Angelfall by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn and the End of Days
Published August 28th 2012 by Skyscape
Genre: young adult, paranormal, dystopia, fantasy
overall rating: 5/5★
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.
To say that I’m absolutely mesmerized and utterly in love with this series is an understatement. Angelfall instantaneously became one of my favourite books in 2016. It was such an exceptional read. At the beginning I wasn’t expecting much going into Angelfall, I was primarily attracted to the cover, because come on, it’s gorgeous.
Angelfall is full with action, witty conversations, a diversity of characters and surprising gruesome. The action lasts throughout the book, and while there are moments where there aren’t much action, there’s playful banter between different characters.
The post-apocalyptic world left humankind in the ditch, and allowed the angels to rain down on the world. It was haunting to see what humans can turn into because they were desperately trying to survive. Angelfall was surprisingly terrifying and gruesome at some point of the book. It was interesting to visualise such creepy and dark scenes but it was incredibly captivating.
The romance in Angelfall was alluded throughout the book and it’s slow and well built between Raffe and Penryn. I loved that the romance wasn’t the main plot in Angelfall but it’s also being carried along while their world is consistently under threat.
Penryn is the ultimate heroine, she’s brave and quick-witted. And thanks to her mother, Penryn is also able to fight and defend herself against any human that threatens the safety of her and her family. While trying to keep herself alive in a savage world, Penryn managed to keep her priorities straight and doesn’t let herself stray away from her mission to rescue her sister and also semi-searching for her insane, psychopath mother. She has an incredible sense of dry humor that is scattered in the novel, which I absolutely enjoyed especially when it was towards Raffe. Penryn isn’t afraid to protect her loved ones even when her own safety is threatened. She has a mind of her own and doesn’t back down from her decisions.
Raffe is somewhat similar to Penryn, both of them are sarcastic, witty and clever. Raffe is described as an extremely good-looking and H-O-T, hot angel. He lets Penryn make her own choices because he trusts that stubborn Penryn would do what she wanted without hesitation.
The pace never slow down, the actions never ends, Penryn’s desperation and love towards Paige never falters and the romance never failed to make my heart beats so fast that it’s gonna fly off my chest. I loved every part of Angelfall, I don’t think a dystopian/ post-apocalyptic book every made me so shocked or grossed out without diminishing my enjoyment. My heart is with Raffe and Penryn, PLEASE BE TOGETHER.
If you haven’t read Angelfall yet, please do. It’s honestly one of the best books out there. I’m so glad I picked it up and passed its beautiful cover, there’s a wonderful story that I’ll never forget.
Let me know what you think about it!
“Oh. My. God.” I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. “You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.”