Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

October 21, 2013 5 stars, Book Review 37 ★★★★★


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.

Recommended for ages 16 and up.


​​​​Of all the apocalyptic books I’ve read lately I have to admit, I haven’t seen one done quite this way. You’d think the end days would be brought on by demons, zombies, vampires, plague. But no – this is the An angel apocalypse baby! – Who would have thought? And because of that Angelfall is unique, fast paced, and enjoyable as hell! Susan Ee has an amazing sense of humor that shines through in her characters and because of that I immediately connected with them.

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But the thing that really convinces me that the apocalypse is here is the crunching of smartphones under my feet. Nothing short of the end of the world would get our eco-conscious techies to toss their latest gadgets onto the street. – location 155
I have to insert here – that I live close to the city that the main character Penryn is named after…because I never even considered the name of this town as a name for a girl and now I love it!

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“I’m Penryn. I’m named after an exit off Interstate 80.” – location 1930

Penryn has had a difficult life growing up. It’s just her, her little sister, and mother. Not an uncommon family makeup – but her mother is pretty unstable; a danger to herself and others. And her little sister Paige is wheelchair bound. With all of this Penryn has had to grow up fast. There are also some interesting advantages that her mother’s mental illness have given her now that the apocalypse is here. So Penryn is a strong and resourceful young woman, with some kick ass klout. Unfortunately, the trio finally decides to leave their home to find a new place, they witness an angel being beaten and sliced up by a group of other angels. Penryn assists this angel Raffe and the other angels end up kidnapping her sister. So what does Penryn do? Why she pretty much tries to take Raffe as a hostage to convince him he must tell her where the angels might have taken Paige.

There is a lot of tension building and character development that takes place between Penryn and Raffe that I freaking adored! This wasn’t the typical young adult book that I’ve read so many times. It had a solid storyline and world building, the pacing was excellent and the supporting cast was well fleshed out. Not to mention, there is a slow burn that happens between Penryn and Raffe that made Angelfall an absolute delight to read! There is no insta-love here folks. But what I like best about it – is that it starts out with a heavy dose of freaking snark!

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“Oh. My. God.” I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. “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.” – location 1254

I was continually surprised by how unique the storyline was and each direction that was taken was something completely unexpected for me. I can honestly say I didn’t foresee many of these cool and creepy things that made up parts of this book.

The best element for me though was the fact that I did not feel like this was in any way a biblical or religious feeling book despite the fact that angels were a main plot point.  I normally stay away from angel fiction because frequently those books can start to feel preachy and I can not  stand when that happens. Thankfully, that is not something the reader has to worry about at all in Angelfall.  You can just read and freaking enjoy the awesome mythos that Susan Ee has built. I for one am foaming at the mouth to read the next book World After!

It’s only $3.99 (ebook) $4.99 (print) on Amazon!


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37 Responses to “Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Heck yes! I haven’t read reviews on it but I know anyone that has noticed me reading it or that I’ve asked if they’ve read it have loved it. So if you haven’t you should!!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I know that happens to me too with books that sound oh so great. If they are ones I buy then they always get prioritized lower. So I’m glad I was able to snag it for review before book 2 hits the shelves. I’m going to start World After soon. You should make room for it – its super short and good!

  1. Cali W.

    Cool review. I have read many good reviews for this book. I need to read it still. 😉

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      OH really – is that how Supernatural is going these days? I’ve only made it up to season 4. You’ll like this one for sure. And hey I couldn’t believe it is so cheap on amazon.

  2. Jaime Lester

    I have had this book sitting on my Kindle for a really long time now, but for some strange reason it is sitting there unread. I have no idea why. With all of the raving reviews that I have read for it, you would think I would have jumped aboard the Angelfall train already. Alas, that is not the case. But it will be soon, dangit.

      • Jaime Lester

        Hi there. Been a while. Missed ya. #hugtackleslam I know I need to quit with the rereading. I have issues with that. Right now, I am actually not rereading. I am reading The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman. I am looking forward to it. Supposed to be creepy. By the way, I have wanted to ask if you have any good recommendations for an actually scary book?

        • Pabkins

          #hugtackleslam! Yes I’ve missed you! Actually scary huh? You know I don’t really read much in the exclusively horror genre. Must of the “scary” books I read are zombie books. Though I did read a haunted space station book and that was very creepy. Comes out in March tho called The Burning Dark, it’s very much science fiction. Give me an example of what you have read that you think is actually scary!
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          • Jaime Lester

            The problem is, there really haven’t been many books that actually scare me. Which is odd. Anyway, gore doesn’t scare me. I kinda love it. And zombies don’t really do it either, they just make me ridiculously happy. I reckon the best for scares so far for me has been Stephen King. He IS the master of horror, after all!

        • Pabkins

          Same here! He writes the stuff of nightmares! A creepy read was a ghost anthology I read this year, some were scary. I reviewed it here. Hauntings edited by Ellen Datlow. You know what’s funny while I don’t scare easy, the zombie books give me zombie nightmares
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          • Jaime Lester

            I am the same. I really don’t scare easily, but I do have some interestingly creepy dreams of vamps and zombies and other….. odd things. Jim Carrey with a HUGE pair of scissors, chasing me around a slowly disappearing house, anyone? 🙂

        • Tabitha the Pabkins

          Ok that Jim Carrey dream sounds insane! I always have wonderfully awesome yet often very disturbing dreams. My husband says I need to lay off the zombie / death and destruction books.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I hope you do read it! I definitely think this is another one you will really enjoy! Plus you can’t beat that killer price for a book you know all your friends loved lol.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks Jen! I do love post apocalyptic books as well! Though I find its best if I mix them in between non apoc books so that way I don’t get too burnt out or depressed. I think you are going to freaking love this Jen! If you look at the page count its pretty short. You’ll zip through it in a day I bet!

  3. Silvia

    Love the quotes! Especially the phone one, it’s so true. I’m not sure if I’ll pick this up but it definitely sounds like a fun read!

  4. Isa

    You mentioned everything I would love in a book, character development, solid storyline and world building and snark. I’ve read a crazy amount of positive reviews and I don’t know why I haven’t bought this yet *cough* book buying ban *cough*. I love the quotes and that the book was so unpredictable.