Author: Susan Ee.
Published: May 23rd 2013 by Hodder and Stoughton.
Sort: Penryn & The end of days #1.
It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.
Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Penryn’s world is a scary place. She takes care of her wheelchair-bound sister Paige, who became cripple after a mysterious accident in her childhood. Their mother is a difficult woman who spends her days raving about demons and how they are coming for them – but that is the least of her problem. Their apocalyptic world is dominated by Angels and when one of them steals her sister, Penryn is determined to get her back. She kidnaps a wounded Angel and forces him to take her to her sister. Raffe is not amused, but it turns out they have a good team work.
The first sign that this book was going to be a hit for me, was the writing-style. From the moment I started Angelfall I was wrapped in the story. There is something very easy and flowy about her choice of worlds. Not to forget that it’s filled with details without being too much. I was there, I saw and felt everything Penryn had to endure. It was amazing.
Another thing I adore were the characters; more specific, the dynamic between characters. Penryn is this normal girl with a bad-ass attitude, who will do everything to get her sister back. I like how realistic she was. She has flaws and she is not the best in everything, but her love for her sister makes her a stronger version of herself. It was very clear in those couple of pages that she has a strong bond with Paige. There is also Raffe, I love this sarcastic guy. He has to deal with a horrible loss and then he gets stuck with his ‘annoying’ girl. Their banter is the best! And by now, you might know that this is one of my favorite type of romances. From the moment she laid eyes on him, I just knew I wanted them to be together.
”You are nothing but a bird with attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.”
The last thing I want to address is the original use of the Angels and the gory scenes. I admire how Susan created something unique and her version of Angels is my favorite (and scariest) type. These super developed flying humans with incredible strength, quick healing and merciless personalities are terrifying. The things they do with human children give some frightening, bloody scenes; which I absolutely loved! The ending was nicely done. She wrapped up most of this story, but leave a lot of space for the next book. I can't wait to start World after!