Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan EeHow did I get it: As soon as this book became available in paperback, I ordered it for my library. I also plan on buying myself a copy in the very near future.

Why did I read it: Originally I thought this book was simply a YA Paranormal Romance set in some Dystopian society. Once I found reviews indicating this was not entirely the case, I was pretty eager to read it.

How I would rate it: 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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 an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Review: I would not have predicted enjoying this book as much as I did, but Angelfall was really, really good. So freakin’ good! And without a doubt one of the better YA books I’ve read in awhile. Not only was it engaging, but it was funny, action-packed, and disturbingly dark as well.

From the very beginning, I was rooting for Penryn and I really enjoyed what Raffe added to her journey as she sought out her younger sister, Paige, who had been carried off by some really sinister angels. The fact that they work together but never forget that they’re on opposite sides was handled really well. Penryn’s sympathy and eventual attraction to Raffe did nothing to deter her from her ultimate goal, which really scored her some major points with me. Of course it also helped that she was smart, resourceful, emotional, strong, and really believable. But I digress.

Not all of my questions were answered in regards to the angels or demons, but I am totally fine with that because I was really into by Ee’s concepts for them and cannot wait to see what happens next. And I really loved seeing how the world had changed due to an angel invasion. Ee did a great job of creating a hostile world and didn’t shy away from gruesome moments in a way that was sort of like putting The Walking Dead and The Road in a blender with some Capcom and Square Enix games and possibly an Alien movie. And I mean that in the most complimentary way possible.

Most of my complaints are very small ones. I’m not sure the transitions from place to place were always seamless but the journey was really engaging. The book’s opening was strong and the end was too, which was ultimately more important. I was really irritated by Dee-Dum and to a lesser extent, Obi, but everyone else added the the story in a great way. I also felt like it was sort of ridiculous that it was easy for people to meet up again despite the post-apocalyptic setting, but when the most irritating part of the book are very minor characters and the most ridiculous part of a book is how often the main character is reunited with her unstable mother rather than the creepy avenging angels… Well, then you know the author has clearly done several things right. In this case, Ee’s writing was excellent and I enjoyed Penryn’s first person narration a great deal. More importantly, the overall plot and the fact that the bits of possible romance never overwhelmed it was oh so very refreshing.

In conclusion, a really great book that deserves all the hype it’s been getting. So much of Angefall was exactly what I’ve been wanting and not getting from so many YA books that I’m having a hard time really holding anything against it for long. And the sooner I can get my hands on Angelfall‘s sequel, the better.

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About April

I'm a librarian, reader, and writer whose main goal in life is to be able to swim in books the way Scrooge McDuck swims in money. Although my reading choices will always be wildly eclectic and I never plan on leaving any genre unexplored, my favorite reads tend to be Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Gay Romance, or Historical Fiction. You can e-mail me at inspector[dot]librarian[at]gmail[dot]com.
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4 Responses to Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

  1. Oh soooo glad to see you enjoyed this one too. It’s on my list to get. And to know it’s in print too! Wow! Thanks. I have it on my list to get the eBook as it’s only 99c. Thank you for the review!

    • April says:

      Me too! I’m also relieved because I’ve been having such a hard time finishing YA anything lately. But this book was quite good and I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. I cannot wait for the next one. 🙂

  2. yaykisspurr says:

    I think I’m going to try to find this book! It sounds great. I read another Angel book and really liked that one as well. Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I also love post apocalyptic stories. Cheers!

  3. Pingback: Review of Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days Book 01) by Susan Ee | Ritesh Kala's Book Reviews

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