Review: Angelfall

By Susan Ee

Angelfall

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.

Penryn is devastated. Warrior Angels have just taken her little sister and her mother is nowhere to be found. They are all she has left in this marauder filled, foodless, Angel infested, murderous new world. On top of having to survive long enough to find her, she now has to make a deal with the enemy; an Angel. He’s the only one who knows where they’ve taken her and without him her sister will be lost forever.

Angelfall was one of my favorite books I read in 2013. It was my first post-apocalyptic novel that dealt with Angels, and it did not disappoint. The main character’s Penryn and Raffe are a great duo. They are what make the story so interesting and captivating. Their relationship, as well as, the journey they embark on together keeps the story flowing. Everything was beautifully woven together making me turn the page craving what was going to happen next. Everything was thrilling, suspenseful, creepy, and even had some lusting thrown into the mix.

One of my favorite things was the way Penryn’s mother was woven throughout the main story. To learn about her mother like this really made a background character stand out in a unique way. It wasn’t all at once in a dragged out scene, but rather slowly and meaningful. As we get to know Penryn’s mother, we also get to know Penryn in a new light. We see the way she was before the Angels came and how it compares to the way she is now. It gives us a few aha moments of understanding why she acts in certain ways.

I usually don’t like story’s that involve creepy things. I have a wild imagination and any type of scary/creepy thing easily gives me the craziest dreams. Now, there are definitely a lot of creepy, squeamish scenes as the story unfolds but I actually enjoyed them. I don’t think I was bothered by them because it made sense. The world had been overtaken by Angels, so of course there was going to be other worldly creatures running about as well. It also added to the suspense in the story because I was like, “What the hell is eating people?”

The only thing I was bothered with while reading was that Penryn hesitated at times to do things. She’d think too long about something and it really frustrated me. Other than that it was amazing and I can’t wait to read World After!

Tell Me: Have you read this? If you have what did you think? Did you love the lusting between Penryn and Raffe? If you haven’t read it, do you think you will?

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