Angelfall by Susan Ee | Book Review

Angelfall by Susan Ee | Book ReviewAngelfall by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Published by Feral Dream on February 14th 2012
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 284
Format: Paperback

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.

What I thought NEWLots and lots of people have been pushing me to read Angelfall, and when even my sister started to scoff and wave her finger at me for not having read this book, I have to admit I got a bit curious. My sister, who did not like the fact that I hadn’t read this book yet, promptly bought me this book for Valentines Day, threw it in my lap, and claimed that if I didn’t read this book asap she would seriously hurt me. So yeah, with my sister out of town for a ski trip, and me not at home, I decided to open this book and please my -scary- sister.

I just can’t believe I almost didn’t read this book. I’ve been always a bit sceptic about books with Angels, I have no idea why, but I just am. Thinking back, I am wondering what could have possibly caused that idiotism, because this book was unique and so original! The story was addictive, and once I started reading, I found it pretty damn hard to put the book down.

Peneryn is a great heroine! She’s smart, funny, and knows combat. Don’t we all love a girl that knows how to kick some butt? While the world around her is crumbling, she is trying her hardest to hold her family together and keep them safe. Her relationship with her mother is a bit difficult, but how they interact never failed to touch my heart. One of her most admirable traits was her resolve and utter determination to find her sister. I loved how the safety of her family is her priority, and all other things come second, it’s a truly admirable trait!

And then we have Raffe…the agnostic Angel. Yes, agnostic! The dialogue between Penryn and Raffe is just brilliant. It’s witty, funny and touching at the same time. Raffe perhaps was my favourite character in this book, it was hard not to be drawn to him. There’s a hint of romance, but his and Penryn’s relationship develops naturally and slowly. It’s realistic, as they have to try and survive in less than good circumstances.

While I am a very big fan of this book, I do feel it has some world building issues. I would have liked for a little bit more information about the whole angel-orchestrated apocalypse. When the book starts, the attack has happened about 2 months prior. However, we’re not really told any details. I thought it all seemed a bit vague and I would like to know why and where they attacked. How is the rest of the world doing? Everywhere Penryn went, it seemed deserted and then when she gets to San Francisco there are huge amounts of people living in poverty.

Angelfall was a brilliantly good read! Great pacing, and the story and its characters are addictive. I am glad my sister insisted I bring the sequel with me, because I am starting it very very soon!

*bows to sister*

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  1. 18/02/2014 / 14:14

    Your sister has great recommendations as I definitely agree with her on Angelfall! I loved this book and especially Raffe and Penryn. I personally didn’t have any issues with the worldbuilding, but I can see how it might bother you. It was kind of weird that there suddenly were a lot of people in San Francisco and it could have been explained better. My only issue was that the ending was kind of gruesome and gross. I can’t handle those things haha.

    • Iris
      24/02/2014 / 16:45

      The ending WAS gruesome indeed! I don’t particularly mind it, but I have to admit that I was a bit grossed out as well…
      I heard from quite a few people that the ending was too gruesome for them (which I can understand as well!)
      Another round of applause to my sister! ;)

  2. 18/02/2014 / 17:13

    I had never liked angel books but I totally loved this one.

    • Iris
      24/02/2014 / 16:47

      I wholeheartedly agree :)

  3. I completely agree with this review 100%! (I think I say that about every one of your reviews, but oh well, what can I say?) I definitely agree that Penryn and Raffe were such strong characters, and they made the book so enthralling for me! And I’m so glad that Angelfall wasn’t romance-y…yet! (Thank you Susan Ee!)

    But, yeah, like you said, it would have been interesting to know what happened during the angel attack. We see it’s aftermath, but never the actual event. Maybe a prologue or something of the like would have helped that.

    Anyways, thanks for sharing Iris! SO glad your sister recommended this to you…it truly is a gem! (And, as always, brilliant review! xD)

    • Iris
      27/02/2014 / 23:00

      I NEVER tire of hearing you say that you agree with what I say in my reviews :) Have you read the sequel already? My sister loaned me her copy, but I haven’t had the time to read this yet. Going to have to start it soon though!

  4. 19/02/2014 / 09:38

    YAY! I love this review!! Basically all my thoughts as well!! I was a bit confused about the actual setting, as if maybe the author hadn’t really dived into the backstory enough?? The setting was fabulous, though! And the characters! *swoons* Penryn was an amazing protagonist and Raffe was hilarious. Loved him. The ending was kind of creepy though….oh gosh. I really want the sequel. ;)

    I have a very scary sister who throws books at me and demands I read them too. How do we manage? (Worst part is when you refuse to read on, like, just because, and then they’re RIGHT and you have to admit it.) XD

    • Iris
      04/03/2014 / 13:07

      The setting and characters where great! I completely agree. As for the ending… I get all kinds of chills when I think back to it, it was kinda creepy and gory. Ah well, it was GOOD!

      Whaha, I don’t dare say that I refuse to read on because I would be scared for repercussions. Sisters are scary!

  5. 19/02/2014 / 13:32

    I ADORED this book. I ‘read’ the audiobook and you better believe the moment I finished I went out and bought the paperback and a copy of World After. And it’s safe to say World After did NOT disappoint. You’ll love it!

    • Iris
      04/03/2014 / 13:09

      Yay! I still haven’t started it, but I am going to SOON! I want to know how it continues and I want to sit down and read it so damn bad!

  6. 19/02/2014 / 16:34

    I also almost didn’t read it, because I’m not a huge fan of angels. But I ended up loving it and also finished the 2nd book yestarday! Glad you liked it too!

    • Iris
      04/03/2014 / 13:21

      It surprised me as well, since I’m not the biggest fan of angels as well. Don’t you just love it when a book manages to catch you by surprise :)

  7. This book. I still have to read this book. People keep forcing it upon me. Well, websites do too. I have to read this and it sounds pretty okay, but I don’t know. I’m more into the contemporary kind of novels lately.

    • Iris
      04/03/2014 / 13:23

      Like I said, my sister forced it upon me (well kinda), and I ended up loving it…

      I hope -that if you decide to read it- that you’ll enjoy it as much as I (and lots of others) did!

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