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Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  63,571 ratings  ·  7,937 reviews
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 brok...more
Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Published May 21st 2011 by Feral Dream
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Steph Sinclair

This is my favorite book of 2011! This review may contain extreme amounts of gushing!


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The above was my immediate reaction after finishing this book. There simply were no words to describe how much I loved it, how it horrified me, shocked me, tore at my heart again and again. Brilliant.

2011 turned out to be a great year for Angel books for me. I know that might seem strange when you think of the more popular horrible ones **cough* Hush, Hush*cough*Halo*cough*Fallen*cough**. But t...more
Wendy Darling
In the beginning, it starts with a single feather drifting slowly down from the sky. When 17-year-old Penryn sees this simple sight, she is filled with incredible dread, because this lovely, floating, ephemeral thing is an unlikely sign of terrible things to come.

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 watches in horror as an angel named Raffe is cornered and brutally st...more
Warning, warning: this review has a lot of expletives because this book makes me so damn happy. I also get a bit of an attitude when a book makes me overjoyed, so be forewarned. I'm a little sassy.

This book just makes me feel so incredibly happy inside that I just can't help expressing myself. When I finished this book I basically did this:

Yes, I fainted from sheer happiness and then got up and danced. Ya got a problem with that?

I think that you all know that one book that you always wish fo...more
Emily May

Oh my goodness, I think this book might have just ruined the entire urban fantasy - and possibly dystopian too - genre for me. Because, where can I go from here? Does it ever get better than this? Please be warned right now that this review is going to be nothing less than gushing. I loved everything about this book, so much so that I may need to keep writing in italics.

I can't believe I nearly didn't read this book. I've looked at the other rave reviews for it so many times and I kept coming...more
Kat Kennedy
The morning beckons and when I turn over, the book I finished in the midnight hours is beside me. The fantasy world is slipping away, unable to follow me into the light. Reality creeps in with the rising dawn, but I'm reluctant to meet it. I want that world, those characters, that emotion back - but it's over. Time to find a new one in a new book and so the hunt is on but the sadness at leaving a good friend remains.

Ee has done something amazing here and not just because she's written probably o...more
Susan Ee, I salute you.

Please do mankind a favor and send a copy of your book to every author who has ever written a book about angels - maybe they'll finally understand that they're not going about it right. You are.

This is how you write a book about angels.
This is how you write a post-apocalyptic book.
This is how you write a kick-ass heroine.
This is how you write a gut-wrenching romance.
This is how you write a torn family.
This is how every book deserves to be written.


three stars for the first half of this book, and a million for the last 3/4.

i know. i am the outlier. i am the one percent. come on and occupy me.

i have read all your reviews of this book - you, collectively, the YA goddesses of, and they have made me salivate for this book. and the second half or so, basically everything after the "tree" scene, was really great.

but for me, it was a slow start.and i was nail-biting the first bits, thinking to myself - "i am going to get flayed for...more
Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)
This main character...

This world...

This story...

I’ve read this twice now and I don’t know how to do it justice in a review. Favorite Young Adult book EVER.
Marie Lu
This book rocked my socks. Penryn. Raffe. The dialogue. Awesome.
Dec 23, 2013 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those seeking a new UF adventure
Recommended to Tatiana by: Emily May
As seen on The Readventurer

Well, I guess I got schooled again. Clearly I can't hold on to this particular reading prejudice against self-published books any more, because here it is, a self-pub that is not equal in quality to similar books released by major publishers, but, in fact, better than probably 75% of those books. Angelfall is a competently-written and competently-edited novel.

If you are a fan of UF and post-apocalyptic adventure stories like Blood Red Road and Under the Never Sky, ther...more
little machines
A review of this is now posted on my blog as well. Feel free to check it out!





I'm, like, shaking from the utter epicness and badassery that is this gem of a book. I mean, HOLY CRAP. A PERSON CAN ONLY TAKE SO MUCH AWESOMENESS. THIS IS OVERKILL.



Okay. Whew.

I need to lie down. ._.

Several minutes/hours/whatevers later...

Woo. Okay. *deep breath* So. Most of you people are probab...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
*buddy re-read 11/11/13 and it was just as good the second time around!*

11/14/12 Soon to be a major motion picture!

