Not Your Usual Angel Romance: Angelfall by Susan Ee Review


Published: May 23rd, 2013 by Hodder and Stoughton

Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Young Adult

Recommended to: those who love books about angels

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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.

RATING: ★★★★★

If I didn’t buy this book from Big Bad Wolf, I probably would have never read it. I would have no idea what a great thing I would be missing.

To be honest, I have a slight prejudice against books about angels. I’ve always assumed it would be all about the forbidden romance between humans and heavenly beings. I tried reading Hush, Hush but I just wasn’t into it. The other popular series also had mixed reviews so I didn’t even bother. I was in my vampire romance phase back then and I wasn’t ready to move on yet. But even when angel books became so popular, I haven’t heard of Angelfall. Six whole years of not knowing an awesome series like this exists.

This would come as a shock — especially coming from a romance trash like me — but one of the great things about this book is that it didn’t focus on the romance. When two characters are forced into a temporary alliance, what usually happens is that they fall in love halfway. But in this book, all we get is a possible ship and I don’t even know if it will sail. The fact that it strayed from my expectations made an impression on me. That being said, I’m still praying the second book will come through. 😂🙏🏻

“I knew from the start that your loyalty would get you killed. I just never thought it would be your loyalty to me that would do it.”

What I really loved about this book is the plot. Things are always moving and there are no fillers. There is a lot of action and believable fight scenes. One thing that caught my attention is what Penryn said about fighting multiple assailants.

“The trick with fighting multiple assailants is to avoid fighting them all at the same time. Unlike in the movies, attackers don’t wait in line to kick your ass, they want to pounce all at once like a pack of wolves.”

The writing was engaging and it never bored me. The descriptions were so vivid that I felt like I was there with Penryn. One particular scene had my skin crawling just imagining what she must be seeing.

“My friends call me Wrath. My enemies call me Please Have Mercy.”

My only regret is not reading this book sooner. And if you’re like me who hasn’t even heard about this, please, please read this. You might not know what you could be missing.

P.S. I hope against hope that the second and third books never let me down. Wish me luck!

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