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

After Panic, I was starving for a splendid paranormal story, something that is well-written, and thrilling, so thus I picked out a few books from my to-read list and put them into a read-next order. Apparently this ended up being the first, and it turned out to be a good choice.

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Series: Penryn & the End of Days series
Publisher: Feral Dream
Published: May 21st, 2011
Pages: 286 (Kindle Edition and Paperback)
              255 (eBook)


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.

My thoughts:

In the first place, I would like to highlight how much I loved all the ideas of the angels, with particular regards to the different dotted and striped wings, the other creatures, hybrids, demons and everything. They were very original, very creative and intriguing. At some point, some of these beings gave me such creeps, I though I would run out of the world, albeit not too many fiction monsters can scare me.

Secondly, the flow of the story was really good. It was just the right tempo, I didn't have a second to get bored, everything had a purpose. As they were proceeding up to the aerie, the story was proceeding, which definitely worked out for me.

Furthermore, I found Penryn's family very interesting. Not the usual YA book family. It's hard to depict such a situation, and many author can't get it right, but I think Susan Ee did conspicuously well and it was quite realistic.

Raffe, (The name was odd to me first, it didn't seem to suit a fierce, vicious angel, however I was fond of it from the beginning and I quickly got accustomed to it.) although we didn't get to know that much of him, I sort of liked him. Okay, not sort of. He is quite the usual protective, sometimes cynical guy protagonist, (which I dote on, and hate at the same time for the cliché) yet a bit different from them. Not so much that I could declare how distinct he is and the author has broken the trite, but it was enough so as not to be running in circles frenziedly over the similarity of all the men characters.
On the other hand, to me Penryn was sometimes a tad bit childish and even annoying and although I did like her, not as much as I usually like girl protagonists. However, it is a type of personality, too and I appreciate that she is not the usual premature, dauntless, self-sacrificing superwoman. Don't get me wrong, she is utterly brave, smart, and would do anything for her little sister and mother, but she is not fearless, which, I repeat, is a good thing.

And at last, but not least, one occurrence that was too awry, and I would like to warn you now, that there is going to be some minor SPOILER...
...when they escaped from Obi's compound and fought against the low demons, according to the other cases when they figured things out based on less information than they had this time, they should have realized what or who these creatures were. It is true that this way the story worked out better, but it doesn't change the fact that it was really awry. However, it didn't take much away from my excitement over the book, it just caused me seething for a few pages.

I had been planning on reading something else after it, despite that I knew there was a second installment, but the end was so angsty, it just wouldn't let me sleep. So here I am, almost at the end of World After, the second book of the sequel. And I haven't regretted for a moment continuing reading it.



Cover: 5/5

Characters: 4/5

 Plot: 5/5

Writing (style): 4.5/5

Overall Rating:   

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About the author:



Susan Ee is the bestselling author of the Penryn & the End of Days series which takes place in the San Francisco bay area. The first book, ANGELFALL, is being translated into 20 languages around the world. The second book, WORLD AFTER, was recently released in Nov. 2013 to international acclaim. The film rights to the series have been optioned by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Good Universe. Susan used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

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