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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Penryn & the End of Days #1
Author: Susan Ee
Source: Gifted
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal/Dystopia
ISBN: 9780761463276

(From Goodreads)

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.


Holy crap!  Why have I not heard of this book before now?  I must have been asleep under some rock! When I first received this book, I put it in my review pile and forgot about it until it was at the top of the stack.  I thought to myself that it was just going to be another book about angels saving the day and it would probably end up being a slow read for me.  I was so very wrong!

The action in this book practically starts from the first chapter.  It doesn't let up hardly at all and the world is not what we thought it would be when Angels arrive.  When we think of Angels, we think of Heavenly beings coming to rescue the innocent and being all around good guys.  What the author creates in Angelfall is so much more than that but different as well.  It is so hard to describe the world and the Angels without giving away key points in the story.

I will give you a quote from the book involving Raffe the Angel:

"My friends call me Wrath," says Raffe.  "My enemies call me Please Have Mercy."
page 100

Yep that basically sums up Raffe in a nutshell with the power he has.  But -- and this is a big but -- don't let that quote make you think he isn't compassionate or without emotions of love.

The slow build of friendship and possibly love is written wonderfully between Raffe and Penryn.  You can just feel the tension between the two on every page.

My only complaint for this book would be -- WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG FOR THE NEXT BOOK?

This book was a roller coaster ride of emotions, action, and at times frustration!  When I finished the last page I seriously wanted to start the whole book again just because I needed my Raffe fix again.  If author, Susan Ee happens to read this review --- Bring me more Raffe soon!!!


Outstanding book that will stay on my bookshelf for rereading!



Blogger C.J. said...

Wow. Can I marry this cover? Seriously. It's one of the most gorgeous covers I've seen in a long time. Beautifully grungy, doesn't feature a girl in a ballgown, and really just well done.

The plot sounds great too. Your review is splendid. I'm adding this to my reading list asap.


July 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

What a gorgeous cover! And the blurb sounds great too. Add your reaction and obviously I need to look into getting my hands on this.

July 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Wow. I AM OBSESSING OVER THIS COVER. It's taking my breath away. I haven't heard of this book and I haven't seen it at Barnes & Noble. This book is one I will be reading soon, especially since you have given it a 5/5!

July 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Lili said...

I just got an ARC of this book because Susan Ee will be stopping by my blog in September for a blog tour. You just made me ten times more excited to read it!

July 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I completely agree!! The book is fantastic, isn't it?? I bought it and reviewed back in April (randomly saw it on goodreads) I've been waiting ever since for the sequel! It's taking too long! I absolutely love Raffe! My new fictional crush! Haha.

July 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM  

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