Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days Series #1)

Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days Series #1)

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by Susan Ee

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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

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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 Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister, and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

“Ee’s debut novel is a promising opener to what looks to be a YA series worth following, one that explores what it means to be human and what it means to be a hero.” —Locus Magazine, March 2012

Finalist for Cybils Bloggers’ Award for Best YA Fantasy & Sci-fi Book of the Year 2011

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Publishers Weekly
In Ee's gritty debut, which stars a heroine with backbone, angels of the apocalypse seek revenge against humans for killing the Archangel Gabriel, and street gangs have taken over Silicon Valley. Seventeen-year-old Penryn lives with (and cares for) her wheelchair-bound sister, Paige, and their paranoid schizophrenic mother. While attempting to escape their apartment to find safety, Paige is kidnapped by an angel. At the moment of the abduction, Penryn meets Raffe, an angel whose wings have been cut off by the angels who take Paige. Hoping Raffe might know where Paige is, Penryn reluctantly nurses him back to health, and the two join forces, traveling to the angels' "aerie" in San Francisco to recover Paige and repair Raffe's wings; along the way, they are captured by a dangerously anarchic army of the human resistance. Smartly conceived details (for example, there's a bounty on angel body parts, turning them into a commodity) feel fresh in this apocalyptic romance that's sustained by well-developed characters, atmosphere, and strong writing. Ee leaves plenty to discover in a planned sequel. Ages 14–up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Natalie Gurr
It is the end of days and the avenging angels of the apocalypse have descended to destroy the world. Cities fall into chaos with street gangs ruling the days and beautifully cruel angels ruling the nights. Penryn is doing her best to take care of her schizophrenic mother and her disabled seven-year old sister but it is not enough. A ruthless angel flies her sister off into the night and in desperation, Penryn saves Raffe, an enemy angel who is lying wingless in the streets, in the hopes that he will help save her sister. They forge a shaky friendship and begin a difficult journey through what is left of California. They learn to rely on each other while facing a Resistance Army, gangs, and something even worse—an enemy that feasts on human flesh. Penryn is torn between her feelings of hatred for the angels who destroyed her world, and the friendship she has with Raffe. The writing is crisp and flows easily within a creative and thoughtful plotline. Teenagers will easily connect to the feelings and emotions Penryn experiences as she learns who to trust and what matters most. Reviewer: Natalie Gurr
VOYA - Stephanie Petruso
Penryn, her mother, and her sister are struggling to survive in the weeks after a war among angels (started by the assassination of Archangel Gabriel) has made much of Earth collateral damage. Surviving children have been mysteriously disappearing, and when Penryn’s sister, Paige, is taken, Penryn is determined to get her back. She kidnaps Raffe, an angel whose wings have been brutally cut off. She saves Raffe’s life, convinced he can lead her to her sister, and the two form an uneasy alliance. The two fight for survival as they search for Paige and a way to reattach Raffe’s wings. Their quest finds them trying to blend into the human resistance, as well as the community of angels that is now controlling what was once San Francisco, and both Penryn and Raffe question where their loyalties really lie. Angelfall shows strong similarity to The Hunger Games, from its postapocalyptic setting to the powerful teen heroine, her mentally unstable mother, and the need to protect a weaker sister. It will satisfy those looking for well-written read-alikes, but the characters and story line are multifaceted and stand on their own. This book sometimes surpasses The Hunger Games, though, in its violence. Some of the scenes are very gory and disturbing, and may upset some readers. Despite that, public libraries will definitely want to purchase this series. Ages 12 to 18.

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Penryn and the End of Days Series, #1
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5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Angelfall 4.7 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 338 reviews.
Char123 More than 1 year ago
I love it when an author drops you straight a story and that is exactly what happens here. Susan Ee puts you right into the action on page one and never stops. Action packed and infused with snarky humor that had me giggling between moments of holding my breath, this book never lets go. Post apocalyptic, dystopian, and fantasy lovers will LOVE this book. Six weeks after angels of the apocalypse have destroyed the modern world, life as we know it is over and chaos ensues. The survival of her family falls on Penryn's shoulders and once her sister is taken by the angels, Penryn must rely on a wingless and broken angel, fighting his own battles, to help her get her back. Angelfall runs the emotional gamut here and Susan Ee's ability to make you feel it all is amazing! Action packed, a touch of horror, a hint of romance, and always with a bit of humor. Susan Ee has written an amazing book and I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here. Congratulations Susan Ee on a wonderful debut book and for being a finalist in the 2011 Cybils Award for the Year's Best Fantasy & Science Fiction.
