Review: Susan Ee – Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1)

Blurb: 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. (source: goodreads.com)

A friend of mine recommended this book to me and reading the blurb told me that it could be very, very good. I mean, post-apocalypse AND angels? Definitely two of my favorite genres! And yeah, I really liked it.

Penryn as the heroine in this story was very likeable. She was tough and knew what risks this post-apocalyptic world held. She also knew what she wanted and she would do everything to rescue her sister.

Even her ~relationship with Raffe was nice. She knew that he actually was her enemy but the two of them came to an arrangement because both of them wanted something. The helped each other, always knowing that this was only to reach their purposes.

And then there is Raffe. I really liked this guy. Even though the angels in this story were evil – I mean, really evil – Raffe was one of them to like. He lost his wings (reading this scene made me stop breathing *lol*) and wanted to get them back. At first he struggled if he should do this together with Penryn but in the end he did. The two of them were really great together!

Concerning the possible non-existent romance part in the book … Well, in Angelfall there really was very few but I don’t know if there would be something in the next books. It’s difficult to say because there was definitely something between Penryn and Raffe. But maybe this was wishful thinking.

The plot was good and there were only a few scenes that were a little boring. Well, that’s my opinion, because sometimes I wondered if there would happen anything else than walking, sleeping and hiding.

What annoyed me a little more was in the end, no one knows more than Penryn. There were too little explanations. Raffe was not a guy who talked much and he answered very few of Penryns questions.

The ending itself was also a little weird. The only question that is still stuck in my head is “WHY?” I’m looking forward for book two, perhaps with this one I will know more. I’m curious what this is all about with Raffe.

What I also didn’t really understand was the thing with Penryn’s mother (and her sister as well ;)). But I think that they will play a bigger role in the upcoming books.

4 of 5 stars!

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Über Caro

Durchgeknallte Mathe-Studentin, deren Lieblingstiere flauschige Schafe sind und die ohne Bücher, Musik und TV-Serien nicht leben kann.
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