Book Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee
Release Date: May 21, 2011
Publisher: Feral Dream
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Source: Bought
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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.

Angelfall was fantastic! I haven’t read a ton of angel books but I’m lucky in that the ones that I’ve read have been good. From what I hear, it’s hit or miss but this, my friend is a hit. Watching a young girl, Penryn do whatever it takes to find her sister, Paige whom a group of angels kidnapped is thrilling enough. Watching Penryn go on this journey with an angel? And not just any angel but the angel she saved from being killed by one of his own… what a ride! These two characters were so much fun to follow. They each had their own agendas but over time the two become on one accord and watching their relationship evolve was really something special.

I loved that because the two had such separate arcs, such different goals but found themselves together, they balanced each other out very well in sticky situations. And they get into some situations, boy! It’s not always easy and definitely not favorable. Penryn often took Raffe’s lead but she learned quickly and always held her own so together, these two were quite a team. Penryn and Raffe were engaging, yes, but so were the minor characters. Her mom for one is crazy which makes her more dangerous than the average survival of the fittest human. Every character was three dimensional and every setting has just as much depth and together, the two really made a powerful punch.

That and the world building made for one of the most engaging books I’ve read all summer long. I loved the conflicts that Penryn and Raffe ran into be it a camp of resisters or mystery creatures outside terrorizing human beings. I loved every moment. The pacing was on point. Everything flowed beautifully. Angelfall was gripping from the very first page so if you’ve had this on your list of books to read, get on it!

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