I started reading this series ironically. My sister handed me Angelfall as a joke because she knows how much I love cheesy YA novels. “This book seems right up your ally,” she was laughing at me.
Rude, right? Lol. She loves cheesy YA novels just as much as I do.
This series has all the makings of a cheesy YA story. Penryn Young, a seventeen year old girl, finds herself caring for her family – mentally ill mother and 7 year old disabled sister – in the aftermath of the apocalypse. Angels have descended on the world and wreaked havoc on mankind. What is left of the human race are groups of gangs who are out for blood and those who are just trying to survive. Penryn finds herself in the second group as the book open, she is trying to get her family to a safer area when they have an accidental run in with a group of angels. Penryn’s sister is kidnapped by the angels, her mother runs for it and Penryn is left with no choice but to band with an angel, Raffe, whose wings were severed by his fellow angels in the street.
The book takes off following Penryn and Raffe as they try to find their way back to the Angels’ stronghold so Penryn can find her sister and Raffe can have his wings reattached. Throughout the novel, Ee pits Penryn and Raffe in a struggle to be loyal to their race and find how they fit in each others’ lives. Penryn is trying to save her world and Raffe is trying to be back in his.
What I enjoyed about this series was two fold:
- Penryn is pretty bad ass. She is constantly kicking butt throughout the book and can defend herself from almost any physical assault. Awesome to read a girl who is written as her own heroine
- This book is full of action from the start. Many things that other books skirt around or have their cast narrowly miss actually end up happening in this book.
What I did not enjoy about this series
- The ending of the series is rushed in a few short pages and leaves much to be desired. Though Ee did a solid job of capturing my attention at first, she lost me in the second half of the last book and at that point, I was honestly reading just to be done
- I wish Ee would have explored more of the emotional and psychological damage Penryn was put through due to being raised by a mentally ill mother and a father who walked out on her. Ee touches on it a few times throughout the story but I wish she would have dug deeper.
Overall opinion: pick this one up if you’re looking for a short and fun read. It reads easily and quickly, I got through the whole series in about four weeks. I not call it one of my top picks by any means but the banter between Penryn and Raffe is enough to make you laugh out loud a few times.
Have you read this series, or is this the first you’ve heard of it? If you have read it, what did you think? If you haven’t will you be picking it up soon? Let me know in the comments!