Angelfall by Susan EeAngelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall

bySusan Ee

Paperback | August 28, 2012

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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 Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister, and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

“Ee’s debut novel is a promising opener to what looks to be a YA series worth following, one that explores what it means to be human and what it means to be a hero.” —Locus Magazine, March 2012

Finalist for Cybils Bloggers’ Award for Best YA Fantasy & Sci-fi Book of the Year 2011

Susan Ee has eaten meze in the old city of Jerusalem, surfed the warm waters of Costa Rica, and played her short film at a major festival. She has a life-long love of science fiction, fantasy and horror, especially if there's a touch of romance. She used to be a lawyer but now loves being a writer because it allows her souped-up imagin...
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Title:AngelfallFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.1 × 5.4 × 0.8 inPublished:August 28, 2012Publisher:Amazon PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0761463275

ISBN - 13:9780761463276

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from A rollercoaster This series has always been a bit weird for me (even though I love it). It begins really dramatic, romance-y, and somehow fun, then becomes slightly disturbing towards the end (of the first book, not the series). The second book is a bit of a drag, if I recall correctly, But the THIRD BOOK. The third book is where it's at. It gets so dang good. That one got a 5 stars out of me. So what I'm saying is: - The protagonist is badass - The love interest is dreamy - There is humor and there is action + some creepy bits - Great romance arc; it flows so smoothly without seeming forced What else could you ask for?
Date published: 2019-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ANGELFALL Amazing writing and dialogue. Excellent plot #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This urban fantasy novel is the first in a trilogy. I really enjoyed the romance and the atmosphere of the story.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Slow Start I was really excited to read this book as a lover of urban fantasy and angels in particular. It was alright. I'm going to continue with the series and see if it gets any better, but the first book did fall a little flat for me. My recommendation is a light one until I can read the rest of the series.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I've read this at least three times and I'm hankering to read it a fourth time! This is one of the best YA series around, and if you like smart, badass heroines, a good plot, a gentleman of a love interest, angel mythology, and believable characters, this is THE series. I wish it were longer!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better the second time around I was super hyped for this book, read it and felt let down. Then on a holiday were I forgot to bring a book I ended up reading it again and absolutely LOVED it.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This is a good beginning to the series. It was action packed and really enjoyable. I'm looking forward to continuing the series.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I really enjoyed the first half of the book, Penryn is a strong heroine who really cares about her sister. I also really liked the concept of the angels and Raffe was interesting as an unlikely and reluctant hero. The second half of the book is much slower and weirder but it still had interesting bits which makes me want to see what the next books are about.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This story was really good. Highly recommend reading it.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the Best Book about Angels The premise was more interesting than the actual story. It took a long while before things really got fun... There was not enough supernatural elements in the book until I reached the ending! However, I liked the idea of humans barely surviving in a destroyed world after the angels' attacks. I must say the angels and the ending (which was full of action and surprises!) make me curious about the sequel. I just hope the other books in the series aren't as slow as this one.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it so much! World Building: Great, really different Characters: good Romance: yup Pace: nice flow Feels: yup Able to put down: not really Worth the read: yes!!
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite series Susan Ee is an amazing author who really knows how to capture an apocalyptic world. Amazing work.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read and fun Action-packed, more than decent heroine, a romance that doesn't make you puke. So yeah, quite fun!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all times favourites! I have read Angelfall twice and both times I have had the same reactions to the story! If you love fantasy, especially Angels, and dystopian, you will LOVE this book as I do!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow in the beginning but then gets wild I've heard many good reviews about this book but did not know much about the plot, and honestly, I wanted it to be kept that way, with this book you never really know what to expect and there are many plot twists around the corner.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad You can tell that this is self-published, things happen that seem unusual, things that an editor would probably have cut. It was a weird book.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Underestimated book! I really like the story! Really original...just a little bit 'fallen angel' stuff (like he must not fall in love with a human), yet it is really good! I told my friend to by it...she thought it was too young for her, but I read it when I was 17, and I really like it !
