Review: Angelfall

Thursday, 8 January 2015
Author: Susan Ee
Edition: Hodder & Stoughton Paperback
Released: 23rd May 2013
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Pages: 326 approx.
Links: Goodreads | Author's Website | Buy the book!

It has been six weeks since the angels returned to Earth and destroyed the world as we know it.

When they fly away with a helpless little girl, her sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...

To all those people out there that cringe and whinge and hum and hah over angel books, you'll probably like this book. It's nothing like the overly romanticised angel books we've read before. It's a fast paced, action packed story that sheds a completely different light on the celestial beings. Been there and read Fallen? You wouldn't even think to compare the two stories. Seriously. Angelfall is a really unique angel read. I really enjoyed it.

The story throws you straight into the action. You sometimes forget how good it feels to suddenly be thrown into the midst of a good, ol' fashion showdown. Before this book, I hadn't read a book in ages which did that. It was a real breath of fresh air and I was gripped straight away. I knew from then on that I'd be in for a very fast paced and thrilling storyline.

The main character, Penryn, was likeable. Brave and determined - your usual heroine in an apocalypse novel. The love interest? I adored him. He was imperfectly snarky (which made me giggle from time to time) and mysterious - Penryn and him tending to knock heads quite a lot, challenging each other. But not in the way that they just appear like two angst-up, hormone-induced teens. Their dynamic was entertaining and I can sure say I ship them.

To conclude, Angelfall adds something unique both to apocalyptic novels and angel books alike. I recommend you read it if you were once open to angel books (and *gasps* actually enjoyed a few!) before they became too much. Even if you're not? This book still reads more like an action-fuelled apocalyptic novel anyway.

(First review of 2015, woooo!)
Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo


  1. I don't know if this comment has been posted twice, so if it has sorry.

    Anyway, I'm pretty sure I haven't read any angel-oriented books yet (I read Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman which had an angel in it but overall that was full of a bunch of weird random stuff so it doesn't really count) so this might be a nice break. Judging by your review I'd say Angelfall would probably be a good book to read if I ever feel the need to try something lighter than huge epic fantasies or [pretentious literary fiction novels. It sounds like good fun.


    1. It would be ideal to read between epic fantasies if you're looking for something not quite so heavy and complex, for sure. It'd still share a few of the same elements but it's a really fast paced read you'll fly through! :D

  2. I've always been on the fence about reading this book but I keep seeing really positive things about it so I think I'll give it a try! Thanks :)


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