This is a book with bite - literally. About halfway through, you know that unlike other YA dystopian novels, this one does not skimp on the horror and quesy set ups/scenes. It was a bit much for me - I've never been a horror fan. The book jacket lists this as gritty but I'd suggest it swerves into torture porn just a bit too much.
That said, there are some interesting characters throughout and an attempt to blend in the mythology surrounding angels and demons. I was reminded of the Black Sabbath cover to Heaven and Hell with angels smoking. If angels smoking, in zoot suits, with hookers and lots of booze sounds contra-conventional, well there you go. But the author does manage to tie it all in and it's only after you've read the book that you start to realize just how far fetched this dystopia ends up being.
Some plot devices are pretty obvious - who her mother is and why she's crazy, who Raffe actually is, etc. And some things just strain credibility, such as the opening scene when they are fleeing into danger but take along a noisy old shopping cart just because the heroine doesn't want to argue with her mother about it. It takes the edge off the danger when the heroine doesn't even support it. Another frustration was the interaction between guy/girl - it was just a bit too bodice ripper romance for my tastes. You could have transported them to a 1700s pirate romance, regency romance, or about any other genre romance and have the same "annoyed, flipping, arrogant, well built guy with spunky, unsure, outspoken, 'spitfire' girl. It gets old.
In all, not a bad read at all and definitely one I don't mind recommending. Just didn't like the torture porn and obvious plot holes/points. Or the insipid characters.
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
This is one of the most offensive, poorly-written, stories I have ever read or tried to listen to! Here is an example of a halfway-good idea very poorly executed. The main character is an unpleasant, unintersting person whose very tone, attitude, and stream of conciousness is consistently mean, trite, and offensive. I can't believe this got published. Much of the narrative is inane and nonsensicle. The very phrasing the author tries to use to make comparisons and describe things at many points just makes no sense at all. The fact that there is some violence and gore in this story is not what I have a problem with. What I do have a problem with is that it's conveyed in such offensive language and with no sense of artistic taste. This author has absolutely no skill in trying to tell a story wherein a person/character might exhibit distasteful or violent behavior but yet it is not offensive in the way it is written or told. (Think Hunger Games or Divergent) .Those two authors understood the fine art of doing this, and of potraying the humanity of their characters. This author includes several lines or scenes that are in very poor taste, such as a reference to "an old fashioned chaining", the use of the D-word (male anatomy sex-toy), a scene where the girl is bullied in a sexually-harrasing manner by a brutish young thug at the camp where she ends up. Even the mention of young male characters' references to (even the idea) of two girls kissing she manages to make just as creepy as possible. I am not a "prude" or easily shocked, and I have read MANY books. Let me say again this is offensive and very poorly written. This author managed to write and have published a story that contains absolutely no poetic sense, artistry, grace or good taste. If you want good stories about Angels, run don't walk to pick up the Angel Burn books or Hush Hush series.
I have to say in closing as far as the audiobook experience, the narration was good. I felt her voice was right for the main character and the story, even if her voice for the male lead was an unfortunate affectation throughout most of it.
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
Many of you maybe familiar with the Amazon Daily Post. If your not, it's a free blog posted on the Kindle Storefront page. I browse though it every so often, mostly to see what's new and to read all the different author interviews.
Like many of you, my fellow audiobook "readers", I enjoy reading the story behind, the story.
So, imagine how excited I was to read about a new book called Angelfall by Susan Ee. With already, over 400 Five Star reviews, I knew, with a certainty, that I was about to buy (thanks to WiFi and One click purchasing power) the next BIG thing! And hopefully, I was buying it before any of my friends or family (is that bad?)
Angelfall was hailed to be the next Hunger Games, for Heaven Sakes, a Twilight on the horizon ...... So where am I going with this review? Well I have read Hunger Games, and Angelfall is no Hunger Games.
In the long run, I did end up enjoying Angelfall, the narration was good, the story was gory and quit violent at times. But because it is in the YA section, we don't have to endure any "real " sexual content. Thankfully. I mean, flesh eating demons are one thing, heavy petting is another.......this is America, is it not?!!?
This is everything good about the Hunger Games and everything great about Twilight all thrown together in one big pot. No longer do you have to worry about Bella, the self depreciating heroine, you get a fantastic story with a strong main character you can actually like!
Just another teen dystopian book. Not totally impressed with the whole Humans are better than Angels bit and the girl crushing on the the Angel guy. A bit gory at the end and some very cliche romance elements. I lost count of how many times I rolled my eyes.
I am a 40 something adult who enjoys audiobooks,cats and my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
Yes,I would.It's a very well written and interesting take on people vs Angels.
Penren weidling the Angel sword near the end.
Angels are BAD...or are they?
THIS is one of the best books I have read in the last year or so!The storyline is fresh.The story is fast paced but easy to keep up with all the major and minor characters.The main character is a teen named Penren.She is trying to save her family,or what's left of it after Angels destroy most of earth.All Angels are bad...or ARE they?I'm glad this is a series so I can find out what happens next!
The book is read by Caitlin Davies.She does a great job with all voices and inflections through out the story.The perfect voice,in my opinion.
Loving books :)
I listened to this book all at once and started the second one! I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did. Well written!
I Really like the concept of the angels and their politics.
I strongly disliked the "predictable, tortured, lovestruck teenage heroine"
this was my first
the narration was pretty good. I hated the characters rather than the narrator, so that's points for her... a bad narrator is when you remember it's a narrator.
Not really. the lead character is way too predictable to be interesting on a screen. Maybe if Lifetime decided to do a scifi movie, this would be perfect!
As you can probably tell, my main gripe with this book is the main character. She's your typical teenage girl heroine who everyone is always exclaiming is courageous, even though she's often cowering and on the verge of tears.... I may finish this series if I can stand her long enough.... The angels though! I kinda wish we could just follow them and leave her love-sick story as a secondary tangent.
I am a big reader and sometimes you go through a dry spell when every book you choose end up being a dud. Then you finally pick one that turns out to be good - a story that entertains and excites you.
I also really like that they let the first book be about the story (a girl and her family) and not about the obligator romance.