Author: Susan Ee
Date: 23rd May 2013
I remember hearing about this book when it was only available as an e-book, and I was absolutely against getting an e-reader, so I never read it. Then, a couple years ago I found it in Waterstones as a paperback and was so excited to finally read it. But I never did, until I picked it up at the end of November (it took me so long to read as I was reading a few at the same time). I wish I had read it sooner because it was great. Not the best book I’ve ever read, but it was fun, fast paced and entertaining (everything a book should be).
Penryn and her family are hiding and on the run from the angels that invaded their world. It has been six weeks since they began to destroy everything that they know and supplies are running low. It’s not just the street gangs that come out in the day that you have to worry about, it’s the angels that prowl the night sky. While on the run, Penryn’s little sister is taken by one of the angels and flown away. Penryn has to find her and to do that she must work with her enemy; the angel known as Raffe, who she saved from being killed by his own kind. They have to work together to survive and find their way to Penryn’s sister before it’s too late.
I had been so used to reading third person novels that it was quite a change to read in first person. It definitely took some getting used to and I had to remind myself that it was the mind of a 17 year old girl, so there wasn’t the descriptive elements that I was used to. That being said, Susan Ee created a book that was fast paced and full of action. We are thrown right into the thick of it and we never slow down. The scenes where they had to fight their way out, or seek out supplies to survive, gave the book a sense of realism. I found this book so easy to read, which I think is something we need from time to time.
As for the characters, I loved them, especially Penryn. She was such a kick-ass character who was strong, selfless, witty and always ready for a fight. There were situations where she had to be strong where others would fail and she was smart, always thinking out of the box. It was refreshing to read from a characters perspective that wasn’t always fawning over a boy and complaining about their life. Speaking of the boy, Raffe was just as good a character as Penryn. He was complicated and mysterious, but that obviously comes with being an angel. When the two were together I couldn’t help but smile and laugh along with them. It seemed so natural and that was one of the best things about this book.
Not only are the main characters amazing, the supporting characters aren’t so bad either. Especially Penryn’s mum who is a little bit crazy (we all need that sometimes though). Then again, if I saw some of the things that happened in this book, I’d go a little crazy, too. I can’t mention others as it would give away the plot, however, everyone had a role to play and were there for a reason.
When I finally put down the other books and focused on Angelfall, I flew through it. There was so much action, especially towards the end of the novel and it was heart pounding. There were some shocks along the way that surprised me and I can honestly say I am already looking forward to the next book. Knowing that it is a trilogy is even better because I love it when books have a definitive beginning, middle and end.
Overall, this was a great book to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don’t even have anything remotely bad to say about this book and I know that if I had read it when I was younger, I would have adored it even more! I am going to give Angelfall 4 stars.