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It ! It's hard for me to tell you much about Angelfallwithout giving things away, but wow it was amazing. Susan Ee managed to throw in so many twists and turns that I seemed to spend the majority of the book trying to pick my jaw up off the floor. I was constantly gasping and shouting as I was reading. I loved that she was able to tug on my emotions so many times. I was shocked, horrified, heartbroken, and tearful, but I also laughed, and cheered my way through the story. I know most people have already read this book but if, like me, you're late to jump on the Angelfall bandwagon don't put it off any longer.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read Never having read a dystopian or angel novel before, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy Angelfall but I was pleasantly surprised. The story is so compelling and action packed that it will pull you in and take you on a roller coaster ride. The characters are great featuring a lead who is a badass heroine, concerned and burdened with the safety of her family. Exciting, fast paced, and laden with darkness. I'm glad I gave this book a shot.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Angelfall I bought this book a while ago and kept putting off reading it but once I started it I couldn't stop until I had finished. It was a fun and entertaining read with an interesting plot.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Angelfall I must say that I was really disappointed in this book, I was expecting so much more. This is probably because of all the high praises I have heard/read of this book, which leads me to have high hopes for it. However, when I actually finished this book, I was really disappointed with it. The story line just does not catch my attention. I felt board and tired for most of the time reading this book it felt like nothing really happened. They just walk around and that's about it. I might pick up the sequel of this book later on just to see how the story will continue on.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!! This book is such a fun read! Amazing action and dialogue
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!!!! AHHHHHHHH ok this book was so fun!!! This is a must read!!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addicting The first book in the series is fun, exciting and addicting. I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Underrated!!! This book is so underrated! I love all the characters and the premise that angels aren't all "angelic." This dystopian is different from the rest.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Excellent book with angels, strong characters, and the beginnings of a complex, interesting story. The horror was dark and truly terrifying, and everything was creatively visualized. Really looking forward to the next books!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this novel! Engaging plot, good world-building, and decently written characters.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! Angelfall is an amazing read with loveable characters (RAFFE!!!!). It was my first angel-type of novel and I'm very impressed. It's a very well written book and a great start to the trilogy.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it a lot This is definitely not your typical 'Angel/demon world' kind of book. I was hooked on the first book only after a couple chapters. It's a very unique story - you don't get the feeling that you've read something like it before. Will be buying the next ones in the series.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant~! A great start to the trilogy. I absolutely enjoyed the main characters. The dialogue was spot on and the story itself was wonderful. I couldn't put the book down. I know this trilogy will be one of my favourites for sure. :)
Date published: 2016-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I'll be perfectly honest, I wasn't expecting much going into this book. Usually when you talk about angels you get a lot of god talk as well. I was afraid I was walking into a Christian novel, which personally isn't something I care to read. But it was nothing like that, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It takes a certain way of writing to build a post-apocalyptic world, but Susan did a beautiful job. I felt like I was right there with Penryn, hungry, cold, and trying to just find Paige. If Susan removed the angels and replaced with zombies this book would be 10 out of 5 but that's just me and my love of zombies. ok back to the review. I absolutely loved Penryn's personality, she was a perfect balance of humor and sarcasm and when paired with Raffe it just got better. The way they both bounced off each other was hilarious. There were many times I woke up my fiance laughing late at night at some sarcastic remark Raffe said. Penryn was a unique main character, she was stubborn and very determined to get the things she needed. Finding her sister was top priority and nothing was going to stand in her way, literally. I loved how no matter how much bad things were thrown at her, her love for her sister or mom doesn't weaver at all. I am very happy that I gave this book a chance, I would have been missing out on something quite amazing. I went out and purchased the second book the next day, even though I got it for free on netgalley, I wanted to have the physical copy on my bookshelf. Thank you Susan Ee for making such an amazing book!
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded my expectations! Angelfall exceeded my expectations! The way Susan Ee took the story surprised me - and I loved every part of it. The world-building was phenomenal, and the writing exceptionally detailed. The protagonist’s journey allows the reader to experience this new, post-apocalyptic earth, and the difference between “World Before” and “World After” is really emphasized here. The author was not afraid of delving into the unknown or grotesque, and that was a huge hit for me! The world-building was by far my favourite part. Every aspect was exceptionally detailed - I could imagine the empty buildings and the deafening silence. I saw Penryn wincing at the noise their family’s shopping cart makes along the abandoned streets. As well, the dialogue was on par. The novel starts some weeks after angels have descended onto Earth, so like Penryn, the reader is witness to how humans are adapting to this world of death, destruction and god-defying acts. I find it significant the author started not when earth is semi-peaceful, but after humans have gotten over that