I think I can safely recommend this book to anyone who likes any of these genres or categories :

Sci-Fi (post-apocalyptic world in ruin)
Paranormal (angels and demons)
Romance (okay, so there wasn't actually one yet, but there is the hint of something forbidden to come)
Survival & Adventure stories
Horror, Gore and Macabre twists
YA books that DON'T read like a YA (no angst, no teen...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
A Badass Hidden Gem...

The. Perfect. Escape!

A dark, gritty, gory, post-apocalyptic world is so beautifully represented by the author in Angelfall. Beautiful you say? Yes, beautiful! When you read a book, and in your head you can see the world as vivid as if you were looking outside your window, that is beautiful. I wanted to take the world building in this book and yell to some of the YA authors out there and say, “See, this is how you do it”. Nevertheless...more

Dear publishers,
Why do you publish so many badbooks (I won't even bother to mention them, you know there are plenty), while wonderful stories like this one have to be self-published for us to be able to enjoy them?
All I have to say is that this book puts some of you at shame.
I wonder if this book would have been better if edited, or if it would have been turned into a boring commercial story as many others out there.

I usually don't pick up many angel-books to read, as I find then not quite orig...more
Hmmmm. This book is like a ninja, sneaking up on you in its purposefully donned disguise, innocently masquerading as one of those selling-like-hotcakes teen paranormal postapocalyptic romances¹.

But once it's safely past your defences, once you are honestly ready to relentlessly mock it for being no different than the multitudes of other useless tomes, it drops the unremarkable disguise and finally reveals that yes, it indeed has a real heart.
¹ Just look at the description for this book. Ugh. It
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Mafia Princess*

We have declared war on any being that dares to think they can wipe us out without a fight. No matter how celestial, no matter how powerful they are, this is our home and we will fight to keep it.

So when I started reading Angelfall by Susan Ee, I wasn't sure if the book was for me. But the reviews were and are amazing so I thought I would read it, I mean what are the chances of me not liking it? So I started reading it...

I was immediately thrown into a post apocalyptic world, Penryn, her mother...more
Dec 29, 2011 Cory rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Octavia Butler
Recommended to Cory by: The Entirety of Goodreads
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I don't like Paranormal Romance and I don't Urban Fantasy. Y'all can take Anita Blake and Zoey Redbird and Rose Hathaway and Bella Swan and Jace Wayland and Nora Grey and Ever Bloom and lock them away in a closet to discuss their various sexploits, boobs jobs, and why they'll do anything for their wo/man. And you can shove Sam, Grace, Clary Fray, Ethan Wate, Lena Haloway, and Schuyler Van Allen in a closet right next to them.

I didn't even like The Hunger Games, which is practically an immoral o...more

First off, Amazon is selling the Kindle version of this book for $2.99. If you like post-apocalypse YA lit with a healthy serving of creepy undead-ish things and antagonistic angels, BUY THIS NOW.

I'll wait.








Got it yet?

Reading this book made me happy. Happier than Fridays, happier than eating cupcakes, happier than buying shoes, for chrissakes! It was a book that made me go

because geez, it was a very well written story with a gripping plot.


Six weeks before the begin...more
Kristin (KC)
*4.5 Stars*

Hard to focus on reality again after that one...

The enormous hype surrounding this book, in my opinion, is genuinely warranted. We are given a unique and creative plot with plenty of action, suspense, gore, and just enough of an underlying romance to keep everyone happy. The writing is spectacular and the scenes were playing out before my eyes whether I wanted them to or not. The story is gripping and fluid, feeling much shorter than it actually was--which is a sure sign of a great re...more
Shirley Marr
Jan 03, 2012 Shirley Marr rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is not convinced about self-publishing quality
Recommended to Shirley by: Tatiana
Shelves: usa-ya
Whenever a "self-published" author talks to me about their "innovative business model" and "seizing control of their own publishing destiny" I go uh-huh, yeah you do that you... pioneering...genius... you, but secretly on the inside I'm thinking, yeah, but if you got a chance to be repped by a massive traditional publishing house and got to work with top shelf editors and wear an exclusive design by award-winning cover designers and hobnob with other A-grade authors you wouldn't be saying that w...more
5 stars

Such a beautiful read from one incredibly talented author. And all for 77 pence. Best. Buy. Ever.

