Angels on Earth: A Review of Susan Ee’s “Angelfall”

Posted: April 23, 2015 in Book Review, Young Adult

Goodreads.com Description: “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…”

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

Susan Ee’s Angelfall was one of the most imaginative stories I have read thus far. It was the first book I’d ever read about angels and it was very good.

This is not a dull read. Be prepared to spend a few hours and knock it out. I could have easily read Angelfall in one night, but I reluctantly stretched it over two days. The premise of the story–a war within the angel ranks–was divine (sorry about the pun).

Ee did a fantastic job of interweaving Biblical reference and spiritual myth to create a brilliant tale of strength, relationships and good vs evil. Penryn, a remarkably strong and self-reliant protagonist, acts as the head of her family. Her father is absent, her mother should be and her sister is barely there. Anything Penryn isn’t ready to handle she shoves into her mental vault including her unlikely alliance with the angel Raffe (wait until you find out who he really is).

The relationship that develops between Raffe and Penryn is strained. Neither of them want to admit anything positive about the other. They instantly form a bond risking their own existence to save the other.

Penryn struggles with some real inner demons (oops!) in Angelfall. Her goal is simply to save her sister from the bad angels until she stumbles onto something much bigger. Ee introduces readers to some scary possibilities in Angelfall–the end of the world with angels creating havoc, beasts eating humans alive, and hybrid scorpions with wings!

Angelfall is well-written with great descriptions and details. It deserves a shot at the silver screen. Fallen angels, a Messenger angel, warrior angels, archangels–not a dull moment at all! I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I’m nearly done with the second installlment!

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