Title: ANGELFALL (Penryn & the End of Days #1)
Publication Date: May 23, 2013
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.
Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.
When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...
Originally posted on Goodreads.
Dated: October 2, 2013
Hmpf! Why haven't I read this book yet? Yep, Angelfall certainly does belong in that category. I've been randomly picking up books last month on my to be read list and this book wasn't one of those, sad! Anyways, I decided to read this now because I know that the second book will be out this month. Wohoops! Just in time then! Another reason is that I am into reading angel related books at the moment and I just thought of this one. I've heard and read really great reviews for this book, which got me curious about all the fuss surrounding it!
So yeah. Started reading it and WHOA, instantly got hooked by it! I can't place this book down! I just want to keep reading and reading and reading it! I finished it in just a few hours upon starting it! (Screw internet connection for not letting me post this as soon as I'm done reading the book. Pffft!) This book is totally different from all the other angel books that I've read and it was all good and awesome stuff. It definitely brought something new to the table!
Angelfall is a great way to open a series. It somewhat left tons of questions unanswered by the end of it, leaving a sort of mystery and excitement for it's follow-up book. Angel Politics turmoil. The involvement of those kids. Lower Demons. Resistance. Scorpion Angels. Quite a number of elements included in the base of the story, but it was really delivered properly (or should I say, the readers were properly hinted and teased by those elements). Now, I'm quite excited how everything will unfold in the second book of the series, which is World After.
There were scenes in the book that made my stomach churning, I just can't fathom the things our characters were witnessing! For me, just reading all about it ... it was utterly gross already! I wasn't prepared for that and was kind of taken aback 'cause I'm not all that tough when it comes to stuff like that! But then, once I got the hang of those gross stuff ... Carry on reading, flip flip flip a page! I was like "Euf just stomach it", if that's what'll it takes to know what happens next in the story.
The story kicks off when Penryn got to witness "Night Angel"'s group (bad angels >.<) taking down another angel. That group managed to remove "Snowy"'s wings during that fight. Poor angel. Angel-handled. Enters Penryn. All hell break loose. She attracted attention and pissed off the group by trying to help out Snowy. Her sister, Paige, was taken by "Night Angel". That ends up with her being desperate to save Paige from the hands of that freak angel.
And that's where Snowy or *coughs* Raffe *drools* enters her life. She held him captive-ish just to press him questions about the possible whereabouts of her sister ... Lalala and they end up travelling together. Both of them are being driven by their personal purpose: Penryn's need to save her sister while Raffe is eager to have his wings attached back.
Their journey was quite a journey, for they witness a couple of things a long the way. A couple of mind boggling revelations ... Better read the book if you seem interested on what happens in the story! I tell you, it's a great and "worthy of your time" read!
Penryn Young. She's our heroine in this book and she's pretty much just like us, a human being. It makes her character soooooo relatable, even though the world this book has is surreal. For a human and for being a girl, she's pretty much bad ass! Penryn know how to fight and uses all this bad ass moves to anyone who'll cross her. I also like how her mind works, she's really a one track minded person. If her goal is to save first her sister and that's all she's gotta do. She's not gonna butt in and join that Resistance group and think of saving the world already. I was chuckling at that scene where Penryn decided to hold Raffe's oversized wings behind her back just so she would look like an Angel herself and freak out those gang members. Seriously, Penryn? Though it was a very clever move, I still can't keep myself from doubling over laughter!
Raffe. Raphael. Archangel. Oh yeah! Sgeheuye feels! "Oh. My. God. 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." - Penryn. Well yeah. He's got some attitude, but fackkk it just draws me into him. He's so broody, moody, sarcastic and mysterious. But inside all that attitude of his, he still got to feel something - like he was sad because of what happened to his wings, the time when his sword doesn't answer to him (my heart aches for him huhu) and he really cares for Penryn ...
"Why didn't you run like I told you? 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." - Raffe That part when Penryn got paralyzed, *FEELS* for Raffe and Penryn! Dheueueueb!
*grabby hands* I want the next book already!!!