Friday, March 9, 2012

Badass Books: Angelfall

I know I said the next book on my TBR list was TORN. I lied. I read ANGELFALL first. As a note, I try not to be too spoilery in this review, but there are a few points that some may consider spoilers. I've written these in white text. You'll need to highlight them to read them.

Image taken from Susan Ee's website.

Why I read itI browsed the Kindle store and came across ANGELFALL (Penryn & The End of Days Book 1) by Susan EE for only $.99. Lora Palmer mentioned the book in her RTW last week, so I picked it up. I read it in two days.

ZOMG Yes: I love the characters in this book. No one feels particularly flat. By the time I got to the last chapter, the two primary characters--Penryn and Raffee--had both grown and changed. I was also engrossed in the story. Although I haven't read many angel novels, it seems like Susan has found a unique take on angels, and I especially loved the fact that Raffe is agnostic. The angels really don't know if God is real any more than the humans do. Blew my mind.

I was intrigued by Susan's choice to make Penryn's mother a paranoid schizophrenic and am interested to see how this will play out. Part of me has always wondered if people who suffer from this disease aren't all that crazy afterall. Maybe they just see a reality the rest of us aren't capable of comprehending. I hope Susan plays with this idea in her series, and I think she's setting it up for that.

Meh: I hate to say this for fear of sounding stuck up, but I think the writing for this book could have been a little tighter. I noticed that Susan uses a lot of the same words in close proximity, especially in the first few chapters. This sort of jarred me and pulled me out of the story because it made me examine the rest of her writing style. But, by the time I got to the fourth chapter, I was so engrossed in the story that--except for a few isolated incidents--I didn't really notice if the rest of the book suffered from this sort of writing.

I'm also not sure what I think about Obi. Part of me thinks Susan is setting this up to become a love triangle, and I'm really tired of those.

Warnings: No real warnings for this book. It deals with angels, but the religion isn't heavy-handed. Susan makes a few Biblical references, but nothing that feels out of place.

I give it a 3 out of 5


  1. Another book to add to my TBR list. It's so seriously massive now I'll probably never get to everything on it :)

    1. I'm currently reading Cinder based on your January best read!