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review 2020-05-13 22:11
Angelfall Book Review
Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days, #1) - Susan Ee

“I never thought about it before, but I'm proud to be human. We're ever so flawed. We're frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I'm proud to be a Daughter of Man.”

 

This book has been sat on my self for about 8yrs give or take, so the only hope or expectation is that I would still enjoy like I would have in my early 20s. This book came out back when vampires and werewolves were at their peak but for some reason, out of the supernatural squad angels didn't quite make it up there.

 

So the plot, this book starts six weeks after the Angels came to earth and unleashed the apocalypse, nobody knows why. All they do know is that life is now about survival, surviving the street gangs during the day and the Angels at night. The story picks up with Penryn, her mum and her sister attempting to flee from their home, but are interrupted by a bunch of brawling Angels. Penryn makes a split second decision, she causes a distraction to give her mum time to run with her sister. When the feathers settle her wheelchair bound sister is snatched up.

 

Penryn has little options, she chooses to help the injured Angel Raffe and make a bargain with him in the hopes of rescuing her sister. Penryn is a likeable character, you won't find her wallowing in self pity or crying every minute. She's had a lot on her shoulders from a young age, her sister had the accident which lead to her being in the wheelchair, her dad is gone and her mum has series mental health issues. The kind that result in bodies. Penryn has one goal, not the fate of the mankind, but keep her family together and keep her mum safe.

 

This is a solid read and I really enjoyed it, things took a much darker turn towards the end and I found myself physically cringing away at times. It did feel a bit like a lot of information suddenly got thrown my way, but there was no way we could have come across it until we got to Angels nest. Going forward it will be interesting to see what's really going on with the Angels, there are clearly bad guys lurking and it's more than just the apocalypse.

 

Something darker is coming, and it's leaving half eaten bodies in its wake.

 

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Hey!! Thanks so much for watching and I hope you enjoyed, if you could take the time to like this video on YouTube I would be forever grateful. Like Instagram YouTube has it's share of problems, and hitting that like button would be an amazing help. So thank you for showing your support.

 

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review 2018-09-28 06:20
"Angelfall - Penryn And The End Of Days #1" by Susan Ee
Angelfall - Susan Ee

"Angelfall" has a tangy, fresh flavour to it - not an easy thing to achieve in a YA post-apocalyptic novel. We've all read about the end of the world so often now that if it were to happen tomorrow it would feel like a reboot.

 

What Susan Ee has done is to avoid the kick-ass smart-mouthed heroine model and give us something grittier: Penryn, a seventeen-year-old girl who has been shaped by living for years with a mentally disturbed mother who swings between violence and remorse and who ensures that her daughter knows how to defend herself. Penryn instinct, when the apocalypse arrives in the form of meteor showers and sword-wielding angels, is to bundle up her deranged mother and her wheelchair-bound sister and run and hide. This plan changes when the winners of a fight between angels abduct her sister and Penryn realises that the mutilated angel that the others have left for dead is her only way of getting her sister back.

 

What follows is a journey through a post-apocalyptic Silicon Valley to where the angels hang out in a huge hotel block in San Fransico. Along the way, Penryn builds an uneasy alliance with the mutilated angel and starts to build a picture of the new world emerging from the destruction the angels inflicted.

 

The plot holds together and contains a number of interesting surprises. Penryn seems real - terribly brave in the face of gut-churning fear, she is strong-willed and ready for violence.

The book is dark but never revels in the darkness. The writing is... robust. Here's a sample. Our heroine and her mother are hiding out in a deserted start-up office in Silicon Valley when intruders break in. Our heroine goes to look for her mother. She tells us:

"I find a man lying in the hallway leading to the kitchen. His chest is bare, his shirt torn away. Six knives stick out of his flesh in a circular pattern. Someone has drawn a powder-pink lipstick pentagram with the knives at the end of the points. Blood bubble up from each of the knives. The man is all eyes and shock as he stares at the ruin of his chest as though unable to believe it has anything to do with him.

My mother is safe.

 

Seeing what she did to this man, I can't help but wonder if that's a good thing. She has purposely missed his heart, and he will slowly bleed to death.

 

If we had been back in the old world, the World Before, I would have called an ambulance despite the fact that he had attacked my mom. The doctors would have fixed him up, and he would have had all the time he needed to recover in jail. But unfortunately for all of us, this is the World After.

 

I step around him and leave him to his slow death."

Susan EE avoids the trap of a cliff-hanger ending by providing a resolution of sorts but this book is clearly book one of a trilogy. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of it. 

 

 

I read this book for the Relics and Curiosities square on Halloween Bingo.

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review 2018-09-27 00:00
Angelfall
Angelfall - Susan Ee "Angelfall" has a tangy, fresh flavour to it - not an easy thing to achieve in a YA post-apocalyptic novel. We've all read about the end of the world so often now that if it were to happen tomorrow it would feel like a reboot.

What Susan Ee has done is to avoid the kick-ass smart-mouthed heroine model and give us something grittier: Penryn, a seventeen-year-old girl who has been shaped by living for years with a mentally disturbed mother who swings between violence and remorse and who ensures that her daughter knows how to defend herself. Penryn instinct, when the apocalypse arrives in the form of meteor showers and sword-wielding angels, is to bundle up her deranged mother and her wheelchair-bound sister and run and hide. This plan changes when the winners of a fight between angels abduct her sister and Penryn realises that the mutilated angel that the others have left for dead is her only way of getting her sister back.

What follows is a journey through a post-apocalyptic Silicon Valley to where the angels hang out in a huge hotel block in San Fransico. Along the way, Penryn builds an uneasy alliance with the mutilated angel and starts to build a picture of the new world emerging from the destruction the angels inflicted.

The plot holds together and contains a number of interesting surprises. Penryn seems real - terribly brave in the face of gut-churning fear, she is strong-willed and ready for violence.

The book is dark but never revels in the darkness. The writing is... robust. Here's a sample. Our heroine and her mother are hiding out in a deserted start-up office in Silicon Valley when intruders break in. Our heroine goes to look for her mother. She tells us:

"I find a man lying in the hallway leading to the kitchen. His chest is bare, his shirt torn away. Six knives stick out of his flesh in a circular pattern. Someone has drawn a powder-pink lipstick pentagram with the knives at the end of the points. Blood bubble up from each of the knives. The man is all eyes and shock as he stares at the ruin of his chest as though unable to believe it has anything to do with him.

My mother is safe.

Seeing what she did to this man, I can't help but wonder if that's a good thing. She has purposely missed his heart, and he will slowly bleed to death.

If we had been back in the old world, the World Before, I would have called an ambulance despite the fact that he had attacked my mom. The doctors would have fixed him up, and he would have had all the time he needed to recover in jail. But unfortunately for all of us, this is the World After.

I step around him and leave him to his slow death."

Susan EE avoids the trap of a cliff-hanger ending by providing a resolution of sorts but this book is clearly book one of a trilogy. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of it. 
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