- Title: Angelfall
- Author: Susan Ee
- Series: Penryn and the End of Days #1
- Source: Amazon Prime Lending Library
Description 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.
This book really surprised me. The description sounded good, but I just wasn’t sure what to expect. The book picks up right in the middle of Penryn, her mother, and her little sister, Paige, escaping their condo. We have no idea what’s going on or why they’re leaving, which immediately grabs you and makes you want to read.
We also get a little bit of history to describe pertinent information. For example, Penryn is a good fighter, and we get a bit of history to find out why, which makes her more believable. Sometimes it’s nice to know a little bit of how people get to be who or how they are. There were some scenes that were a bit graphic and disturbing, but I thought it added to the story. As a world torn apart by a supernatural war, it makes sense that there would be things that aren’t pretty, that are gruesome and disturbing, and I like that even though this book is YA, it doesn’t shy away from portraying this situation realistically.
I thought that the characters were well-developed and likable. Unlike a lot of female characters, Penryn is a strong 17-year-old girl. While she has her moments of insecurity and indecision, she never lets that overcome her, and honestly, it would be too unrealistic for a teenage girl to not be insecure with an unknown companion in such a dangerous world. Raffe is the intriguing and mysterious angel. Every time you learn something new about him, you find yourself with more questions. He even seems contradictory at times, but that just makes him more interesting.
The ending disappointed me. Not because it was bad, but because it was just too much of a cliffhanger. Literally, only the immediate conflict was resolved, but there is so much left hanging that I literally wanted to throw my Kindle at the wall. I have so many questions that I want answers to NOW, but I don’t know when the next book is coming out! Goodreads says “expected publication 2013” for book 2, but it’s not a definite book. I want to know NOW!
Overall, I really enjoyed the story of Penryn and Raffe and am definitely interested in knowing more! I could have taken a little less of the gruesome scenes, as a wimp, but I definitely understand the necessity of them. I give it 4 stars!