Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

September 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Star Rating:

Date released: 21st May 2011
Publisher: Feral Dream
Author’s website
My source: Amazon Kindle Store
Part of a series: Yes, #1 Penryn and the End of Days series
Find it at: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N


Amazon book description:

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 Raffe, an injured enemy angel. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco, where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

What worked for me:

  • The fast paced action, how every development in the plot didn’t drag on
  • Penryn on the whole. She can take care of herself but isn’t stuck up about being bad-ass. How she isn’t vain and does not view herself as beautiful. How we aren’t told of her loyalty, but see it through her actions and others’ words.
  • The world-building. Damn. Ee does a great job of describing post-apocalypse San Francisco very well.
  • The final scene, after Penryn gets stung by the hybrid angel scorpions and how she could do nothing but observe as her body refused to work due to the paralysis from venom. This was written beautifully. I wonder what Raffe was thinking? Did he think she was truly dead? If he did, why did he fly over the truck as it was making its getaway? Maybe as a last salute and goodbye?

What didn’t work for me:

  • Some parts of the plot seemed superfluous, such as the scenes in Obi’s renegade camp. The fights, especially the one organised by Dee & Dum just seemed so unnecessary.
  • Penryn’s narrative voice, it annoyed me a few times because of the disparity between what she was thinking, to what she did and how she felt – it didn’t connect at times.
  • Raffe, at times. It was strange how he went from complete indifference towards Penryn, to kissing her passionately, to risking his life for her in such a short time without any kind of indicator that he was feeling anything at all. It was a strange leap to make because there were no romantic notions whatsoever except from Penryn’s point of view.
  • Penryn’s teenage infatuation with Raffe. This annoyed me often, because she couldn’t seem to stop ogling him. If there does end up being a romance in the second installment of the series, I’m going to be wary of it because from Penryn’s perspective she’s infatuated with his physicality and is not entirely committed into truly caring for him (though her actions in trying to save him at the aerie said otherwise). I need more!

I’d heard a lot about this book and the significance of it gaining so much popularity considering the author is self-pubbed. Add to the fact that it was relatively cheap on the Kindle Store, I didn’t hesitate considering I’ve been wanting to pick up a fantasy book lately. I liked the ‘ride’. It was frantically paced, and some of the more gruesome scenes had descriptions that had me cringing. A great read and a new look on angels that don’t quite fall with the added bonus of agnostic angels, something new with a kick! Sad to know that the next installment is due out in 2013, poo!



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