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

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

From goodreads: 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:

This book is my newest obsession.

I love everything about this story. EVERYTHING.  I don’t just love any book but when a book comes along with a unique and amazing story that blows me away, it warrants 5 stars and quite possibly a review with good grammar.  Hmmm…maybe good grammar would be pushing it but I can definitely deliver 5 big, beautiful stars!

“My friends call me Wrath. My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?”

It’s rare for me to fall head over heels about a story in a post-apocalyptic setting but I was hooked and I simply couldn’t get enough.  The writing is incredibly fluid, detailed and the pace moves fast in all the right areas and carefully when it needs to.  Susan Ee delivers a story that left me with a severe case of a book-hangover.

“I knew from the start that your loyalty would get you killed. I just never thought it would be your loyalty to me that would do it.”

The journey I endured with Penryn was heartbreaking. YA books need more female characters like Penryn because she doesn’t suffer from the Cinderella syndrome but instead she’s a fighter. Cannibalism is taking place, Angels are bringing total destruction to the  world and all Penryn wants to do is look after her 7-year-old sister and her mother who is mentally unstable.  I do have my theories about her mom but I will leave that for another time.

“I never thought about it before, but I’m proud to be human. We’re ever so flawed. We’re frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I’m proud to be a Daughter of Man.”

Make no mistake…this book is slightly disturbing and your outlook on angels will change because they are straight-up mean and evil.  They aren’t all like that but the vast majority are and don’t even get me started on the flesh-eating creatures!! GAH!!!  Those scenes creeped me out completely!

“I’ve never killed anyone before. What frightens me isn’t that I’m killing someone. What frightens me is how easy it is.”

Penryn forms an unlikely bond with an angel who is absolutely beautiful and stoic. Raffe is an agnostic angel who captivated me the entire time. I felt his presence throughout this entire story and while I wasn’t sure what his purpose was it broke my heart when his story began to unfold.

You will fall in love with Penryn and Raffe and you’ll want nothing more than the two of them to survive the chaos together.

“Asleep, he looks like a bleeding Prince Charming chained in the dungeon. When I was little, I always thought I’d be Cinderella, but I guess this makes me the wicked witch. But then again, Cinderella didn’t live in a post-apocalyptic world invaded by avenging angels.”

The less you know about this story, the better off you will be because it’s all about the element of surprise and Angelfall is filled with nothing but heart stopping moments.  Trust me, you WILL love this story!!! I can’t wait to start the second book! ;)

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