The-Happy-Booker More than 1 year ago
Angelfall deposits the reader right in the middle of this formidable post apocalyptic world where there are dangers lurking everywhere, both human and other. Angels have descended and ravaged the earth and those who are left resort to any means necessary to survive. Penryn is trying to take care of her small family since her father skipped out on them. She has to worry about a mother who is often lost in schizophrenic delusions as well as look out for her crippled and wheelchair bound little sister. Penryn is the one responsible for finding food and shelter as they try to constantly stay one step ahead of the dangerous street gangs and the bloodthirsty angels that can swoop down from above without warning. These angels have been in a really bad mood since their leader, Gabriel, was gunned down and they have been wreaking havoc, destroying so much of the world that the landscape has become unrecognizable and the few survivors struggle to endure day to day. It all seems rather hopeless and Penryn's only motivation to continue on is the little sister who couldn't survive without her. When Penryn impulsively saves an angel from being torn apart by his own kind, the other angels retaliate by flying off with her helpless little sister. Now Penryn will risk anything to get her back, including joining forces with one of the enemy. Awed..speechless.blown away.these are the words I would use to describe how much I enjoyed Angelfall. The writing was impeccable, I was lost in the story from the first page and it only got better as it continued. The author created a desolate world using vivid imagery and fascinating characters. The angels were crazy scary. At one point Penryn sees a sign that says "Who will protect us from the guardians" and I think that pretty much sums it up. They view humans as talking monkeys and are ruthless in taking what they want. These are not the pretty creatures we see on Christmas cards. I was surprised that, although these were the angels and archangels of the apocalypse, Angelfall didn't stray too deeply into religion. It was interesting they way the author weaved bits and pieces of the angels background into the story, leaving them somewhat mysterious but giving enough of an explanation to satisfy, for now. I definitely want to understand more about them in the sequel. The growing relationship, not necessarily romance, between Raffe and Penryn was one of the highlights of the story for me. There was the slow development of mutual respect for one another which then progressed into trust and loyalty as they helped each other through some pretty scary situations. There was also a physical attraction that was always there but didn't overshadow the more "real" things they started to feel for one another. I don't see that slow, realistic progression often in fiction but I liked it. And can't wait to read more of HIM!!! His courage, strength, and loyalty was certainly swoon worthy for me. Ultimately, this is one of the best, if not the best, book I have read in 2011. I can't recommend it enough. I can't believe this was only $2.99!!! Angelfall is as a fast paced exciting page turner that will keep you up late into the night reading. I devoured this in just one day, staying up until 4 in the morning to finish it! This dark and gritty and beautifully written novel is a must read for fans of fantasy, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, angels, or anyone who just enjoys an exciting and ext
AnnaNanner More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Wow! It has the intensity of the Hunger Games with a stonger sense of hope. It's gritty, dark, action-packed, and fast-paced, with a dash of horror. Penryn is an engaging heroine as she travels through a post-apocalyptic world to rescue her paraplegic sister from angels. She's a fighter and survivor. Love that! The chemistry between Penryn and Raffe, the maimed angel, pulls you in at emotional level. You root for each of them even as their interests seem to be conflicting. I hope the next book releases soon! It's so exciting to see an indie author become successful. I can only see this author becoming a HUGE success.
hjbCA More than 1 year ago
Angelfall is an excellent read. The story is riveting, and though I don't know how I want this whole story to end, I definitely can't wait to read more. The characters are original and interesting, including the supporting characters. I've read plenty of teen lit and dystopian novels - and Angelfall is one of my favorites. If you like your fantasy reads with modern elements and some true creepiness in them, Angelfall is not to be missed. Plus, there's an agnostic angel, and who can turn that down?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never write reviews, yet here I am. It's that good. First of all, I wasn't expecting a book written in first person present tense but the author uses this to its full advantage. The perspective is so limited so we only ever know exactly what our heroine, Penryn, knows which leaves space for the reader to wonder, hope, guess at the motives and thoughts of other characters. For one who relishes a well-written book, this is a delight. The story is fast-paced and takes place over only a handful of days. It was so easy to get caught up in the pace of the book that I read the whole thing in a day. Then, I went back to really savor it. This book was a steal at 99 cents and still is a steal at $1.99. As for the cliches, true, there's a lot of paranormal boy-meets-girl out there, but this book shakes it up enough to be something completely separate and other. The post-apocalyptic, survivalist attitude dominates. You end up being surprised when you're reminded that Penryn is only 17 instead of being kicked in the face with it (I mean really, there's only so much teenage angst you can put up with). Something else you aren't beaten to death with is the relationship between the two main characters. There is a tension and anticipation between the two main characters because of what is left UNsaid which is so much more compelling than the endless oaths of undying love or instantaneous attraction in other books. Angelfall is clever, insightful, vivid, and gripping. My favorite thing is that the story and characters feel like you could actually meet them and have a conversation about whatever. It's grounded. It's our human condition to survive, love, and fear. The characters are flawed but given room to grow. Susan Ee is on my list for authors to track. She should be on yours, too.