I wish I could have written this book. Angelfall was a spell-binding story that had me completely and utterly hooked. I willingly gave up sleep to get this novel read and I will gladly do so again for the books to come. I am still in awe over how spectacular this story was. A post-apocalyptic world and angels are not two ideas that normally go hand in hand, yet Susan Ee made it work so beautif...more
March 4, 2012

The 5-star rating is the easy part. This book is so outstanding, in so many ways, that I wasn't in doubt about that from the first couple of chapters on. And it got MUCH stronger in the last 25% or so.

The hard part is deciding what I should say about it, even though there is a great deal to be said. The problem is this: most of the items that I want to cover are very difficult to verbalize without overt spoilers.

I am going to study the reviews of my friends, and a few others, to see...more
Well, I’ve just gone through the first page of reviews and they’re all four and five stars. So…I will probably be alone out here in the three-star universe for a while. To all of the future members of the Angelfall three-star club (What? There’s only four of you? Well good. Let’s hold hands and form a Quincunx*.) – welcome. Please come in and make yourselves comfortable. I know that all of your friends and loved ones are outside, having a party and generally loving life because Angelfall has mad...more
Jillian -always aspiring-
Angelfall. It's pretty amazing how one self-published novel could spread like wildfire through the Goodreads community in only a matter of days...and for the right reasons and not excuses for snark-ridden reviews. There's been a lot of gushing about this book (and some thoughtful criticism as well), so I can't say I'll add anything new to the conversation or word of mouth about this book. But I promised a review, so here it is.

To be honest, reading Angelfall left me in a daze, and I rated it in...more
Lisa O.
Better buy this book NOW that it's 0.99 on Amazon (even on!)

I really regret that I've read this only now, after Christmas, when all book contests like the GoodReads one or Nomes' Faves of TwentyEleven are already closed. Angelfall would have made my list on multiple categories, without a doubt.

My first thought: another book about angels? I have to confess, it's the supernatural category I somehow like less. I find the whole religious issue a bit tricky in most cases, and it takes a so...more
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤
This book is just incredibly beautiful and absolutely awesome!! I loved every single thing about this book!!

This is not your typical angel kind of novel..The idea of angels in a post apocalyptic setting really did get my interest.The plot was unique and the world-building was amazing!The twists and actions were mind-blowing and the character were all kickass! !!!
Six weeks ago, the angels arrived and earth as we know it has been destroyed. The angel who led them here was shot on arrival,...more
**Re-read 8/5/11 - Even better the second time**

Imagine a post-apocalyptic world devastated by angels. Our cities lie in ruins, our technology smashed on the road. People are killed by the angels of the apocalypse; those that survive have very limited resources. Gangs roam in the daylight, angels and other paranormal creatures rule the night.

This is Penryn’s world. Penryn is a 17 year old girl struggling to survive. Her little sister Paige is crippled and confined to a wheelchair. Her mother suf...more
9 3/4
Everyone is talking about Angelfall lately. It has become in just a few months the next big thing in YA dystopian literature and all the reviews are raving! People compare it with books as big as the Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments and Divergent Trilogy. And it actually sounded so unique to me. A post apocalyptic dystopian world with angels? I was ready to love it and I had, understandably obviously, very high expectations. Unfortunately Angelfall was not what I expected. I liked it and it has...more
I read an angel book once that I won't bother naming and it was terrible, and as it was my first, I was a bit uncertain as to whether or not Angelfall would be another failure, but nope, it is Full. Of. Awesome!!

In a post-apocalyptic world where Angels have taken over, Penryn is only trying to survive with her schizophrenic mother and crippled sister. These aren't angels to swoon over these ones, these are mean ass, I-will-kill-your-unborn-child, angels. I'm not sure if this is a debut novel, bu...more
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“I never kid about my warrior demigod status."
"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.”
“My friends call me Wrath,” says Raffe. “My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?” 952 likes
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