Angelfall by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Published by: Feral Dream on May 21st, 2011 (first published)
Genre: Paranormal, Angels, Dystopian, Young Adult
Source: Bought- Paperback
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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.
Recommended for ages 16 and up.
Our main character, Penryn who is 17 years old has a younger sister, Paige–who is disabled– and a mom who is insanely crazy. No, I’m not kidding, her mom is seriously crazy… Anyhow, within a six week period, angels of the apocalypse have come down to destroy the world. It’s survival of the fittest. You are scrounging for food–some will even eat pet food!– and fighting for survival. During the day, street gangs rule the streets and during the night the angels rule. It has become a “game” that of who can find an angel, they will be rewarded for it.
One day while changing their locations, Penryn, Paige and their mother witness something they weren’t supposed to see. This ultimately ends with Paige being taken away and an angel called, Raffe having his wings–graphically– cut off. Penryn realizes Raffe is the only “person” that can help find Paige. She then realizes her mom has disappeared and Penryn is left with Raffe. Penryn and Raffe travel through Northern California searching for answers for both Paige and Raffe. Their answers are in San Francisco, but it isn’t that simple. They are both tested upon what they believe and what they are willing to risk to get what they want.
WOW! Just… WOW! I COULD NOT put this book down! I kept studying for about 15 minutes, then picking the book up for about 30-45 minutes, study again, read again… I can not get over how much I LOVED this book! I finished this book–technically– within 24 hours, it was THAT good.
Penryn is an amazing bad ass character. She doesn’t let guys drag her down, which was refreshing to read. Her focus throughout the story was finding Paige and her mom. Of course she finds guys attractive and everything, but she doesn’t let that bring her guard down from finding them.
Raffe and the other Angels are so interesting to read about! There wasn’t a boring part in this book, there was always something going on that made you want to keep reading. The chapters are fairly short and each chapter leaves off with you wanting more.
Susan Ee’s world and writing was so breath-taking! Penryn, as well as other characters are ones that you instantly fall for and love.
“My friends call me Wrath,” says Raffe. “My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?”
“It is not the gentle kiss of a couple on a first date, nor is it the kiss of a man driven by simple lust. He kisses me with the desperation of a dying man who believes the magic of eternal life is in this kiss.”
“I never kid about my warrior demigod status.”
“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.”