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World After (Penryn and the End of Days, #2) – Susan Ee (A Review)

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

The book is currently sitting on my shoulder like a parrot at the moment, because I don’t want to part with it. What a bloody awesome, killer of a sequel! Not disappointed at all, this definitely lives up to the standards of the first book. I’m so pleased that the quality has continued on.
In the first book I always did kind of struggle to believe Paige was only 7 years old, and in this book it became even harder for me to believe that. To me it just doesn’t seem believable that she’s only 7, and I’m always imagining her as a young teenager, around 13. This didn’t impact how much I liked and enjoyed the book, but it did bug me slightly. Yep, that’s it people, in a book filled with angels and the world on the brink of the apocalypse, Paige’s age is the thing I find hard to believe…I think this book could have done with a dash more of Raffe. But I think that’s just a personal thing, since I love his character. The led up waiting for him & Penryn to reunite reminded much of the one between Lila and Kell in A Gathering of Shadows. So tense!

Once again this book was a rollercoaster of a ride. Event after event after event. Penryn never really does catch a break, and she constantly continues on.

I love her internal struggle between whether or not she is a hero and how she weighs upon helping others or just helping herself and her own family. I think that’s what grounds her, her humanity, in this world.

The best thing about this whole book is what she named the sword, everyone let’s hear it for (view spoiler)

End of Days, here I come!!!

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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!

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