Review: Angelfall (Penryn and The End Of Days #1)

Blurb: 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.

Book: Angelfall (Penryn and The End of Days #1) By Susan Ee
Publisher: Feral Dream, 2011
Genre: YA, dystopian
Rating: heartheartheartheartheart
Source + Date Read: Purchased+ Jan. 2014
Recommend: For dystopian and YA lovers who want a differnet, refreshing take on the end of the world.
Book Pro’s: Romance progresses at a reasonable, or realistic, pace. Protagonists are completely, and utterly, amazing.
Book Con’s: Hmmm, none. Nope. Sorry, I couldn’t think of any.
Favourite Line: “My friends call me Wrath,” says Raffe. “My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?”

I’m going to publish a post soon entitled, Why Reading Is Ruining My Life, and Angelfall shall feature heavily in this article. Why you might ask? Well first of all, it was so amazing, utterly brilliant that I had to read it in one sitting. So from midnight till 6AM I read this book without stopping and barely breathing. Barely. Breathing.

It’s not the book’s fault that it is so great, but it is and you’ll be loathe to put it down. Where to begin? Susan Ee ha produced a nuanced and utterly realistic reflection of the end of the world. Ee has an amazing way of writing about people. Every single character is so freakin’ rounded it’s hard to pick them to pieces. I had to look for things to dislike and I couldn’t come up with any. Protagonist, Penryn, is so utterly flawed and human that her strength eclipses her failures and insecurities. She’s had a tough life and it shows but it doesn’t make her damaged, no, it makes her stronger. Raffe, the man candy of the book is also quite human. He’s petulant, overly-confident, annoying and yet completely fragile. I’m not a huge fan of man-candy in YA books, they’re over done and I’m sick of super pretty bad boys taking over the world with their guy-liner but Raffe, he’s actually a little bit broken (he has reasons to be) and I kind of just want to give him a big hug.

Supporting characters are brilliant. Dee-Dum are the Weasley twins reincarnated and if this book ever comes to film fruition if the Oliver twins don’t play Dee-Dum I will be very, very angry.

OK, enough about the characters. The book, is in general, an excellent read. The plot is well thought out and executed, with Ee commanding sensory details with finesse. Furthermore, the book really does reflect what I’d think of the end of the world. There is violence, death (sometimes violent, horrible, cannibalistic death) and she portrays this with maturity. It’s a heavy topic for a YA novel, that’s why I don’t think immature peeps should try their hands at this book. Secondly, romance progresses at a realistic, slow, steady, insecure pace. When I say insecure, I mean, the characters slowly feel their way through friendship, to attraction and to more. It’s brilliant.

Oh and can I get an AMEN as to her inclusion of diversity! We’ve got angels and humans, scary things and demons, brown skin and pale skin. It’s so refreshing. Funny enough, the fact that Angels are the one to cause this world to blow up isn’t so surprising to me. I don’t usually go for angel books, which is why I refused to read this for the longest but Ee gives us good angels, bad angels and secrets. And these secrets, my friend, are worth reading this book for.

Total Score: heartheartheartheartheart
Recommend? Hells to the yeah! If you don’t pick this up, regardless of your genre loves, I shall reach through this computer and give you a very stern look.

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21 Responses to Review: Angelfall (Penryn and The End Of Days #1)

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  9. A well-thought plot, awesome sounding characters and good portrayal of the end of the world? HELL YES 😀 I’ve been keeping an eye on this book for so long, it’s time to buy myself a copy. Great review!

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  12. Erin says:

    Love your review. World After is just as good, but I still prefer Angelfall! Loved your comment of Dee-Dum because I feel the same way!

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  14. DoingDewey says:

    I’m still a little wary of picking this up because slightly broken characters remind me in a bad way of the things I’ve been hearing about new adult. However, I love realistic characters and believable relationships and your enthusiasm is hard to say no too! I might have to give this one a try 🙂

    • Claire (BWB) says:

      Is this new adult? It doesn’t have any sex or anything inappropriate and I typically characterize new adult that way.

      IF you can find a copy in a library or borrow it from a friend, I’d say do it! If you’re not sure, defi don’t buy it first.

  15. bookshy says:

    I bought the book yesterday as it was part of a 3 for 2 deal. Thanks for the review! Looking forward to tucking into to it over the weekend (If I have the time).

  16. Blubbly says:

    I’ve been wary of YA dystopian fiction lately after reading books that downplay the genre. Looks like I’ll be giving it a try again.

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