Reviewsday: Angelfall by Susan Ee

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Ever since her Dad left, Penryn has taken on the role of the head of the family. With a sister in a wheelchair and a mentally disturbed mother, it was never going to be an easy task. But after Angels rained down from the sky and began slaughtering everything in their wake, leaving the world in an apocalyptic state, it becomes a bigger job than even Penryn bargained for. Keeping her family safe is one thing but it soon becomes clear that keeping them together is going to be harder than she expected… especially after her sister Paige is abducted by a band of the hellish Angels.

Left with no one but the wounded, outcast Angel abandoned by his fellow comrades, Penryn’s determination to rescue her sister leads her to do the one thing she swore she would never do: ally herself with an Angel. Raffe, however, is not quite the Angel Penryn expected. Wingless as a result of a vicious attack, Raffe’s vulnerable state allows for Penryn to coerce him into aiding her in her task. Travelling cross country to the Angels stronghold is not a task for the faint of heart as Penryn discovers and the dangers they face on the road are only just bearable, even as Penryn begins to realise that a wingless Angel is not a defenceless Angel… and that this wingless Angel isn’t as bad as she thought he would be. In fact, in certain situations, he’s quite nice in his own odd way… and quite handsome…

A beautiful mash of apocalyptic drama, romance, fantasy and action, Angelfall is a book that will quench all thirsts. Angels as we know them have been twisted and turned into ruthless, elitist killers and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Penryn’s determination to save her sister despite the things she has to endure to do so, combined with her rough, gritty, “Help, I really have no idea what I’m doing” character made this book really something special for me and I know there are plenty of readers out there who would feel the same.