Ebony100BookProject More than 1 year ago
Angelfall is a unique combination of Dystopia and Angel Mythology. Who would have thought that a novel uniting two of the most abused themes in the YA genre would end up as a shining example for both? Penryn is a teenage girl trying to stay alive in a world torn apart by winged invaders who have taken earth. When her sister is kidnapped she must team up with Raffe, an angel who has had his wings ripped off my warriors of his own kind, and journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco. There she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll throw himself at the feet of his enemies for the chance to be whole again. If my memory serves me well, Susan Ee has said there should be about five books in the Penryn and the End of Days series – and for the first time in a long long time, I’m not daunted by the thought of that many sequels. So many book franchises end up agonizingly drawn out – often several books longer than the world, plot and character development warrant. But the apocalyptic future that Ee has created is so chilling and mysterious and rich that I can’t wait to see how it will unfold, and Angelfall shows that Ee has the writing chops to pull it off. What I Loved: So many things about this book stood out. The relationship between the two main characters was a genuinely interesting one – no crude ploys were needed to bolster the drama. I cannot stand when the token obstacles placed in front of the coupling are so obviously a ruse to create tension. I also really loved the ‘Angel’ creatures that Ee has created – they are honestly fascinating. This book was pretty creepy too – it had its grotesque moments. I love that. What Was Lacking: The end of the book could have used a few more pages – it felt a bit out of whack with the pace of the rest of the book. Though, to be fair, this was effective in communicating a sense of turmoil and havoc in the final action. Quote: “Angels are violent creatures.” “So I noticed. I used to think they were all sweet and kind.” “Why would you think that? Even in your Bible, we’re harbingers of doom, willing and able to destroy entire cities. Just because we sometimes warned one or two of you beforehand doesn’t make us altruistic.” The kindle edition of Angelfall cost me .99c, and after reading it I feel kind of guilty. I have paid up to 20 bucks for books that I didn’t enjoy half as much. When the writing is this good and such care has been taken with the characterisation and world building, you really want to support it. I will definitely be continuing with this series.
LPlank More than 1 year ago
I read Angelfall in less than 24 hour, I could not put this book down. It's great when you can put the world on hold and enjoy a book at least for a little while... We meet Penryn surviving in the Silicon Valley in California, six weeks after angels have descended on earth and reeked havoc. The survival of her 7 year old sister, Paige and her schizophrenic mother rest on Penryn's 17 year old shoulders. Because gangs have taken over the streets, Penryn and her family decided to move away from the city into the hills. Things are not that easy, Paige is taken by the angels and Penryn is left with Raffe a fallen angel with no wings. Penryn is smart, caring, strong, determined and brave. She looks Raffe, an angel with no wings right in the eye and demands that take her to the angels home base. Raffe is not quite sure what to think of Penryn, she's a daughter of man and off limits to angels but he finds this need to protect her. Susan Ee's writing is outstanding. I'll admit that sometimes authors over describe characters actions but with Ee, you feel like you're running right along side Penryn and Raffe. Even her description of how Raffe's cut wing fold into themselves. I think what happily surprised me was the humor. I mean, Penryn and Raffe are at the cusp of the end of days and they still find the humor in everyday things. ¿My friends call me Wrath,¿ says Raffe. ¿My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What¿s your name, soldier boy?¿ ¿A sense of humor is one more thing I don't think angels should have. The fact that his sense of humor is corny makes it even more wrong.¿ Ee makes me wish I was a writer, that I could blend and move my words with her grace and quickness. Alas, I'm but a reader... ¿I'm Penryn. I'm named after an exit off Interstate 80." "Nice." They nod as if to say they understand what it's like to have parents like that.¿
Owl_Always_Be_Reading More than 1 year ago
I seriously don’t know why it’s taken me so long to finally read Angelfall.  I bought the book over a year ago after a friend raved about how  good it was.  Since then, it sat on my shelf and FINALLY after the second book, World After came out last week, I decided to read it.   Now I’m kicking myself in the butt for not reading it sooner!  Angels have descended upon Earth and have caused complete chaos and almost the extinction of mankind.  Penryn, her mother and little sister Paige have managed to survive for weeks after the angels declared war on earth, but having to care for a younger sister who is in a wheelchair and a mother who is schizophrenic while being chased by killer angels isn’t easy.  Not to mention all the humans that are desperate for food and shelter and will do anything for the little bit of goods other have.  Then one night, she sees some angels fighting.  They seem to be attacking an angel with beautiful white wings and he’s losing the fight, especially when they cut off his wings.  In all that, Penryn ends up helping the white wing angel by giving him his sword to even the fight.  Big mistake because as a retaliation, the other angels fly up and take her little sister.  Penryn’s heart is shattered.  So she decided to help the angel in order to find out where the other angels have taken her sister. I really like Penryn’s character.  She is a fighter and a go-geter.  I honestly don’t think I could survive in a world like that, so kudos to her for kicking some angel and demon butt! I love the chemistry between Penryn and Raffe, the white winged angel.  Raffe is sarcastic and I love it! I’m not too sure about Penryn’s mom.  I feel like there is more to her then what we hear about in Angelfall.  Maybe we can find out more in World After. 
