Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

August 31, 2013 Review, YABBC 57 ★★★★★

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee
Angelfall by Susan Ee
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Publisher: Amazon
Source: Purchased
Pages: 283
Release Date: August 28th 2012
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal, Young Adult
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.

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ANGELFALL is a book that has a lot of hype surrounded it. I’ve been wanting to read it for ages, wondering what all the fuss was about. Well, I can now tell you it’s about a fantastic tale with some of the most intriguing characters and fast paced action and adventures and an interesting world and debacle. After completing it in less than twenty four hours, I have to admit the hype is well deserved.

I wish I could just post a long, rambling review where I just fangirl over everything that’s in this book. But that would be boring to read so I offer this insufficient little one instead. I’m barely going to scrape the surface with the things I loved in ANGELFALL.

The characters are amazing in ANGELFALL. Penryn is a kick arse heroine that is not distracted by a boy. Do you know how relieving that is? Yes, she gets distracted by attractiveness, who wouldn’t? But the boy isn’t her main driving force. Her family and survival is. Raffe and the other Angels are so interesting. I need a chapter or novella or something in Raffe’s head just so I can see how he ticks and form more theories on the angels’ game plan. And Penryn’s mum! She’s so messed up and fascinating, I want to learn more about her and her demons.

ANGELFALL, unlike some other character driven books, doesn’t drag on. There’s enough going on to keep you entertained. Penryn’s voice is incredibly compelling with so much showing. Combined with relatively short chapters, it keeps you turning the page. The world is another aspect that kept me reading. I was desperate to learn as much about this dark place as I could. And the actual plot! Twists and turns that left me speechless really sealed my love of this book. I never even guessed such things could happen and they did and they’re absolutely horrifying.

ANGELFALL has flown onto the list containing my favourite reads of this year and all time. with fantastic characters, compelling writing, and a surprising and complex plot it’s easy to see how this book got such a following. I am so glad I took the chance to read it.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.9

57 Responses to “Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee”

  1. Hazel @ Stay Bookish

    I love that you say ‘kick arse’ instead of ‘kick ass’ hahahaha! Anyway, unlike you, I actually haven’t heard much about this book. I’ve seen it a couple of times around STS piles but I wasn’t aware of any hype. Huh, I guess I’m not so updated. I so love the premise of the book tho! And the fact that it’s character-driven and still is able to keep a good pace.. it has definitely got to be a good read then. I’ll definitely watch out for a copy of this one. Awesome review! :D
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    • Bec

      Arse is how we Aussies say it through not writing ‘kick ass’ feels weird.

      It’s not a great amount of hype, but so many people I follow rave about it. I’ve never seen any negative things about it.

  2. Kezia D

    This one is high on my to-buy list as well! :D I’m glad that it worked on you! I don’t usually like angel books, but I’m very excited to read this one! Everyone keeps saying that this book is unlike any other angel/paranormal books :D Great review, Bec!
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    • Bec

      This is not an angel book per se. Angels are actual biblical angels (maybe, maybe not though) and they’re not nice. Not at all. It’s so action packed and very much more fits into the post apocalyptic category. Like how THE IMMORTAL RULES is not just a vampire book, but more post apocalyptic. Characters just happen to be vampires/angels, etc.

      Definitely buy it! I think it’ll be worth your money.

    • Bec

      It was so close to 5 stars. There was just one little feeling missing, but I thinks that’s because of other things going on in my life that stopped it. It’s such an amazing book.

  3. Alise

    Thanks for posting your review on this, Bec. I haven’t had any time to read but I will for sure be getting to this one soon since you liked it so much :) Not many books get your elusive near 5 star rating ;)

    • Bec

      It’s all good~ When you do read it we must chat because I still need to freak out about all these things.

      I give out more 5 star ratings than you. Not nearly so elusive :P

    • Bec

      WORLD AFTER sounds so interesting and that cover… I’m so tempted to preorder it but must resist because ban!

  4. Becca @ Nawanda Files

    Wow! I totally need to read this one. I’ve been super curious about it, but I’ve never really read the blurb or anything. It kind of passed under my nose. The fact that the twists shocked you that much, definitely makes me want read this sooner rather than later. Great review, Bec. I’m going to add it to my wish-list pile :D
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    • Bec

      There are many great heroines whose lives don’t revolve solely around boys. I shall have to make a list of them sometime…


    • Bec


      I have strong feelings about this

  5. katy

    I liked this one a lot when I read it! I liked that Penryn was very focused on her family. I want to know more about Raffe and the angels, too! I’m excited for the next book to come out!
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    • Bec

      The family focus was a great plus for me. It’s a great motivation many people have and wish for. We definitely need to learn more about the angels and their history.

