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Angelfall by Susan Ee
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Jan 05, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: angels, ya-fiction, dystopian
Read from January 01 to 03, 2012

I have no idea how to start this review so I'm gonna get right to the point: the first 70 pages or so were good, but it was after that that the book's soul was really shown.

Honestly, I have never had so many of my friends telling me to read a particular book at the same time. And by "telling me" I mean "yelling at" me. After consulting several book sites and seeing readers' reactions to Angelfall, I said what the heck, I might as well read it and see what all the fuss is about.
Now I get it.

Angelfall is definitely not a conventional YA book. Susan Ee dared to cross the "politically correct" YA boundaries and create a fierce, blood-curdling world, where angels have brought the world as we know it to its knees and caused the eradication of most of its population. That got my attention from the get go. Angels, Godly creatures destroying the earth probably under God's orders? Talk about divine intervention! Definitely not the cookie cutter YA paranormal novel I was expecting. And I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint until the end.

Raffe and Penryn are the protagonists. Raffe is an angel and Penryn is a girl who is trying, along with her mother and her handicapped little sister, to survive in the wreck and havoc angel attacks left behind.
At first, I didn't know what to think of Raffe. Well, I had some thoughts but I didn't want to have them. Because they were *cough* kinda negative. Yeah, I know, impossible. Thing is, I thought he was the same smug jerk, six-pack/ broad shoulders ready to make every teen girl swoon-type of guy that regrettably lives in every YA book. Amazingly enough, while I was reading Angefall, I felt like I was experiencing Raffe's growing up, his gradually becoming serious and determined right before my eyes and I was so relieved my opinion of him had completely changed by the end.
As for Penryn, I liked her from the start. She is awesome (in the original sense of the word "awe") and admirable throughout the whole book.
I still don't know what to think of her mother, though. She was too paranoid on some occasions, at the point of schizophrenia, and too "motherly" and "sane" in others. I don't know if that makes any sense, but I felt her mental condition was somewhat inconsistent. Then again, she was paranoid. But sometimes it felt a little bit off to me.

Angelfall starts exactly the same way it ends. With a bang. With two amazing and incredibly intense and emotional scenes. First, we have the angel fight. I mean, what a way to start a book! I remember laying on my bed reading and I thought "OK, this is serious. We might have something here!"
As for the ending scene…well, I guess you'll have to read the book ;)

Grotesque and horrifyingly beautiful, Angefall will leave you raving for a long time after you finish it.
Read it. Now.
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Anthi I have this lying in my book case a few months now, mmm...maybe I should promoted in a higher place in my TBR

AtenRa To phres se vivlio? Otan to diavasa egw den evgaine se print, mono se ebook.

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Maria as always παρα πολυ καλο το review σου.. μεχρι και εμενα με παρακινησες να το διαβασω φαντασου δηλαδη..

το κοιταζα στο BD

Anthi AtenRa wrote: "To phres se vivlio? Otan to diavasa egw den evgaine se print, mono se ebook."

nai k apo oso 8ymamai to eixa parei k poly fthna!

Anthi loipon to xekinhsa x8es k prepei na pw oti de mporousa na to afhsw! to eftasa sth mesh k an den eprepe na shkw8w prwi 8a ka8omoun olo to vrady diavazontas! aporw me ton eayto mou pou to eixa afhsei tosous mhnes (apo ton Aprilh) na mazeyei skonh sth vivlio8hkh mou...

AtenRa Nai einai kalo. Kai mikro kai den platiazei kai fevgei kai eykola.

Anthi nai! pisteyw shmera to vrady 8a to exw teleiwsei, pantws apo oti eida den exei vrei akomh ekdoth h Ee, mou kanei entypwsh, giati edw vlepeis na ekdidontai mpourdes sta YA k den exei ayto pou exei ola ta fonta na paei kala?

AtenRa Nai den xerw ti na pw kai egw se ayto. Kai mena mou ekane tromerh edypwsh. Epishs den xerw an tha yparxei 2o. To grafei, den to grafei, den xerw.

Anthi :/ makari na vgalei synexeia, 8a h8ela poly na dw ti 8a symvei parakatw etsi opws exei ginei o kosmos k pws 8a exelix8ei h sxesh aytwn twn 2! ma kala de 8a eprepe oi ekdotes na ta parakolou8oyn ayta ta pragmata? otan ena self-pub vivlio prokalei tetoio hype sto GR einai tromera endeiktiko 8a elega!!

AtenRa Den xerw pws doulevoun, eilikrina. Kai ginontai published kati hlhthiothtes...

Anthi pragmatika megales hli8iothes omws...

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