BOOK REVIEW: Angelfall – by Susan Ee

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Title: Angelfall
(Penryn & The End Of Days #1)
Author: Susan Ee
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia
First published: 2011
Finished reading: May 11th 2015
Pages: 326
Rating 5

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

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This series has been on my TBR for a few months now, and with all the hype around the third book I thought it was about time to finally start reading it. Angelfall didn’t disappoint. Actually, I almost slapped myself in the face for not getting to this series earlier! This first book of the Penryn & The End Of Days series is simply awesome and almost left me without words… Or more precisely said: fangirling all over the place. The worldbuilding, characters, prose… Everything works just perfectly together and Penryn and Raffe will go straight to the list of my all-time favorite main characters. A dystopian world where angels are actually the bad guys; one being different from the rest after his wings are cut? Check. A kickass female heroine who is not afraid to say what she thinks and has great survival skills? Check. Two different missions that will lead both characters to the same destination and will force them to work together? Check. All ingredients that makes this novel by Susan Ee full of awesomeness and definitely recommended to fans of the YA fantasy genre. Ok, I promise to stop fangirling now. 😀

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Six weeks ago, the angels destroyed the world as people knew it… The human race is now struggling to survive in this apocalyptic world full of chaos. Violent street gangs, savage angels, lack of food… Things sure aren’t easy. Penryn has a hard time taking care of her crazy mother and handicapped sister, but is determined to keep them safe at all cost. When angels end up flying away with her helpless sister, Penryn will do anything to get her back… Even if that means helping a wounded angel in the progress.

Penryn is able to save the angel who just got his wings cut off by another angel during battle. She is trying to use him to find out where they took her sister, but the angel (Raffe) is not really cooperative. Somehow, they end up together anyway as they need each other to get what they want. Raffe is looking for revenge and wants his wings back, while Penryn wants to save her sister before it’s too late… But will they able to reach their destination on time and get what they want?

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Angelfall was so good that I just had to read the sequel World After straight after I finished it. I first tried to stick to my read-a-thon TBR, but I just couldn’t help myself in the end. I fell in love with the world Susan Ee created with this series and I can say the same for the main characters Raffe And Penryn. Another bonus: no love triangle! Add a brilliant prose and fast pace and you have the mix for a perfect YA fantasy novel… And a series I will probably end up rereading in the future.

WWW Wednesdays #39 – May 13th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

Idonttellmummyfallingintoplace started reading both Falling Into Places by Amy Zhang and Don’t Tell Mummy by Toni Maguire yesterday. The first was a TBR jar pick, and unfortunately I’m having a hard time warming up to this story… I’m not liking the main characters at all so far. The second book is a very well written memoir I have a feeling will turn out to be heartbreaking…

  • What did you recently finish reading?

unwindangelfallI’m participating in the Bout Of Books read-a-thon so I’m trying to read as much as possible. I loved the first two books of this read-a-thon; I finished Unwind by Neal Shusterman yesterday and it was definitely a strong read. I will be getting a copy of the sequel soon… Angelfall I was able to finish on Monday and I instantly became a Penryn and Raffe fan. I need to read the sequel by Susan Ee ASAP!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

worldaftertreasureislandLike I said above, I really want to know what becomes of Raffe and Penryn! Since I have a copy of World After on my shelf, I will probably forget about my read-a-thon TBR and pick up this sequel next. Either that or Treasure Island, a classic pirate story written by Robert Louis Stevenson that I can use for my Bookish Bingo challenge… (Also not on my Bout Of Books TBR; oops!)

Bout Of Books 13 – Day 1 Update

BoB13-200x200The Bout Of Books 13 read-a-thon started yesterday! 😀 I decided to continue Angelfall by Susan Ee first; I was at 16% on Monday morning and against all odds I was actually able to finish it in one day. I even started by second book, Unwind by Neal Shusterman, as well during the evening, so I guess this first day of the read-a-thon turned out to be a success. Yay!

  • DAY 1: MONDAY MAY 11th

angelfallunwind# Pages read today: 274 (Angelfall) + 20 (Unwind)
# Total pages read: 294
# Book started: Unwind by Neal Shusterman
# Book continued: Angelfall by Susan Ee
# Books finished: Angelfall by Susan Ee

 

Happy reading! 😀

WWW Wednesdays #38 – May 6th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

warmbodiesshiverI started reading Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion the other day and while I’m normally not really into zombie stories, this one is pretty good so far. I’m also going to start reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater later today, so I will cheat and count it as currently-reading as well. 😉 I have been wanting to start this series for ages so I’m excited to finally read this one.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

mrpenumbras24hourbookstorereeltorealvideostoremurdersI finished Reel To Real: The Video Store Murders by Joyce Nance yesterday and it was without doubt an interesting read. This book is based on a true story of the video store murders in Albuquerque, and the author does a great job of getting inside the head of the killer and sidekick. I also finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan a few days ago, a novel that turned out to be completely different than expected but I really enjoyed reading it. Full reviews of both books are still to come…

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

fallingintoplaceangelfallI decided to use my TBR jar again and it got me Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. While I’ve been looking forward to read this one, I’m not sure I can handle another teen suicide story right now after reading The Last Time We Say Goodbye last month and using up my supply of tissues. So I will probably stick to the YA fantasy genre and read Angelfall by Susan Ee next; another series I’ve been wanting to start reading for a while now.

Friday Finds #14 – November 7th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during, in this case, the last two weeks and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. I have been trying to limit new additions in order to downsize my TBR list a bit… Below you can find some of the titles I’ve added anyway:

My finds:

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