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.
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.
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.