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

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

by Susan Ee


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ISBN-13: 9780761463276
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Series: Penryn and the End of Days Series , #1
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 60,080
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Susan Ee has eaten meze in the old city of Jerusalem, surfed the warm waters of Costa Rica, and played her short film at a major festival. She has a life-long love of science fiction, fantasy and horror, especially if there's a touch of romance. She used to be a lawyer but now loves being a writer because it allows her souped-up imagination to bust out and go feral.

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Angelfall 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 350 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.
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.
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
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!
Dc1p1 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Loved this book from the minute I picked it up! I stayed up all night just to finish it and when I did I was instantly searching to see when the next one would be released! I was hesitant at first to read this because I have read other angel themed books and they weren't really my cup of tea, but this book blew me away! Seriously, get this book now!
JessicaLiegel on LibraryThing 7 months ago
One of my favorite books so far this year! Soooo good! It was fast-paced and a very quick read because I couldn't put it down. LOVED the characters. The ending was awesome. I can't wait for the next!
lenorewastaken 11 months ago
ORIGINAL REVIEW: 5 stars — Wow — just slightly out of character for the books I’m used to reading, especially in the paranormal type genre. Very dark, and heartbreaking at times. Vivid imagery, and the imagination to create this world…wow. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved Penryn and Raffe… Desperately wish the next book was out so I can devour more. Highly recommend. ON REREAD: 4.95 stars — You know, I’m sure there is a part of me that, 6.5 years later, should be picking apart this story. But in the end, you know what? I was still hugely entertained and engrossed. Even though I’m bummed that 2 people I recommended it to didn’t find the same enjoyment, I’m immensely happy that I still did. Let’s talk about narration first, since this second time around I listened to the audiobook: I was actually really impressed with Caitlin Davies. I found her narration to be well-paced, full of emotion, and she appropriately conveyed the attitude of Penryn…she just sounded like I imagined. Part of that is that she does have a younger sounding voice, so it fit with our teenaged heroine. And while I was initially put off by her voice for Raffe, it seriously grew on me as the book went on. The thing I was MOST impressed with was her ability to voice different characters in unique enough ways that I was never confused over who was speaking. Honestly, I don’t understand how good narrators do that…it’s almost like a whole other person is speaking those bits of dialogue, though you can tell they have the same underlying base. It was very consistent. I’m not sure if she’ll work for everyone, but I can wholeheartedly say that she was a winner for me…and I look forward to listening to the final two books as well. As for the story, and our characters, it was still a hit for me. I was seriously drawn into this post-apocalyptic world, and curious from the first moment about who the angels were, why they were there, what was going on. There were so many little bits I had forgotten, mostly surrounding the resistance. I wasn’t quite as frightened and horrified this go-round, as I knew the “low demons” were coming, and I remembered at least the gist of what we’d find in the lab (though I forgot about the non-low-demon-experiments). I appreciated that there was a balance to the story-telling: there would be actions scenes followed by some more mundane moments where we could get to know our characters and center ourselves before things got crazy again. I loved the world that Ms. Ee built. I wanted to look up these angel names and see which ones were accurate to religious texts, and which ones Ms. Ee took more liberties with. As I said in my original review, the imagery was very vivid, and I could truly feel the bleakness of this future after the angels came. The stark contrast between the aerie and the rest of the city…I almost *felt* it. And the whole ending was a wild ride. As for our two main characters, they provided their own wild ride. Penryn felt like a teenager who had to grow up too fast, but who held on to some teenagerisms anyways. I loved the way she balanced between fierce and vulnerable. She couldn’t decide who she was. You could tell she still had a lot of growing up to do. But you could truly feel her love for her sister, and her desperate need to find her. I loved the strange relationship she had with her Mom…it was both horrifying and fascinating. Like watching a bad car accident. Her crush on Raffe could be cringe-worthy at t
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: ANGELFALL brings the end of days and with it comes angels the likes you’ve never read before. When the humans are dying and desperate and the angels are the monsters dealing the hand, what chance does a teenage girl and a wingless angel have at surviving the war put into motion around them? Packed with action and a focused plot, this is a book for fans of thrillers and paranormal alike. Positives: -Great characters -Fantastic banter between Penryn & Raffe -Unique idea -Fast-moving plot Negatives: Although I really had fun reading this book overall, I feel that there are a TON of plot holes particularly in the world-building and I can’t help but feel disappointed knowing that they’ll never be properly explained or answered in the series. (Sometimes after reading the first book I like to see the general reaction to the final book in a series before committing to it and well this time it ended up shoving me down a spiral of spoilers and reviews and yeah, I liked this first book but I’m not sure I’ll read the rest). HOWEVER, if having a well-explained premise of a book isn’t a factor for you then you might want to check this series out. It really was a good read full of chaos, enemies & allies, resistance armies, monsters, survival, and more. Plus it explored a really original take on angels. **Read the full review on Wordpress: Pooled Ink