Kristas_Dust_Jacket More than 1 year ago
There's been no shortage of hot angels in YA fiction in recent years. Patch. Daniel. Akiva. But, see, you haven't met Raffe yet. Otherwise known as Raphael. The archangel. Or, maybe you have. But, I guarantee you haven't met Susan Ee's version of him yet. Because once you do, all those other guys fade into the background. I finished Angelfall five days ago, and I'm still reeling. I am amazed at Susan Ee's ability to create this crazy, amazing post-apocalyptic world complete with angels, demons, monsters and heroes. It is unlike anything I've ever read before. The setting is San Francisco, six weeks after angels invaded Earth, causing world-wide destruction by way of natural disasters of all kinds. Now, it appears as if the angels are finishing off the remaining humans in horrible and brutal ways. Seventeen-year-old Penryn is running with her handicapped sister and cray-cray mother when they are witness to an angel getting the crap beat out of him, his wings ripped off and left for dead. Her mother runs, her sister is taken, and now Penryn is left with a lame angel to guide her to their headquarters in order to save her sister. What begins as a volatile partnership ends as something much more as Raffe and Penryn face life-threatening challenges in order to accomplish their goals. I read Angelfall after my bestie, Jen from At Random, started fangirling over it. Jen never fangirls over anything, so I knew it must be a good one. I remember about 10% or so into Angelfall sending her a text saying that I wasn't sure if I loved or hated Raffe. In the beginning, it's very easy to have this love/hate relationship with him. I think Penryn does too. He plays the angry angel card very well. The glimpses we start to see into Raffe's psyche through the course of his and Penryn's journey will definitely sway you toward the love end of the love/hate scale. He's just as tortured as Penryn is. He's lost his wings to his main enemy. His only choice of a surgeon to sew them back on is a female angel who he hates. He lost his troops. His friends. He's an angel all alone, and they hate being alone. So, I get why he's an ass most of the time. But, the more things that Penryn does that he doesn't expect, the more his outer shell cracks, showing glimpses of his true self. One who has a snarky sense of humor. Who might not think humans are all that bad. Who might actually want to HELP Penryn. It's that version of Raffe that I fell in love with. Penryn is my kind of chick. She is a complete badass, forged by a crappy home life. She took self-defense lessons in order to protect herself from her unpredictable and mentally unstable mother. Then, the world fell apart and she was able to put her knowledge to very practical use. If any "Daughter of Man" was suited to team up with an equally badass archangel, it's Penryn. One of my favorite parts of her is her dedication to her family and her reluctance to give up even in the face of insurmountable odds. Well, that, and the fact that she has the guts to stand up to Raffe, a trait that I think he loves much more than he lets on. You want a book with action, then you have it here. There are plenty of battles, both supernatural and human. The pacing is fantastic - there was never a moment when the story lagged for me. And, I really enjoyed the audio version of Angelfall. Caitlin Davies did a great job with the narration. This was the first book of hers that I've listened to - I'll definitely be seeking more out in the future. Susan Ee continued to surprise the heck out of me. I thought Angelfall was simply an angel book. But, there are zombies (of sorts), monsters and demons to contend with. Not to mention radical humans bent on re-taking our world. This was an incredible book about loyalty, love and lies. The twists and turns were exciting and gripping. There was never a dull moment - it was exciting and action-packed the whole way through to the frustrating, amazing ending. You need to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will blow your mind! Fans of hunger games and angels both!
