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.
The highlight of this book for me was definitely Penryn. As many people have pointed out, she’s pretty amazing. Susan Ee writes her fight scenes incredibly well and Penryn’s personality felt real and just there. She’s smart and clever at times, tough when she needs to be, and stupid–but for all the right reasons. Quite possibly, Penryn might be the strongest heroine I’ve read about in 2013.
Now, let’s get to the part I didn’t like. Put your pitchforks and torches down, book lovers. Honestly, I did love this book–but I constantly wanted to know more. Why did the angels come down? What are they fighting for? Why are they still on Earth? What are they planning? What happened to Paige and the kids? What about their mom? A lot of this back story doesn’t get talked about too much in ANGELFALL, though Susan Ee does address it through Penryn. However, my questions are still unanswered. It’s a little frustrating, because the angels don’t know either–since apparently they’re just doing what they’re told to do. I understand that part, but I just wish I had more answers at this point.
I guess you could say I have this love/hate relationship with Ee’s development process right now.
Moving on, though I do hope that Ee answers some of these questions in WORLD AFTER and the rest of the series, I have to say this book has a pretty epic beginning. Things kick off right from the start and doesn’t let up for a second. I absolutely loved the quick pacing to this book and the way that everything was plotted down so that it never dipped dramatically or became anticlimactic.
Comparable to the snark and sarcastic, witty dialogue of Kasie West, Susan Ee comes up with some of the best dialogue I’ve read in a while. Expect to laugh out loud when you read this book, because I was extremely impressed and entertained by several moments in this book.
That’s only the beginning to ANGELFALL. Really, there is so much more to it. The world-building is fabulous, the research is incredibly well-done and plot twists will blow you away. I can’t wait to read WORLD AFTER, and get more of Penryn and Raffe. The romance is really slow-burning in these books, but it’s much better than instalove. By the way, THERE IS NO INSTALOVE IN THIS BOOK! Susan Ee has done an amazing job with this book and I’m so glad I gave ANGELFALL the benefit of the doubt, because I usually, and when I say usually I mean I avoid them like the plague, read angel books. Who knows though? With ANGELFALL, the next angel book I pass by–I might give the benefit of the doubt. 4.5 stars.
pg count for the kindle edition: 283
series: Penryn and the End of Days