Monday, October 1, 2012

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee - 5 Stars!

Hi all!!!!

Author: Susan Ee
Title: Angelfall
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Release date: 21st of May 2011
Published by: Freal Dream LLC
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Paranormal, Dystopia
Pages: 254 in Paperback
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository

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.
I’m speechless, breathless, amazed... and still thinking about the story even days after reading. It was just that powerful and it simply stays in your thoughts. Intense, gripping, imaginative, emotional, surprising, fascinating and sooooo unbelievably creepy and unsettling. Without a doubt the best book I’ve read this year!
First of all, I have to praise the author for the universe she has created. I don’t do creepy and there were several times I was disgusted about one thing or another, but it just all helped to create this new universe of no rules, utter destruction and despair, a place so familiar yet nowhere near recognizable anymore. It’s just so realistically horrific and apocalyptic – profoundly memorable in every way. Caution: This book is heaps more mature than your average YA, despite the heroine being a teenager, everything else just screams adult.
While the romance wasn’t in any way prominent and stayed in the background, the slow and steady way it was developed was more than welcome, thoroughly enjoyable and so bittersweet. Under those circumstance would any bit of love or even feelings work out between Penryn and Raffe? I predict a huge crash coming with a lot of anguish but who knows. Still, please let the series have a happy ending for the couple!!! PLEASE! PLEASE!
More aspects I was wild for: Loved the pace and the flow, there wasn’t not one overly boring or filler moment. I thought it wonderful how the angels were described, tough warriors with a very evil side, and the slight glimpses to the inner workings of heaven and God were beyond intriguing. Susan Ee gives just enough background knowledge to leave you begging for more but at the same time not torturing the reader with too little or too much information. The explosive ending, the battles, the course of the storyline, the revealances, were all I didn’t see coming, some shocking, others heartbreaking, but always awesome. What’s more, there is so much material to cover or touch during the coming books – I’m anticipating all the possibilities that will be explored.
One thing in addition I have to mention, this book reminded me vaguely of the manga Angel Sanctuary, I really should reread that (why? because it’s great!).
Where to even start with these awesome and unique characters?
Penryn – I don’t like too kickass, serious, overly responsible, all the world on their shoulders heroines... at all. But while Penryn was heavily in that direction, I loved her. She was strong, fought for what mattered, loyal, brave, determined, but at the same time she seemed so vulnerable that she made herself relatable and even sweet, somebody to root for 110%. She didn’t make any overly stupid mistakes, she was rational and took risks but all in the sphere of common sense and logic. I liked that she didn’t entirely condemn Raffe for being an angel, of course, the hostility and mistrust was there but it wasn’t overly dramatic and unyielding. Her devotion to her mother and sister was heartwarming.
Raffe was such a hunky piece of ambiguously motivated badass full of mystery that you cannot not be completely compelled by him. For the most part, as Penryn, the reader doesn’t know anything about his origins or purpose but boy did I get excited when we finally got the juice on him, and it didn’t disappoint in the least. He was already brilliant mischievous antihero material, but the revelations and, actually, anything he did upped his game every second. Raffe was just a great hero if you can call him that, but whatever he might be, he will always remain über awesome.
Penryn’s mother was bats*** crazy and boy did she creep me out more than a lot of other aspects of this story. I thought Paige, Penryn’s sister, to be too adorable for words, there wasn’t much focus on her but the little there was convinced me that she is the sweetest. There were also a couple of angels I’d like to see more of in the upcoming books, but I’m quite definite we haven’t heard the last of them.
There is absolutely nothing I don’t like about this book! Except, that it seems that the second book takes a while to come out. Nevertheless, this book rocks on so many levels that I must strongly recommend everyone mildly interested to pick up the book now and immersing yourself in 250 pages of pure greatness!

5 stars!



  1. Great Review!
    I want to read the book too. I have heard great things about it.

  2. Great review! I LOVED Angelfall and I'm so glad so many other people are loving it as much as I did. Raffe is one of the very few male characters that I have a book crush on, but he has such a dark edge to him that I can't help but be drawn in. I'm hoping for some crazy twist involving Penryn's mother. I feel like there were some hidden things about her that may make her become more relevant in the next book.

  3. It does sound good. Thanks for sharing your review.

  4. Liis, I loved your review! Can't get my hands into the book! :)

  5. Thanks for the feedback!
    This book is definitely worth checking out even if you're not into this genre.
    @ Donna: YES! I bet the mother turns out to be a big twist and everything surrounding her crazyness!
    I'm still unhappy though, there is till now no clear date on when the second one will be released :(

  6. Oh, this looks good. I'm going to have to add it to my TBR. Thanks for the well written review!

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  7. I love the angel spin in this world too. Unlike most paranormal books, the angels that dwell in this world are bad. I love that the story still throws Gabriel and Michael in there, to really help readers identify to our own world.

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