SherryF More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I won this book because I loved it and I probably never would have found it on my own. The angels brought death, destruction and the apocalypse. Sixteen year old Penryn will team up with Raffe, an angel warrior caught up in angel politics. They will save each other again and again, as they struggle to find a way through the new world they live in. Forbidden love, complex characters and world building full of desperation and danger make me want to now who will be left standing. I was immediately drawn into this dark and desperate world of angel against angel, angel against human, human against angel and human against human, as Penryn and Raffe try to change what’s left of the world they live in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Angelfall is a self-published story that relied on word of mouth to gain attention and now it's a hit that has been translated to several languages. The story follows Penryn Young's journey through a post-apocalyptic world in search of her younger sister. Travelling along with Penryn we find Raffe, a.k.a Raphael, one of the main Messengers of God. Susan Ee blends traditional angel lore with her own take of the biblical stories to create a world in which Angels are messengers of destruction in a fast-paced plot that mixes romance with horror and adventure. A must read that I highly recommend.
amarie76 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars So, I've been hearing about this series for a long time. A few friends of mine recommended Angelfall to me a while back, but I just never got around to reading it. The thing is, I am very leery of reading any kinds of books featuring angels. I guess, I have my own preconceived notions about angels, due to my upbringing. However, I did read Unearthly, by Cynthia Hand, an I really liked it! After reading more praise for Angelfall, I decided to just go for it. I'm so glad that I did! Wow, I have to say- Susan Ee is a such a great writer! She also has a really vivid imagination. There were parts of the story that were dark and dreary, but the world-building was fantastic, and Ee's characters were fresh and unique. When I first read about the main character, Penryn, in the synopsis, I honestly didn't think that I was going to like her. Sometimes, hard, tough characters like that can turn out to be mean and/or headstrong, and sometimes irritating. While, Penryn could be impulsive at times, I really liked her! She was tough because she had to be, yet she also showed some vulnerability and really cared about her family. She had her reasons for being the way that she was, and there were many times that I could catch glimpses of the old Penryn, or at least what she must have been like before the destruction. I loved her thought processes and how she went about things. She knew her strengths and weaknesses, and when to ask for help (so refreshing!). Then there was Raffi. What a troubled and mysterious character! We didn't learn much about him, but we did know he carried a huge burden. I had so much compassion for him and my heart was so sad for things that happened to him. As for Penryn's mom and sister...well, they were just creepy at times. I gotta say, Penryn had the patience of a saint, when she had to deal with her mom. Yikes. I am so glad that I read Angelfall. I am very much looking forward to the second book, World After. There are some questions that I hope to have answers to, and there are some things that I hope to see resolved.
Anastacia More than 1 year ago
Lyrical Life Quote - Real life creativity blends seemlessly into a world of adventure. Angelfall is thought provoking, but also effortlessly crafted with woven threads of imaginative fantasy. The central character of Penryn has a wonderfully earthy grace, her hardships are both plain and complexed. Her one goal keeps her on and of a singular focus, to regain her helpless sister from the angels. The world that was once familiar has now been destroyed by those humanity once dreamed existed in a peaceful vision. Once considered mythical the angels are now a reality but an unwelcome one that has upended life and turned every day into a test of survival. There are no lengths that Penryn will not go to and along the way suffering, terror, and fright seem to be an acceptable stepping stone. Her wonderful interaction with those that she meets along the way lend to her strengths and also showcase her weaknesses and the stark contrast between the two races. This book is of a quality sometimes difficult to find and impossible to put down. The writing is fresh and creative with an enjoyable flow that keeps the reader trapped in a state of anticipation.
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daydreamer More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the BEST books eva!!!!!!!! Its a definite read!!! And one of my all time faves!
jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
I've had this one on my shelf for quite some time. The first few angel type books I read were good but not phenomenal so I wasn't in a hurry to pick it up. I've read some really great angel books this year though so I decided to give this one a go. The Good So while this one may be an "angel" book, it's about angels as the means to the end of the world and woven inside is a creepy and gritty dystopian. Our heroine, Penryn has a ton to deal with. It starts with her schizophrenic mom and wheel-chair bound sister, but gets worse and worse for her as the story progresses. She handles each new obstacle like a champ though. I'm drawn to Penryn because she's 5'2" like me. Unlike me, she's a 17 year old. She will just not give up and I love her spunk. She saves, kidnaps, then blackmails Raffe, an angel, to help her get her sister who was taken by angels back. Their time on the page together is a lot of fun. They both have a dry humor and I giggled a lot while reading. The world is very desolate. They are eating cat food to survive. More than even the homeless and wanderer living conditions, is that every move is dogged by enemies. They have to keep safe from human gangs, angels, and what they name as the low demons. There is not a boring moment through Angelfall. It feels as if her life is in different degrees of danger throughout the story. I have to throw a special mention to Dee and Dum who are reminiscent of The Weasley Twins, but can turn into super spy ninja killers the next moment. Besides Penryn and Raffe, they are my favorite characters in the story. The Bad I have no complaints. The Romance Penryn and Raffe are so different yet very similar so it's really fun to watch them together and see who will get the last word. There's not really romance to speak of in this one. It's more a getting to know each other and decide whether to trust each other read. I look forward to see where it goes from here as any romance between the two is strictly forbidden. Conclusion This is far more than just an angel book or just a dystopian as it's a mixture of paranormal elements, horror, and dystopian all in one. The story flows well and there isn't a break in the action or adventure. The characters are easy to latch onto and the elements and world introduced are unique and interesting. Angelfall was an excellent read. "I never thought about it before, but I'm proud to be human. We're ever so flawed. We're frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I'm proud to be a Daughter of Man."
Adriyanna More than 1 year 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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