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 an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
I received Angelfall from the lovely Cait at Notebook Sisters for my birthday. . .a month ago. I have had so many projects and assignments lately with so little reading time. I’m ashamed that it took me so long to read a book that isn’t even 300 pages, but it was totally worth it.
Penryn is the sole runner of her family now that her dad is gone and the world has pretty much ended (you know, apocalypse, angels exploding things, etc.). Her mom is off the deep end crazy, babbling about demons telling her things and whatnot. Her little sister, Paige, is stuck to a wheelchair. They’re doing great for such a small party in surviving till they accidentally stumble into an angel wing execution or something. Not really sure what to call it. It was like an execution, but of an angel’s wings.
Penryn’s mom runs off and the angels take Paige leaving Penryn alone with a dying, wingless angel. Determined to get her sister back, she steals the wings and nurses the angel back to health in order to get him to lead her to her sister.
I thought this was pretty excellent. I usually avoid books about angels since they all sound so cliche, but I really enjoyed this one. It took turns that I was not expecting and I have to say that I’m impressed.
Plot: 5 out of 5
Penryn was actually a well developed character. Many female heroines in dystopian books disappoint me. They all appear to be so cliche and are only made of kickbutt. That really wasn’t Penryn. She had a purpose and if she was kickbutt? It was for a reason and not to just show off her mad skills. While she really wanted to help defeat the angels, she set that aside to help her sister. You could tell that she was really unsure about her decision, though. This made her seem so much more realistic to me.
Raffe, the wounded angel, was harder to figure out, but he had a relatively taciturn personality. It’s hard for me to say much about him, but I can’t wait to learn more about his past. I thought he was turning a little more cliche towards the end, but I’ll see what happens in book two.
And Penryn’s mom. . . Oh my goodness, she was a hoot. Her seriousness about the things she “saw” and “heard” really added some humor to the book. I know that’s weird to say, but the way she reacted to everything was unique and original.
Characters: 4 out of 5
The setting was really well put together. It was apocalyptic, but not so apocalyptic that it felt unnatural. Things were rather damaged, but still worked. There was still electricity in some places, there were still homes with modern conveniences, cars that worked, etc. The difference was that people were in hiding and on the move because of the angels. It was nice to see that everything wasn’t a totally new world like some dystopian and apocalyptic books have. This was the present, just slightly different.
The writing style was pretty good too. I had no complaints, at least. Besides, it was in first person, one of my favorite point of views.
Writing Style/Setting: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars. I had no complaints with this book. I’d recommend it for 12+ if they can handle a more gory scene that happened towards the end. You can buy Angelfall on Amazon for $4.61.