Wednesday, 18 January 2012

REVIEW: Angelfall (Penryn and The End of Days) by Susan Ee

 Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days
Publisher: Self
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 255

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

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: 5 out of 5 stars

Angelfall is the first book in the Penryn and End of Days series by Susan Ee.

Seventeen year old Penryn Young fights a daily struggle to keep her 7 year old wheelchair bound sister Paige and her seemingly insane mother fed and safe from the street gangs who now rule the city. It has been 6 weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world and each day is a fight for survival.

When Penryn witnesses an Angel being slaughtered by his own kind, she steps in to help him despite her feelings for his type but because of her selfless act her little sister is whisked away by another angel.

Raffe is broken and now wingless, surprised to have been saved by a mere teenage girl but agrees to help her to find her sister despite him believing she is dead.

Wow, the main characters in Angelfall were absolutely amazing! Penryn was kick-butt, capable and certainly determined in her quest to find Paige; she was selfless and independent but needed to rely on Raffe to get to the Angel Aeris. Raffe {swoon} I loved! He spoke and acted like a typical human which I really enjoyed but I wasn’t completely sure where his loyalties lay.

It was a fight for survival for them both as they battled not only a form of Demon consuming human flesh but they also needed to avoid the resistance, a group determined to put a stop to the Angels takeover.

Some parts of Angelfall were actually quite dark and gruesome and there was a lot of death and destruction typical of a post apocalyptic scene, there were a number of action scenes which conveyed the looming danger vividly, put it all together and it was a fast paced, completely mesmerizing page turner.

The only time the story confused me was when they went to a San Francisco 1920's themed club, it was a tad odd and I didn’t truly understand the purpose of it but it was nothing that distracted too much from the story.

Ms Ee’s writing is superb, the plot is solid, entertaining and enjoyable and I really liked the unexpected twist on Angels and Demons, it was refreshing and certainly unique.

The ending is left open and there are so many questions I still have about this world and the wonderful characters.

All in all, Angelfall is a captivating read and an amazing debut novel that I would highly recommend to any fan of the YA/Paranormal/Dystopian genres - also a bargain at only 0.99c.



  1. Oh great review I loved this one too. IT,s been a while since I've read it but I seem to remember being a tad confused about the club too. That's where the angels are flying up to their rooms like elevators right? haha. It was an awesome book though glad you liked it!

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  2. Great review! I can honestly say this is in my top 10 favorite books of all time. It was THAT good. :)

  3. So glad to hear you liked this..i picked it up on B&N for .99cents too :) Great review..looking forward to reading it.

  4. Thank-you so much for stopping by :) I loved it & can't wait for the next book.

    Kimba - I hope you enjoy as much as I did <3

    Megan - I sooo agree!

    Giselle - Everything about the club left me a tad confused :) the theme, angel elevators?? I really loved it though.

  5. Just finished this book and can honestly say that it is in my top 5!! Do you know if there has been any word on the release of the second book yet... like a date?? I'm dying for some more Raffe!! LoL


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