Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
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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.
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.
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.
Angelfall has been getting tons of good reviews as Goodreads users discovered in the last few months, and for good reason.
It's a post-apocalyptic, survival of the fittest, angels are killing everyone paranormal story, something darker than most paranormal romances flooding the market these days. Penryn is a great heroine, with skills that are actually explained as she does her best to fight her way to finding her little sister, Paige, who was taken by angels for nefarious purposes. Along the way, she rescues Raffe, an angel whose wings are cut off in a battle, and she saves him from near death because he's her only chance of getting Paige back.
This seriously has everything going for it, and while we dive straight into the action from the start, Penryn's narrative is the emotional core of the book. She's smart, she does what she needs to, but at the same time, she's still a young girl in a world where the freaking apocalypse happened.
And then they get to San Francisco and the last third of the novel turns into something bizarre. Delightful, intriguing, interesting, unique, horrifying...but bizarre all the same. I can't say more at the risk of spoiling the entire end of it, but take my word for it. This is not your typical paranormal romance/urban fantasy novel, and it's a breath of fresh air (well, for the most part, I'm not sure post-apocalyptic air is good for you...) in a crowded genre.