Review | Angelfall by @Susan_Ee

16 June 2013

Publisher: Feral Dream
Pages: 283

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.

I downloaded ANgelfall onto my Kindle after seeing an advert for it on my commute to work on the Tube, the title and cover attracted me along with the fact it's been a while since I last read a book based around angels (I love the Hush and Fallen series. Angelfall opens six weeks after the apocalypse and follows the story of Penryn, a young girl who not only has to protect herself but her disabled sister and ill mother in the After World. She does everything she can to protect and shield them but on the way to move somewhere safer it all goes awry. Penryn happens upon a group of menacing angels who proceed to leave one angel, Raffe, wingless and kidnap her sister causing her mother to run.

After this Penryn is left with (what she believes to be) a dying angel in the form of Raffe. She quickly comes to realise that he is capable of healing and uses him to get what she wants. The return of her sister. After helping Raffe back to health and getting him out of a foreboding situation she makes him help her. What follows on from there is a journey through a world filled with supernatural problems and with a resistance running under it.

I really enjoyed reading Angelfall, I guess my favourite thing about it was that everything happens post apocalypse whereas normally the aim in the angel books I've read is to stop the impending apocalypse. This brings a great angle to things because it makes everything that much harder and makes the human characters even more determined to change the world back to how it once was. This is exactly what Penryn is like, you can fell how much she wants to get her world back and will do anything (including going right into the heart of the angel's world) to not only save her sister but to save her world. Her development in the further books is going to be a great thing to read and I can't wait to see how her feeling for Raffe develop and the effect they have on her.

And then there's Raffe. Yes I have another angel book boyfriend. I wanted kiss and kill him all at once. I think he does genuinely care for Penryn and he proved that at the end of this book. I won't ruin it but he does something for Penryn that, in my eyes, he would never have done if he didn't genuinely care for her and want to be with her. In this world angel/human relationships are frowned upon and Nephilim are a very different species all together, so again, this poses a very interesting plot for the future books.

Raffe develops into a very interesting character in this book and exactly how he uses this is going to be great to read. He is essentially left an outcast by the end of this book but I think his position will save him. All in all Angelfall was a great book and a strong opening to what I think will be the next big angel trilogy to hit our shelves. I've already pre ordered book 2 and can't wait to get it on my Kindle in October.

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