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

Publication Date: May 21st, 2011
Feral Dream
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 5 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
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 hate it when I’m so out of the book loving loop that I completely missed out on books like this. I can’t believe that this masterpiece is being sold for a less than a dollar…and a self pub to boot! It makes me want to cry that I spend way too much money on others that’s hardly worth my time and this high quality, high calibre work is just out there waiting to be discovered. How often have I found myself frustrated with self pub books? It’s gotten to a point where I shy away from them because  impeccably edited ones are hard to come by. This doesn’t mean, however, that I’ve stopped buying them. Anyway, personal problem…moving on. I am stunned that this book was written so flawlessly, paced amazingly well, and a plot worthy of its own pedestal in the hierarchy of fallen angels book we’re being served nowadays. It screams ORIGINAL with every turn of the page. If you’re unconvinced, well,  let me break it down for you.

Weeks after the angels destroyed earth, Penryn and her small family – consisting of her mother and her disabled sister, encountered a gang of angels about to demolish one of their own. Well, Penryn can’t just witness something like that without putting her two cents in. She stepped in and tried to help only to find herself on the receiving end of the evil angel’s wrath. Her disabled seven-year old sister was taken and her mentally disturbed mother ran away – which left her no choice but to enlist the help of the bloodied, battered, bruised and recently-wingless angel she tried to rescue. Raffe is not just your typical angel, he’s in-line to receive the highest rank of his kind, which was recently vacated by Gabriel, the messenger. Together, they must overcome their natural disgust for each other and find a way to get to the aerie (San Francisco) – a place where Paige, Penryn’s sister was taken and Raffe’s only hope of getting his wings re-attached. The journey to San Francisco is ripe with violence and strife. Armed with determination and love for her sister, Penryn will face anything, go anywhere to save Paige and to help Raffe exact his revenge.

EVIL ANGELS. Yes, okay, we’ve read them all. The beauty of this breed of angels is that they seemed to be rebeling from their maker. The order to destroy Earth did not come from God Himself but purported by some over zealous angels who doesn’t even have a clue why the heck they were earth-bound. They also have a propensity to create monsters out of humans – as in, take them, rearrange their physical and mental attributes and turn them into some pretty garrish creatures meant to kill in the most horrific way possible. Oh and they also fed humans to this sort of scorpion/angel hybrid. Disturbing. Truly. My only complaint is that the invasion was vaguely explained. I recall something about Gabriel’s murder. Was he killed by humans? if so, how? The more I think about it, the more I’m second guessing myself. I think it was mentioned that angels could only be killed by a blessed weapon or something. At the same time, this is a series so maybe the author will have better explanations in the coming books.

PENRYN. This girl is not foolishly brave. She deliberates until she arrives with the right solution. And though most of her deliberation ends up with her life on the line, she still go balls out. Had I known of Penryn before the YA HEROINE TOURNEY started, I’d have nominated this girl. She’s a perfect combination of heart and brains. I’m absolutely floored how well-developed her character was. She’s just one of those characters that you’ll root for no matther how ridiculous she may be. Case and point, trying to help Raffe in a scuffle with the other angels. Penryn, who’s nothing but a slight girl who’d had nothing to eat for perhaps days, throws herself in the mercy of these beings twice, three times her size. Absolutely ridiculous! But well, this is what makes her kick-ass in my books so I loved reading her stunts all in the name of rescuing her sister and sometimes, rescuing Raffe.

Dear RAFFE/RAPHAEL,

Agnostic angel?! WTF. It’s an oxymoron if I ever heard of one. How are you an agnostic angel when you were the first ones created by God? Dude, aren’t you like, high up there? You know, if angel hierarchy is like the Office of the President of the United States, you’d be like…well, I don’t know, somebody important, for sure.  Love, me.

Anyway, it’s absolutely BRILLIANT. I’m looking forward to reading more about the reasons why he’s not a believer.  He barely spoke in this book and what I love about him is that he’s very self-contained. But you know, bubbling along the surface is a storm of emotions waiting to be unleashed. I can hardly wait.

Read this. You won’t be disappointed. It’s got vicious monsters nightmares are made of, a heroine made of awesome and a common angelic hero with a set of uncommon, often confusing beliefs. All in all, this book is a perfect mix of everything I usually look for in a novel; action, suspense, romance, well-written plot and perfectly balanced characters.

I’d like to thank Wendy Darling for this recc! If you guys are not friends with her on Goodreads and or not following her blog…then I curse you. Just kidding 🙂 Be-friend her, follow her blog,  The Midnight Garden. She’s like a box full of awesome reccs and her reviews are like, whoa. Lol.

***Do you want a copy of this book? Do you own a Kindle or have a Kindle app? Are you a follower of my blog? Well, listen up. First 5 commenters gets a copy of this from moi. ***

  • This book has always sounded great to me. Although I was surprised to see that you said you wished it had more romance, since I always pictured it as being a more romance-heavy book. But regardless, it still sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the review!

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  • Wow, what a review! Alright, I added this one to my To-Read list. Thanks!

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  • Great review!!! I will add it to my wish list asap!!! Also CONGRATS to all the winners. I was just lucky enough to get my first ereader today!!! It's a kindle yay.

  • No Angelfall love for me? ohh sad! lol

  • Aww thanks! 😉 Yay! Apparently due to my first day back at work, I can't count. Bah! I'm blaming the Vancouver rain and darkness.

  • Contest is now OVER. CONGRATULATIONS, ladies! 🙂

    WINNERS ARE:

    Maryann of Chapter by Chapter
    Parajunkee
    Jo
    Erica
    Kristen of Seeing Night
    Natalie.

    Yes, I did say the first five commenters. But I feel bad if Natalie didn't win as well.

    😀

  • I'd love one!! Thanks! Sounds like a fantastic book? *wondering if you bought the Kindle in Hawaii just to read it?* lol

    natalie152@gmail.com

  • Oh count me in on this one 🙂 I have a kindle 🙂 seeingnightreviews@gmail.com

  • Me me me Joy me!! It's sounds great! Me me me!! Lol

  • Lol @Jo congrats, babe! what's your email addy?

  • Jo

    Oooh, me me me me me. 😉

  • Congrats, ladies! Expect a copy asap!

  • That is very cool…oh yes yes I do have a kindle parajunkee@gmail.com

  • Great review yet again! Def. need to check this one out!

    MaryAnn
    Chapter by Chapter
    maryann@chapter-by-chapter.com