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Book rating: 04 Paperback Penryn & the End of Days

By (author) Susan Ee

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  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
  • Format: Paperback | 284 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 20mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 28 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Tarrytown
  • ISBN 10: 0761463275
  • ISBN 13: 9780761463276
  • Sales rank: 1,065

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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. Ee s debut novel is a promising opener to what looks to be a YA series worth following, one that explores what it means to be human and what it means to be a hero. "Locus Magazine," March 2012Finalist for Cybils Bloggers Award for Best YA Fantasy & Sci-fi Book of the Year 2011"

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By Red 08 Aug 2014 5

From the get-go, the mood was tension filled and dark in a post-apocalyptic setting. Though, how the world fell into chaos and ruin in just a matter of six weeks is a little confusing. But, the setting, as it is described, is not overly detailed, but just right and beautiful. The book is based after the invasion of angels. Angels. ******* genius! I love how Ee twisted the notion of ‘good’ angel into something that humanity, in the book, couldn’t believe or handle. Maybe that’s why civilization fell so fast.

This story is not just depression dominated, but it has witty and humorous dialogue. I’m not one to laugh often while reading, but I definitely was with this book. The action is phenomenal and never weakened as the book progressed, and the climax literally had me setting the book down to calm myself. On analysis, the characters are very well developed, realistic, and funny. On some level, I want to connect with the characters and learn about them through little things, like minor details and habits.

Penryn, the heroine, is one of the most badass, unique, and strongest female characters I’ve ever read. And her relationship with the male hero, Raffe (An angel who had his wings sliced off), is not an instantaneous, cheesy romance that would make me want to gag. I like for the action, conflict, and resolution to take the lead, and THEN the romance can be slowly developed. Plus, I loved the ending. It was perfect. It’s what every post-apocalyptic book should have: cannibalistic, demon children experimented on by angels. It’s the most perfect idea EVER.

On the other hand, my heart broke for Paige and Penryn. It was the most saddest, yet clever plot twist. I honestly never expected for Paige to come back, ever. Especially as a cannibalistic demon child. And then the mother was perfectly added in for Penryn to deal with in this crazy world, though I was a little concerned about Penryn’s lack of concern for her. Even if my mother was mentally ill and twisted, I’ll be ******* losing my mind if I didn’t know her exact location.

Another element I loved about this book is the knowledge the author had on angels, fighting skills, and survival skills. Angelfall is action packed, sick, twisted, humorous, and I loved every part of it. 5 out of 5.

By Lily 16 Dec 2013 5

Once in a while, a book sparks my interest without me even knowing about all the hype. I read the synopsis and entered to win a copy from the fabulous duo at the Fantasy Floozies Blog. And I won it!!!! Thank you Kenya and Alicia!

Took me a while to finally pick it up. It kept getting recommended to me, so I decided to just read it already! And once I started it I was intrigued. I was in a sort of post apocalyptic world, obliterated and forever changed by Angels, no less. Who ever thought of Angels as the enemy???

But even though the story line was already interesting, the beginning was a little so-so, and I was not immediately blown away. BUT... I was in for such a surprise. The moment Raffe falls from the sky, and gets his wings cruelly cut off in the middle of the street, I was HOOKED!!!!

This book just turned into a messy ball of awesome. It had everything I wanted and more. Great writing and imagery. The post apocalyptic thing is just right up my alley. Angels are now my new favorite thing. Not to mention a kick ass survivor of a girl, Penryn. Chuck Norris would be jealous really. A complex world that really makes your head spin because it is such an original setting, with such intriguing characters. A forbidden love. Sacrifice, loss and hope. Super creepy lab experiments where kids are not exempt! Monstrosities that may give you some nightmares for sure.

(Takes breath.)

It was just fantastic.

Blew my expectations totally out of orbit.

Can't wait to read the next one. It really can't be published fast enough for my liking!

By Sarah Martin 14 Oct 2013 4

This is a great book and will appeal to most book lovers. I enjoyed the action, blossoming relationships and the gentle touch on mental health, disability and religious practices. It had as much to teach us as it did tell a story and the author went beyond and touch on subjects most YA/Fantasy books wouldn't even mention. I loved the different perspectives on the world through each character's relationship to each other and how through their bond to each other they don't give up hope on one and other. I definitely recommend this book to all and hope this review helps you with your decision. Please rate this review as it really helps:)

By Moodyno1 09 Jul 2013 5

Favourite Quotes: "No problem," he says. "Shouldn't be too hard not to move around as we run for our lives."

If I'm being honest I never had an interest in this book until I saw Giselle at Book Nerd Canada talking about it in her youtube video! She loved it and I usually like the same books are her so I thought I'd give it a shot! And omg I'm so glad I did, it was soooo good, blew my expections out the water! I read it in one setting and I give this book 5/5 stars!

The plot was so action-packed, there was hardly any down-time and this kept me hooked! The last quarter of the book was so horrifying that I was sitting mouth gaping while reading it! However I do wish there was more world-building, I'm still confused over how everything happened but I hope this will be fixed in future novels! This was a unique take on angels though it did remind me of L.A Weatherly's Angel series but I feel this book was so much bette than that series!

As for the characters I really loved the main character Penryn. She was strong, determined, loyal, a fighter and her love for family just made it so easy to connect with her. Then there's Raffe who I also loved, he was the perfect love interest for this type of novel though the romance felt rushed a little, not insta-love but something close to it! however that did not put me off these book! Other characters were very interesting like Penryn's mother she was a loose canon who always made the plot line interesting, then theres the twins from the human camp (who reminded me of the Weasley twins) I thought they were awesome! All the other angels played a good role in this book as well!

Overall I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants an action-packed, suspenseful, post-apocalytic book!

By Sarah Elizabeth 06 Jul 2013 4

(Source: I won a digital copy of this book.)
17-year-old Penryn is busy trying to keep her mother and sister alive, in a dystopian world in which angels have killed a huge percentage of the human population.
When a fight breaks out among some angels on the road, Penryn's interference leads to her crippled younger sister being kidnapped by the angels, leaving her to try and rescue her.

Caring for the only angel left behind, Penryn tries to aid him, in order to question him about where her sister will be taken. Raffe's wings have been severed though, and he's not in the mood to talk. Eventually though Raffe and Penryn come to an understanding, and together they travel towards a city where angels have taken over.
Can Penryn rescue her sister though? Why are the angels kidnapping kids? And can Raffe ever hope to get his wings back?


This story was unlike any angel book that I have ever read before, and I'm still not really sure how I feel about it!

Penryn was a girl who was just doing her best to keep her family alive, and wanted more than anything to rescue her sister. This was especially important to her because her sister was wheelchair bound.
Penryn's mother was a schizophrenic, and off her meds. I found it really weird the things that she did, especially the weird things that she collected - like rotten eggs. I also found it really creepy the way that she always seemed to be one step ahead of Penryn, so that even when Penryn did something that might not have been expected, her mother had already been there!
Raffe was a strange character. He seemed to have little respect for humans, but did go out of his way to keep Penryn safe, almost as if it went against his better nature! I did feel sorry for him having his wings cut off though as that couldn't have been easy for him.

I liked the storyline, although I thought the second half of the book was better than the first half. This wasn't like any other angel book I have read before, and I'm still not really sure how I felt about it! The idea of the angels being violent, and actually killing humans was a bit of a strange one for me.
I did have a lot of questions with this book at first. I didn't really get why the angels would kidnap Penryn's sister, or why they'd keep her alive. Some of these questions were answered at the end, but we were still left with questions, and a cliff-hanger ending.
Overall; this was a really different angel book that is probably worth a read.
7 out of 10.