RELEASED: May 21, 2011
GENRE: YA Science Fiction / Paranormal
GOODREADS RATING: 4.17
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.
I’ve mentioned her a couple of times on my blog, and it’s time for another one. Chelscey Clayton, author of The Monster of Selkirk-series, is one of the first authors I had a closer connection with. Her book was the first one I won since starting my blog and it claimed a special piece of my heart. Safe to say that when Chelscey recommended Angelfall to me, I had to buy myself a copy! And
two months ago now I actually read it as well! The only thing we can do, right now, is hope it’s better than the disappointment of Out of the Blue..
I was obsessed with anything angel-related for years. Not The Mortal Instruments-angels, but actual angels. Fallen angels. Hush Hush-angels! I keep expecting angels to be the good guys and on that front.. Let’s just say Angelfall was a very pleasant surprise. Angels aren’t good; on the contrary. They ruined the world we knew and loved, they forced us back into a lifestyle that’s been forgotten by most. Having to forage for food, clothes and never feeling safe – all because of angels. Susan Ee definitely did a good job of making it sound as scary and awful as it would be!
But the thing that really convinces me that the apocalypse is here is the crunching of smartphones under my feet.
Not only that; there also were some creepy parts. Some descriptions made my skin crawl, especially since I didn’t really expect such horrors to be mentioned – cannibalism anyone? [Just saying that the act itself is only described once, and pretty vaguely compared to other descriptions, but the aftermath was described in a pretty colorful way a couple of times.]
Our two main characters, Raffe and Penryn, are very different yet in some ways the same. They’re both closed off, focused on their own goals and realize they need each other to actually reach those goals. As such, you have an odd pairing which allows some fun situations. Also all the action!
The whole story’s written from Penryn’s POV though – so you get way more insight in her character than in Raffe’s which was well-played and frustrating at the same time, haha.
To be fair, she never played with corpses before, at least, not that I’ve seen.
To be honest, I read this book right when I was in the middle of a reading slump and somehow I managed to read it in a little over 24 hours so I’d say it’s definitely one with a good pace. Twists and turns keep coming at you, making you want to read more and that’s exactly what I needed at that time – brownie points right there, I guess?
I don’t really have anything bad to say about this novel, except for.. It simply didn’t feel like a five star-read to me? Maybe it’s because I’m left with too many questions – blaming the one POV for that. I would’ve loved Raffe’s POV as well. Should I have less questions than I do now, I might’ve loved it more than I do.
All in all, I did like it and I love how I read it so quickly during a reading slump. I’m also ridiculously curious to see what’s going to happen next – but the skies now when I’ll pick up the sequels.. [I know, I know – it’s Sequel September and the perfect excuse but I want to kick off some of my older titles first!]
Did you go through a “read anything angel-related”-phase like I did?
What are some of your favorite books?
Have you read Angelfall? What did you think?
Are you interested in reading it?