initial shock and are now returning to that primal urge for survival. This is more evident in the fact the author decides to begin the story when Penryn and her family are leaving their apartment - basically their life in the “World Before” - and starting anew. I thought the plot was stable. Different points are made to the reader that Penryn would only venture into the Lion’s Den for her sister. At the time of her sister’s capture, their mother also disappears so the choice is seen here. Penryn loves both her mother and sister, but her decision is based on who needs who. Penryn’s relationship with her mother was deep and intriguing. The two’s interaction with each other provided a lot of insight on other characters, and made everything all the more dimensional. Raffe is introduced in the beginning of the novel as an angel betrayed by his kind and saved by Penryn. Raffe then agrees to bring Penryn to where the angels are holding her sister. It’s clear these two are to be potential love interests, but romance is a secondary plot and moves at a realistic speed. Once they reach their destination it’s every person for him/herself - Raffe needs the angels for his detached wings and Penryn for her sister. Near the end, circumstances have Raffe grieving for Penryn, but the level of grief [which was high] I found unrealistic as the two had only 1-2 times visibly expressed their feelings for one another - although there was a lot of glances. The author dived right into the more grotesque of subjects that are sometimes absent from YA novels. Particularly characters of physical and emotional flaws with a high chance of permanency. I found this made the world-building all the more solid - Susan Ee is creating a world that is new and cruel and only the strong can survive. The characters should represent this “World After”. The use of angels as a theme has been made truly original with the type of world Ee has constructed. I am excited to read the sequels, World After and End of Days. Susan Ee is a talented writer and I am eager to see what she plans to write about next. I was provided a free ebook via Net Gallery in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!! One of the best books I've ever read! I only wish that it was longer!!
Date published: 2015-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Page-Turner! Angelfall came very highly recommended, from several different bloggers. My only disappointment is that I waited until now to read it! With destructive and vindictive angels, a strong and capable heroine and enough twists and turns to keep me guessing, Angelfall had me desperate for more from page one! I could not get enough of Penryn and Raffe, and not because I felt sexual tension between them. (I mean, it was definitely there! But it’s not the reason I love them together!). Their casual banter and quick wit remarks had me chuckling and in some cases, out right laughing. I loved how hard Penryn worked to resist Raffe’s natural charms, constantly reminding herself that he was the enemy and merely a pawn she was using to serve her own personal goals. It made her feelings for him surprising and genuine when she began to see him as more then just an angel of wrath. She kept berating herself for harbouring any kind of feelings for him, other then hatred for what his kind had done to humankind, but his loyalty to her was definitely chipping away at her armour. It was interesting too, to see Raffe lower his defences, just to later remind Penryn how un-human he was, as if to prove to her why they couldn’t be together even if they wanted to. It didn’t stop me from hoping against their odds though! The secondary characters were also fantastic! Penryn was constantly reminding us of Paige’s frailty and childlike innocence, and it was with a heavy heart that I continued to read (for fear of the worst). My fears for the worst were unfounded however, as her fate seems to be worse then death. Her re-appearance at the end of the book is one of the most haunting scenes I have ever read, and I can’t wait to see what role she has to play in the future! Penryn’s mother added in a psychologically thrilling element that I was pleasantly surprised with, as her constant battle with her inner demons lead to some of the more frighteningly disturbing scenes. Together, they add an element of mystery and intrigue to the overall atmosphere of the book, which made for a thrilling read! I also loved the world Susan Ee has created. Living in fear of street gangs and raiders, as well as the constant threat of an angel attack, has forced many people off of the streets, in search of a place to hide – if only temporarily. Well-known cities have been destroyed, yet houses in the middle of the suburbs remain mostly untouched. Your next meal depends on whether or not you find a house that hasn’t been picked through and heading out after dark is a death sentence. Once we reach Aerie, it’s like reverting to a time before the apocalypse. The angels have managed to carve out a space that has remained completely untouched from the surrounding devastation, and have made an upscale hotel their sanctuary – complete with room service, electricity and running water. Susan Ee manages to weave these two completely different worlds with ease and grace, their co-existence somehow making sense in this apocalyptic world. I do wish there had been more explanation about the experimental surgeries that Penryn stumbled upon, and a little more history about the angels, their political situation and their reasons for attacking the humans. But my enthusiasm and excitement for everything else that was going on easily overshadowed any nagging concerns I might have had, and I took solace in the face that this is only book one of a planned series. This review isn’t doing Angelfall justice. Even a day later, I can’t properly formulate my thoughts into coherent enough sentences to explain just how FANTASTIC this book was! I can’t recommend it enough and encourage everyone to pick up a copy!
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling and Non-Stop! Other then the fast plot the book was amazing. The idea was unique and the plot was thrilling and filled with surprises. I never saw any of the stuff in the book coming and I loved how much they surprised me and how much they went deeper into the plot and idea of the book. It was nonstop roller coaster of surprises and stunning events. I totally loved it and hope there's a second one!
