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Reaction to... Angelfall by Susan Ee


TO UNCOVER OR BE COVERED:
At first, I didn’t think much of the cover of ANGELFALL by Susan Ee but after closer inspection, adjusting the ol’ eyeglasses and such, I realized the cover may not be flashing its stunning qualities, but perpetuates a subtle draw that has something to do with how perfectly fitting to the story it is.

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 seventeen-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 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.


As ya’ll may already know I consider Small Review to be one of the most outrageously mag bloggers out there in the known blogoverse and so any recommendations she’s bestowed onto me, I immediately comply. No, I slide across tiles to my desk chair and reach for the mouse in desperation wherein Amazon becomes my sole focus for the REST OF LIFE that day. Because I have to buy that book, no matter WHAT it may be. In this case, ANGELFALL is her latest personal recommendation and, well, now you know why I’m reviewing this now…

WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS:
The apocalypse has come, truly beginning when the angel Gabriel was shot down, displaying mankind’s lack of welcome to the say the least! Since that time, humans unknowingly entered a losing bid in the war—if you could call it that—that followed.

The streets are deserted mostly in the day, and then there are those who risk the wrath of the angels to prowl at night. Gangs, people-eaters, demons and angels—neither of whom are good—and nighttime is perhaps more dangerous than being seen in the light. But Penryn must take that risk, alongside her family of two more—a schizo mommy dearest and a paralyzed younger sister. And when her dangerous mission loses her all she loves and protects, she means to do all that she can to restore her family—even if it means touching shoulders with an Angel, one who’s seen few joys himself (which he demos with bountiful sarcasm!).

WHERE WE GO:
THIS is exactly what I want a post-apocalyptic place where angels be beasting to look like! It’s surreal to us because, had you not had Walking Dead to refer to, could you really perfectly picture a seemingly deserted world, where humans are barricaded indoors and predators skulk in all the dark corners? Ee creates a vivid darkness in her world that translates beyond just what the scenery looks like but into the very manner of Penryn. It’s survive, flight, or die in this new world, and trust is as broken as the telly. Our world is dilapidated, hungry, and frightening, where the mad run amok and the angels prey from overhead. It’s quite perfect, right upfront. It even has questing… QUESTING.

But that perfection continues as we explore each avenue of this new reality on the journey toward restoration of what Penryn has lost, and what Raffe, the reluctant companion Angel, seeks to gain. Hope is dim, resistance is awakening, and through it all there’s this bone-chilling terror of the unknown, which has gained in numbers since normalcy took the right out of town.

WHO WE ARE WITH:
But, oh, angel boys, all that dark and dismal stuff, as delightful as it really is, isn’t as AMAZING as every hilarious syllable that slips between our two reluctant companions on this unexpected quest. Raffe isn’t a jerkface, not really. He’s impressively sarcastic and lickably corded ALL UP ON his person, yes, but he’s not your typical bad boy blah blah blah. He’s sweet, in his way, and honorable. Blunt, can’t forget blunt. There’s just something so addictive about his character! Hook him up with Penryn—not literally, yet, I’m afraid—and she’s a little less intense, a little more prone to smiling and thinking of things other than the world’s unending doom and her torn family. But one thing I absolutely dig about my girl Penryn here is that she neither loses her tenacity nor her practicality, even if it makes her cruel or unhappy. She has a clear-cut goal, one that won’t be deterred even by a badass angel with a tendency toward crankiness and humor at the same time.

THE LITTLE THINGS:
  1. Penryn Kicks Ass All The Time
  2. Penryn Can Save Herself And Maybe Somebody Else Too
  3. Angel Soothes All The Nightmares
  4. Angel Mangles Scorpion Monstrosity
  5. Angel Delivers Penryn *MEGA SWOON!*
I’m kind of mad. ANGELFALL by Susan Ee has pretty much ruined all other angel books for me, because—Unearthly aside—I don’t think I’ve ever loved a book like this more. It’s how each character kind of needs a *HUGGLE-GLOMP*, how the world can be so bad and yet Ee beautifully incorporates hope and pride in mankind. So my expectations for books with twisty angel lore have reached the glass ceiling, I’m afraid. Poor angels. But, lucky me, Ee is writing another one. Now, if she could only make the release date, I don’t know, tomor—EFF THAT—right now then we’d be all good under the hood.

