Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
First Published: 2011
Genre: Dystopian, fantasy, young adult
Length: 288 pages
Buy on: Book Depository
Rating: ★★★★★

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“It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back…”

I’ve been meaning to read Angelfall for a couple years now, but never got around to it. So, when I got an e-mail saying that it was available for review on netgalley, I jumped at the chance. When I was approved to read and review it, I squealed with delight!

Angelfall is an action packed, fast paced story. The main character, Penryn, is a total badass. She’s skilled in martial arts, and will stop at nothing to protect her family. Wanting nothing but to survive the apocalypse, they are fighting for survival in a gang-filled, angel-invaded world.

As Penryn and her family attempt to make their way to safer grounds, they are nearly caught in the middle of a fight between a few angels. Penryn, wanting to save her family before herself, shooed her mother and little sister away. As one of the angels is being mutilated, his sword is thrown in Penryn’s direction. Thinking on her feet, Penryn takes the sword. She throws it back to the angel, who’s now bleeding out on the asphalt, in a feeble attempt to save him from being killed. The angel (“Snow” a.k.a. Raffe) catches his sword, and manages to slice through one of his attackers. As his attackers are fleeing, one (“Burnt”) swoops down, and takes Paige.

After seeing her little sister ripped from her wheelchair, Penryn doesn’t have many choices about what to do next. She makes her way toward the bloodied, fallen angel. She tries to wake him, but is not successful. She gets a first aid kit, and wraps the angel with rags. Putting him in Paige’s wheelchair, she wheels him off before gang members arrive to steal angel parts.

This is just the start of a beautiful, hilarious friendship relationship… Well, we’ll just call it a partnership. 

Angelfall was addicting! The characters are sarcastic, funny, and quick-witted. The sass that is passed back-and-forth between Penryn and Raffe is very entertaining. And the tension between them throughout the book, is palpable! I’ll say it now – I ship them. Yep! The love/hate, friend/foe motif between Penryn and Raffe is a great touch to their partnership. You can definitely see the growth of the relationship through the whole book.

I just finished World After, the second book in the trilogy. So, I am very eager for the final book, End of Days, to be published on May 12, 2015!

If you’re a fan on dystopian, fantasy, or young adult – pick up a copy of Angelfall.

Have a great day!


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