Review: Angelfall, by Susan Ee

Review: Angelfall, by Susan Ee

This is one of the best books I have read in months. A lot of self-published books are not very good, generally because the book just was not good enough for a publishing company. Although, to be fair, a lot of really awful books, especially about supernatural creatures, do get published by big publishing companies (I won’t name any names…). I actually didn’t even know this book existed until my aunt suggested it to me. Needless to say, I was skeptical. I’ve read a lot of not-so-great paranormal books (but, then again, what avid fantasy reader hasn’t?) and I wasn’t sure this was going to be any different. The main character is strong, has weak parents, lives in a post-apocalyptic world, sibling is stolen by random bad-guys, sounds a bit cliché, right? But it’s so NOT. First off, Penryn’s mother isn’t just weak, she’s a paranoid schizophrenic that may, or may not, have been the reason her younger sister is in a wheelchair. Throughout the book she is literally warning her daughter not to “trust the demons”. Second, this post-apocalyptic world contains pissed-off, very high and mighty angels. Not fallen angels, angels working under God’s orders. And there is a whole lot of these guys. Thirdly, the main character isn’t just strong, she’s realistically so. And unlike in many other books with fight-scenes, these actually make a LOT of sense. I’ve read far too many books that just describes people getting hit, or just “fighting”, but this book explains the fight-scenes so well that you can actually visualize it. And, finally, as I’m sure all you fangirls are waiting for: fifthly, the guy. Alright, Raffe is an angel, specifically an angel that has been cast from heaven and is supposed to be killed. When we first meet him one of his fellow angels is cutting off his wings. One of these angels also kidnaps Penryn’s sister, Paige, who is paralyzed from the waist down. Penryn saves Raffe in order to make him help her save her sister. It’s obvious, isn’t it? Maybe just a bit cliché? WRONG. There’s no “love at first sight”, no “oh my god I think I love him”, none of that. Sure, she finds him attractive but that’s basically stating a fact. And Raffe is an incredible character on his own. He’s sarcastic, witty, even a little bit dark, and despite having been alive for several millenia he’s even a bit immature at times. He’s not over protective of Penryn, unlike like so many guardian-angel types before him. And if he didn’t think she could help him get his wings back, he would’ve left her in a second. Raffe is, in general, a great character that you cannot help from falling in love with.
So my overall suggestion? Read it for 3 reasons: the main character is awesome, the dialogue is witty, rightly dark and well-written, and the romance is great while not overpowering the story.
Plus it’s only 283 pages long.
Katelyn, Central Library, 16

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