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Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days,#1) – Susan Ee (A Review)

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.

*pulls myself together long enough to be able to write a some-what coherent review*
This book has everything you want from a book about angels and the apocalypse. Let’s break this down:

• a kick-ass female lead? CHECK.
• an awesome male lead? CHECK.
• witty one liners? CHECK!
• a complicated but realistic family dynamic? CHECK!!!
• actual real life apocalyptic stuff? CHECK!
• a romance that isn’t insta-lovey? CHECK!
• a story that actually focuses more on the plot than the romance? CHECK!

I found this book to be really refreshing. I loved how it was plot driven, and I never once found myself getting bored. There was none of these “filler” chapters to add length, every scene, every chapter, worked up to something bigger and kept the story going at a fast pace. I LIKED THAT. You really get emerged into the story, and it’s hard to put down.

I love that the romance takes a back-seat. I find in too many young adult books about the end of the world, romance seemingly works it way into the forefront. Not with this one. While Penryn does sometimes crack and swoon over Raffe, she soon knocks herself out of it and realises there’s bigger things to be worrying about, like finding her sister. Not once does she let Raffe dominate her, which was awesome. Also the romance isn’t insta-lovey. Yep, you heard that right!! It takes them a while and God I couldn’t be happier!!

Penryn was awesome. She has some kick-ass surviving skills (although sometimes she does make questionable decisions. Sometimes it is better to listen and run.), some great witty one-liners (emphasis on the sometimes, even Penryn knows she’s not going to win any awards for great comebacks anytime soon) and her love for her family is heart-warming. I feel like the struggle between her and her mum is realistic and the family relationships helps ground the story in a world full of angels.

I really wish we got more answers on why the angels are here, etc. It seems that I am just as clueless about it all as Raffe and Penryn. Hoping that World After will offer some more answers! And some more Dee-Dum as well, they’re funny.

So if you’re looking for a nice, quick, roller coaster of a story, I’d highly recommend this!

You can also see this review on Goodreads!

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