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!
Pretty much the story line. Someone has watched a few too many Supernatural re-runs.
With the exception of human mutilation, the angel story was a mere step beyond the Supernatural series angel mythology. If the lead angel could be any more Edward, only more boring - if that's even a possiblility - oh, wait it was!
Not enough characters and/or depth to the ones she had. I generally like this type of urban fantasy and I think there could be a good story in there somewhere, it was just so.....simple and predictable.
She definately struggled with some of the male voices, but over all I did enjoy her styling and was only able to get through the book because of her.
The 1st through the last.
I almost didn't get this book, and now I'm wishing I didn't. I kept thinking the story would develop and the characters would break down and become more. I have hope for the series, even though I personally won't be partaking in the new book.
This book was a big disappointment for me, and I tried hard to stick with it. The story was shallow, in that it was never made clear just exactly what was going on, WHY the world had turned so violent or how the angels became so hostile. I do not often read books about angels simply because they tend to trivialize the presence and value of angels, turn angels into servants of MAN and not of GOD, or, as in this book, into vengeful, self-serving versions OF man. I am offended by such depictions. But to make it worse, this was just boring.
The author clearly has no respect for the concept of angels as she has turned them into something despicable and hostile. I think she'd have done better to have chosen a "creature" that has not become so embedded in our literature and faith that such a perversion would not be so hard to envision. It is just too offensive to me to allow me to tolerate the hostile, proud and arrogant beings in this book
Probably not, unless it was another narration by a child character. I will not, however, make a point of avoiding this reader.
No. I found nothing in this book of interest or value. It felt like something "cranked out" in a hurry, by someone early in her career and who needs some seasoning to become a valued author. I do not know this woman's history, but if she is not new to the profession, she is simply lacking in skill or talent to become a truly accomplished author. I prefer to think she is just new, and this will someday be an example of her early works.
Not really. She was really bad with male voices, particularly Raffe; she kind of ruined him for me.
The scene where Raffe explains that he's.....agnostic. Yes ladies and gentlemen, we have an agnostic angel. Some might think this is brilliant, but to me this was beyond moronic. His explanation was something along the lines of: Well he created humans too and some of you are agnostic. *facepalm* yeah Mr. Angel, and we also don't happen to have wings sprouting out of our backs and have super human strength. If these were aliens we were talking about, then that would make a hell of a lot more sense. But nope, no these are flying angles who have messengers that communicate with God, one of them being the archangel Gabriel . I guess that's not enough to make you a believer. I almost stopped listening to the book at that point. But even though I kept at it, it definitely lost most of its brownie points with me on that one.
Note to potential readers: if you have recently read The Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, stay the hell away from this book. It's like going from platinum gold to sterling silver.It had its good moments but I think the whole book is lacking in several aspects. The world building seems waaaay underdeveloped. The whole concept of the angels using hotels and clubs did not jive with me. Again I digress to Daughter of Smoke & Bone: Laini Taylor knows how to create a realistic world of angels and demons. Susan Ee, not so much. Sorry.
Another thing I did not like: Raffe. The author failed to create a compelling character. He's uninteresting and a jerk to top it off. I could not connect with this character, like at all. I am typically swooning over the male romantic interest. This was not the case.
Penryn and her mom. How is it that she leaves her mom behind and doesn't worry about her? A few thoughts here and there about your mom does not qualify as concern. Did you forget this is an apocalyptic world Penryn? I guess so. Forget that her mother is a mad woman. Forget that she is let loose in the middle of nowhere. She pops back up in the story and just happens to be where Penryn is headed. This isn't the localized apocalypse of some backwater town. It's the whole freaking world. So unrealistic.
Another thing I didn't like. It was BORING. The story was sprinkled with interesting scenes. And I mean, lightly sprinkled. I don't think I'll be reading the next one.
This is good YA. There is a lot of YA out there, and I enjoy it, I even enjoy some YA that's maybe...not great. I read the entire Divergent series despite having issues with it. I found it fun enough for light reading, but 'Angelfall' is fabulous YA. It made me remember why I like YA, why I enjoyed 'The Hunger Games' and Suzanne Collins so much. Susan Ee created a good young female for us to follow. She is strong, challenged, and doesn't look for someone to save her. This doesn't mean she's and idiot and won't accept it when available, but Penryn is a character I would want young adults to read.
