Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Dystopian
Release Date: August 28, 2012
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 Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister, and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
First Sentence: Ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious.
Before I started blogging and (not so) casually silently lurking around the blogosphere, I’ve watched as people talked about this one book called Angelfall. I’ve always been meaning to read Angelfall, but I just didn’t have to time to read it, especially after blogging and discovering a lot more books. Add the fact that I met Susan Ee and loved her and I was just highly anticipating reading Susan’s books. I went into Angelfall with fairly low expectations though as I didn’t know exactly what to expect.
A part of me hates the new Penryn that I’ve become. Hates the girl who slaps a dying being. But I shove that part deep into a dark corner where it can nag me some other time when Paige is out of danger. (19)
With Angelfall, I had a lot of ups and down movements for my enjoyment level. The beginning of Angelfall didn’t capture my attention at all and made me think that hey, maybe this book isn’t for me. However, once the two main characters meet pretty early on, Angelfall just gripped me and kept on gripping me until I came upon a dystopian cliche – does a resistance army sound familiar anyone? From then on, I felt my enjoyment level steadily falling until I reached the twist near the ending. My enjoyment level skyrocketed from that point on.
A bit into two-thirds of Angelfall, something came up that I had a problem with. When I thought I figured out the direction Angelfall was heading towards, my first thought was oh no, not this again and wow, did you really have to go there? Thank goodness Angelfall didn’t completely head towards the direction I thought it would as it’ll be more like all the other dystopians out there, but took another turn that completely surprised me.
“What did you just say to me?” The girl who used to be civilized and polite just had to give him a second chance.
I slam the heel of my hand into his nose. (110)
I’ve seen so many people flailing and squealing and loving the romance in Angelfall, specifically the romance between Penryn and Raffe. I, however, sadly wasn’t sold on their relationship at all. I like the few nice moments they have, but it didn’t scream YOU MUST SHIP THIS or LOOK HOW SWEET THIS IS to me. It just felt like companionship. Maybe things will change in the sequel.
Overall, I did enjoy reading Angelfall, but not as much as other people judging from all the five star ratings I saw on goodreads. Hopefully World After will make me fall in love with the series like everyone else did!