Review: Angelfall (Penryn & the End of the Days #1) by Susan Ee

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Summary:

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:

Hey, it’s Alex with another review!

Angelfall is an apocalyptic, dystopian and science fiction novel, all in one. When I first heard about the premise of the book I was a little hesitant ‘Will I still enjoy a book about angels?’, ‘Won’t it be like all the other angel books I have read before?’ But to be quite honest, this book is quite surprising. It is dark, intense, action packed and creepy, I certainly didn’t expect it to be so good. It’s completely different from all the angel books I have read before and you will definitely not regret it if you decide to read it too.

This novel narrates the journey of Penryn, a seventeen-year-old living in a post-apocalyptic world where the angels have taken over the humans’ home.

“Angels are violent creatures.”
“So I noticed. I used to think they were all sweet and kind.”
“Why would you think that? Even in your Bible, we’re harbingers of doom, willing and able to destroy entire cities. Just because we sometimes warned one or two of you beforehand doesn’t make us altruistic.”

Six weeks after the traumatic event; Penryn and her family, her sister, Paige, and her mom try to move out of their old house because it isn’t safe anymore. Not only do they have to deal with the angels, but also with human gangs that steal and damage everything they can find in the already ruined city.

While Penryn and her family are running away, they find a group of angels cutting another angel’s wings. But one of the attackers decide to also kidnap Paige. After that, Penryn has no other option than try to keep the wingless angel, Raffe, alive to get information so she can rescue her sister.

“In the long second before everyone absorbs what just happened, I see the angel rolling his eyes heavenward, like a teenager in the presence of overwhelming lameness. Some people just have no sense of gratitude.” 

Raffe and Penryn’s conversation are just so funny, witty and sardonic that you’ll find yourself laughing, face-palming and smiling like a fool. Of course, we need to add the fact that they’re supposed to be enemies and that makes any kind of relationship between them forbidden. During their trip to where Paige is and where Raffe can get his wings sewn back, they will have to face different kind of treats and creepy situations that will make your heart race, while they try not to blur the lines of their out of limits relationship.

“I never kid about my warrior demigod status.”
“Oh. My. God.” I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. “You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.”

All in all, it was a good read, I enjoyed it but when I finished it I felt like there was something missing. But that feeling may have been caused because it’s such a hyped book that somehow I expected more. Nonetheless it’s worth giving it a shot. Penryn is a very interesting character that I already love, I can’t wait to read World After to find out what more is going to happen to her, how the war between the humans and the angels will develop and if Raffe and Penryn can have a future together in the near future.

“I never thought about it before, but I’m proud to be human. We’re ever so flawed. We’re frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I’m proud to be a Daughter of Man.”

alex calloway sisters

 

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