Adriyanna 5 months ago
Angelfall exceeded my expectations! The way Susan Ee took the story surprised me – and I loved every part of it. The world-building was phenomenal, and the writing exceptionally detailed. The protagonist’s journey allows the reader to experience this new, post-apocalyptic earth, and the difference between “World Before” and “World After” is really emphasized here. The author was not afraid of delving into the unknown or grotesque, and that was a huge hit for me! The world-building was by far my favourite part. Every aspect was exceptionally detailed – I could imagine the empty buildings and the deafening silence. I saw Penryn wincing at the noise their family’s shopping cart makes along the abandoned streets. As well, the dialogue was on par. The novel starts some weeks after angels have descended onto Earth, so like Penryn, the reader is witness to how humans are adapting to this world of death, destruction and god-defying acts. I find it significant the author started not when earth is semi-peaceful, but after humans have gotten over that initial shock and are now returning to that primal urge for survival. This is more evident in the fact the author decides to begin the story when Penryn and her family are leaving their apartment – basically their life in the “World Before” – and starting anew. I thought the plot was stable. Different points are made to the reader that Penryn would only venture into the Lion’s Den for her sister. At the time of her sister’s capture, their mother also disappears so the choice is seen here. Penryn loves both her mother and sister, but her decision is based on who needs who. Penryn’s relationship with her mother was deep and intriguing. The two’s interaction with each other provided a lot of insight on other characters, and made everything all the more dimensional. Raffe is introduced in the beginning of the novel as an angel betrayed by his kind and saved by Penryn. Raffe then agrees to bring Penryn to where the angels are holding her sister. It’s clear these two are to be potential love interests, but romance is a secondary plot and moves at a realistic speed. Once they reach their destination it’s every person for him/herself – Raffe needs the angels for his detached wings and Penryn for her sister. Near the end, circumstances have Raffe grieving for Penryn, but the level of grief [which was high] I found unrealistic as the two had only 1-2 times visibly expressed their feelings for one another – although there was a lot of glances. The author dived right into the more grotesque of subjects that are sometimes absent from YA novels. Particularly characters of physical and emotional flaws with a high chance of permanency. I found this made the world-building all the more solid – Susan Ee is creating a world that is new and cruel and only the strong can survive. The characters should represent this “World After”. The use of angels as a theme has been made truly original with the type of world Ee has constructed. I am excited to read the sequels, World After and End of Days. Susan Ee is a talented writer and I am eager to see what she plans to write about next. I was provided a free ebook via Net Gallery in exchange for an honest review.
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Yohanna More than 1 year ago
This book is really a page turner, I was hooked on it since the first page. Love to read stories about angels and demons and even more when involving humans and romance. If I could give it more than 5 starts of rating I would.
RaquelGabrielle More than 1 year ago
I loved it so much. I know I am like the last person to get on this bandwagon but I am glad I did. I can see why so many others love this book. I can't wait to start the next one.  Penryn is a girl who lives with her sister who is in a wheelchair and her mother who is crazy, and she has to protect these two and be the grown up. Penryn's sister Paige wasn't always disabled but after their mother had an episode something happened that is still a mystery to where Paige could no longer walk. I love how strong Penryn is and really steps up to the plate to take care of the people she loves. She still has weaknesses though which makes her human and also I think helps Raffe start to care for her. Oh what can I say about Raffe other than he is yummy and I can't wait to see more of him and Penryn together. At first I was worried he was going to be like Damon from the Lux series, you know kind of a mean person to try to keep her at arms length. Though Raffe can be distant  he isn't really to mean to her till the end of the book where he says he doesn't even like her. I think she should have known though he was lying to cover up his own feelings though, I mean who would constantly keep watch over you and protect you when you mean nothing to him. It just wouldn't happen. 
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! Brilliant. Gripping. Intense. Dark, Amazing. Heart pounding. Twisted. Heartbreaking. You want words to describe how I feel about this book? I have them all right here, tons of them. Now, stringing those words and phrases together to form coherent sentences to describe all the feelings inside me right now...that's the real problem. You guys I have read some truly awesome books this year so far. But none of them have come quite close to what I just went through with Angelfall over the last 12 hours. Consider me fully and and deeply enchanted with this story. I made the rookiest of mistakes when I picked this book up and started reading it. I decided it would be a great idea to start it when I really should have been in bed at 11pm. Even under normal circumstances, if I just plain like a book, I have difficulty putting it down and going to sleep if I'm really into it. The thing about Angelfall is that it's not just your normal circumstances type of book. There is no slow world/character building and introduction. None of the slow and burning build of intensity that suddenly bursts out with an explosion of adrenaline and chaos. No. With Angelfall you start smack dab in the middle of intensity. You're immediately sucked into something so intense and dark and it was absolutely brilliant. Once that intensity grabs hold of you though there is no way it will let you go. So, sleep be damned, I could not put it down. No regrets. I love, love, love angel books/series. But...I am extremely picky and particular about the ones I will even attempt to read. Angelfall is not your normal paranormal angel book. The angels aren't fluffy or cuddly. They aren't here on some vital mission for the greater good of mankind. They aren't fallen celestial beings to be romanticized or swooned over (well not all of them at least.) They are darkness, destruction and devastation. This is truly a dark and twisted book and I think that's what really drew me to it. I love a book that will make me sit here as I read it and think to myself, "What in the actual eff?..." This one did that plenty and surprised me in good, frightening and heartbreaking ways. Penryn is seriously my hero. That girl is a freaking rock star. Even when on the inside she was truly scared to death that girl had enough backbone and determination for ten men twice her size. Even when she was scared she was amazingly strong and tough. I have no trouble saying that Penryn has got to be one of my favorite heroines of all time. I don't even know what else to say except how much I loved it. I mean, if you like angel paranormals and you also like the darker more twisted side of things I highly, highly recommend starting this series. Seriously, like I said I started reading it at 11pm and I quite literally did not sleep until I was done. Yes, you heard that right! Did. Not. Sleep. I made an attempt around 3am and put the book down for about 30min but the story just kept tumbling around inside my brain and wouldn't allow me to sleep, plus it zapped all the sleep right out of me. Next thing I knew it was just turning to 11am and I was done sitting here wondering how on earth that happened. I am hooked. Thankfully I had the foresight to request World After as well because just sitting here attempting to write this review is complete torture. I must go now. I need to find out what happens next!! Go get this book! Now!!