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Instant Favourite! Six weeks after a devastating attack on earth, the world has been torn apart by a war between angels and humans. Caught up in a battle she doesn't understand, Penryn forces the angel Raffe to help her find her sibling and the two natural enemies must work together to outwit danger at every turn. Susan Ee's stunning debut novel is the perfect combination of a dark-gritty, post-apocalyptic word filled with badass angels that blew me away with its perfectly paced blend of action, story, and emotional tension. Readers who were mesmerized by the grim beauty of Pan’s Labyrinth and Daughter of Smoke and Bone will devour this book instantly! I'm so excited that this masterpiece of a book is now available in paperback! Go grab yourself a copy today!
Date published: 2013-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly talked about for a reason Read this, you will thank yourself. This seems to be all the YA community is talking about and I honestly couldn't get into the concept, Angels? I watch Supernatural, I've had enough Angels. But wow, this was amazing. Angelfall has everything a YA novel should have. Penryn, our main character, loves her family despite their many faults, Penryn takes charge instead of relying on a love interest, there is action, gorgeous male lead, an actually well thought out plot, and actions that make sense. I will acknowledge that Penryn's family dynamics far too similar to Katniss's, but that shouldn't bother anyone. In closing, this novel was self published, so it received no advertising, yet it is everywhere. I can't fathom that a book like this would struggle to get published while many horrible novels are able to.
Date published: 2013-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Desperate for More! Angelfall came very highly recommended, from several different bloggers. My only disappointment is that I waited until now to read it! With destructive and vindictive angels, a strong and capable heroine and enough twists and turns to keep me guessing, Angelfall had me desperate for more from page one! I could not get enough of Penryn and Raffe, and not because I felt sexual tension between them. (I mean, it was definitely there! But it's not the reason I love them together!). Their casual banter and quick wit remarks had me chuckling and in some cases, out right laughing. "I pick up my pace, trying to discourage the smart comeback that I'm sure will come. But it doesn't. Could he be letting me have the last say? When I look back, Raffe has a smug grin on his face. That's when I realize I've been manipulated into feeling better. I stubbornly try to resist but it's already too late. I do feel a little better." I loved how hard Penryn worked to resist Raffe's natural charms, constantly reminding herself that he was the enemy and merely a pawn she was using to serve her own personal goals. It made her feelings for him surprising and genuine when she began to see him as more then just an angel of wrath. She kept berating herself for harbouring any kind of feelings for him, other then hatred for what his kind had done to humankind, but his loyalty to her was definitely chipping away at her armour. It was interesting too, to see Raffe lower his defences, just to later remind Penryn how un-human he was, as if to prove to her why they couldn't be together even if they wanted to. It didn't stop me from hoping against their odds though! "It is not the gentle kiss of a couple on a first date, nor is it the kiss of a man driven by simple lust. He kisses me with the desperation of a dying man who believes the magic of eternal life is in this kiss... ...what I just experienced with Raffe was another animal. This was a knee-melting, gut-twisting, vein-tingling, nuclear meltdown compared to other kisses I've had." The secondary characters were also fantastic! Penryn was constantly reminding us of Paige's frailty and childlike innocence, and it was with a heavy heart that I continued to read (for fear of the worst). My fears for the worst were unfounded however, as her fate seems to be worse then death. Her re-appearance at the end of the book is one of the most haunting scenes I have ever read, and I can't wait to see what role she has to play in the future! Penryn's mother added in a psychologically thrilling element that I was pleasantly surprised with, as her constant battle with her inner demons lead to some of the more frighteningly disturbing scenes. Together, they add an element of mystery and intrigue to the overall atmosphere of the book, which made for a thrilling read! I also loved the world Susan Ee has created. Living in fear of street gangs and raiders, as well as the constant threat of an angel attack, has forced many people off of the streets, in search of a place to hide - if only temporarily. Well-known cities have been destroyed, yet houses in the middle of the suburbs remain mostly untouched. Your next meal depends on whether or not you find a house that hasn't been picked through and heading out after dark is a death sentence. Once we reach Aerie, it's like reverting to a time before the apocalypse. The angels have managed to carve out a space that has remained completely untouched from the surrounding devastation, and have made an upscale hotel their sanctuary - complete with room service, electricity and running water. Susan Ee manages to weave these two completely different worlds with ease and grace, their co-existence somehow making sense in this apocalyptic world. I do wish there had been more explanation about the experimental surgeries that Penryn stumbled upon, and a little more history about the angels, their political situation and their reasons for attacking the humans. But my enthusiasm and excitement for everything else that was going on easily overshadowed any nagging concerns I might have had, and I took solace in the face that this is only book one of a planned series. This review isn't doing Angelfall justice. Even a day later, I can't properly formulate my thoughts into coherent enough sentences to explain just how FANTASTIC this book was! I can't recommend it enough and encourage everyone to pick up a copy!
Date published: 2012-12-10