When an author recommends you a book, you read it: Angelfall by Susan Ee


Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)TITLE: Angelfall
AUTHOR: Susan Ee

RELEASED: May 21, 2011
FORMAT: Paperback

GENRE: YA Science Fiction / Paranormal


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..

The good

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?

The bad

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?



28 thoughts on “When an author recommends you a book, you read it: Angelfall by Susan Ee

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I still haven’t read things like that but I was very intrigued with paranormal romance when I was in middle school. I don’t read as many but now I will definitely dive into this one with good expectations!


  2. I’ve been wanting to read these books for a LOOONG time now, and this wonderful review only reinforced that desire. Sadly, my library doesn’t have themmmmmm 😦 Anyways, thanks for a wonderful review! I love the cupcake graphics, by the way! So cute and delicious looking!

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  3. OMG! I love Angelfall and I’m a little sad you didn’t enjoy it that much, BUT there aren’t many people who have read the books.
    P.S. I also loved the Hush Hush series 😉

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    1. I enjoyed it plenty though! I just hate it when I’m left with waaaay too many questions at the end of a book, haha. I’m eager to continue the series, that’s for sure. 🙂

      On one hand, I want to reread Hush Hush because I remember how much I loved Patch way back when but.. on the other hand, I’m afraid I won’t like the books now. :’)

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    2. Yeah, I have the same fears too, because our taste and our way of perceiving books continuously change. But I’m sure it will still be as lovable as it was 😉

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  4. Ahhh! I’m so glad you liked it! Amd don’t worry, I haven’t read the sequel yet either because I too, am a terrible reader on occasion lol! Maybe we’ll end up reading the sequel together? In like 6 months if baby bookworm allows? 😉

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    1. Haha, it’s funny how so many of us have issues with reading sequels!
      Keeping my fingers crossed for that. 🙂 I’m already wondering how much I’ll be able to read once the little one has arrived. Definitely less than I’m used to, but how much less? 😛


  5. I loved Angelfall! Easily one of my favourite series to date. I really want to re-read it after reading this XD
    Great Review! I hope your reading slump flies away!!! (pun intended)
    Happy Reading!

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    1. I remember reading Halo, but noooo clue how I felt about it. I do know I never bothered reading the sequel though, so I guess that says plenty?

      Good to know! I’m reading some other sequels right now, but I’m really tempted to pick up Angelfall’s sequel next, haha. 😀


  6. Ah, I’ve been wanting to read this, too! Hahaha – if you’ve ever watched Supernatural, you know Angels are jerks. 😀 And on the subject of fallen angels, have you ever read Lauren Kate’s Fallen series? I still have one book left, but overall, I enjoyed it.

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    1. True that, hah! Although I do really have to start Supernatural all over again. I only remember some big plot points. It’s been ages since I watched the show – and even back then I was already behind. :’)
      I read those, yes! Remember loving them too, hah.


    2. Those first couple of seasons were the best. I still love it, but it’s changed so much.

      I remember being so disappointed because Cam was definitely my favorite over Daniel and yet… OOPS at me.

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    3. Hm. No clue, hah. I do know that, after a few seasons, I felt like I could barely keep up with all the different creatures and stuff.

      Hm. I vaguely remember feeling the same way. Maybe I should give them a reread some day.. I don’t even know whether I still have them – now that’s OOPS at me, haha.


    4. That’s definitely true! Between the monsters, the angels, the demons… it got out of hand.

      Hah – I got all of mine from the library, but a re-read might be good one day!

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