I promised you a review on Angelfall, didn’t I?
Well, here goes.
Ms. Ee, you are a genius! An absolute genius!
Ugh. If you have been reading my blog for long, you know I comment on all my favorite authors. How this one is my favorite one second, then I’ll remember I have an undying love for another author’s work and suddenly they’ll be my favorite and ….
Yeah. This is another one of those times. I am obsessed with Susan Ee’s works. I have never read such an interesting plot and story in my life and I’m pretty sure she’s my all-time favorite author. If I could sit at Susan Ee’s feet and ask her all the questions in the world, I would probably just walk up and be like:
And that sad part? I don’t even have wings. That’s Raffe’s thing. What a shame.
And that last book is coming out May 12th! I’m gonna lose it! Book has me like:
Welcome to Penryn’s world. It’s a totally harsh and cruel environment where you shouldn’t leave your house during the day or risk being attacked by crazy people who have lost their minds and are trying to kill you for whatever scraps of supplies you
have and you certainly don’t want to leave at night because … well, because that’s when the angels fall. From the sky. And they aren’t nice angels.
Susan Ee brilliantly sets up a world where the fluffy, white cherubs with baby faces and the wings of doves are nonexistent and the true angels of the Bible are brought forth. Avenging, warrior angels whose only job is to destroy mankind. So every night, the angels lurk in the darkness and prowl the skies, waiting for a human to slip from their protective shelters. As you can imagine, it’s pretty dang hard to survive in a world where the beasts that attack you aren’t ravenous zombies that can’t come out in the daylight or have some weakness, but rather flying beings with swords that have minds of their own.
Yeah. Good luck.
But Penryn couldn’t run and cower in a cave. She had a sister to look after and a mother to try to control. Penryn’s younger sister, Paige, is crippled and in a wheelchair. She’s not running anywhere. And then, on top of that, Penryn’s insane mother was the one who put Paige in a wheelchair! She is deranged and clearly demonically possessed or something, as she continues to talk about the deals she’s made with the Devil throughout the story.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Quite the parallel to the worldwide best-seller Hunger Games, am I right? Estranged mother with mental issues, a weak sister that needs to be protected, a teen girl with some spunk to her willing to do anything to save her, right? Yeah, the similarities didn’t slip my notice but they can be overlooked. I have a right to my opinion, just as you do, and I say that Angelfall is a hundred times better than the Hunger Games so if Susan Ee happened to like the relationship between Katniss Everdeen and her sister and mother and used a similar relationship between her characters, that’s all fine because I freaking loved the book. Besides, it’s not like I’m going to stand on a rooftop and shout, “Copycat! Copycat!”
Within the first few chapters of the book, the action begins. Penryn and her mother and sister risk journeying at night and lo and behold, they witness an angel battle. And it’s not between an angel and humans, rather between an angel and other angels! And not just any angel … a white-winged angel. Most of the angels in Susan Ee’s book have multi-colored wings, many of which closely resemble the wings of a bird. Which is why when Penryn sees the white-winged angel, she is a little confused.
Unfortunately, Penryn’s kid sister is whisked up by one of these warrior angels that battle the white-winged angel during the fight. Why didn’t they kill Paige immediately? Hm. You’ll have to find out.
Penryn, willing to do anything to get her sister back, strikes up a deal with the white-winged angel, the one the others left behind for dead. And needless to say, the white-winged angel is not thrilled about helping. He instantly refuses. But Penryn has something that he wants. Penryn has his wings. During the battle, his wings were sliced off (yeah, not the most PG rated book you’ll ever read ― it’s pretty graphic so if you can’t deal with life, don’t read this!) and Penryn managed to collect them before the other angels could. And now, the white-winged angel, whose name is Raffe, wants them back. Naturally.
If Raffe will bring Penryn to the angels’ aerie, then Penryn will give him his wings back. And the angel is too wounded to be able to refuse her. Raffe agrees and the two start their journey. But it won’t be easy. Because there are new creatures popping up everywhere ― terrible, little black monsters that feed on flesh.
Sounds way too much like zombies for me!
Of course, they’re not zombies, they’re ******SPOILERS****** demons! Surprise! More bad guys!
Penryn and Raffe slowly begin to build a relationship and honestly, I think this is the best relationship I have ever seen in a book. By far my favorite romance. Why? Because there is so much tension and it’s totally unpredictable. Raffe for the longest time is literally repulsed by Penryn and the fact that she is a human. But of course he is ― he’s a glowing angel! The romance was natural and in no way an insta-love relationship, which was amazing. The romance is virtually non-existent, which is why it intrigues me so much.
Honestly, by the way that Ms. Ee writes, I wouldn’t be surprised if Raffe and Penryn don’t end up together. Disappointed? Yes, I would be disappointed but not surprised. Susan Ee has a way of writing things very realistically, despite the fact that she wrote about warrior, avenging angels that destroy everything in their path (it could happen, people). So maybe in The End of Days, the upcoming end to the trilogy, Raffe will die, or Penryn will die, or Raffe will return to Heaven or be damned to Hell! I don’t know. I’m really, really hoping that after all this, after all Penryn has gone through, there is a happy ending. Childish and naïve, I know, but get over it;)
This is my favorite part because I get to ultra examine each main character in the book and tell you exactly what I like and don’t like about them. I get to stick them under a microscope and basically take a picture so you can see, too! And since we normally start with the main character and work our way from there, I’m going to do it opposite today. Let’s talk minor characters first!
