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 17-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 Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister, and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
©2012 Susan Ee (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Ee’s debut novel is a promising opener to what looks to be a YA series worth following, one that explores what it means to be human and what it means to be a hero." (Locus Magazine)
Absolutely, it was one of the best I have listened to in the genre. I actually read it one day and then bought it to listen to the next.
Penryn, she was more like a real person and I could understand how she felt
Penryn, she performs her perfectly.
The angels have their orders!
Loved this book, it is a must read. It read like real people think and talk. I can't wait to read/listen to the next in the series!!
This book was a nice surprise. It was unexpected and refreshing!
It was rather late when I began the sample from Kindle. By the time I was done with it, I had to buy the book that instant. No choice! LOL! I was up reading it until 4 AM....still felt rather short, I wanted more! This was a very good read. I couldn't put it down!
Let's talk about Penryn...this is a heroine that I like. And I rarely do like the story's heroine, I might like the book and/or love the series, but I always find that the female character lacks on this or that department. In my opinion Penryn is a strong character and a likable one.
The world Susan Ee created is compelling, her characters are sympathetic and real. I fear I am not doing this book justice, but please pick it up and see for yourself. I'm sure you will enjoy every action packed page as I did. This was one of those books that you actually feel a loss when it ends. I'm already looking forward to the next book.
I can see a re-read in the near future..
Kept you on your toes and I couldn't stop listening.
If I would have had that much time to spare I would have listened to it straight through.
Strong characters, flowing story line, lots of action, many surprises and more to come. I can see multiple ways this story can unfold in the future. Others have already broken down the story for you, but what I envision would include Penryn being pursued by Obie; Raffe getting his own wings back; baby sister having to deal with her new improved persona in a challenging and positive way; and so many other possibilities where the new post-apocalyptic society can go. Will the humans figure out a way to take on the angels? Are there factions within the Angels that don't agree with what is happening? So many questions can be answered in the future. Looking forward to reading these. Fall of 2013 will not be here soon enough.
I also purchased the Audible audiobook with Whispersync, so that I can listen while in the car, but then read when I have the time. This is the best way to read these books, when possible. At first, the vocalist's methods bothered me, until it dawned on me that the main character is a teenager from the Silicon Valley area of California. Then it made sense to have her youthful voice with a valley-girl accent coming through from time to time. Once that became evident, the vocalization was quite good.
A lot of reviews for this book compare it to the Hunger Games, and it does have a few things in common with that series - it is a YA story that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, and features a strong female lead character. However, I think if you go in expecting something just like the Hunger Games, you may be disappointed. That isn't to say this isn't good - just different. I actually found the concept this book is based on interesting, and enjoyed the story and characters as well. The book drew me in right from the beginning, and I'm curious to see where the story goes from here. As other reviewers have noted, this book is more action-packed than romantic but I actually liked it, and thought the author did a good job of showing a growing attraction between the main characters rather than over the top, love at first sight. The narration was good, though I was somewhat put-off by the voice the narrator used for the male main character at first. However, it didn't distract from the enjoyment of the book for me. Like I said, I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
Just a quick warning - there are a couple of gruesome scenes, which didn't bother me, but might bother more sensitive folks. Just a heads up!
If you didn't mind polite sparkling vampires, pious loving demons, you won't mind mean murderous angels that can be killed by bullets. So, safe in YA fantasy land we can discuss the story, which is at times gripping, at times violent and gory in a post apocalyptic world caused by avenging angels or at least creatures like angels but the cause of said attack is never told, at least not yet in this first installment. In the romantic scenario there is the usual prospect of the lead female, with a heart thorn in two between two guys who of course are madly in love with her but are enemies and oh yeah, there will be Raffe's and Obi's fans !
As I usually say when reviewing a light entertaining story we, you, are not looking for thought provoking books. So this is to me an entertaining very light fantasy which i did finish and that means that in spite of its lightness and its clashes with the stablished is fun. Hey, did the dishes, water my plants and even organized my closet, thanks to it!
One thing that help a lot to make these story fun was the very good performance. The narrator not only did a good job, but i believe have the right voice for the story,
So i would say, go for it without too much expectations.
PS: I wonder if it is only me but I really don't mind much nice vampires as I mind awful angels.
Penryn, she was innovative, determined
when she realized Raffy liked her
when she found her sister
Can't wait for the next book
PJV Quickie: One of the most UNIQUE angel centered novels I’ve read, Angelfall was both creep me out awesome and full of angsty teen time. I’m in book love and Susan Ee has a new fan girl.
Six weeks of Hell on Earth. Six weeks since Angels, supposed beings of God, have descended and decimated the human population. Penryn, who was already living a hard life, with an unhinged mother and younger sister in a wheel chair, is left to defend her family in a world where chaos rules. Yet, as she fights to survive, the unthinkable happens, her sister is taken by angels and Penryn is left on her own. She is unwilling to let her sister just disappear, so she embarks on a very dangerous quest to retrieve her sister…luckily during the scuffle which ended in her sister’s kidnapping, another angel was injured. Fighting fire with fire, Penryn kidnaps the angel, she believes he is the only one that can help her save her sister.
Holy Mother of All Young Adult Awesomeness! If you like things freaky, if you like to be scared, if you like gritty and chilling young adult, download Angelfall by Susan Ee right now. There were parts in this book that I swooned over, like chillingly handsome angels, there were parts where I was freaked out and then there was most of the time when I was just straight up riveted. The story was original, the characters were well flushed out, the plot was high intensity and flowed from scene to scene never letting up. By the time I got to the climax I thought I was going to have double up on my blood-pressure medicine. (Complete farce, I do not take blood-pressure medicine)
As far as the Audiobook, I enjoyed the narration by Caitlin Davies, it seemed realistic and nothing jarred me out of the book with her accents or “man voice”.
Fans of darker Young Adult novels should enjoy. Horror fans and fans of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction should also enjoy. There are some darker themes and violent scenes within the book, so I recommend for more mature teen audiences.
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Oh man, I loved the whole book!!
Really, everything is great about this book.
No, I have not listened to any others performances by her.
YES!!! I hated when I had to stop listening. Finished it in a two days tho.
I highly recommend this book.
Why this book was compared to hunger games or twilight is beyond me. I usually don't read books on angels because I don't want to read a book on religion but my sister told me it was great and different.
I must say I really enjoyed it. It did have a few parts that were a bit gory and a few parts that did not make sense (electric and water running a month after "the end of the world") or was a bit unreal. There was no religion thrown in your face, even gives you a different perspective on the angels. I can see how some people would find it offensive if you were a true believer of angels and die hard Jesus person. Might not be the best read for you. I mean the angels have come down (on Gods word) to earth to destroy and kill.
Overall the story was able to catch my attention and I wanted to find out what was happening.
Not amazing but definitely worth reading!! I cant wait for the next book to come out & I hope I don't have to wait too long.
Incredible storytelling. I was hooked from the first chapter and just couldn't stop listening!
An angelic apocalypse destroys the world and Penryn a headstrong girl fight's to keep her family save. I've instantly fallen in love with her witty character! The relationship between Penryn and Raffe is quite an interesting one, romance sparks up towards the end a little and will sure endure into something more in the books to follow!
Can't wait for the next one to come out :-)
This book is rather more gruesome than others in its class, but perhaps that is one of the reasons why it stands out. This is a new and interesting take on the world of angels and will make you want to listen right to the end of the book. It is full of suspense and I will certainly be downloading the next book in the series.
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