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it! Angelfall isn't the typical angel story, it's dark and edgy, and on the brink of macabre. Totally excellent! I love Penryn, she has the a perfect blend of bad ass and awesome human being. She has compassion in a world that it would be very difficult for individuals to keep any hope. She's also intelligent, and she pulls her own weight. I really enjoy dystopian books, so I really enjoyed that aspect of this book, and I was interested till the very end. I'm so glad I have the 2nd book to read because I am starting it right now! Excellent book, really excellent!
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megankylene More than 1 year ago
Angelfall is so freaking good! This apocalyptic young adult novel kept me glued to the pages. Angelfall is a recipe for young adult greatness. It has a strong heroine, a witty hero, tons of action, and a budding forbidden romance. I loved this book so much! Penryn Young’s life is anything but ordinary. Her mother has schizophrenia and has spent most of her childhood warding off what she calls “demons.” It’s not that i don’t care about her. It’s just that our relationship is more complicated than the usual daughter-mother relationship. But maybe her mother was on to something. Just months ago, angels descended on Earth and now the end of days is near. Human gangs are taking over regions of San Francisco and humans are just trying to survive with danger at every turn. Penryn, her mother and sister are on their way out of their neighborhood when they see an angel in a fierce battle against his own kind. Before Penryn can come to his aid, his attackers cut off his wings, leaving him bleeding and helpless. As they escape the wrath of Raffe’s (the angel) sword, one of them snatches Paige out of her wheelchair and disappears into the sky. Penryn’s only hope of getting her sister back is to try to get Raffe back to health and convince him to take her to Paige. This was the beginning of my Raffe obsession. What made this novel so great was the relationship and dynamic between Penryn and Raffe. In the world after the angels descended, humans and angels are enemies. Over the course of the novel their relationship slowly changes. In the beginning, Raffe is very sarcastic and kind of cold towards Penryn, but you can see that he is also amused by her. Penryn is a selfless survivor and a fighter who will stop at nothing to find her little sister. I loved how adaptable she was. In every situation, she could find a solution or at least a plan B. She was relentless and never gave up no matter how hard things were. She’s the kind of heroine that I love to read about. Her life hasn’t been perfect, but she’s made the best of it with what she had. The nature of Raffe and Penryn’s situation is bleak but I loved the little bits of comedic timing between the two of them. Their slow-building partnership was one of the many reasons why this book was so good. The subtle shifts in how Raffe regarded Penryn and vice versa. I really wish we would have gotten more explanation as to why the apocalypse happened. For the longest time, I thought I had missed it, but when I reread this book this year I realize that it wasn’t fully explained. Was it the angels caused the apocalypse or was the apocalypse already happening? The last quarter of this book was so good! My heart was racing. I just couldn’t put it down. By the end of this book you will want to throw things, but in a good way. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. 4.5 stars – READ IT!
Books_GaloreKH More than 1 year ago
I'll be perfectly honest, I wasn't expecting much going into this book. Usually when you talk about angels you get a lot of god talk as well. I was afraid I was walking into a Christian novel, which personally isn't something I care to read. But it was nothing like that, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It takes a certain way of writing to build a post-apocalyptic world, but Susan did a beautiful job. I felt like I was right there with Penryn, hungry, cold, and trying to just find Paige. If Susan removed the angels and replaced with zombies this book would be 10 out of 5 but that's just me and my love of zombies. ok back to the review. I absolutely loved Penryn's personality, she was a perfect balance of humor and sarcasm and when paired with Raffe it just got better. The way they both bounced off each other was hilarious. There were many times I woke up my fiance laughing late at night at some sarcastic remark Raffe said.  Penryn was a unique main character, she was stubborn and very determined to get the things she needed. Finding her sister was top priority and nothing was going to stand in her way, literally. I loved how no matter how much bad things were thrown at her, her love for her sister or mom doesn't weaver at all.  I am very happy that I gave this book a chance, I would have been missing out on something quite amazing. I went out and purchased the second book the next day, even though I got it for free on netgalley, I wanted to have the physical copy on my bookshelf. Thank you Susan Ee for making such an amazing book!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
