Monday, 6 February 2012

Angelfall by Susan Ee

This is the debut novel from Susan Ee and considering it was less than a pound on Amazon I did not expect to be very impressed with this book. However I cannot get enough of Angel stories and so I bought it figuring it would be a quick unimpressive read and then I could move on to something more stimulating. Oh boy was I wrong and may I just say that I am so glad to finally have a book where angels are actually bad-asses and bad guys.

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.

So of course and Angel apocalypse sounds freaking cool to begin with and when you throw in a bad ass chick with an (ok slightly mangled but still) incredibly hot, witty and angry Angel what’s not to love, and this book should have been nothing more than a bit of fun to satisfy my fangirl side, but oh no it was so much more.

Susan Ee’s writing is pretty incredible “ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious. Outside our condo window, the sky flames like a bruised mango in vivid orange, reds and purples.” That is the first sentence and doesn’t it just pull you straight in? It sets the pace for the whole novel, how there is beauty in destruction.

This book really makes you think. Penryn obviously has a smoking hot injured angel on her hands. On the one hand she doesn’t want to hurt him, on the other hand he is the enemy and on top of that he may be the only one who can help her save her sister since he knows where she has been taken.

This book reminds you constantly that it is Pen’s fight to find her sister and not some silly romance about a silly girl falling for a beautiful angel. It makes you really sit and think. Like, for example, how you judge people for loving monsters but when the people you love become monsters you do anything you can to help them.

Pen has had a hard life and it is getting harder each minute because of the world she now lives in but it is such a believable world and her journey is so honest and human that I did not once question the authenticity. Well done Susan Ee, brilliant novel. I can't wait for the sequels


  1. Wonderful review, Iona. Glad you enjoyed this novel so much.

    Maybe check out my latest review?

    Jessica from Booked Up!


  2. Great review. I've always come across bargain books that are so cheap that you don't expect them to be good but turn out to be wonderful!


    1. Bargains are the best, although I think I'm going to have to buy a hard copy of this book when it comes out because I liked it that much