Wow. That's what I thought when I finished Angelfall last night. Wow, wow, wow. Man, can Susan Ee tell a story.
I realize now that's there been a long...moreWow. That's what I thought when I finished Angelfall last night. Wow, wow, wow. Man, can Susan Ee tell a story.
I realize now that's there been a long time since I felt so much about a book. A long time since I loved a book so completely that I feel sad it's over and have anguish that I have to wait so long for the next (that's it, summer 2012 which feels like it's sooooo far away). It's not that I only been reading bad books lately (though, I'm starting to wondering about my choices..), for example I read Daughter of smoke and bone and loved it, I would give it a five, but I still didn't feel about it as I do for Angelfall
I will (try to) keep it short this time 'cause it better to read the book instead of my ramblings.
So.. We are drawn into the action from page one and it never stops. Normally, to much action stresses me out, but Angelfall have the perfect combination of intressting plot, a great pace and awesome characters. The setting is a post apocalyptic California. Vicious angels suddenly attacked the world six weeks earlier and no one knows why. Now, the lucky(?) people who survived the attack have to fight just to keep surviving. A whole new economic dawns, still based on supply and demand but suddenly a box of crackers is more worth than a Mercedes.
Our heroine Penryn struggles to keep her, her little sister Paige and their mother safe. But the angels never left and during an attempt to find a new place to hide, Paige is taken by one. Penryn is determined to find her little sister against all odds and to get access to the angels she forms a temporary allegiance with an injured angel, an allegiance none of them want or like but that is necessary for them to reach their goals.
I loved the whole thing. The prose, the plot, the constant surprising, the witty dialog, the things in the end that made me shout out loud in disgust. It's not pretty and cozy. It's hard and raw and felt very real. It's hunger and cannibalism. And it's desperation in a world there everyone does what it takes to stay alive. Penryn is great. Smart, unselfish and tough. A very strong and sympathetic person, who, though even the horrors she have to face (and the horrors she have faced before) doesn't fall apart. She's just keep on going. The angel - Raffe - is arrogant but hilarious and very likeable. And the relationship between Penryn and Raffe is very believable. They are dependent of each other, but not in the way that they can't live without each other. It's not that kind of relationship. It's strictly business at first but developes smoothly to something more. Just like it should be, no weird insta-love based on looks and jerk behaviour. (And no mention of full lips ANYWHERE. I could sing) And there is one thing he's saying in the end that's just brilliant. And thinkable
For once I wasn't annoyed about a single thing. Most of the times when I read I want to scream to the characters to stop being so stupid, so disrespectful (one of the worst things I know is when someone starts to go through another persons stuff, when they intrude. Seriously, I just want to scream to them to GET OUT OF THERE, IT'S NOT YOUR STUFF, STOP BEING SO DAMN NOSY! AND YOU'RE GOING TO GET CAUGHT!!) or just plain horrible. I'm so glad I didn't felt that once during the 24 hours it took me to finish Angelfall.
And I wasn't bored. The twists just keep on coming and in fact, mostly everything makes sense. Another thing I hate is when I get confused, when things are to unclear or I just feel that's something gone wrong during the editing. But no. Reading Angelfall was just pure joy (And agony when I couldn't read, like at work) and no confusion what so ever.
According to Susan Ee's website the 2nd book should be out this summer (Yay) and according to the FAQ, Susan think there will be five books in the series (Yay again).
My conclusion? If you have to pick just one book to read, make sure it be this one. It's so, so worth it.(less)
First. I know nothing about angels. I don't belive in them or in God or in Satan or heaven and hell so I won't talk...more**Beware. There will be spoilers**
First. I know nothing about angels. I don't belive in them or in God or in Satan or heaven and hell so I won't talk much about that. Actually, that kind of creeps me out. But don't ask me why I read books with angel theme. I can't answer that cause I don't really know.
There were some editing-errors I could live without but also ignore except for the part of me with annoying control issues. There were some mentioning about the Scales blood which was supposed to be blue but then at one point was black and then was blue again. And then it was some errors about the time. I know, minor mistakes but it still bugs me. Especially that about the time. It brings my OCD-ness out and I work really hard to bury that deep inside me.
Back to the book (and some about the others.)
The reason I read Rapture is ONLY to get some answers. Well, I guess that's basically why we all read it, huh? And maybe for the great, epic love between Luce and dear ol' Dan. But this love is CHOKING me. It feel so, so forced. Like "If I tell myself all the time that I love him like crazy, it might come true someday." You know what I mean?
The first book I actually enjoyed. I usually don't have problem with heroines like Luce which many think is an TSTL-heroine (Though I HATE, with all my heart, Nora from Hush hush.) Actually, I am really good at ignore many things that I maybe shouldn't ignore in this book. That's what I do when I read. One part of me munch the story down and squeals (no, I don't) with joy. The other starts to think about name calling, about the whole "omg, I need a boyfriend who can protect me and stalk me and to make all my decisions so I don't have to think for myself anymore. Oh, and also I have this impulse to make really stupid choices and when I actually do them HE has to come rescue me. Isn't that soooooo hot?" That kind of crap.
