Title: Angelfall (Penryn & The End of Days #1)
Author: Susan Ee
On the Shelves: Fiction> YA fiction> Post-Apocalyptic/dystopian/Fantasy
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 (Goodreads 2016)
TW: this is not a very positive review- if you adore and love the series, or the author- while this isn’t particularly nasty, it isn’t exactly singing praises so you may not want to read this.
Well… this was my first book finished in 2016, and for the hype it has received online…I was pretty underwhelmed by it. I really wanted to like it. Finally, something different in the YA genre…but no, I felt like it was more of the same. It wasn’t bad, per say. It just was not everything it was hyped up to be online. It isn’t really something which is set apart from the crowd, in my humble opinion anyway.
The story is set after the apocolypse has started to happen, and it focusses around a teenage girl who is determined to get her disabled little sister and her struggling mother to safety, away from the angels who are terrorising the planet. And of course, there is one angel who is not like the rest, and of course, he becomes the love interest. And of course…it makes very little sense. There were a lot of moments throughout this book where I saw parallels with other YA novels, whether it be by coincedence or on purpose but it began to really grate on my nerves. Older teenage sister trying to save little sister after mother doesn’t really seem to care about their survival? Hunger Games. Two lanky, red headed twins providing the comic relief through hijinx? Weasley twins. There was also some downright weird analogies and metaphors in this, which I think is just going to be the author’s writing style.
“The wounds are a couple of streaks of raw hamburger running down his back”
I finished the book, and I gave it a three stars in the end, because I was really wanting it to work out well for them and the cliff hanger did initially get me wanting to continue the series, but it is now nearly a year later and I honestly had pretty much forgotten I had even read this book, so it hasn’t made much of a lasting impression on it. Rule number one of the internet: never believe the hype.