October 30, 2013

BOOK REVIEW | Angelfall by Susan Ee

Basic information
Title: Angelfall (Goodreads | Booklikes)
Author: Susan Ee (Website | Twitter)
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Published by: Feral Dream in May 2011

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.

Review (not spoiler-free)
Angelfall has been on my to-read shelf for a very long time now, probably for over a year. Angels aren’t exactly my favorite subject to read about because I a) don’t get the whole angel situation and the differences between angels and archangels etc and b) the Fallen series screwed up angels for me. I thought angels are stupid, period. In this book they aren’t soft and caring. No, they’re bloodthirsty, cold-hearted and violent. They’re trying to take our world using violence and creatures they’ve created in labs.Why? We don’t know yet. If you want to be creeped out: read Angelfall.
There’s an angel apocalypse going on in this world and the humans are getting pretty desperate to survive. We don’t know why the angels came to our world and decided it would be cool to take over. That’s what we all want to know and hope we find out in the next book. Our main character, Penryn, gets involved in a fight between two angelgroups and therefore one of the angels take her sister away who is –btw- handicapped. To get her sister back she makes a deal with one of the angels from the fight. The one who lost it, Raffe, that got his wings cut off. They make a deal: Raffe shows where the aerie of the angels is, Penryn looks after his wings.

There’s a reason the blurb tells you for what age it’s suited. There’s a lot of sick things going on in this book, there’s gore, blood, violence and all sorts of wrong things going on. It could be a horror. At some point I was seriously contemplating to stop reading because it was getting too gross. I’m used to some graphic stuff thanks to Game of Thrones but this was just crossing the line. I’m amazed I didn’t have nightmares.

As for the characters, I didn’t get to really ‘study’ them because I read this book over the course of two weeks and I forgot some stuff but Penryn is a pretty kick ass girl. The crap she’s been through to get to her sister is insane and when she finally finds her, her sister is turned into a monster. I would totally lose it. She has to deal with so many awful things it’s a miracle she hasn’t had a mental breakdown yet. And Raffe: he’s still a little mysterious. He doesn’t answer Penryn’s questions about the whole angel situation and he clearly has feeling for her but he doesn’t want to confess. Because he’s been against angelxhuman relationships for the longest time.

I’m not exactly thrilled to get the next book and read it. I read the blurb and it seems like we’re gonna get the same thing. Paige’ll get taken again and Raffe is looking for his own wings. For now I want something light to read, something less dark and gruesome. 

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