When I first picked up Angelfall, I admit I was a complete cynic. Despite friends telling me I would love it I was so sure it would be some cheesy horWhen I first picked up Angelfall, I admit I was a complete cynic. Despite friends telling me I would love it I was so sure it would be some cheesy horrible angel romance that would give me an eye-roll headache. But as soon as I started reading, I ate all my words because Angelfall was NOT a cheesy horrible angel romance - it was a dark, post-apocalyptic page-turner.
Therefore World After was one of my most anticipated 2013 releases - and as soon as the calendar ticked over to January I devoured Angelfall again and went straight on to World After.
Picking up shortly after Angefall ends, with Penryn recovering from her encounter with the creepy scorpions in the hotel basement, World After jumps straight into the action, and as with Angelfall, was completely and utterly addictive.
I loved Penryn in Angelfall, and I loved her even more whilst reading World After - shes the type of heroine that I couldn't help cheering on and admiring simultaneously - tough, family-focused and so incredibly brave. Despite the fact that Paige has been forever changed after her 'surgery', Penryn sticks by her completely. There is also more revealed about Penryn's background, and what happened before the angel apocalypse, which explained so much about her character and why she acts the way she does.
The relationship between Penryn and Raffe isn't the focus of World After and this is not a book where there's a whole lot of mooning and pining - Penryn is too busy living through the angel apocalypse to spend too much time thinking about Raffe, and it was so refreshing to have a romance that didn't overwhelm the whole plot.
World After is DARK my friends - it's creepy, imaginative and more than a little spooky - there were parts where I was literally cringing with the horror of some of the things that happened. Susan Ee has a wicked imagination for bringing nightmares to life, and I loved every single moment.
The one and only issue I have with World After is the wait until the next book in the series *insert crying face here*. And if you haven't read Angelfall yet - DO IT! ...more
Rapture throws you right into the post-apocalyptic wasteland, complete with demons and an instantly likable character in Sam. The demons are everything your worst nightmares are made of and more, the imagery of the wastelands are moving, and Sam is a young man with strong loyalties to his family and the responsibility to save every survivor he meets.
The history of Sam is told through a series of flashbacks to his childhood and teenage years, gradually revealing how he came to be the man he is today, interspersed with the current day, which works extremely well to build a sense of history whilst still giving you the action and suspense to keep you immersed in the story.
Rapture is a beautifully told story in an ugly setting. The writing is descriptive but straight-forward, the settings are familiar yet new and the characters are engaging, evil or otherwise. I am so happy that I gave this book a chance – Mr. Simpson is an incredibly talented writer and I will be eagerly awaiting the next installment of this series, which has serious potential to be the next big thing in YA reading.
I received a copy of this book from the author but this has not influenced my review in any way. ...more
Angel Evolution, the first book in the Evolution Trilogy by David Estes, is the story of Taylor, a slightly unusual teenage girl in her first year ofAngel Evolution, the first book in the Evolution Trilogy by David Estes, is the story of Taylor, a slightly unusual teenage girl in her first year of college who meets a mysterious, gorgeous guy whilst hunting for four leaf clovers in the rain. Drawn to his ‘light’, she quickly discovers that Gabriel is no normal college boy – he’s an angel. Taylor has been plagued by dreams of beings and evil snakes and even has the snake tattooed on her shoulder – her own way of trying to overcome the dreams that haunt her.
Told in alternating POV’s, Angel Evolution progresses through Taylor meeting Gabriel and discovering his true identity, to her best friend Sam and the mysteriously dark boy, Chris, who begins dating Sam after meeting her through Taylor.
I had a little trouble with the relationship and dialogue between Taylor and Gabriel – a little bit too insta-love for my tastes, and some of the dialogue was a little stilted (like Taylor saying ‘man’ in a couple of conversations with Gabriel – sure I call my bf ‘dude’ sometimes, but I’ve never called him ‘man’). And the story was perhaps unintentionally hijacked by the relationship between Chris and Sam, which was a little cuter and funnier. As a character, I liked that Taylor wasn’t the stereotypical teenage girl, however at times she seemed a little too trusting of a dude with massive white wings, and my fondness for Gabriel ebbed in some parts of the book.
I did appreciate the way that the history of the Angels and Demons was weaved into the story without feeling like a data-dump, and there’s a twist to this book that I didn’t imagine when I started reading.
What I did love was the song lyrics at the beginning of each ‘part’ of the book - I only wish there had been more!
Overall this is a solid book with an interesting storyline. I’m hoping that the characters mature and grow a little in the next book in the series, which I do want to read. ...more
I'd never really intended to read Angelfall. I'd seen it around, knew it was pretty well-loved by most people that had read it, but it neve 4.5 stars
I'd never really intended to read Angelfall. I'd seen it around, knew it was pretty well-loved by most people that had read it, but it never really grabbed my attention. It was only when I was looking for a new audiobook that I decided I'd give it a go, although my expectations weren't exactly sky high.
The first, and most striking thing about Angelfall was Susan Ee's writing. It's that dark, bleak and yet lyrical style that I really enjoy, and the opening scene completely grabbed my attention - when the hell did I miss that this was apocalyptic?!
Penryn is a fantastic character - brave, outspoken and completely focused on saving her beloved sister, Paige. Although she has some self-defence training she doesn't magically morph into a killing machine at the first sniff of an apocalypse - rather her skill is in her ability to keep a poker face in difficult, frightening situations. I really liked Raffe too - even at the beginning when he was more than a little prickly, and their relationship never felt rushed or forced, more of a natural progression with a few bumps along the way.
I've read a lot of post-apocalyptic novels, and Ms. Ee's vision of what the world would be like mere weeks after the apocalypse began seems pretty realistic - food, shelter and clothing are still pretty readily available, although fresh food has disappeared and groups of surviving humans have already formed and are staking out their territories or plotting their next moves. The angel lore is infinitely fascinating, and I was constantly surprised and fascinated by the twists in the plot.
And of course, the ending is one of 'those' endings that made me want to scream with frustration at how long the wait is for the next book. Although not exactly a book-throwing moment, it's wide open for book two - which is currently scheduled for release in October 2013.
Overall, I enjoyed Angelfall far more than I ever anticipated I would - the characters, world-building and writing all combined to make this a read that I won't be forgetting in a hurry.
The Audio Version
I actually purchased the Kindle version as I wanted to try the Amazon/Audible Whispersync feature. However, the audio was so good, every time I tried to read the Kindle version I just couldn't wait to get back to the audio. The narrators voice sounds exactly like I imagined Penryn would, and she does a wonderful job in bringing out the lyrical writing whilst keeping the intensity of the story. My only criticisim would be that her male voice wasn't really believable and in fact at times sounded quite unattractive and not exactly fitting for Raffe's character.