Paperback / 284 pgs / Feb 14th 2012 / Feral Dream / Goodreads / $6.99

I bought a copy from Amazon because of Small Review.

17 comments:

Princess Ash said...

Good review. This seems interesting.

Princess Ash said...

Great review! I bought this a few months back when it was a Kindle deal and now I cannot wait to read it.



I agree the cover is really interesting. I like the texture of it.

Princess Ash said...

ASHER!! You read this! Finally! And I'm so glad... Your review makes me want to dive back into this world as soon as I can (and rest assured, I WILL, even though I very rarely re-read these days). Also, Raffe... Addictive is the word! I just love that guy to pieces. And I totally agree with you - this book has completely destroyed all future angel books.


I am SO excited for the sequel. Why isn't it out already?!!

Princess Ash said...

Great review! I read this one a few months ago and I cannot wait for the sequel!

Princess Ash said...

It's such an amazingly written, well-done post-apocalyptic. Even if you're not into that sort of thing, I think you'd still enjoy it IMMENSELY.

Princess Ash said...

I know! What you mean about deals, that is. You can't beat getting the paperback for less than $3.50! Throw in Prime shipping and I've paid half of its list price and got an AWESOMECAKE book out of the deal. Read it ASAP, because it's worth every cent and more.


It's unique and interesting, indeed.

Princess Ash said...

WHY DON'T YOU TELL ME I SHOULD HAVE? One word from you, Sam, and I wouldn't have even blinked over the decision to buy it. And Raffe is just *SWOON*. I couldn't believe how much I dug him. He didn't read like I could stick any typical YA bad boy and give him his name and not know the difference. He was memorable because he had a personality AND he was hot. Listen up, other authors, and TAKE NOTES.

I know what you mean about re-reads. Ain't happening until sometime in the nebulous perhaps improbable future.

And how can I be expected to love another angel book in the same way? I'm actually reading Immortal City and it's experiencing the backlash even now lololol


I DON'T KNOW WHAT SUSAN EE IS WAITING FOR.

Princess Ash said...

Just watch your back, because I WILL do whatever is necessary to have a copy. Including pushing you out of the way. ...


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:P

Princess Ash said...

aaaah so glad you loved it!! Sorry about the torture ending. I know how you're feeling :P


Thank you for the mention!

Princess Ash said...

Oh yes, Small is one of the best cheerleaders for the books she loves, I agree! Glad you seem to agree with her about the awesomeness of this one - now I have two big reasons to read this one! I can't get over how good the characters sound. And I wonder if this could overturn my personal favourite angel books - the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy.

Princess Ash said...

Everybody really seems to love this book! I feel stupid for not buying it when I saw it for a bargain price.. That's what you get when you sometimes base your picks on shiny, beautiful covers :p


I like Angel books, but I haven't found THE one to blow me away. I think this might be THE one!

Princess Ash said...

I'm so in love with this book, that love is not effing around. It's pretty serious and I may do something drastic while I wait in agony over the next book.



NO PROBLEM. You are awesome and I believe everything you say. In a totally non-creepy way, OBVS. :*shifty eyes*

Princess Ash said...

ALL TIME BEST.
And I think this book is so awesome that I can't see anyone NOT loving it and not loving it even more than DoSaB. But that's mostly because that series isn't one of my favorites... If anything you'll have found yet another amazebeans angel series!

Princess Ash said...

Technically it's still bargain-y. Right now it's a little over $3.50 for a paperback copy, which is still a price you can't beat! I think this might be THE ONE too which is why I'm encouraging to do whatever you have to in order to get started!

Princess Ash said...

I have a copy of this and have not read it because usually I really dislike angel books (the rare exception is Shadows by Paula Haze). I think I'll make this one of my plane/holiday reads!

Princess Ash said...

Read this as soon as you can because such a surprising little gem! I actually loved it to pieces and even though I was teeny bit reluctant and wary in the beginning I don't regret my decision to buy it one bit. READ IT PLEASE.

Princess Ash said...

I'd never heard of the book or the author before but I was looking
through a magazine and saw an article about the author and briefly
glanced at the description of the book so I downloaded the sample to my
kindle and had to keep reading. The characters were different, well
developed and original and I was drawn in. Readers of alternative
fiction will hopefully find this book appealing too. Looking forward to
the sequel immensely! In fact already pre-ordered it!

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