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Susan Ee's Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1)

My Evaluation of Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1)
Did the plot make sense?
5/5
Kept me interested?
5/5
What about the characters?
5/5
It had a good ending?
5/5
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.

Summary Taken from Goodreads.

Sometimes in our lives we have surprises; sometimes they can be good but sometimes they can be painful and hard to endure. I don’t believe in YA paranormal books with Angels, they always end up being a mess and they always turn into horrible surprises.

But for the past three days I received a surprise; fortunately it was a good surprise: I read Angelfall by Susan Ee. I bought this book a couple of months ago since one of my friends with excellent taste in books (I like to call her my guru) liked this book (my other friends, I don’t trust them anymore). And after finishing a challenge for a Reading Club I decided to pick up my Kindle and start Angelfall.

I was in the train on my way to work, it usually take me one hour but as soon as I started to read I got so immersed in the book that I didn’t notice the hour pass by. For making my long commute so pleasant, I’m thankful Susan!

The story is post-apocalyptic world condemned to doom brought by angels. Our protagonist is Penryn, a teenager girl who has a schizophrenic mother and a crippled sister. Her main goal is survival in a hostile world where there are no laws but chaos, death and sickness. What’s not to love about this story? From the first page you are wondering what is going to happen next and how Penryn is going to deal and survive.

The civilized world is long lost. Six weeks ago the mayhem started on Earth, with angels destroying and killing millions and millions. The food is scarce, the gangs have taken the streets and the desperation can be felt everywhere.

Things get a tragic turn when Penryn, her sister Paige and her mother witness a fight between five angels against one giant powerful angel. When the evil angels notice Penryn she tries to deviate their attention back to the angel they were about to kill by throwing him back his sword. The result is the big angel fights until he’s able to neutralize his attackers but the evil angels take Penryn’s little sister with them flying away.

Now without her mother, her sister kidnapped and a bleeding angel without wings Penryn decides to do everything she can to rescue her little sister. And that’s how things are set into motion. The angel, Raffe, and Penryn end up making a strategic alliance to survive. We get to know Raffe, the strong angel without wings and Penryn, the fearless human girl that has determination to accomplish her goal.

What I liked about this book it was the plot. A good twist, a nice surprise and the romance is not cheesy at all. Actually, the romance is secondary in this story and Penryn is not your average Mary Sue protagonist who relies on her paranormal boyfriend to move around. She is strong and her motivation always keeps her going. She is a fighter. Raffe is the injured angel who has to ally with Penryn to get back his wings and repay his debt with her for saving his life. He is a good sidekick, since he is strong, a soldier and has knowledge of the angels. Both characters rely on each other at tough times, escaping, moving around, fighting and surviving for their own reasons.

I loved, really loved the story. I don’t want to spoil the end, or tell what happens next or who is really Raffe. But I would recommend this book to anyone since it’s a very well written book and on to of that very entertaining. The end is clear and doesn’t use the cheap and lazy cliffhanger that we have become used to have nowadays with books and tv series. This book has a sequel, but also can work as a stand-alone. We are left wondering so many things, I have unresolved questions but in a good way. This book makes me want to know more about this Universe, but has a resolution.

The only problem is that I crave the next book. I need it in my life. Please, shut up and take my money. I want to know, I want to read and I don’t want to return to the other books knowing there are good stories like this. I feel sorry for the book I’m going to read next because probably will be shadowed by how good this was. Thanks Susan!

WARNING. Now, please! Leave if you don’t want to be spoiled.

SPOILER and a silly comment: I’m Catholic and I’m familiar with Angels, the Bible, God and all that stuff. I just remembered Raphael is one of the archangels along with Michael and Gabriel in my religion. I’m traumatized for life knowing that Raphael, all angelic in old paintings is actually Raffe, he won’t never be the same to me. I might go to church now with brand new eyes when I see Raphael in a statue or a painting. LOL. Certainly it will be just too weird to see girls inside a church fangirling over Raphael. I know how silly I sound, but I can’t help it.

Raphael

This image taken from the Wikipedia shows a painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo in where we can see Saint Raphael the Archangel. And yeah, totally Raffe!

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