Oct 7, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Angelfall by @Susan_Ee #YA #paranormal #angels


by Susan Ee

Publication Date: May 21, 2011
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating: 
To the point and full of action!

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. (Goodreads)

After being traumatized by that Fallen bullshit written by Lauren Kate, I didn't think another angel book could keep my interest, let alone leave me wanting to read the next book. But here I am, quite intrigued to read the next book in this series, World After.

I am not the biggest dystopian fan. In fact, I try to avoid it. Sure, I read Hunger Games and a copy of Divergent and Shatter Me are both on my shelves. Still not that big of a fan, but Angelfall was a good start to converting me.

The book kicks off with us right in the thicket of the chaos and destruction the angels have brought to Earth. In six weeks, they have taken over the world and any resemblance to societal structure have been demolished. It's every man for themselves and people will do anything to survive.

Penryn was a unique character in a sense that I don't like her nor dislike her. In fact, I felt that way about all of the characters even Raffe, the beautiful angel she saves from death after he's attacked and seriously wounded by fellow angels. I didn't feel any special connection to them or that they were spectacular in any way. They were just present and something the author needed to build her fantastic plot around. Penryn was a survivor and Raffe was gentle and fierce all mixed together. But still, don't expect to be wowed or fall in love with them, is all I'm saying. Penryn's mother, however......yeah, you'll just have to read up on her.

After Penryn's sister is kidnapped, that's when the fun began. I really liked the world-building and the imagery of a world once whole now crumbled to bits. I liked that not all of the humans had just given up and accepted their new lots in life. There was a resistance, as well as an angel hierarchy which was even cooler. I expect to learn more about that in the next book and how Raffe plays a role in it. From what my understanding was by the end of the book, Raffe ain't at all what he's making himself out to be. He's way more important than that. Can't wait to find out more.

The turn of events at the end of the book were unexpected and I'm interested to know what really happened to Penryn's sister. Something major is happening and I'm excited to see how it'll all roll out in World After. So do I recommend this book? Sure do. Both dystopian fans and fans of angel books, will both enjoy this one.

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1 comment:

  1. Still haven't read the first book yet. I should definitely catch up soon. Thanks for sharing!


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