  6. Ariella

    I read this a while ago with a friend and we were both quite disappointed. I’m still glad you liked it though! We thought it was overhyped and could have been better. I’m really excited for the sequel though! Great review, Bec :)
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    • Bec

      I made sure I questioned the hype when I went into it. A lot of books have been disappointing to me when I go in expecting great things, so I start with thinking the hype is misplaced and it’ll be average. That way I can be wowed :)

  7. Tanja

    Please allow me to do a happy dance! *HAPPY DANCE* I’m so glad that you’ve read this one. I’ve read it a while ago and really enjoyed it. Good thing for you is that you won’t have to wait long till the next book I passed all stages of agony until the publishing date was finally announced. Great review :)
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    • Bec

      It was the YABBC pick for this month but I’ve been planning to read it for a while. Next book comes out in only a few months! And then a year or so wait of pain with the rest of you :(


    • Bec

      It’s such a good book and deserves all the love! WORLD AFTER comes out in October or something really soon sounding. I can’t wait!

    • Bec

      Same. I get thinking they’re going to be THIS GOOD but then the bar is inevitably too high and I’m disappointed. It’s a rule of mine to go in with the lowest of low expectations for every book and then make a fairer judgement.

  8. Nara

    YES!! Flipping heck a companion novella (or even full novel hehe) from Raffe’s point of view would be amazing! I definitely agree that there were a lot of twists, and that last one was totally horrific…I am also ridiculously excited for the sequel after that cliffhanger of an ending!
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    • Bec

      It is fantastic! The interpretation of the mythology is really good, I like this version. I hope you get to read it :D

  9. Danielle

    Okay it’s ridic that I’ve had this book on my kindle for months now and I still haven’t read it! Pretty much every blogger I trust now has raved about it! Great review Bec, I’m so glad that heroine isn’t a victim of insta-love, so refreshing. In a reading slump at the moment so this might be the best time to finally pull it out and kick some arse!
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    • Bec

      YOU NEED TO READ IT!! ANGELFALL brought me out of a reading slump (briefly, study put me back in one). I’m sure it’ll help you too :)

  10. Sunny

    “Well, I can now tell you it’s about a fantastic tale with some of the most intriguing characters and fast paced action and adventures and an interesting world and debacle.” You hooked me with this. I could’ve stopped and scoured for a copy, but I’m glad I didn’t ;) First, I love when a book is really good, but I hate feeling so…speechless in a fangirly way that it’s hard to write a review so props to you! Second, SHE SOUNDS AMAZING. I love how tough she sounds and that she doesn’t have a guy as her motivation or center of attention. Yay for right-on-point hype!
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  11. Eve

    I’m sooooo glad you liked this! It’s such an amazing book. Penryn and Raffe were one of the very few characters that I completely loved. And I was just WISHING they would get together already! I loved how they both started caring about each other and how they were reluctant to admit it. I can’t wait for the next one!
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    • Bec

      They were so close but so far and this is going to be a painful OTP I think. WORLD AFTER needs to be here now so we can have more!

    • Bec

      I love creepiness! Dark, creepy things that go bump in the night are awesome. Except ghosts, I don’t like them. Penryn was a BAMF. I loved her.

  12. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Fantastic review Bec…I read Angelfall when I was on holidays at the start of the year but never reviewed it, because I didn’t have access to a computer! But you bring back everything that was awesome about it. Penryn was an amazing character. Do you know they are coming out with a sequel soon? Luckily we don’t have long to wait!
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  13. Magen Corrie

    I adored this one, too! I loved the story line, how interesting and attention-grabbing it was. And the characters really were just wonderful! I cannot wait for the next book! Great review!

  14. Kirsty-Marie

    Eeek! Glad you enjoyed it! I feel a little better about reading it now, I wasn’t so sure with all the hype, but I always love a good kick arse heroine, and it seems a quick read too. I bought it last year and it’s still on my shelf. My TBR is way too long. Great review! :)

    Thanks for commenting on my review on The 100, I’ve been trying to reply back but it seems to be playing up and won’t let me. :( I think it’s because it’s google+, so looking into something else, but thank you again. :)
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