I will probably get lynched for giving Angelfall four stars instead of five. Instead of being "amazing," "I really, really liked it," and that's a ver...moreI will probably get lynched for giving Angelfall four stars instead of five. Instead of being "amazing," "I really, really liked it," and that's a very good thing. I should say, it was definitely worth buying. Great pacing, great world building, interesting premise, and some interesting characters. What held it back?
I love the idea that angels have come to Earth and basically destroyed human civilization. It's a cool premise. Would've liked to hear a smidgen more about the actual coming and fighting...perhaps that's in book two?
Penryn is an interesting 17-year-old girl. She's capable of handling herself in a fight, and not because of sheer dumb luck or some unknown reason. We know the reason. It's because her mother is bat-shit crazy. As in, paranoid schizophrenic crazy. Am I being too harsh? Because I thought the mother was a fascinating character and keep wondering how she will handle herself in the coming books. Only slightly disappointed that she didn't play a more prominent role in the book...I do understand why, because the book isn't about her. It's about Penryn desperately questing to save her sister, with the help of an angel. But do I really like Penryn? She's not bitchy like some YA heroines. I don't see that she's terribly intelligent in her actions (does she ever listen to those trying to save her life?). I get that she's responsible through her care of her sister...But why do we root for her? Because she's not entangled in some sappy love triangle, that's why!
(view spoiler)[I didn't like that Raffe didn't know why they were attacking Earth, other than chaos is allowed to happen. Authors that I've read so far who deal with archeangels seem reluctant to give a voice to God. It's fiction, give Him stinkin' words! It might make the story more interesting than handing out vague anwers like, "Oh, we came down and ravaged your home because...well, we don't really know why, but it works out for us so we don't care!" Ugh.
I also hope we get to learn why the heck Raffe's sword gave its loyalty to Penryn. I postulate it did so because Penyrn was eager to safe Raffe, but if a Daughter of Man isn't supposed to carry a sword, then what does that make her, exactly? She can't be an angel because they were all created with God in the very beginning, right? She can't be Nephilium because Raffe hadn't been hunting her during his time hunting Nephilium and there was nothing in the narration to indicate her parents were anything but human...even though her mother has plenty of personal demons. So, she's not an angel nor abomination, why does the sword work for her? It's a question that I hope will be answered in the next book, and preferably not with some vague, "We don't really know what's going on, but it works for plot tension, so it's okay!" (hide spoiler)]
It ended just a tad abrupt, too, but that's probably because I didn't want it to end. Overall, it was a very good book and I look forward to the sequel in hopes that points that came up in Angelfall get answered or at least more thoroughly addressed. After all, this is a YA book that uses quite the vocab word: renege.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I would've ditched this book in the second chapter if it hadn't fit so many reading challenge slots. I don't even know where to start with what made t...moreI would've ditched this book in the second chapter if it hadn't fit so many reading challenge slots. I don't even know where to start with what made this book so very two stars.
The World Building I'm not talking about grounding us in a setting and doing it well, although that would've been nice. I'm talking about how Corine Solomon grew up with a mother that practiced the Art, and upon her death passed one aspect onto Corine when she was eleven. She's had sixteen years to get to know the magical world inhabiting the earth, yet she acts surprised everytime she learns something new about it. Point in case: Meeting Jesse Saldana.
Not only did Corine seem inexcusably ignorant of the magical aspect of the world, it seemed the magical world kept dropping obstacles at them as plot devices. Zombies. Shadow storms. Semi-psychic Chihuahuas. Chance. Sceances. Warlocks. Holy hands of God. It's true, by the time you reach the climax, it feels rather...well...anti-climatic because it's just so...mundane after everything else.
The Characters How many times did I want to reach into the book and wring Corine's neck for being whiny, petty, and throwing out weird insecurities about her body at the most inappropriate times? Almost every other paragraph. She exudes confidence in her pawnshop and that's the last time, really, we see her confident. Joining forces with her ex to find something precious that's gone missing...that eventually opens up a quasi-romance sub-plot that quickly devolves into a lopsided love triangle wherein Corine, the woman we're supposed to like, keeps trying to make her ex jealous, even though she left him in his sleep 18 months ago. She's very keen on this point, and she's so satisfied when she manages to twist the knife in Chance, so to speak. Bitch.
(view spoiler)[Chuch: WTF, mate? He used to be an arms dealer!? Um, how about a few little clues, subtle things said or placed in the environment to suggest he had a shady past prior to becoming a mechanic rather than convenitently blindsiding the reader with the revelation? I guess, though, Corine wouldn't realize that because she's too busy trying to decide whether or not she should sleep with her ex or Jesse or neither or possibly both. (hide spoiler)]
The After-School Special That would be the ending. (view spoiler)[Min is found and rescued, but the bad guy gets away. There's a war brewing of evil forces. Yadda yadda yadda. Bring Min back to the house and since these people have saved her, she decides to trust them and tell how she got caught up in Montoya's crazy web of darkness. (hide spoiler)] Once again, I didn't feel the clues were strong enough throughout to make me think "Why didn't I see that?!" Rather, I thought, "God from the machine." Sure, we all have secrets, but usually with a little information and intution, we can figure out something reasonably close to the truth. Corine fails to pay attention to the world outside of her internal drama and her story suffers terribly from it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)