Kindle edition; 255 pages
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.
If you’re turned off by gushing reviews, you should stop here because I set the gush factor to HIGH on this one.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am often apprehensive about self-published books. The majority of those that I have read needed a lot of work. (I’m sorry if that makes me sound like a snob, but you never know until you dive in head first.) However, Angelfall is a prime example of why indie should never go ignored. This is one of those gems that I would never want to overlook, and quite frankly, is it marginally better than the majority of the raved-about traditionally published books that I’ve read recently.
The first thing I noticed was the writing. It’s imaginative and at times gruesome, and I absolutely loved it. It’s perfectly polished, and brilliantly paced. Note that there are parts that may not be ideal for a weak stomach, but they didn't bother me personally. I think this is one of the aspects of independent publishing that absolutely works in the author’s favor. She can push these limits without someone standing over her shoulder telling her it’s too dark, and in this case, it works so well for the story. There wasn’t a moment of boredom for me, or even a scene that slowed down the momentum of the story.
Penryn is an awesome and incredibly tough heroine. There is something great about a female character that can take care of herself. She’s witty and full of determination. She never loses sight of what is important. At some point in the book a vaguely recall wanting to complain about something she had done or said, but I didn’t make note of it, and apparently my love for the story outweighed it because I can’t remember. Ha. (I’m not a big fan of her name but that has nothing to do with her characterization) I loved Raffe as well. He’s dark and amusing, all the while doing his best to hold onto his convictions. He never does anything to lead Penryn into thinking something she shouldn’t, despite his inner turmoil. I admired that. The way their relationship was handled is perfect.
Having bought the book for only 99 cents (and you should too), I feel like I ripped the author off because it is worthy of much more than that. I did not want to put this book down. I was literally on the edge of my seat, anxious to find out what happens next, but I also didn’t want it to end. I hope this author’s sales go through the roof. I hope this book goes viral. Susan Ee and Angelfall deserve it, and I cannot wait until the sequel is released.
Do I even need to say it? 5 stars!
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