by Susan Ee
Read: June 2012
Published: May 21st 2011 by Feral Dream (indie). Relaunched with Amazon Children's Publishing in August 2012
Source: Kindle purchase
Series: Penryn & the End of Days book 1
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.
Angels have come to earth bent on destruction. And no one knows why. In a post-apocalyptic California, Penryn will do anything to save her sister, including teaming up with the "enemy," an angel named Raffe.
This book was gritty, gruesome. And awesome. Penryn is one tough chick. She's not above eating cat food to survive. She gets into fights. She does not pout or moan or rely on anyone else (if she can help it). She meets her equal and match in Raffe, a warrior angel that she rescues and then forces to help her rescue her sister. Oh I really liked Raffe. I can't wait for more from him.
A really nice slow building romance exists in Angelfall, which is exactly what I like. And no love triangle! But it's not the focus of the story, which I also prefer in this setting (and in a series that is likely to have 5 books). Monumental obstacles exist between the two, and I can't wait to see how it plays out.
Information trickles out slowly in Angelfall. A lot can be inferred about what has been going on since the angel attack. But not much is told to the reader outright. I actually enjoy discovering characters and setting by subtle means, so I didn't mind that the story wasn't slowed down by an Info Dump. However, since this series is going to have many books, I would have liked more world building information. Especially, about the angles - how and why they attacked, and how the human society has disintegrated so rapidly in only 6 weeks. A very short time frame. But as this is part of a series, I'm sure everything will be fleshed out in future books.
Seriously, I have not done this book justice at all. If you like angel stories, post-apocalyptic themes, forbidden romance, strong kick-butt heroines, cat food or mud wrestling, you will enjoy Angelfall. READ IT! You won't be disappointed. Then we can discuss the story.
Love Triangle Factor: None
Rating: 4.5 stars
P.S. I'm also aware that this review is not all that short.