Review: Angelfall

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B&N 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 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.

When I finished this book I was all “Ok, that was good. I enjoyed it, but I don’t feel like my life has changed or anything,” and that still stands, but I do have to say, this was so original and well done that it is definitely worth all the praise.

First, this angel story is really interestingly done. I haven’t really read anything else except Fallen that is overtly angelish – and I hated that – but this was done in a great way. They are more just people with special “powers” than anything, people higher up on the evolutionary chain. Then we have the twist that comes in the end, and I can’t even wait to see what that means about the angels, their cause to be in general society, and whatnot.

Then we have Penryn. The whole point of this book is for her to get her sister back. She’s had to take care of her family for a while now. Her sister is confined to a wheelchair, her mother is schizophrenic  and with the apocalypse now off her meds, so she has been the family cornerstone for a while, and is now responsible for their survival. Her kick-ass skills also make sense when she explains them, which I appreciate, especially since it’s always kind of annoying when the heroine always has the perfect skill set, even when it seems unusual for that person. And she’s snarky as hell, which I love.

Her team up with Raffe is also really interesting. You see both of them battle with the stereotypes of the others species until they end up with a mutual respect for each other. There is also an evolving sense of empathy and caring between the two that I think was really well done. There are hints of Penryn starting to fall for Rafffe, and the same from Raffe’s point of view; but neither one forget about the bigger picture of their individual goals, and that’s something I really enjoyed!

Ee impressed me. Her book is very readable and entertaining, but very well done as well.

 

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