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Angelfall (Penryn & The End of Days #1)

24 Nov 2013 by Becca, No Comments »
Angelfall (Penryn & The End of Days #1)Angelfall by Susan Ee
on May 21, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, General YA, Thriller
five-stars

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 —

 Sometimes (not very often) I will start reading a book only to realize that I’ve made it to the last page in the blink of an eye. Immediately, a feeling of loss will consume me, plagued by the idea that I have to wait for a sequel on some far off date.

While reading Angelfall by Susan Ee, I was positively dismayed to learn that I was on the very last page.

*Cue Empty Hollow Feeling* (and sad, sad music – on the violin or something)

Ee has the ability to immediately capture the reader. Right off the bat you feel for Penryn’s desire to protect her innocent sister and her lunatic of a mother. Within ten pages the action is already carrying you from page to page, wondering what will happen next.

Then, Raffe shows up. At first you think – ‘hey, this guy might be a douche’ but then you love him all the more because you know you watch shows and read books and always fall for the douche… at least I do. But then he’s not really a douche and you love him anyway because he’s fluffy and slightly sarcastic, the traits you would never suspect from a clearly terrifying character.

Then the adventure begins. Ee does a wonderful job of illuminating both Penryn and Raffe’s characters by eliminating the ‘dead weight’ at the beginning. I felt that more conflict could have arisen between the two and the people they meet along the way, but honestly – maybe that is why the book moved along so swiftly?

Although I don’t want to give the entire book away, there is something to be said about those characters that you end up loving, but that somewhere in the back of your mind you realize also led to the complete downfall of the human race.

Perhaps that is the flaw of the human condition. We are so drawn to the things that could end up hurting us (or that do inevitably hurt us in one way or the other).

Hell, if chocolate cake were healthy, it probably wouldn’t taste so damn delicious.

Finally, at some point you have to sit back and reconsider those ‘precious moments’ ceramic figures at your Grandma’s house. This probably occurred for me sometime in the horror of an underground garage amidst heaven’s littlest angels. Susan Ee – that was twisted.

five-stars

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