Paige ― Okay, so maybe starting off with the kid sister of the heroine wasn’t best plan, especially because in the first book, Paige has very little screen time. She is captured in the beginning and isn’t reclaimed until the end so it’s hard to point out character flaws and interesting personal aspects.
Paige is sort of like your average, everyday sister. She is quiet and fearful and when she is snatched away, she flees the scene screaming. Obviously. I’d scream too. However, near the end of the book when you get a glimpse of Paige again, you’re able to see a little more of her character. And what I saw didn’t impress me but I don’t hate the character either.
Paige acts too childish for her age. It’s been so long since I’ve read Angelfall that I have to admit, I don’t remember her actual age but I remember being astonished by her childish behavior. Check out that ending and Paige’s new personality. It probably ― no definitely ― has something to do with her “transformation” (you’ll see what I’m talking about later) but I think she could have acted a little more mature. Her kid behavior sort of bothered me.
Mrs. Young (Penryn’s Mother)
“She’s had a lot of practice sneaking around in the dark, avoiding the Things-That-Chase-Her.”
~ Penryn Young
Penryn’s mother is a character alright. Mrs. Young is schizophrenic and is constantly talking to herself, but she’s smart, too. Penryn would always wonder why her mother would always sew asterisks on the corners of all their clothing articles but she figured out that tracking devices were sewn on underneath, and obviously this comes in handy for both Penryn and her mother.
Mrs. Young is a very well-rounded character and I absolutely loved her. She was amusing in how delusional she was and it added another aspect of weird to the story. Loved the character.
Raffe (AKA Archangel Raffael) ― Ohhhhh, goodie! Now we’re getting into the really good characters!
“Why didn’t you run like I told you? I knew from the start that your loyalty would get you killed. I just never thought it would be your loyalty to me that would do it.”
Raffe is an amazing angel/person/character. He is exactly what you would imagine a fierce angel to be and nothing like what you would think a loving, cuddling angel would be. And a good thing, too, because Raffe isn’t a loving, cuddling angel. He even threatens to leave Penryn to die! And does on a few occasions. He tells Penryn he wouldn’t hesitate to kill her and you know what? I totally believe him.
I must have something seriously wrong with me if two of my favorite male leads in all of bookdom is Chaol Westfall of Throne of Glass and Raffe of Angelfall. Both are moody and terribly mean to the people that they end up kissing at some point. I guess it’s just because I am getting annoyed with all the sweet, kindhearted fellas that the girls instantly fall for.
Boring. And unrealistic in their individual settings.
“My friends call me Wrath,” says Raffe. “My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?”
Raffe is the perfect example of inner turmoil. He’s an angel! He isn’t supposed to love a human! And who knows? Maybe he doesn’t. Maybe his mind is tricking him and he really hates her, just like the rest of the angels hate her and all humanity. All I know is, he’s a little too caring in the end of the book and the beginning of World After to be totally heartless towards her …
As one would expect, I am totally smitten with the Raffe character.
Penryn Young ― Last but not least, our heroine. Seventeen-year-old Penryn isn’t a new breed of heroine. She is your very average, kick-butt girl who will stop at nothing to get her sister back. BUT, because the rest of the characters were so interesting and detailed (and Penryn was detailed, too) and unique, I could definitely overlook some average characteristics.
“I never thought about it before, but I’m proud to be human. We’re ever so flawed. We’re frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I’m proud to be a Daughter of Man.”
~ Penryn Young
I loved Penryn’s character and wouldn’t have it any other way. She could be harsh and cruel but she could also be compassionate when it came to her sister. She was confused about Raffe and his attentions and intentions. He seemed like he couldn’t make up his mind with her so she wasn’t really sure what to do. Understandable. However, I’ll let you in on a secret … in the second book, she figures a few things out and is more focused.
In closing, I really have very little bad things to say about Angelfall. The plot was incredible and left you on a cliffhanger, which I am both thrilled about and was about ready to kill about, and an absolutely amazing read.
As I stated above, I would not rate this book PG for obvious reasons. There isn’t much language and no nudity that I can recall but there is plenty of gore and violence but you’re in an apocalyptic world! I would probably rate this book PG-13 or maybe even R. I believe I saw it described as a horror book somewhere but didn’t think I’d go that far. Maybe Susan Ee even labeled her book “horror!” Who knows? I wouldn’t say it’s a horrifying book but it has its gruesome moments so if you can’t handle grit and gore in books then Angelfall isn’t for you!!!!!
Well, dear readers, I bid you adieu as I plan on how to make the rest of my day fly by so I can see the cover of The End of Days tomorrow! Chances are you’ll hear from me again today so until later this afternoon!
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