Book Review: Angelfall – Susan Ee

Publisher: Amazon Publishing

Genre: Young Adult, Adventure, Post apocalyptic

Series: Penryn & The End of Days

Pages: 288

Release Date: August 28, 2012

Rating: 5/5


Summary 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.


Humanity, adventure and…clubs?


   Penryn: I loved her. Bottom line, no questions asked. She has had to step up and take care of her family after her father leaves them. She has a believably cynical view of the world and of the angels involved in the apocalypse. When she meets Raffe, she does not immediately become paralyzed by his male beauty. Instead, her mind jumps to how he can help her find her sister. I know that we as readers sometimes expect the protagonist to have no fear of crazy powerful supernatural creatures, but…Raffe is an angel who could kill her in five seconds. Yes, she shows fear inwardly and no, that does not stop her from standing up to him so that she can find her sister. She has serious guts!

   Raffe: Not the most developed male lead, but I liked him. I really enjoy how Ee keeps him shrouded in mystery and really emphasizes the humanity underneath all of his angelic power. He’s not witty and sarcastic and typical Jace [insert young adult love interest here]. He’s corny! He tries to have the devil-may-care arrogance and it doesn’t quite fit him. The best part? That’s how Ee intends it. He’s just a really good guy…er, angel. Lastly, the reader gets to see him transform throughout the novel, probably more then Penryn.

   Penryn’s Mom: What author thinks of a paranoid schizophrenic mom?! So cool. Ee does a fantastic job of showing all different aspects of this mental illness and how it effects those around the person with this illness.

   Paige:  She’s not a very round character, although she does change within the book. I think she is definitely worthy of the journey Penryn makes to find her. Find out for yourself and read the book!

The World—

In one word: gritty. Ee’s descriptions of each setting through which Penryn passes are subtle and paint vivid pictures for the reader. Not once did I question where she was or what the place looked like. I would not recommend this world to anyone who loves beautiful places because this world is anything but.

The Themes—

This book really explores what humanity is all about. It leaves the reader with more “what if” thoughts than concrete themes.

Final Thoughts—

   NO MORE MONKEYS PLEASE. The only negative thing I have to say is that Ee uses the word “monkey” to refer to people about 50 million times. Okay, maybe only about fifteen. But it adds up. Besides that, the Kindle edition is $3.99 on Amazon. Well worth your money and time! I really do feel like you will be missing out if you do not read this. Tired of all of the Nephillim/angel stories? Good, because this is not like most. It’s very original and I am biting my nails waiting for the next one.

Memorable Quotes—

“I’m Penryn. I’m named after an exit off Interstate 80.”

“My friends call me Wrath…My enemies call me Please Have Mercy.”

“…I’m proud to be human. We’re ever so flawed. We’re frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues.”

“The thought of superhuman beings with human temptations and flaws sends a chill through me.”


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