I wasn't suppose to be ranting about that. Back to topic.
The first book - Fallen: I liked it. I was intrigued to know what happend next. Still, I had this feeling about the love between Luce and Daniel. Still, I felt it was forced. Like they had to try. so. hard. And maybe it's because of the curse, 'cause they are basically forced together by the universe every 17th year but still. And something I really hate is characters who can't mind their own business (won't even start about Nora Grey and her total disrespect for other peoples privacy). Or like how Luce kept to pursue Daniel though he clearly wasn't intressted. Maybe she couldn't control it but it still annoyed me. There's no chemistry between them. None. But I really liked the setting. Though the reform school sounds really lame (no real supervision except the "reds"?) but it was dark, murky and worn down. I could really belive the warm humidity and the shabby surroundigs. And I like that Lauren Kate isn't afraid to kill of some characters.
The second book - Torment: I felt kind of feel-goodish to me. Like the crazy school. Does places like that exist? No, I know nephilim doesn't exist but the extravagant building, the location, the insane restuarant-like breakfast. But when it comes to the story... I don't feel like I learned so much. It was mostly Daniel and Luce fighting about silly things, Luce making bad and stupid choices and her new friends who thinks about the angels as rock stars. Daniel who is a jerk. Nah.. It was an okey book but it didn't rock my world.
The third book - Passion: Someone wrote on Amazon that it was an filler book and I think I have to agree. I don't feel like I learned a lot about the curse. The origin, yes, but not so much more. Maybe I missed something but I don't think so. I beleive we could have made without this book and Lauren could have pushed in the nessecary bits somewhere in the plot in the other books.
The "waiting"-book - Fallen in love: No. Not impressed. I was actually kind of bored. BUT, cred to Lauren for making one of the angels gay (or bi, whatever). I liked that.
And then, the final book - Rapture: It took me some time to get in to the story and feign some interest. Maybe half of the book? But then I felt how the story picked up and started to get intressting. I loved Dee. I don't know if it was Lauren Kate's purpose but I really like to belive that Roommate-Nora (in the epilogue) is Dee reincarnated. The timing is right, the red hair and all that. I also liked Lucifers little guest apperance in the laundry room there in the epilogue. Anyhow.. I kind of had my suspicions about Luce from book two. I believed I knowed what she was even if I wasn't sure. And I belived I knowed what was supposed to happend. But I really was dissapointed. Not so much about what she was and what happend, actually that was kind of good, but I had my own plot made up. What it was? Well, if you're asking... Luce was an angel, having a blast in heaven. There she met Cam (yes, Cam) and they fell in love. God is an egoistic and jealous bastard and can't stand if someone of the angels love someone else. God and Lucifer curses Luce and Cam in the way that Luce fall in love with Daniel instead, Cam's best friend (don't know if that's so but in my head it is.) and Daniel falls in love with her. They can't help it. It's not real and thus, the forced love feeling.. And Cam suffers which is why he act the way he does. In the end, the curse is broken. Luce and Daniel realize they don't love each other at all. Acutally, they don't rellay like each other that much. Cam and Luce re-unite and they all live happily for ever and ever.
Boy, was I dissapointed.
But this brings me to the relationship between Cam and Luce, or Clam as I will call the from now on. I don't see the point with their relationship. Why? Well, because it feel so UNFINISHED and undeveloped. Was Lauren Kate attempting some kind of love triangle? In that case it was a really lame one. Was her original idea about Clam's relationship a different one that it turned out to be? Maybe she was going to do it diffrently in the beginning but as the series continued, it didn't fit in with the plot. What ever it was. I kind of mourn what they never had. 'Cause I really like Cam and I rooted for him and Luce from book one. I really thought there was something more to that. Because it is constantly brought up again. Cam making mystic comments to Luce, wants to be near her. Is all cute and loveable and much nicer than Daniel (though he was kind of a jerk in the end in book one.) I want ANSWERS. Why the crypticness? (Is that a word? Well, it is now.) Why did Luce feel weird about Cam if she was sooooo in luuuuuuv with Daniel? I don't get it and I feel so disapointed, like some one lied to me. Like someone promised me a really good treat and then it was ripped away from me. Okey, I have to stop ramble about that or I won't be able to stop. And I have to work.
This is my conclusion; Lucinda and Daniel. I don't feel it. The only thing I feel is my teeth hurting because it's all sugery sugar sweet All the time. Like the last sentence in chapter sixteen. Lucinda says "I'm Lucinda. I'm your angel." That nearly made me throw up a little. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with romance but that just felt cheesy to me. I guess it's because I don't like the whole "Knight in shiny armor" type of romance, which I feel, is the kind of romance that flows in this series. And though there is a lot I don't like or agree on with this series I kind of had a good time while reading the book. It isn't my favorite series but it was okey. I don't feel like I wasted my time. Now it's over and done. Time to move on.
Ps: Really liked what Lauren Kate did with God. Good work there. (less)