Angelfall by Susan Ee
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Published by Hodder General Publishing Division on 2013
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Fantasy. 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.
I originally downloaded this book a couple of years ago (March 2013). I had no idea what the book was about, but I was attracted to the cover art. The book ended up sitting on my virtual bookshelf for at least another 2-3 months. (Because let’s face it, I have 2,000+ e-books and I’m not going to get to them all before a shiny new book works its way into my e-reader library. I’m not ashamed to admit that I am an e-book hoarder!) FINALLY I got around to reading the book and what a mistake that was. Yes, I called it a mistake. I NEVER read the first book in a series unless Book #2 is available. (Note to self – Remember to blog about “Trilogies/Series”). To be honest, I didn’t know that there would be a Book #2 or I wouldn’t have picked it up (yet). But I did it and we learn from our mistakes, right? (Well…not in my case…I still do this…a lot.) I also didn’t read the synopsis before starting the book so I was in for a total surprise. But seriously, that is enough about me and my quirky reading habits. Back to the book!
I LOVED THIS BOOK! No vampires, werewolves, or fairies, just humans and angles (and demons). Don’t get me wrong, I like vampires (scary and with sparkles), werewolves, fairies and similar, but I really enjoyed the change of scenery in this book. Also I am having a hard time remembering if I have ever read any Angel books prior to Angelfall. I can’t think of one…still thinking. Nope, this was my first.
The main characters are particularly likable (also attractive) and somewhat unique. Penryn, our 17-year old heroine, was abandoned by her father and left in charge of her schizophrenic mother & little sister Paige (7 years old and wheelchair bound). Times are tough since the angels of the apocalypse have arrived on earth. With no law to speak of, people are afraid of each other as well as the angels. In an attempt to get her family to safety (and find food), she happens upon an Angel brawl. During this brawl she is able to assist angel Raffe, who has just had his angel wings removed. Unfortunately during all of the confusion, her sister is abducted by one of the other angels involved in the fight. He literally swoops down and picks her up out of the wheelchair and flies away.
This is where our story really begins. Penryn and her mother get separated, but not to worry (Penryn doesn’t), mom can take care of herself. Penryn is determined to get her sister back and she’s going to force Raffe to help her. We learn a lot about Raffe and angels in general in the first few chapters of the book. We also meet some crazy characters along the way. Besides Penryn’s crazy mother we meet the twins – Tweedledee and Tweedledum also referred to as Dee-Dum because people can’t tell them apart (members of a group of humans working together to defeat the angels). Despite the name, these two start to grow on you, kind of like goofy big brothers. Did I mention they are really smart?
I have given this book as a gift to at least 8 people. Other than the 2 people that haven’t read the book yet (You know who you are! Don’t worry I’m not going to publicly shame you.), everyone loves it. I’m talking about a huge range of readers here (tween, 20-ish, early 30s, late 30s, early 40s and 60!) and they have all loved it. This story is a little mystery/thriller, a little cannibalism (remember it’s the end of the world), sci-fi, horror, tiny bit of romance, and humor all wrapped into one YA Dystopian style novel.
I know not everyone will love it, but I hope the next time you are in the mood for a little something different, you give this book a shot. I do not think you will be disappointed.
Check back soon for the Review of Book #2 – World After (Penryn & the End of Days Book #2)