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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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text 2018-09-22 22:51
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Angelfall - Susan Ee

This story has a tangy, fresh feel 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: a seventeen-year-old girl who has lived for years with a mentally disturbed, often violent and then remorseful mother, who is motivated to valour against the odds to try and save her crippled little sister from her evil angel kidnappers.

 

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."

 

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review 2017-09-02 19:20
Caitlin Davies is exceptional in her narration as Penryn...
Angelfall - Susan Ee

 

 

Book Title:  Angelfall

Author:  Susan Ee

Narration:  Caitlin Davies

Series:  Penryn and the End of Days #1

Genre:  YA, Angels, Apocalypse, Romance

Setting:  San Francisco, CA

Source:  Own Audible Audiobook

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5+/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5+/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued…

Total:  5+/5 STARS - Grade=A+

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

Angelfall was one of the first books I purchased and read on my kindle…I took a chance on this back in December of 2011, knowing absolutely nothing about it, I think it was priced at 99Cents and I remember thinking while I was reading this…this is really good…a lot better than the last book I had gotten (whatever that one was).  To this day, it's still the best Angel book I've ever read.  I think that's because of its unique storyline of an Angel Apocalypse.  Also, maybe a little to do with a hot brooding Angel (Raffe) and a kick-ass heroine (Penryn).

 

 

Will I continue this series?⇜  I purchased all of the audiobooks for this for 1.99 a piece because I already own the eBooks, so yeah, I'm going to read all 3.

 

 

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text 2017-09-01 23:11
Definitely my best reading month that I've had all summer...August Recap
Till Death - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Berserker - Emmy Laybourne
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman
Bounce: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August
Our Dark Duet - Victoria Schwab
Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller
The Animal Under The Fur - E.J. Mellow,Dori Harrell
I'll Meet You There - Heather Demetrios
Angelfall - Susan Ee
Those Girls - Chevy Stevens

August has been an awesome month for me book wise I read 3 new favorites, including I'll Meet You There (phenomenal btw), Gemina and Daughter of the Pirate King.  I also listened (re-read but on audio) to a fav from a while ago with Angelfall.  I only read one e-ARC from Netgalley, and that's disappointing...I just haven't wanted to read those, lately.

 

The Books 

 

(Audiobook) Till Death by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  08/04

3.7 STARS - Grade=B

 

(e-ARC) Berserker by Emmy Laybourne

Finish Date:  08/05

3.8 STARS - Grade=B

 

(Both Hardcover/eBook) Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Finish Date:  08/09

5+ STARS - A+

 

(Audiobook) Bounce by Noelle August

Finish Date:  08/10

4.2 STARS - Grade=B+

 

(Audiobook) Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Finish Date:  08/16

3.5 STARS - Grade=B-

 

(Audiobook) Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Finish Date:  08/18

5/5 STARS - A+

 

(eBook) The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow

Finish Date:  08/19

3.7/5 STARS - B

 

(eBook) I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Finish Date:  08/23

5+/5 STARS - A+

 

(Audiobook) Angelfall by Susan Ee

Finish Date:  08/23

5+/5 STARS - A+

 

(Audiobook) Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Finish Date:  08/29

4/5 STARS - B+

 

10 Books Total 4,093 Pages (including Audio's)

6 Audiobooks, 1 Hardcover/eBook, 2 eBooks, and 1 Netgalley eARC.

 

 

 

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text 2017-08-19 14:23
Reading progress update: I've listened 32 out of 524 minutes.
Angelfall - Susan Ee

Re-reading this in audiobook format. I'm loving it so far.  If you own the Kindle eBooks of this series, each of audiobooks is only $1.99.  

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