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Publisher's Summary

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 Feral Dream, LLC (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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I really enjoyed this book.

loved it. waiting to read book two. imagination was profound. loved penryn. happy page was found.

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great read

great narration and story line was very intriguing. I'm downloading the rest of the trilogy now.

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great concept, decent execution

What did you like best about Angelfall? What did you like least?

I Really like the concept of the angels and their politics.

I strongly disliked the "predictable, tortured, lovestruck teenage heroine"

If you’ve listened to books by Susan Ee before, how does this one compare?

this was my first

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

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.

Could you see Angelfall being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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!

Any additional comments?

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.

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Finally a series I can get excited about

What did you like best about this story?

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.

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  • Steph
  • United States
  • 07-11-14

Good YA! Bring on Doomsday!

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...

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Great first book

The story is riveting and I just couldn't put it down. After book 2 came out I listened to them back to back and will do the same when book 3 is ready.

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  • Elena
  • Orem, UT, United States
  • 04-18-14

A quality YA

What made the experience of listening to Angelfall the most enjoyable?

The world is very well written, and breathes and feels like the real thing. The author starts things off quick, but there is no skimping on setting up the characters, the world, the motivations.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Penryn is fantastic as the lead. She's alive and driven, and has plenty of flaws to keep things interesting. Her timid yet fierce nature is very much alive.

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  • Chelsea
  • LIVERPOOL, NY, United States
  • 03-04-14

More Please

What did you love best about Angelfall?

I loved the story and how it was more an adventure then a romance not many books do that and it was nice surprise. it had everything that I love in books humor, traveling, and a smartass character.

What other book might you compare Angelfall to and why?

I can't think of one which isn't a bad thing.

Which scene was your favorite?

the camp is one of my favorite part and that's for the twins. they remind me so much of the Weasley twins that I laughed every time they where mentioned. Also when Penryn got it that fight with that jerk was awesome.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but unfortunately sleep usually wins in the end.

Any additional comments?

if you enjoy humorous books about fallen angels, apocalypse, survival, revenge, and not speedy love then you need to read this book.

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ANGELFALL WONDERFUL

I really like this book. Sure kept me wondering what, when and where things would develop into. I was doubtful when I started the book, but when it finished I could not wait to start the second book, to see what would happen next. The only thing I would like, is a mans voice for the man, two readers would be nice.

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And there were angels...

I was a bit leery of getting this because it's classified as a YA novel. I've enjoyed some, but others are a bit angst-y for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this and half wondered if it was inspired by the TV show, "Supernatural."

The characters are well rounded and enjoyable. The story also was a decent adventure.