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.
Well, this book was certainly a positive surprise. Sheesh. Who would have thought that a simple book could be so mentally exhausting.
I feel like I´ve run a week-long marathon and now need like a month to recover… just because of this book.
I´m so flustered I have no idea how to sort out my thoughts. `Angelfall`by Susan Ee knocked the wind out of my sails.
Maybe we should begin with my first thought: This is huge. Not the book itself because it´s only 288 pages thin, but you can tell by book #1 that this story is going places ( namely, in the trilogy direction ) Because there´s so much to tell. So much that has to continue.
It´s an adventure that needs to spread it´s wings ( see what I did there? *wink* )
Yes. This is an older book. And yes, I don´t care about that because the publication date has nothing to do with the story.
The story, yes ( I got sidetracked for a second there )
In a town infested with Angels we find a young girl fighting for survival and trying to find her sister, who´s been abducted by… ( Yeah, find that out yourself ) and turns to the only being who she thinks can help her- Raffe… the angel. ( He´s not THE angel. He is for me, though )
And after that it´s all BOOM and BANG and more BOOM. Not a moment of boredom popped up. There was so much going on and I had little time to catch my breath.
And the best part? The story was so well thought through and cleverly executed. I don´t want to know how long the author needed to set the plot and draw out the specifics. It feels like she needed years because nothing was left out.
The story was so great that I ditched my zombie apocalypse preparations and started mentally preparing myself for an angel apocalypse ( because you always have to be prepared ).
As for the characters:
We meet a young girl who was forced to mature fast due to her family situation. Penryn is tough, brave and bold and so… committed. She´s a great role model for readers of all ages. And the way our young protagonist goes about the world and her situation is fantabulous.
Raffe is… an angel ( no pun intended ). He´s literally an angel. A broken one at that. Aside from his stunning appearance his positive traits stink to high heaven ( I´m on a roll tonight, aren´t I? ) He´s kind, compassionate but also slightly mysterious. Shit… He´s just a great character. And from now on I´m going to compare Raffee´s character to every other book angel.
Now, with all the action and excitement going on in this book ( trust me, there´s plenty ) there´s still a romance. It´s faint but it´s there. And it´s just grand because for once (!!!) an author decided to focus on a story instead of turning a story into a sappy romance ( * giving stinky evil eye * yes, I´m looking at you, A Court Of Thorns And Roses ). Y´all know by now that I do love me some great romance but when there´s a lot at stake you don´t need to focus on love. You need to focus on not getting your ass grilled.
FYI: Brutal cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers, especially this one. It means I have to buy the next book or else I´ll be in a pissy mood.
I´m just happy. Be happy for me that I´ve finally found some happiness with a read. It´s been so long * insert dramatic cry*
Would I recommend this read? Yes. It´s a young adult that doesn´t feel like one. It´s a survival story with a hint of romance that has great characters. And angels. Well, it has Raffe. And I´m his new cheerleader. Just buy the damn book. And buy the others as well.
Would I reread this book? Yes!
The Cover – ? : I´m not really sure what to think of the cover. At first glance it looks pretty. But if you take a closer look the wings look cheap and the wood wall confuses the flippin´ foo foo out of me. That tagline, though. OOOOOOOH, Imma loving that.
The Story – 5 Stars: Because it´s just one of those epic stories.
The Characters – 5 Stars: Yes. The angel got to me. Everyone else was great.
My emotional state after finishing this read: My heart… It´s all over the place.