Angelfall is about Penryn, her paranoid schizophrenic mother, disabled seven-year old sister, and the angel Raphael. There are some other characters but these are the core. Angels have come to earth and have ravaged it. Power is unreliable, food is rare, civilization, houses, and cars have been abandoned in the three months after the Angel's arrival. How do you fight what humanity was led to believe is divine? These are not sweet cherubs. These are the warriors from the Bible. This is not dystopia: it is a Doomsday scenario.
The book starts with Penryn and her family evacuating. They stumble upon Angels fighting each other. As a distraction to give her family the best lead possible she tosses the outnumbered angel its sword. His wings have been cut off but still fights off his attackers. Penryn's reward is a vengeful deserting angel plucking up her sister and taking her away. Penryn is responsible for her family and strikes up an uneasy alliance with the angel, Raphael, so she can save her sister. She leaves her mother to fend for herself. Susan Ee makes the point that at the end of the world the mentally unstable and paranoid are the most capable of surviving. I find this thought something repeatedly getting mulled over in the back in my mind.
This book passes the Bechdel test. There are female characters that don't fit static stereotypical molds and exist outside their relationship to the men in their lives. Penryn is trained in multiple forms of martial arts and self defense. Her mother had a mental break and took out all their savings, due to her fears of the devil and demons, to enroll Penryn in every self-defense class she could find. This was the breaking point in her parents marriage. The money was to help Penryn's little sister with medical for her paralysis. Her father snapped and left, and Penryn became the head of the household. She took her lessons seriously being witness to her mothers episodes.
She is a responsible young woman whether the position she has been put in is fair or not. Susan Ee, however, still represents her as a girl with the challenges that young girls encounter along with the ones that come with the end of the world. She is not an adult woman in the shape of a 17-year-old girl. This means there is still teenage language and written in a teenage voice. We are privy to her internal dialogue where she thinks about her awkward attraction but also acknowledges the reasons she can't act on it. What person hasn't had feelings they knew they couldn't act on? This is an important lesson for anyone to learn. That being said, while I love and am impressed with this book, if your expectation is for an adult book in the form of YA, this isn't it. This is YA fiction, enjoye it, but don't make it something it isn't
There is a question of romance: a forbidden attraction between angel and daughter of man. Penryn and Raphael deal with feelings of awkward attraction. Let me rephrase, Penryn deals and Raphael may be showing signs of attraction. Raphael, however, isn't an ageless male paranormal that has a sudden epiphany that a teenage girl is the answer to his amorous desires and calls it love. In short, he is not an irresponsible predator...at least not yet. I praise Susan Ee for writing a responsible male character. Raphael is an accountable paranormal male instead of the love-struck vampire seen in a lot of YA. Put a pretty face on it, it doesn't change that a 100-year-old/eons old being is taking advantage of a teenager. ...Okay, I recognize I just went on a rant. I apologize. I will even admit I enjoy books that fall in this category. That doesn't mean I don't get uncomfortable or question what kind of problems we might be creating with the amount of literature published, geared to young adults, that makes having a relationship with older men not only acceptable but fascinating and tantalizing. (End of Rant)
I recommend this for people who enjoy good YA or are considering taking a foray into YA. Start with the good stuff so you don't run from the genre screaming. I also have to say I enjoy Susan Ee's take on Angels. They are not stereotypical. I'm impressed at her realistic characters you like even as you acknowledge their flaws. Enjoy it, I'm going to go pick up the next book. I am worried. The third hasn't been written and after this book there will be no immediate gratification. Be aware before you start the series...
I was never bored. The whole book kept me captivated. Just when I thought I knew what to expect, something different happened.
Without going into spoilers I would say there is one scene near the end that had me gripping the edge of my bed. Brilliant use of words to describe a truly macabre scene.
The narrator was perfect. The book had a good pace, not too slow or fast. I am in love with this series.