Published by Skyscape on May 21st, 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Paranormal, Angels & Demons
Pages: 284
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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.

5 Stars

Woah, woah, woah, WOAH! I know people have been saying this book is good but WOAH. Seriously. I have a very pressing question… WHEN does the sequel come out exactly??? And will donating a first-born child help to get it here sooner? Because, seriously, I might want to do that.

I don’t know what exactly I expected from this book but it completely blew me away. First of all, realism and honesty. This sounds weird. I don’t proclaim to be a post-apocalyptic fiction expert, but this was a perfect rendition of such a world. The world descends into chaos and I just felt this was such an honest portrayal of how people would react to it. It’s not always pretty, but it shouldn’t be. Stealing, looters, distrust, cannabalism… Honestly the world was terrifyingly realistic, it gave me chills. Perfection.

I was constantly impressed by Penryn’s relationship with her mother. It’s such a delicate subject, having an insane mother… I mean, I can imagine there’s a thousand ways to do it horribly wrong. But this was a beautiful portrayal. The constant doubt Penryn has. Fearing her mother yet feeling morally obligated to take care of her – and hating that. Penryn’s reactions just sucked me in. And her mother’s fear of demons coincided beautifully with the chaos of the post-apocalyptic world. Her fear gave it an extra dimension.

And I have to throw it out there, I love Penryn. What a fascinating, beautiful, strong female character. I love everything about her. She’s so well fleshed out and just… I’m gushing. I can’t even think of the words to compliment her character enough. Headstrong, stubborn at exactly the right times, self-aware, caring, funny… Perfection!

And then there’s Raffe and the romance. This is how I want my romance guys. So subtle, but beautiful, and to die for. Seriously, last couple of chapters there may or may not have been some tears in my eyes. The struggle Raffe visibly goes through with his feelings for Penryn, and vice versa… so addictive to read! And done impeccably, at just the right pace. It never feels cliche, or inevitable, it’s just beautiful. If paranormal romances were more like this I could be a huge fan of the genre. But alas.

Summing Up:

Overall, this story is extermely original and creative. The prose is solid. The plot sucks you in and doesn’t let go. I almost wanted to skip my father’s birthday to keep reading and read the whole book in one sitting. It’s basically everything I could ever wish for in one book. And if you had told me a few months ago that this would be my reaction to a book about angels with some pretty creeeeepy elements towards the end I would never have believed you. But I love everything about it. And I want the next one, oh, hmm, yesterday.

I genuinely feel guilty now that neither this book nor this author is in my Top Ten Tuesdays for top books/authors I read this year. You can just put them up there. Top five most likely. Just woah. So seriously, read this book if you haven’t already. And it’s only like $7 on Amazon. What’s your excuse? What’s keeping you? Why are you still here and not ordering the book right now?

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11 responses to “Book Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

  1. I’ve heard so many great things about this books! Your review makes me want to read it right now! I have it already on my reader, but I’ve been waiting for the sequel to come out, because I hate waiting xD

    • Haha, I’m glad I could help 😀 It’s smart to want to wait for the sequel, because for this series the wait is truly torture, but I’m thinking that the end of the second book will probably be just as bad, in terms of wanting the next one, and there’s no way I would be able to wait until all 5 are out xD But anyway, I hope you do check it out and when you do that you like it 🙂

  2. I absolutely agree! I was never a fan of books about angels, but this one… man, I am in love with this book and this series!! It’s a refreshing take on angels, with such fantastic characters! I love how the author sometimes gives Penryn’s mum this lil gems of wisdom that you end up wondering if she’s really insane? Until the next time she proves she’s completely nuts! I’m excesively happy that two blogger friends pushed this book like mad for me to read it, and glad I read it somewhat close to World After’s release (just 5 months to wait for me).
    Great review of a brilliant book!