Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee ★★★★★

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Dystopian
Series: End of Days #1
Publication Date: May 21st 2011
ASIN: B00522V6DQ
Page Count: 283
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Copy: Audiobook
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis: 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.


REVIEW

More Angel Apocalypse Right Now!

Okay, so I know I'm ridiculously late to the party, but I finally got around to reading (listening, actually) to this book, and now I know what all the fuss is about. I loved it! Of course, I'd heard all the hype, but I was also very aware of the pleas for mercy over how long the wait for the next book was going to be. (Not that it was going to be unusually long or anything, it would just feel like it). So, I bided my time for as long as I could, but when I saw it pop up on Audible and realized I could sneak it into my reading schedule that way without it interfering with my review books, I couldn't resist any longer. 

The setting for ANGELFALL is a post angelic apocalypse earth. A world that has been literally torn apart and is now without any kind of rules: Gang warfare is rife on the streets, starvation is a very real problem, and the constant threat of death-by-angel is enough to terrify anyone to the point of madness. However, our heroine, Penryn (love the name), is old friends with crazy. She has a dangerously paranoid schizophrenic mother who may or may not be the reason she also has a wheelchair-bound sister.  Penryn is therefore the natural (if reluctant) matriarch of the family with both mother and sister being equally dependent on her for different reasons. Carrying the combined weight of your entire family is a lot to ask of any seventeen year old. But to deal with this new world on top of all that? It's just too much to ask of anyone, but Penryn somehow manages to stay sane and also be quite the little badass in the process. It's one of the main reasons I absolutely loved her as a protagonist. When you talk of a character being strong, this is exactly the type of character that epitomises that description. Strong in all facets. She absolutely rocked.

As for the story, it was everything I've ever wanted from a YA angel book, from a YA dystopian book. Its characters are memorable, the plot twists are shocking and disturbing, everything about this book still stands out in my mind as if I just closed the last page seconds ago, not weeks ago. And the game changer at the end? Yowser. I can't wait to read more.

Have to give props to the narrator, Caitlin Davies, as well. Her voice was perfect for Penryn and I plan to listen to book two on audio as well.

5 Stars ★★★★★

3 comments:

  1. Awesome review!! I too have heard nothing but good things about this series. So I bought the kindle version of it but have yet to read it. To make matters worse, I also bought the hardcopy when it was an unbelievable sale price and I still have yet to read it!! Really must do so soon, but if there's a killer ending perhaps I should just wait to start it when I have book 2 at the ready! Whenever that may be!

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  2. Ha, I knew you'd love it! Great review! :)

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  3. Thanks! And yes, you need to read it Jessica. But maybe waiting until closer is a good idea:) I wish I had such restraint, lol.

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