Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Published by Feral Dream on May 21st 2011
Genres: Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy, YA
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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.
Recommended for ages 16 and up.
First off, I want to offer a HUGE thank you to my hetero life mate Lori, whose impatience for me to read this book drove her to buy it for me. I heart you like crazy, girl! Lori loved the book so much, that she rated it five mega epic stars, and it often appears on her top reads lists.
This book is very nearly perfect. It’s so dark it’s black, and so gritty I’m still picking sand out from under my eyelids! These angels aren’t your standard heavenly visions. Nope. They are wreaking havoc, maiming and killing. They’re on a mission to wipe humanity from the face of the earth. Sucks to be us, right? Well, we’re not willing to go down without a fight! Lucky for us angels aren’t totally indestructible. They bleed just like the rest of us.
Penryn is just another member of the human race doing what it takes to survive. She is fiercely protective of her sister, Paige, so when the angels fly off with her, Penryn is willing to do whatever it takes to get her back. Enter Raffe. Raffe is an angel, but he has also been shunned by his kind. He finds himself in Penryn’s debt after she saves his butt. Together they head off into the darkness on their quest. The chemistry between them is strained, obviously. They’re not even the same species! They’re constantly rude to each other, yet you can feel the attraction building.
I usually shudder at the thought of angel books. Too often they are overly religious and that gives me more of the creeps than the goriest and bloodiest of scenes. I don’t have anything against religion, but I’m still on the fence about my own beliefs and I don’t take kindly to having religious views shoved down my throat. (It’s my own issue. No offense intended to anyone else!) Angelfall doesn’t revolve around God and religion though. God is rarely mentioned, and then it’s only in combination with an angel’s agnosticism. That’s right, you heard me. Raffe is AGNOSTIC! He’s an angel but isn’t sure whether to believe in God or not, because it’s hard to believe in things you’ve never seen before. LOVE!
Originally self-published, Angelfall was quickly picked up by publishers, and so was her yet-to-be-written sequel. I am SO thrilled that once it became traditionally published the price didn’t go through the roof. Way to stay classy, Susan Ee! The sequel, due out in November, is also phenomenally affordable! I have already pre-ordered my copy, but now I have to sit all jittery in my skin waiting for it to hurry up and get here!