[604]: The Angelfall Series by Susan Ee

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Susan Ee has set a standard for books about these mythical creatures. There are only a couple that I could think of that was as good or better ( Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and The Rephaim series by Paula Weston). She came into the YA scene with such a splash that we didn’t know what to do with ourselves. It was like the opening of the first book when Pennryn saw a floating feather that signals the coming doom of time. Though Susan’s entrance was not quite that traumatic. She just took us all by surprise, that’s all.

WORLD AFTER

The second book to Angelfall finds Pennryn dead …for a time. Then she woke up to the horror of those people in the truck that rescued her including her mother. After a few halting explanations, everyone accepted her explanation of a temporary paralysis. They find themselves in a rebel hub bent on taking back humanity from the clutches of the angels. The humans didn’t take well to Paige’s appearance and new monstrosity. When she ran away after the humans tried to kill her, Penn has no choice but to search for her.  In the meantime, Raffe continues his search for his angel wings. Because without his wings, he won’t be able to get back into the fold of righteous army that will help Pennryn and the humans take back their world.

Sadly, my interest in this series waned a bit as I was reading this sequel. Part of the problem was I couldn’t find the same love and enthusiasm as I had with the first book. It’s been five years since I read Angelfall. And I would like to think that I’ve shed some of my fangirl tendencies since then. I was completely in love with the idea of an angel-human romance at the time. So I thought that once I started reading Pennryn and Raffe’s reunion, things will go back to normal. It did not. Because our star-crossed couple was separated for the better part of this novel. Still, Susan Ee’s talent for conceptualizing a recently destroyed world consistently shone through.

END OF DAYS

The conclusion of this series was meant to be epic. And Holy Hannah, was it ever! We find Pennryn and Raffe looking for a way to reverse whatever procedure was done to Raffe and Paige. In this book, we find out more about the real reason why the angels invaded Earth and how. Raffe’s past will also be revealed in such a way that will bring forth more problems for both angels and humans alike. Monsters unlike anything anyone has ever seen (not even angels) will be unleashed to humankind and the only way to stop them is for Raffe to band with the Pit Lord and his army of Consumed.

This was heart-palpitating action from the get go. It’s exactly how I wanted series-enders to be. The romance throughout the series was a slow burn to begin with, but in this conclusion, I felt like it reached a satisfying crescendo that will make Pennryn’s and Raffe’s fans happy. In the end, I was not invested at all. Not because I stopped being a fan, but because this book was so good that the romance took a backseat to everything that happened.

IN RETROSPECT

Susan Ee knows how to cast a line and reel her fans in. The breathtaking, albeit, destroyed world was something out of a realistic nightmare. The romance is sexy in a subtle way; and the monsters, truly out of this world. Postponing the release of books 2 and 3 only added to the already electrifying furor surrounding these books. So in every aspect, she’s something short of brilliant. I can’t wait to see what she’ll have in store for us in the future.

  • Oh I remember how much I LOVED Angelfall…. and I thought World After was pretty amazing (listening to it on audio helped too) but by End of Days, those days of excitement has mostly faded away. I still enjoyed the last book (just found myself zoning out quite a few times while listening to it…)

  • Yeah, I kind of felt like world after wasn’t as good tol because they were separate. It was a satisfying ending but I dunno kind of cheesy for me? I’m glad you finally finished the series!

  • Glad the final book was exactly what you needed… Plenty of action!

  • Ooh I have the first book in the Angelfall trilogy and this post reminds me that I really must get to it soon. They sound so good! Great review! 🙂

  • I haven’t read a single book from 3 series you mentioned in
    your post, Joy. But I plan to read all them this year. I just not a fan of
    angel books, but all of my friends praised these series. I haven’t read your
    thoughts about World After and End of Days, because I don’t want to be spoiled.

  • I plan to finally read all of the books soon. I’m so glad I waited though.

  • I read Angellfall years ago when it first came out, but never followed up when the sequels came out. I do plan to one day finish this series and I’m glad End of Days was as epic as people say it was 🙂

  • I’ve been meaning to read the first book of this series for what seems like forever, but is probably only 3 years lol I still haven’t finished the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy either (I started reading book 3 and then stopped…for mysterious reasons only my subconscious knows).

  • Bec

    I’ve only read the first two books in this series but loved them both! They were pretty addictive. I’m hoping to marathon the whole series soon and finally finish them

  • I’ve heard so many wonderful remarks about Susan Ee’s writing and this series. I’m glad the ending gave you the epic conclusion and though the middle was hard to get into, everything worked out beautifully!! I’m definitely going to pick this series up 🙂

  • Bec has been trying to get me to read this series for the longest time. Sounds like I really should get to them soon though, glad you enjoyed these!