3 Stars I have a feeling that I went into this book with my expectations set way too high. I was ready to read a story that was supposed to knock my socks off but this book lacked any kind of "Wow" factor for me. I have had this book in my TBR pile since I picked it up as a freebie in January 2013 and I couldn't wait to read a story about angles. I remember even then how much everyone was raving about this book but I somehow kept skipping over it. I decided it was time to finally read it when a group of my friends on Goodreads organized a buddy read. With all the 5 star reviews, I just knew that I would love it. I wanted to love it. I wish that I had loved it but I didn't love it. I didn't hate it but I didn't think that it was any better than just okay. I switched back and forth between reading this book and listening to the audible version. I never fell in the love with the narrator and I did find that I liked the book a bit more when I was actually reading the story instead of listening to it. I think that Caitlin Davis did a good job with the narration and she sounds like I would expect Penryn to sound but for some reason this narration just didn't connect with me. I thought that the plot was decent. There were enough twists and turns to keep things exciting and it was a unique storyline. There were some really awesome moments in this book and there were a few spots where I found myself rolling my eyes. There were a few times in the book that I wished that things had taken a different direction but it was overall a solid story. I did feel like the book dragged at times and it was always very easy for me to set this book aside to do something else. I had expected to fall in love with Rafe. Everyone keeps saying how much they love Rafe. I wanted to join in on the love but it wasn't meant to be. I thought Rafe was okay but his character lacked that something extra I had expected. I didn't connect with Penryn in any way either. I didn't dislike her but I didn't find myself loving her either. I still plan to read the second book in this series, World After. I liked it enough to want to see what the fuss is all about in the second book and heck, I already bought the silly book so I might as well read it. I am definitely in the minority with my rating of the book so I would tell anyone interested to give it a shot since most people seem to love this book.
KatyMessier More than 1 year ago
Disclosure: eGalley from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was incredibly curious about this book after reading the description.  Penryn has been through so much just to keep her family safe even before the apocalypse and it seems things have only become that much more difficult after.  There are so many moments I ache for the position she’s in.  I’m also intrigued by the angels – why are they here, what are they doing.  It appears that not all angels are what we have believed.  Many questions arise through the book of who is bad and who is good and to what lengths will you really go to protect the ones you love even when they hurt you over and over.  My only slight critique with this book is that at times Penryn just comes across as a bit.. oblivious.  She has all of these life experiences but doesn’t have hardly any self awareness which for someone her age might be understandable but at times comes across as just silly.  Still a solid and worthwhile read and I really enjoyed it!
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review. Right from the get go you are thrown into the world where Penryn and her family are hiding out but not for long. Penryn is in charge of taking care of her wheelchair bound sister Paige who is seven and her mother who I believe is schizophrenic. That is a lot on someones shoulders but Penryn is a strong young lady.  As Penryn and her family are leaving their place they are caught into a battle between some angels and Penryn ends up helping out one of them named Raffe which results with her sister being taken. Now it is up to Penryn to save her sister and she will make sure that the angel she helped saved named Raffe will help her. Angels and Daughter of Man should not be together helping each other but who cares about that when there is a young girl that needs to be saved.  Raffe and Penryn have a tough journey ahead and what is going on with the Angels is something more serious than them coming to Earth. It seems they are up to something. Will Penryn be able to save her sister or will she be caught? What will happen between Penryn and Raffe as we slowly watch them two have feelings for each other but they can not act on it? We are never quite told what has caused the end of the world with the Angels so it is quite the mystery which in a way is nice. This is a great story that was refreshing and a bit different. I liked how Angels are somehow the bad guy and the world has ended because of it. The characters are far from flat and have their own personality. I have to say I like the twins from the camp.  Tweedledee and Tweedledum their humor with Penryn is refreshing in a world that is gone to hell in a hand bag. Penryn she may seem weak but the girl can hold her own but she doesn't come off as I can just kick anyone's butt she just takes it one day at a time. 
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Angelfall by Susan Ee will grab you from the start and you'll find that you won't be able to put it down until you finish reading it. Make sure  you have your seatbelt on because you are going to be going on one fantastic adventure. This is a fast paced, intense and very  suspenseful story. You will be turning the pages over and over again to get to the last one. Then you'll re-read it again. I gave this book  5 stars but it deserves more. It would look great on your bookshelf or any library's bookshelf. I highly recommend it to everyone. You  won't go wrong picking up your copy. I look for more from Susan Ee .... Sequel??
