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There have been several popular supernatural themes popping up over the last several years, from vampires and werewolves to faeries, witches and angels. I have personally not been a fan of the angel theme so far -- although it seems to be increasing in its popularity. However, if they begin being as good as this one, they might win me over.
Angelfall begins in a post-apocalyptic time -- think along the lines of McCarthy's 'The Road,' or The Book of Eli -- after an "armageddon" initiated by angels. The reader doesn't really discover exactly why this has happened, although there are some hints provided along the way. The heroine, Penryn, is a tough-but-vulnerable mix, along the lines of Buffy or Katniss. Her mother is a wonderful character addition in the book -- a schizophrenic that swings between being wonderfully brilliant and creepily crazy. The 'hero' is a tough/sarcastic guy who remains likable yet mysterious throughout. The story line follows Penryn as she journeys to save her crippled younger sister, who has apparently been abducted by angels.
What sets this book apart is not only the richness of the variety of characters, but the layers of themes and histories that make up the story. There is simply so much there to explore -- from Penryn's history with her mother, to her sister's injury, to the mysteries surrounding Raffe and the and the events leading up to the apocalypse itself.Read more ›
The book itself has an overall feel reminiscent of Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros stories, if, say, the Alph had won the big battle on the first page. Ee evokes a world, through snatches of imagery and introspection and conversation, where survival means working around/with/in hiding from several distinct outside forces, each with its own well-considered agenda. Characters' near-obsessive motivations are tempered by physical limitations, constant fear and danger that can come from behind, above or below at any time. This is not a violent book per se, by my standards at least, but it doesn't shy away when violence is called for by the story. It's also not the kind of story where super-powerful characters whale on each other until it's time for the good guy to win.
The thing that makes this story stand out from the crowd is its characters, and the characters in this book are right up there in the Stackhouse/Kate Daniels/Anita Blake league. While Penryn Young, Angelfall's narrator/main character, shares some attributes with all of these very different female hero characters, I'd say in my view she most reminds me of the Hunter Kiss character from the Marjorie Liu series of the same name...minus the tattoos.Read more ›
The pacing is furious and excellent. The relationship between Penryn and the angel a classic, filled with mistrust, desire and intrigue. The mother is hilarious (and terrifying). Very fresh and mysterious angel mythos, with pieces of the puzzle coming out throughout the book, always leaving you wanting to know more.
Ee sets up a world that has descended into madness, her writing always extremely visual and intoxicating, so close at hand it is searing.
Never a dull moment. Instantly engaging and breathtaking, all the way to multiple climaxes.
My teenage kids read Hunger Games like it was Sunday breakfast, but this book scared the hell out of them.
Read it if you dare!
The actions will keep you absolutely glued to the book, reading as quickly as you can in order to turn to the next page - to find out what happens next.
I don't usually enjoy a novel that is done in mostly the 1st person narrative style - but this author pulled it off fantastically. You see and feel everything that Penryn does! The book draws you in despite the gore and terror. You just can't stop reading!
The plot, world building, characterization, and writing style are unigue and compelling.
This book will give you chills and possibly nightmares - it's that well done. Even though it was late when I finished the book - I went back and started to reread one of my more humorous, feel-good books so that I did not go to sleep with this novel on my mind.
I would not recommend this novel to anyone under the age of 16 and only then if they are mature enough to handle a horror story (think Stephen King for YA). It is definitely not for the sensitive type.
There is no real HEA - this is just a start to a series and I have a feeling that Penryn has a long way to go.
Why I rated this book only a 3:
I reserve 4 or 5 star ratings for books that I consider keepers - which I may reread again. While this book was an actual well written novel, I have no desire to continue the series - reading about the world situation now gives me enough chills and nightmares! I do and have read novels that have a lot more gore and/or violence in them but this novel was just so unnerving that I do not want to go back for more.
Am I sorry I purchased the novel - yes and no. Yes, it was a well written page-turner. No, I really could do without the post-apocalyptic, armageddon world that still comes to mind every now and then.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What an enthralling delight. She has created unexpected characters and used them perfectly... like a symphony. Can't wait to read book 2.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I would give this 3 1/2 stars. It's more enjoyable than the average YA paranormal post-apocalpytic romance. It was entertaining and quick paced. Read morePublished 2 days ago by StephTKO
The best book ever my friend read the book and I never thought it was going to be so goodPublished 6 days ago by Walter torres
As so many others have written, Favorite. Paranormal. Book. Ever. I loved the effortless wit, the genuine human emotion, the tangled relationships, the beautifully flawed... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
The characters were very believable and there was something new and unexpected at every turn.Published 1 month ago by Barbara Taylor
Hooked me good! Well written, engaging characters. I read it in a couple days and bought the next one immediately. Enjoyable read!Published 1 month ago by Ali
I loved this story. It's not your usual post-apocalyptic YA. The characters are unique and well-developed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Neuroturtle
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