Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) – Susan Ee

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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.

 

Despite the buzz that this book has begun to generate, I’m not going to lie…I was a little wary to pick up a copy. I haven’t had the best luck with angel books in the past, and I was concerned that this one wasn’t going to turn out any better. But you guys, I was SO wrong. Angelfall is honestly THE BEST book I’ve read in a really long time, and is now one of my all-time favorites.

The story is told from the point of view of Penryn, who’s living on the street with her crazy mother and disabled younger sister, trying to survive in a world destroyed by angels. Except these angels aren’t the caring, pious kind. Nope, these ones are savage, cruel, and honestly terrifying! They end up taking Penryn’s younger sister (for reasons unknown), and Penryn spends the rest of the book fighting tooth and nail to get her back, along with the help of an injured angel that she grudgingly forms a partnership with.

What really makes this book amazing is the perfect weaving of a dark and gritty apocalyptic world, combined with a cast of well fleshed-out characters. Penryn has got to be my favorite heroine, ever (yes, including Katniss!). Things are pretty grim for her with her sister kidnapped, her mother a little bit crazy, and her world destroyed, but she doesn’t complain. Not once. She knows what needs to be done and she does it, kicking major ass along the way. She’s definitely a tough cookie, but she doesn’t come off as a caricature either…she has her moments of weakness, which are both realistic and heartbreaking. But the best part of Penryn is that she doesn’t let a guy get in the way of saving her family. For once, this girl’s got her priorities in order. Saving her family, keeping herself alive…and then romance waaaay later. There’s no insta-love here. Her relationship with Raffe is a slow build, but oh man, that doesn’t mean there’s not lots of tension between the two of them!

And as for Raffe, the fallen warrior angel…oh my gosh. You will fall madly in love with him, guaranteed. He’s powerful, he’s strong…and he has a corny sense of humor too? Yeah, he was a surprise. I went in expecting a typical YA bad-boy type, but he absolutely blew me away. He’s snarky without being an asshole, dark without coming off as brooding, and just all around awesome. Ugh, Raffe.

All in all, guys, this book is an absolute must-read. The plot is incredibly unique and gripping, and trust me when I say that there’s a few things near the end that you will NOT see coming at all. It’s tragic, dark, gritty, humorous, and a little bit romantic. Susan Ee is a genius!

Go out and buy your copy of Angelfall immediately!

Pages: 283

Publication Date: May 21, 2011

Publisher: Feral Dream

Rating: ★★★★★