Publication Date: May 21, 2011
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.
I purchased Angelfall in one of my mass 99-cents-or-less purchases I occasionally do, then promptly forgot about it amongst all the books that had to be reviewed now. After the 5-star-review deluge of biblical proportions swept across Goodreads, I looked it up only to find that - oh - I already owned it! Score! Now, though, I am finding myself at a loss for words when trying to write the review.
I will start with the fact that Angelfall kicks the snot out of nearly every other self-published novel I have ever read. It was so well done, in fact, that I am inclined to judge Susan Ee as I would a traditionally published author - not particularly fair, but there you have it. Angelfall is also the best angel book I have read in a really, really long time. She not only holds her own in the genre, she kicks the snot out of that competition as well. However, after finishing it I was left with the feeling: "yeah, it was good, but..." I couldn't help but feel that a bit of the 5 star fervor came from the author's self-pub status and not the book itself. Don't get me wrong, it is a good book; just not, perhaps, an unanimously 5-star book.
Penryn was wonderful. She was smart, strong, and just as apt to save others as to save herself. She had her priorities, and they were good priorities, and she did what was needed to stay true to those priorities. Penryn's mother scared the crap out of me - and I loved it. I will read the next books if only to find out what happens with her and the...little surprise...we get at the end.
I like that Ee's angels don't completely fly in the face of religious convention (intentional pun), but (agreeing with Sean here) they felt a bit out of context within Ee's world; there was a dearth of any religious reference or framework.
I like that there isn't any InstaLove. I also like that Penryn doesn't loose sight of her goals after she starts being attracted to Raffe.
Basically, I find that it was a pretty good book - I just don't really have a lot to say about it. I will probably read the next one and would recommend it if asked.
Purchased my copy for Nook from Barnes and Noble
Review also on Goodreads