Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee
First read: 5 stars!
Reread: 4.5 stars!
“My friends call me Wrath. My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name?”
So the third book is finally released and I decided to reread the first book so I could binge read the entire series. Small thank you to Tim for making me read this book back when it came out, I know to listen to your recommendations now.
Angelfall takes place in post-apocalyptic central California in the middle of the Silicon Valley where Penryn is doing her best to keep her sister Paige, and her mom alive.
Angels have come down from heaven, and they weren’t the good guys. In fact, they decimated much of humanity and its cities. While trying to find shelter Penryn and her family come across a group of angels in a fight and watch as an angel gets his wings cut off. The group of angels take off with Paige and Penryn is left alone with the dying angel.
“Why were the other angels attacking you?”
“It’s impolite to ask the victim of violence what they did to be attacked.”
The angel’s name is Raffe and he and Penryn end up teaming together out of necessity, Raffe so he can get his wings sewn back on and Penryn so she can get her sister back.
I loved this book the first time I read it and enjoyed it immensely the second time around. Penryn is such a strong female character and the way she deals with obstacles with such determination is amazing. Seriously, she needs to get her sister and deal with an angry angel and her crazy mom popping in all the time? If that were me, I’d need to be medicated from the stress.
The worldbuilding in this book was amazing. The author puts the reader right in the thick of it with a decent explanation and just picks up from there. The author thought of everything that might happen in a situation like this from rebel camps to street gangs to creatures in the scary woods. I myself felt like this world was real when reading it.
And Raffe. Oh Raffe. I hate the way your name is pronounced because it reminds me of the guy who sings children’s songs (if you haven’t heard of Raffi find him on youtube). But the name Raffe is the only thing I don’t like otherwise the character is amazeballs. Fallen angel with a dry sense of humor? And he’s loyal? And he’s hot? And he does his best to protect Penryn in his own way? Raffe, you have earned a spot on my book boyfriends shelf.
Lastly, my favorite part of the whole book? The ending. Those of you who have read this book know what I mean. The anguish, the despair. I. EAT. THAT. SHIT. UP.
So if you haven’t read this series, now is the time. It’s fantastic and all of the books are out. So go and binge read already!!!!