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Angelfall by Susan Ee Book One of the Penryn & the End of Days series Publisher: Skyscape Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.  Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.  When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back... What I Liked: I FINALLY caved and read this one. It's been around for years, and I've been seeing so many trusted bloggers and friends love this book (and series in general), and I never bothered to pick it up. It involves angels, I told myself. I don't like angel books. Why bother? Well, Angelfall is February's Pili-Pushed novel (I know, I'm a month late), and it appeared on NetGalley (along with World After), so I figured those must be signs. And guess what - this one is probably my favorite Pili-Pushed novel, along with Stolen Songbird (January's recommendation)! There has been an apocalypse, and angels have destroyed the world. Six weeks after the apocalypse, Penryn, her crippled sister, and her mentally bizarre mother are setting out to hopefully find a better place to live. But this doesn't work out; a group of angels are attacking one angel, and Penryn decides to distract the angels will her mother and sister hopefully run to freedom. Penryn and the attacked angel are left by the group of angels, but one of the angels takes Paige (Penryn's sister). Penryn is determined to get her back. She takes the beaten angel and all but forces him to tell her where to find the angels. Together, Penryn and Raffe (the angel) travel to the aerie to find Paige. Raffe is going to the aerie in hopes of finding a surgeon to stitch his wings back (the group of angels sliced them off). Right from the start, I liked Penryn. She reminds me a bit of Lela from the Guards of the Shadowlands series by Sarah Fine. Penryn is fiercely loyal, tough, and unafraid of fighting for what she wants. She's skilled in martial arts and combat - her mother had her taking lessons since she was four or five (or some young age). She's no match for angels physically but she is quite a fighter. Penryn is definitely a heroine girls should look up to. She never falls for the angels' pretty faces, never loses her resolve. Raffe, the male protagonist, is equally as likable. He's an angel with his wings cut off, a warrior, a calculating and quiet creature. He agrees to help Penryn in order to get his wings sewed back on, but he grows to become loyal to her, and looks out for her. He is very intelligent, and very good at seeing things holistically. He is haunted by the loss of his wings, but determined to get them back. I like the flow of this story. At first I thought, here we go, cliche story of someone trying to save someone from the bad guys. This has the Guards of the Shadowlands series written all over it. Or vice versa (I read Sarah Fine's books first, but chronologically, I think it's the opposite). Whatever. HOWEVER. I didn't find this book full of cliches at all. There are many plot twists and unexpected road bumps and turns that I did not see coming - like the Resistance camp. And when Penryn and Raffe finally get to the aerie, well, I definitely wasn't expecting any of that. The world-building and imagery is really well-written. This is a post-apocalyptic world, and the author does an excellent job with the setting, the apocalypse, the feel of doom and gloom. And the paranormal aspect is pretty cool too. I mentioned above that I hate angel books. I've enjoyed Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, as well as Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season series, but in general, I really don't like angel-related books. So I was really wary about the angel aspect. But I'm surprised and quite pleased that I really enjoyed this paranormal aspect! The angels are harbingers of doom, and they are very pretty, but very deadly. I think I like these angels so much because they're like Taylor's angels, or Shannon's angels. As opposed to Lauren Kate's angels, or Becca Fitzpatrick's angels. Less teenage-boy-ish, more immortal, timeless, male (or female). So, I loved the story. I loved the world-building. I love the protagonists. The supporting characters were also characters I enjoyed reading about, love them or hate them. I wasn't a fan of Penryn's mother, but that was to be expected. I didn't necessary like any at the Resistance camp - again, to be expected. I'm interested in seeing more secondary characters, because there weren't too many at the forefront (secondary characters at the forefront. Hehe). This book goes by very quickly - you won't feel the pages slipping, the percentage going by. I was never bored, and I always wanted to know what would happen next! Okay okay, let's talk romance. There is no love triangle, no insta-love, none of that mess. In fact, the romance is barely there - which is a wonderful thing! As in, it's THERE, but it's a slow, progressive build. Penryn and Raffe don't just see each other and fall in love, or lust. It takes the whole book, nearly dying, saving each other, being separated at short intervals, etc., for them to develop feelings for each other. It's more about building trust and loyalty - but they also care about each other, and there is definitely an attraction between them. But it's all very subtle, very slow burn, very delicious to read. I can't wait to read the next book - for so many reasons, but especially the romance. This book doesn't end on a cliffhanger, though it does end on an uneasy note. It's okay, because we know there are two books to follow, and I've waited forever to read this book, and am now completely prepared to binge-read the series. I've got World After to read next week, and End of Days comes out in May, so I am ready! What I Did Not Like: There's just one thing, and it's probably just me, but I thought the climax and ending were a tad bit too fast and perhaps a bit confusing. I was confused as to what I was supposed to be seeing, in terms of all things revealed and bad guys and the Resistance striking - it just felt like everything was thrown together at once, and it was a bit much to wade through. Perhaps I just need to reread the ending. Anyway, it's a small thing, because I certainly got the gist of everything. Would I Recommend It: YES! I totally recommend this one! I loved it a lot! I don't regret waiting so long to read it (it was almost inevitable that I would read it, with literally everyone else reading, raving about, and LOVING it). Even if you don't like angel-related novels, give this book a chance! I don't like angel content, but I really enjoyed that aspect, and this book in general. Rating: 4.5 stars -> rounded down to 4 stars (only because it doesn't quite feel like a 5-star read to me. Those are few and far between, from me). I'll be reviewing World After on Friday, March 27th (next week)!