Monday, September 2, 2013

Mark This Book Monday: Angelfall by Susan Ee!!!

And for the final entry of this week's Mark This Book Monday a review that was a long time coming, and that was an absolute surprise for me!


Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)Angelfall by Susan Ee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Angelfall wouldn't have been a typical read for me since I'm not too big a fan of angel themed books, but with the more than enthusiastic recommendation of two of my fellow bloggers Kristen from My Friends Are Fiction and Sam from Realm of Fiction I decided to give it a shot and oh boy, am I glad that I did!

Angelfall is quite a different take on angels, with a very unique perspective. The world we find is a postapocalyptic one and the ones responsible for  the apocalypsis are the angels themselves. They let loose on humanity and have destroyed civilization as we know it and the survivors try to survive the gangs and the angels by hiding as best they can.

Penryn is a teenager that is doing her best to survive with her unstable mother and her disabled little sister, hiding from gangs and angels alike. They've survived for six weeks but an attack from angels separate them, Penryn's mum runs away, her sister is taken by one of the angels and Penryn is left with an injured angel as her only clue on how to get her sister back.

Penryn is such a strong but realistic character, she's dealing with the end of the world as we know it, but her life was never really easy before, so she's more prepared than most to survive in the aftermath of the Angel Apocalypse.

Raffe is an angel, a being of strength and air that finds himself captive of a regular human, a rather pathetic looking girl at that!

Both characters change so much from uneasy alliance to a more cooperative truce to working together towards a common goal, since Raffe agrees to take Penryn to where angels are since that's where her sister will be if she's still alive, and during the journey to San Francisco we discover so much about the new world that they have to face, and how much things have changed.

This story has such a fantastic study on human nature and how extreme situations can bring the best and worst on us and how even unhuman beings as angels can change for better or worse by being in contact with humanity.

The plot has so many unexpected revelations and twists, it's one hell of a rollercoaster, full of action and full of emotions! The sequel will be released this November and I just can't wait!

A fantastic book very much deserving of 4 and a half stars!



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18 comments:

  1. Eeee! I'm so glad you enjoyed this! Reading your review now makes me realise how desperate I am for another re-read. I'll probably have to squeeze on in before World After gets here.

    Fantastic review, hon! :)

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    1. I so loved it! Even a few months after reading the book I had the characters and what happened so clear in my head! That's the mark of a great book!

      I'm so thankful that you and Kristen made sure I read it!

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  2. I have heard such endless rave reviews for this one... I may have to eventually give it a shot. I started it a while back but I really wasn't resonating with it so I had to put it down so I could get back to it when I was in the mood for an angel story. The time has not yet come, it seems. ;)

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    1. It is quite a different angel book, and that's exactly what made it so great for me. I hope you'll give it a chance when you're in the right mood for it!

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  3. I love your take on the humanity bit of this book and it"s really true! I loved this one it was so different and well written. I have been waiting AGES for a sequel too I hear it's coming out soon! Great review, Pili!

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    1. Thank you, Giselle! It really was a very different book!
      The sequel comes out on November 19th!

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  4. So happy you loved this one too! I knew you would...it is the best angel book and the writing is just so incredibly powerful. Susan Ee's style is just perfect. I can't wait to read World After...come on November! <3

    My Friends Are Fiction

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    1. Thank you, Kristen! It's such an amazing book! World After has been preordered already and all that! ;)

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  5. Yay! so glad you loved this book. I not fan of angel books either, but this one is my favorite of last year!
    I really really loved!
    Great review!

    Lis @ The reader lines.

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    1. Thank you Lis!
      As for Angel books, I think the only ones I've really really liked were AngelFall and Sweet Evil & Sweet Peril!

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  6. You are a reading machine!! How do you do it all?!

    I wish I had more time to read :(

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    1. Well, I work, and read when I can, sacrificing sleeping hours and gladly ignoring some housework now and then! ;)

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  7. Thanks for your review Pili, Angelfall completely blew me away when I read it! I think Penryn is an amazing character and the book definitely does go deep.

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    1. Thank Jeann!
      Yeah, I had gone into it having heard how great it was, and it certainly didn't disappoint!

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  8. I've heard a lot of people talk about this series. I need to check it out!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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    1. I highly recommend it! I wrote this review a pair of months after I read it, so imagine how good it was to have it so vivid!

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  9. This wasn't in my tbr list either, but like you, I couldn't resist buying it after reading so many awesome reviews. And I'm even more excited after reading your review. Angel apocalyse! Hell Yeah! That's something I haven't heard before. Great review, Pili.

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    1. Thank you, Aman!
      I do hope you'll like it and I'm looking forward to see your review for it!

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