BOOK RATING: 95%
Hello! Today we are discussing Susan Ee’s masterpiece, Angelfall. This is the first book in a new series and it was phenomenal! Six weeks, ago angels attacked the earth to destroy humanity. Penryn is on the run with her little sister, Paige, and mother. While they are out on the streets the stumble across a group of angels and hidden from behind a car, they see the angels fight with each other. An angel with white wings gets his wings cut off by one with black wings. When the angels eventually notice them, Penryn does the only thing she can think of to make a distraction: She tosses the angel with no wings his sword so he can fight back. For pay back, the black winged angel scoops up Paige and carries her away. Desperate to get her sister back, and with her mom no where in sight, Penryn makes a deal with the wingless angel, Raffe, and together they begin the dangerous journey to San Francisco and the angels stronghold. This book is dark and creepy but it’s really witty and it’s just so intense! I don’t know if this happens to anyone else, but this is one of those books that sometimes I have to stop reading and take a break to absorb and process it all because there are so many emotions and it’s so intense! I don’t think it’s ever happened with paranormal before though. Normally it’s historical fiction where that happens to me. So congrats to Susan Ee. This wold world is so vivid and the characters are so real, just go read it! Spoilers beyond this point and I really don’t want to spoil you so if you haven’t read it leave now!
Ok let’s talk about this family. The Young family. We have mom. She is insane. And I just loved what they did with her character and her story, its so creepy! The thing with the man at the hotel that she stabbed when he was already dead and the pentagram she stabbed into the other guy. So creepy. And she has this binder full of stories of these mom’s who killed their children. I really liked the tid-bit about her making Penryn take self defense classes because it really makes the mom seem really real in the sense that beneath this crazy woman is a mom who loved her kids and knows she has a major problem so she wants her daughter to be able to fight back if ever she tries to hurt her. And the hinting that Paige was paralyzed by the mom. It occurred to me about halfway through this book is that maybe her mom isn’t just insane but maybe she’s possessed by demons? Because we have angels, it’s not a stretch to say that her mom actually can make deals with these demons and they are possessing her and such. Oh, and the rotten eggs that she insisted on carrying around. I didn’t catch an explanation. i thought maybe it had something to do with keeping away evil spirits or the angels or something but it might just have been the mom being a lunatic. But it was so weird. I loved the creepiness. I also love how at the end of the book the mom is like the head thug on the street with her cattle prod. When he guys are confronting Penryn the the mom just struts by them, “Oh, we’re so sorry! I didn’t realize, sorry.” and they run away. This is a perfect example of the humor in this book, it’s a really dark sense of humor but obviously that works and anything else would have been out of place.
Now onto Paige. She’s got her legs back. That is really the only positive. She’s now this cannibalistic demon-child thing. This whole time we though the kills were nephilim which are the offspring of angels and humans. When i hear nephilim I think Shadowhunters not man-eating demons, but thats what they are in these book! Anyway we find out its not these nephilim but rather these angel experiments they did on children. And I was really happy that Paige was herself enough to be able to recognize Penryn as her sister that she loves and then attack the angel who was trying to hurt Penryn even though it’s against her nature and she’s not supposed to be able to hurt the angels. I’m really hoping that in the next book she’ll be able to break through it completely. When Penryn went into the lab to find Paige I thought for sure it was a creepy human experiment making angels out of children then erasing their memory and making them think they were real angels so those said evil people could use them to take over the world. But nope. I was wrong about that. Sadly. That would have been a cool plot twist, I thought. What I really want to know is why the angels are bothering with these experiments. Because they made it pretty obvious that they can just shut us down. It just seems like a lot of extra work. What i think it goes back to is this who political situation we have going on in Angel-ville. Also the part when Penryn is… frozen? Drugged? Drugged, lets go with drugged and everyone thinks she’s dead and Paige lifts her up and put her in the truck. It was such a flip of positions, I really appreciated those little things.
So the angel politics thing. It’s election time because Gabriel had been shot and they need a new messenger. Raffe is an archangel so he’s in the running even though he doesn’t really want the title. I’m thinking that that is probably why Raffe was attacked because of this politics. You’d think that it was illegal. It seems like it was probably illegal seeing as how none of the angels know about it. I really want Raffe to get his wings back then join the resistance and get his men together to fight who ever is behind this. Because no one knows why they are here. All the angels just blindly follow Gabriel and then he was shot. For all they know Gabriel didn’t want to destroy humanity. He was doing something totally different and after he died they all just assumed. Seriously, Angel-ville needs better communication skills because this whole one person knows the plan/ will of God and then everyone else just follows with out knowing where they are going or why or even the outcome they want is clearly not working well.
Ok the human resistance. I don’t know how I feel about this. In this book I wasn’t really pulling for angels or humans I was really just pulling for Penryn and the resistance was kind of in her way at some points. I do like Obi (Hehe. Obi-wan Kenobi, anyone else picture Ewan McGregor?) he’s got a good head on his shoulder but he was in the way in the middle. At the end I’m good with him again. Dum and Dee. I love them! How can you not love twins who call themselves after the Tweedles? They are like the Fred and George of this book and I love it! The fighting at the camp. Penryn kicks ass! That’ll teach you Boden! You don’t mess with Penryn! Oh my god, the the Anita fight. “[Anita] puts her hand on [Raffe’s] arm as he’s about to take off his pants. […] I grab a sudsy shirt from out of the grey water and throw it at her. […] “Oh, I’m sorry.” I say in a sugary voice. “Did you not like that? I thought that’s what you wanted. I mean, why else would you be getting all grabby with my man!?”” Haha! There were tears. That whole scene was so funny. I couldn’t stop laughing.
Raffe and Penryn’s banter back and forth is just hilarious. I love the bit when they were in the office and the gang comes and Raffe in fighting them so Penryn impersonates and angel and the wing slips, “In the long second before everyone absorbs what just happened I see [Raffe] rolling his eyes heavenward like a teenager in the presence of overwhelming lameness. Some people just have no sense of gratitude.” Susan Ee can just be so funny! This dark, apocalyptic tale is just so witty. Raffe, he is a confusing character. On the one hand he’s an angel who’s out to kill humanity but on the other he helps Penryn and seems to care about her. Like when he teases her for moping just to get her to argue with him so she’ll feel better and then we have him comforting her when she has nightmares. And the latter one is when he first meets her so it’s not like he knows her really well, she’s just some human girl who he has this mutually beneficial truce with. But then at the end there is clearly comething going on there between them, with the hot kiss and poor Penryn must be so confused because right after he informs her that he doesn’t even like her. But then when she gets poisoned by that scorpion thing, it’s pretty obvious that he cares about her. Which puts Raffe in a slightly awkward situation because apparently he’s been really against having relationships with humans in his past. Hopefully we learn more abut Raffe’s history in book 2.
I loved this book! I cannot wait until the next book comes out! I hope you enjoyed it too! That’s it for me! Bye!