  • kindlemom1

    I’ve still only read Angelfall but I do plan on finishing it..someday, hopefully soon! Glad the third book ended well though, it is nice when that happens these days.

  • Nicole Hewitt

    So funny that we both ended up picking this series back up at the same time. I just read book one a year or two ago, so my wait wasn’t quite as long (I still went back to Recaptains and read what happened to refresh my memory, though.) I agree that these books were light on the romance element, but that was actually okay with me because I was so enthralled with the other things that were happening!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • I’m having the exact same issues Joy. It’s been so long since I read Angelfall that everytime I pick up World After, I end up putting it down again and reading something else. Not that it was that long in between releases, but I’ve found so many more series to immerse myself in that I loved even more so. I really need to make myself read these, hopefully I can get back into them again. Awesome reviews Joy and sorry that you fell out of love with the series <3

  • Patrick C.

    I seriously need to start this series! So many people have raved over it and I actually have all the book collecting dust on my shelves lol. But glad you enjoyed the series a lot, I need to start on it ASAP!

    Happy Reading Joy
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • I love this series so much I started to fangirl over human-angel stories. I’m planning on reading the Rephaim series next and I’m guessing I’m going to read that in one sweep haha! So glad I wasn’t the only one who felt a bit off with World After. I was looking forward to their reunion after that dramatic ending with book 1 I was a bit disappointed with how seldom Penryn and Raffe’s scenes were. Fortunately the third book did so well I let go of all disappointments I had for book 2 hehe!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Like you, I wasn’t a fan of World After so I haven’t picked up the sequel but I’m glad to see that the finale really lived up to your expectations! I’ll have to pick it up sometime soon for sure! 🙂

  • She’s such a great writer! Book 1 was definitely my favorite. 2 was a little slow in some parts. 3 both satisfied and frustrated me. I read them back to back though, so that may have changed my perception!

  • You know, I’ve heard plenty of praise for this series but I never really caught the bug of wanting to read it. Angels probably aren’t my thing but damn that sucks you had to wait so long for the sequel LOL.

  • Its a little sad that the waiting stole something from your enjoyment, but that can happen with any series really. I do need to read these books because I own the first one and basically I need to consume them already. I also haven’t read many angel related books. But I have suddenly dived into NA and realise that I DO love it, and for the time being just can’t get enough of that…

  • shootingstarsmag

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve never read any of these. Five years between books one and two? Wow, that is a long wait! Glad it worked out well though.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • I think since I first started blogging, I’ve been telling myself let hat I’m going to stick to my plan and finally read these books! Has it ever happened though? Nope. Sadly. The covers are really appealing to the eyes and it seems that the content is just as EPICAL! <3

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    Okay, I skimmed your thoughts because I still fully plan on reading both of these. I loved Angelfall so much, but then I got distracted and never picked up End of Days because of the delay in between books you mentioned. So glad to know you thought World After was epic though Joy, I have high hopes for both of these!

  • Gorgeous reviews Joy 😀 I’m so glad you enjoy this series a lot. <3 YAY 😀 I have not read them yet.. but I own all the three 🙂 But ugh. I haate that they are not together for almost all of book two : How mean. But yay for there being much more romance in the third one 🙂 And that it was such a good book too. I'm sorry you didn't fully love them, but glad they were still awesome 🙂 Thank you for sharing. <3

  • Nick

    I didn’t think the second book was that great either and I think a lot had to with the wait too. But the finale was everything that I wanted out of the book and so much more! It was fantastic and I loved that the romance took a backseat throughout the whole series and finally together in that one. I agree that it was definitely sexy too!
    I’m glad you enjoyed these books, Joy! 🙂
    Lovely review!

  • This is a series I want to read really badly! I keep hearing how good it is.

  • Gahhhh I’m so glad you liked this series! The Penryn Trilogy was one of my favorite reads last year, and I loved the world-building, the fighting, everything, but I especially loved that the romance was slow-burn and took a back seat to all the action. Raffe was not your typical hero material, and Penryn was more badass than most heroines I’ve read but damn, togther, they were on fire! Especially the last 25% or so of End of Days. Basically, this series is life! I can understand that you weren’t too enthusiastic about book 2, but oh well. You liked the series over all and that makes me a very happy girl 😀

    Thanks for stopping by @ Rhea’s Neon Journal!

  • Melliane

    it’s difficult when the second book isn’t as good. I heard about the series but I haven’t tried it, maybe one day. Curious to see what you’ll think if the sequel!

  • i was not a huge fan of book 1..but I can’t remember what my issues were anymore