Monday, July 1, 2013

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb:  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

Review: You know that moment when you stumble upon a book which totally steals your breath away and makes you sit and read it in one go because you can't afford to pull away from the story even for a second? Yeah, Angelfall did that to me.

I don't think words would be enough to describe just how much I adored this book. I mean, really. HOW CAN A BOOK BE SO DAMN AWESOME? Angelfall had an intriguing story which you can't help but love through and through. Thinking back, I can't point out a single flaw in this book and that's really saying something because even the bestest books sometimes have a teeny-tiny fluke.

The characters were perfect, their emotions were described beautifully and I couldn't help but feel Penryn and Raffe's pain and loss as they journeyed together only to find more horrors the angels had brought with them.
I absolutely loved Penryn's POV. She made me laugh so many times and her ability to move on from even the most difficult and ugliest situations was damn admirable. Her silly remarks sort of lightened the overall dark setup of the book.

Many a times it was as if I could myself feel the bleakness and the sadness of that world. The monstrous things that Penryn came across during her fearless search of her sister actually gave me goosebumps.

Raffe, well, all I can say about him is that I think I just found another book boyfriend. And this time around, he's an angel!
The moment he was introduced in the story, I liked him and , and initially when Penryn treated him so badly, I felt like slapping her. Even though her reasons were totally justified and her harshness was probably the only thing that had kept her and her mother and sister alive for so long, I still felt bad for Raffe. Neither one of them deserved what was happening, but slowly, they did start making the best of their horrible situations and maybe unknowingly became this awesome team which you can't help but adore.

I lost count of how many times I gasped out loud or cried as the story moved on. It all just seemed so...realistic. And that makes it so much more scarier. The author put those things in light which you probably never even imagined in your worst nightmares, and yet, she put it so brilliantly that I couldn't tear my eyes away from the pages even if I wanted to (which I didn't).

I can't say much further than this without revealing some spoilers but all in all, Angelfall is a compelling and spectacular novel and a MUST read for all post-apocalyptic book lovers! I won't recommend this to people who prefer a light, fluffy read, though because this one would probably just end up giving you nightmares. No, seriously.

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