Audiobook Review: AngelFall by Susan Ee

February 22, 2015 // Posted by Becca in Reviews // 0 Comments

Audiobook Review: AngelFall by Susan EeAngelfall
by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Narrator: Caitlin Davies
Length: 8 Hours 44 Minutes
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Purchased
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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 17-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.

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“Angels are violent creatures.”
“So I noticed. I used to think they were all sweet and kind.”
“Why would you think that? Even in your Bible, we’re harbingers of doom, willing and able to destroy entire cities. Just because we sometimes warned one or two of you beforehand doesn’t make us altruistic.”

Wow… I mean… let me try that again… WOW! AngelFall was everything that I knew it would be and more! It was so amazing and intense from the very first words until the end and I absolutely ate up every second! It is unlike anything else that I have ever read… but if I could compare it to anything I would say that it felt like Lauren Kate’s Fallen mixed with Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave. In some parts this book was very dark and disturbing and in others it was so witty and funny.

Susan Ee did an absolutely phenomenal job with the character of Penryn! She was strong, witty, a true survivor and most of all? Totally BAD A$$!! She was the perfect heroine for me and I liked her so much! The fact that Ee had me laughing at the hilarious things Penryn would say one minute and then cheering her on as she kicked some serious butt the next was one of the things I enjoyed most about this book!

“I never kid about my warrior demigod status.”
“Oh. My. God.” I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. “You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.”

Then there is Raffe *sighs and swoons* I’m kind of in love with Raffe. Why you ask? Well, truth is I’m not to sure. He is all business, totally arrogant and doesn’t seem to have much humanity or empathy. But the more that Penryn chpped away at his tough exterior and the more that I got to know about him… and the final scene of the book *inhales sharply* yup he’s totally on the book boyfriend list! Not to mention his arrogant sarcasm is totally part of his charm!

“My friends call me Wrath,” says Raffe. “My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?”

I have had this book on my Kindle for a long time and World After as well. When I saw them discounted on Audible I grabbed them both figuring I would have more time to listen versus reading! I could hardly wait! I started right away! As soon as I finished Angelfall I began World After and I am so thrilled and excited for End of Days!

“I knew from the start that your loyalty would get you killed. I just never thought it would be your loyalty to me that would do it.”

I am so excited that I finally read this and really encourage others who have not to read it as well! It was so versatile and unique. It was such a good mixture of darkness, intensity and even a little creepiness! But it also had a light side to it with the humor and unconditional love and perseverance of Penryn’s character.

“He runs his finger tips along my cheek, caressing my face. “Hush. I’m right here.” He looks at me with deep anguish in his eyes. Like there’s so much he wants to tell me but feels it’s too late now. I want to stroke his face and tell him that it will be okay. That everything will be all right. And I wish so badly that it would be.”

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Caitlin Davies did an excellent job with her narration. She portrayed Penryn and the other characters so well. She had Raffe’s arrogance down, Penryn’s mothers insanity and even the childlike voice of Paige was perfect! Caitlin really captured so many of the emotions of this novel as well, from the desperation, need to survive and the sracastic humor I loved so much! Iv’e heard her narrate a few things and this one was my favorite of hers! I highly recommend the Audio.

 

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About Susan Ee

Susan Ee is the author of the bestselling books in the Penryn and End of Days trilogy, Angelfall and World After. Her books have been translated into over 20 languages and her short films have played at major festivals. She used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

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  • I absolutely love this series! I’m not usually a fan of angel books but the characters in this really shone. I’m pleased to see you enjoyed this 🙂

    Sharon – Obsession with Books

    • Thanks Sharon, I absolutely loved it!

  • So glad you finally read it Becca! =D Loved this one!

    • Thanks Bee! It was so GOOD 😀

  • Ok, ok… Now I’m even more eager to read it! It’s on my MUST READ IN 2015 list, so I’ll have to fit it in soon. Glad to hear the audio was a win too! 🙂

    • Thanks Lisa, I hope that you like it as much as I did!

  • I’m always happy to see this series get some positive attention. I have really enjoyed both books and think they should be more attention! Great review! Hope you enjoy #2!

    • Thanks Annette, I just finished book 2 and it was phenomenal! Review to come 🙂

  • OMG. Raffe is pretty much a guaranteed bait to get addicted to this series. However, Susan Ee also has some magic writing prowess, so yeah. Resistance is futile.

    • LOL resistance IS futile Joy! And Raffe… yup just awesome! Susan Ee is truly talented 🙂

  • Yay, so glad you loved it 🙂 This in my top 2 dystopia stories of all time.
    And I absolutely agree about Penryn. She is one of my all time favorite bookish heroines!
    Great review, Becca 🙂

  • I enjoyed this book too. its been a long while since I read it and can’t remember too much but I know i enjoyed it. I will need to reread befor reading the second one. great review.

  • I’m soooooooooooooo glad you loved this book and OHMAGAWD…I really do love this series. And don’t even get me started on Raffe. *dreamy sigh* I’m dying for the third book. DYING. Fabulous review! 😉

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  • Yay! I’m so happy you loved it!! Angelfall was one of my favorite reads back when I read it. The next book is even weirder and creepier, but just as good. I can’t wait for the conclusion, probably one of my most awaited books ever!!! Oh, and back off – Raffe is mine!!