Angelfall by Susan EE (Series: Penryn and the End of Days #1)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Goodreads First Reads
Categories: Strong Females, Young Adult, Fear Factor, Character Love
'It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.
Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.
When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Including making a deal with the enemy.'
I finished reading Angelfall just five minutes ago, and what a fantastic read! I love, love, love the main character, Penryn, and I felt engaged and interested in her struggles and in her journey throughout.
The story is set in an apocalyptic world where Angels walk the Earth and there's a war between Angels and humans. The book begins with Penryn and her mother and younger sister escaping through the deserted, derelict streets of where they live, and - being in the wrong place, at the wrong time - they witness some angels fighting, that results in Penryn's mother running away, Penryn's younger sister being taken and Penryn meeting the injured angel Raffe.
Raffe. The injured angel who might just be the key to helping Penryn find her sister. While reading, I thought he was a bit of a prat, and at one point in the middle of the book I hated him, although I won't say why. And I tried, I tried so much to really hate him, even to dislike him, but by the end of the book I sympathised with him and I began to really like him. I understood why he had been acting the way he had, and even if I didn't agree with it, he was a layered character who I really wanted to know more about.
But this book wasn't about Raffe, it was about Penryn, and she was a strong, capable and independent character who I really got behind, and it was because of her as a character that I kept on reading.
I read this book in three days, and if I had an entire day free then I would have certainly got through it in just one day. I looked forward to reading about it and thought about it even when I wasn't reading it.
Angelfall even hit fairly high on the creepy scale, and didn't hold back like I see some YA novels doing. Overall, I highly recommend this book, especially to fans of paranormal/supernatural/horror books and those who like kick-ass female protagonists.