Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Angelfall by Susan Ee Review


Book Nerd Review by Sarahjane

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.


If you haven’t heard of Angelfall by now, may I seriously ask where have you been? Even if like me, before I picked this up and started reading this, you have no inkling what this book is about you must have heard about it. It’s been in numerous magazines as “The One to watch” or “The Next Big Thing.” It’s been advertised on Facebook and Twitter, the amount of 5 star reviews is astounding… this was a book I just had to check this out for myself.

In the beginning, it starts with a single feather drifting slowly down from the sky. This ephemeral thing however is not a symbol of hope, but one of dread and despair. Angel’s aren’t all their cracked up to be in Susan Ee’s debut novel. The novel follows Penryn, a 17 year old trying to help her frayed family survive in a post-apocalyptic California. But her mother is what I can only affectionately describe as a mad-hatter and her younger sister is wheel chair bound. Caught between a rock and hard place, in a war she doesn’t understand, she witnesses the barbarous stripping of an angel’s wings, she makes the decision to intervene to help the angel, and in doing so she antagonizes the angels to the extent to where she is forced to watch, hopelessly, her sister being taken. Now, I know what some of you are thinking of, this is a Suzanne Collins, L.A. Weatherly mash-up. But this so much more.

The relationship between between Penryn and the wingless angel Raffe is at the heart of the novel. As they form a slightly precarious truce in order to help each other out. Penryn’s arrangement and the alliance is a gripping element to the story, as she is torn between her developing friendship to one of the harbingers of death and pumping him information. Though not a typical romance story, like that of Twilight of Shiver, Penryn’s feelings are completely relatable. She’s new to the world of romance, and besides as Raffe is keen to point out and Angel and a Daughter of Men is deadly mix, and as they slowly discover that Angel’s aren’t necessarily the worst thing to hit the Earth, despite the utter forbidden nature of any romance, the reader wants something to happen. And as Raffe and Penryn are both so totally stubborn and witty, you’ll find pages being eaten away very quickly as they fight the horrors of the world trying to reach Paige (Penryn’s sister) and a surgeon capable of reattaching Raffe’s wings and wade through the confusion that their alliance brings.

The relationship on reading, is not centre stage. Primarily because Penryn the protagonist refuses to acknowledge potential feelings and resolutely refuses to believe that an angel could have feelings for her. But the snippets of sexual tension, so clear to the reader, are excruciatingly tantalising. At times, I just wanted to bang their heads together, force them onto the same page… but at the same all this builds to a truly heart-wrenching finale, in more ways than one. And I wouldn't change a minute of it.

Even the spookily deranged mother who is rather disturbing. Her character adds some truly black comedic moments, and I hope there is more of her to come. Her reaction to Raffe and Penryn, especially, I can’t wait to read.

This book is truly worthy of each and every one of its 5 star reviews, and I sit in eager anticipation for the next installment.



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33 comments:

  1. A good long walk an chocolate,lots and lots of chocolate :)

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  2. Singing - it always lifts my mood up.

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  3. A good movie...doesn't what type of movie. It could be comedy, horror, sci-fi...etc. When there isn't a good movie, CHOCOLATE usually does the trick...hahaha!

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  4. what's something that can always make me feel better? That would be My kids, they always make me smile and laught,there sweet little monkeys Lol

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  5. Glad you liked this! I thought it was really enjoyable, although I didn't love it as much as you did. Penryn's mother is so spooky, I agree, and yet so intriguing! I really want to learn more about her.

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  6. I would say a family night- where we all sit around and watch a good movie or go out!!!

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  7. My little sisters always make me laugh. There good to have around. Thank you!

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  8. My girlfriend and a cup of tea.

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  9. My 3 cats. They know when I need some love after a bad day.

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  10. Definitely spending time with my grandson!!

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  11. nice weather and a cup of hot chocolate :3

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  12. Watching a movie or just relaxing watching a eally good TV show.

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  13. I like to watch what I call my feel good movies or tv shows. They are the tv shows that can always make me laugh and the movies that have a good and light storyline. :)

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  14. Good music! Lifts my spirits instantly.

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  15. Sports, whether it's playing, or watching I LOVE sports

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  16. My family,good movie,music :)

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  17. A nice long walk along the beach, on a good day of course :)

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  18. My family and some me time! Thanks!

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  19. You've only just read the book?? Ohhhh you've been missing out, Sarah! I read Angelfall awhile back and I LOVED it so much! Second only to Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series. :)) Glad you loved it so much!

    Another thing that makes me happy is...a good head massage by my momma. ;)

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  20. Music! A lot of indi rock music!

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  21. A long nice chat with a friend or sibling or mom :D

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  22. Spending quality time with family always makes me feel good.

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  23. Freaky scary could not put it down. Bring on book two. Puts a new spin on hellfire brimstone and the angels.

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