I used to travel with my parents when I was younger. It was mostly road trips to other countries in Europe. Sometimes our vacation was planned in detaI used to travel with my parents when I was younger. It was mostly road trips to other countries in Europe. Sometimes our vacation was planned in detail, sometimes we kind of took what we got with no specific plan or goal except to discover and experience as much as we could. The last time I travelled with my parents was when I was sixteen, that is, ten years ago. I haven't left the country since then, if you not count a day trip to Germany to buy booze. It feels kind of sad but I haven't have the money, time or motivation to go travel since then.
I finished Wanderlove last night and I haven't been able to stop think about it. I'm in love with this book.
It's about Bria, eighteen years old and fresh out of high school. When her friends back out from their planned trip together she goes by herself. With a tour group she's ready to explore Central America for three weeks. But the tour group isn't what she believed it would be and when she meet two backpackers she soon leaves her tourgroup to join them. The backpackers are Rowan and Starling, which are brother and sister and they kind of take Bria under their wing. When Starling leaves unexpectedly, Bria will have to travel alone with Rowan. He's heading for an island and a job as a diver instructor and Bria follows him there to spend her time before her booked flight takes her home to the states.
All Bria want is to leave her past behind and the longer we get into the story the more the reasons becomes clear for the reader. Rowan also struggles with his past but when Bria tries to be the bad girl she isn't, Rowan tries to be good.
The story is beautifully told, the characters believable and I love how the relationship between Bria and Rowan developes from strangers who isn't really happy about the situation they found themself in to become friends who share their stories (some, not all) with each other to something more.
But it's not only a lovestory about two people. It's a lovestory about traveling, about adventure, about art and so much more. And if you don't long to travel after you read it, something must be broken in you. Okey, maybe not. But you know what I mean.
I could go on and on about this book but I leave it here. Got to go planning my new backpacker life. ...more
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 longWow. 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....more