Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Published by Feral Dream on February 14th 2012
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.
Lots 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*