Book Review: Angelfall

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*This book is part of my POPSUGAR 2015 Reading Challenge*

Synopsis from Amazon:

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 seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with Raffe, an injured enemy angel. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco, where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

How I’ve neglected to discover this trilogy until now is besides me. This is the first book that has genuinely made me grateful I decided to do the POPSUGAR challenge. I’m hooked and can’t wait to read the next two books.

The novel follows Penryn, a girl who’s had to be strong for her family, which includes her schizophrenic mom and handicapped younger sister, Paige. Feeling like the protector of her strong family, Penryn is devastated when Paige is taken by the enemy angels and is willing to do anything to get her back. That includes making a deal with the devil angel, Raffe, who lost his wings in a battle with the same angel that took Penryn’s little sister.

Teaming up with the understanding that they’re on opposing sides, the two head off to find the Aerie, the angels home on Earth. Along the way they run into Penryn’s mom, a human gang, a human resistance group, creatures neither Penryn or Raffe have ever seen before, and of course, angels. Making friends and enemies the pair begin to realize there may be more in common between humans and angels than they thought.

However, Raffe knows the risks of an angel getting too comfortable with a human and wouldn’t dare let anything beyond a mutually beneficial partnership happen between himself and Penryn. Meanwhile, there’s a battle for power amongst the angels and secret dealings amongst them. While the humans struggle to recover in this post apocalyptic world the angels have their own issues.

Romance, drama, comedic relief, and more violence than I was expecting, this book was fantastic. Obviously, there’s a great similarity between this novel and The Hunger Games (teenage girl taking care of her mother and sister is not a new plot device). However, Susan Ee does an amazing job of creating a new dystopian world. She plays on this idea of what would the rapture really look like. We’re given warring angels who aren’t even particularly sure why they’re attacking the Earth and some who aren’t even sure God exists.

It’s a twist on an idea anyone that’s walked around New York City has heard from someone screaming on a street corner: “The End Is Near!” Ee gives us beautiful angels that are creatures of destruction and blurs the lines between who we believe are the good guys and the bad. Honestly, it made me want to reread the Bible and see if I could glean any knowledge about what the angels could be doing on Earth and if Ee is really drawing from the Bible or if it’s all fiction. Yeah, it’s that good.

Definitely a book you should pick up if you haven’t already. I listened to the audiobook for this one and it was fantastic, however, it doesn’t necessarily add anything to the story that you wouldn’t get from just reading the novel. Either way you read it, just make sure you do.

Favorite Line:

“Sometimes, as we’re stumbling along in the dark, we hit something good.”

Stars: 5 out of 5. I loved it!

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Honestly, I wish I had this on my Kindle instead of just on Audible. I might buy it. For reals.

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POPSUGAR’s 2015 Reading Challenge

I’m super excited to participate in POPSUGAR’s 2015 Reading Challenge next year. To keep track of all the books I have to read I’ve decided to make a list. If you’d like to join me in this challenge please make your own blog post about what books you plan to read and put the link of your post in the comments. There’s a Goodreads group that you can join for the challenge. Check my sidebar for the link. Here’s my list:

  1. A book with more than 500 pages: In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
  2. A classic romance: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. A book that became a movie: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  4. A book published this year: Fall With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  5. A book with a number in the title: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  6. A book written by someone under 30: The Kissing Booth by Beeth Reekles
  7. A book with nonhuman characters: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
  8. A funny book: I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
  9. A book by a female author: The Heir by Kiera Cass
  10. A mystery or thriller: Rooms by Lauren Oliver
  11. A book with a one-word title: Angelfall by Susan Ee
  12. A book of short stories: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  13. A book set in a different country: PS, I Love You by Ceceila Ahern
  14. A nonfiction book: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  15. A popular author’s first book: Where Roses Grow Wild by Patricia Cabot (Meg Cabot)
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet: All Fall Down by Ally Carter
  17. A book a friend recommended: Lovestruck in London by Rachel Schuring
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book: The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  19. A book based on a true story: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list: YOLO by Lauren Myracle
  21. A book your mom loves: Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan
  22. A book that scares you: Revival by Stephen King
  23. A book more than 100 years old: Emma by Jane Austen
  24. A book based entirely on its cover: Top 10 Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  26. A memoir: Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking
  27. A book you can finish in a day: Something True by Kieran Scott
  28. A book with antonyms in the title: The Light and Dark by Mikhail Shishkin
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity
  30. A book that came out the year you were born: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  31. A book with bad reviews: Uninvited by Amanda Marrone
  32. A trilogy: Legend by Marie Lu
  33. A book from your childhood: Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  34. A book with a love triangle: Down to You by M. Leighton
  35. A book set in the future: California by Edan Lepucki
  36. A book set in high school: Wicked Games by Sean Olin
  37. A book with a color in the title: Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
  38. A book that made you cry: Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
  39. A book with magic: Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
  40. A graphic novel: Watchmen by Alan Moore
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
  42. A book you own but have never read: Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  45. A book set during Christmas: Ex-mas by Kate Brian
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials: All Natural by Zack Jones
  47. A play: The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer
  48. A banned book: Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show: The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
  50. A book you started but never finished: Allegiant by Veronica Roth