Review – Angelfall by Susan Ee

THIS IS NOT A FAIRY TALE!

TITLE: Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days Book #1)
AUTHOR: Susan Ee
GENRE: Young Adult – Fantasy & Dystopian
PAGES: 283
REVIEWER: Nicole

BLURB:

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warriors angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey towards the angels’s stronghold in San Francisco where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister, and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for a chance to be made whole again.

REVIEW:

Susan Ee has delivered a captivating, creative, mind blowing debut novel Angelfall – Just wow!

Angelfall is written in first person through protagonist, Penryn Young, who finds herself solely responsible for taking care of her schizophrenic mother and her wheelchair bound seven year old sister Paige. While Penryn tries to relocate her sister and mother to safer grounds, they unintentionally get in the middle of an Angel fight, in which Penryn’s only option is to save the outnumbered Angel (Raffe) but as form of payback for doing this, an Angel who was fighting Raffe abducts Paige. Penryn is determined to get Paige back and since her mother deserted her, the only way to find out where Paige has been taken is to seek help from the bashed and broken Angel -Raffe.  Penryn and Raffe form an unheard of alliance and while it is clear they do not trust each other, they need each other’s help. On their travels they are constantly facing new challengers and enemies they must overcome before they arrive at their final destination where their biggest challenge yet is revealed.  Faced with new unexpected enemies they realize they need each other to survive.

This story is fast paced from beginning to end. It’s extremely well written, being very descriptive and visual – even quite grotesque with the details at times. It portrays a unique take on Angels, which if I am honest, I still don’t know how I feel about since morally I believe Angels are “good” and are there to look after human kind not destroy it.  So it sits a little unsettling for me but I am keeping an open mind for I believe there is a lot more to this story yet to come, especially since the Angels seem to be involved in a civil war? This is yet to be confirmed.

Angelfall leaves you wanting to know more, for a lot of questions are not answered in this book. The biggest and obvious ones being :  Why did the Angels come to earth to demolish the modern world? What did Raffe do to create these enemies? And you will have a lot more outstanding questions if you read the book and normally these outstanding questions frustrate me as the reader but in this book so much was happening you just know Ee is setting you up for a series that will be out of this world!  I felt somewhat satisfied with the information I do know from this book, BUT with the cliffhanger of an ending I am desperate to find out what is going to happen next with all these characters! It is OMG material!!

Penryn’s character is so strong and mature it makes her so likeable and real, you believe everything she is thinking and feeling and her morals and values towards her family are so admirable.  This is my favourite quote of the book and it sums Penryn’s character perfectly, “I knew from the start your loyalty would get you killed. I just never thought it would be your loyalty to me that would do it”.

The relationship between Penryn and Raffe is painful for me to observe for it’s like the forbidden fruit. You can feel the chemistry and the desire – everything you would want in a romantic build up between two characters but with who and what Raffe represents I don’t feel the readers will get a happy ending here, I could be wrong – but I highly doubt it for the repercussions are too great. I feel this is going to be a love from a distance relationship and for me the romantic – this is going to kill me to read…but I am going to do it anyway for I am that much of a sucker!

So now I am onto the sequel, World After  for I am biting my nails desperate for some answers!

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Review – Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Sigh…..

Title: Boundless (Book #3 Trilogy of the Unearthly Series)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Pages: 431
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal / Romance
Reviewer: Nicole

Blurb:
The past few years held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner ever could have anticipated. Yet through the dizzying high of first love to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she could no longer deny was that she was never meant to have a normal life.

Since, discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her – even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seemed like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christain Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara tries to make her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one…With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must choose her fate once and for all.
 

Review:

After a long wait, I was excited to read the final installment of the Unearthly Series, Boundless, only to be left slightly disappointed and feeling that the resolutions of some of the main characters were incomplete.

Boundless is about how Clara, Angela and Christain start their first year of collage at Stanford University, to help Angela fulfill her purpose, which she has foreseen to be taken place at Stanford. But Clara and Christain are also getting a new vision of their own which involves each other, a vision that they both believe is their true purpose. As the vision become clearer and more detailed, they realize that they have a big fight ahead of them, a fight that they must stay together to be at their strongest if they are to win this battle, for they have to go to hell and back to save and protect the ones they desperately love the most.

What I did enjoy about Boundless is how Angela’s character became very important to the plot and her surprising connection to another major character. I appreciated how Angela stayed strong throughout her darkest moment and stayed true to herself. I also enjoyed how Samjeeza’s character became engaged in doing something “good” for Clara, which became a key to the plot’s outcome.

Unfortunately, what disappointed me greatly was the ending and Clara’s final choice between Christain and Tucker. I felt Clara ended up with the wrong person especially considering how important this particular character is to Clara. I was heartbroken and can only hope that Cynthia Hand is thinking about doing a spin-off series on him because I feel his story was incomplete and his character deserves a happy ending.

What I also felt was incomplete was the lack of conversation between Clara and her brother Jeffrey regarding their shaky and disintegrating relationship. I also feel as though Jeffery’s story was incomplete, Cynthia Hand definitely left us wondering what happened to him after the event.

While I was disappointed with the conclusion and some of the character’s endings, it was still an enjoyable read and you might be happy with the ending? You will have to read it to find out.

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Review – Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Device Series) by Cassandra Clare

A Satisfying Prequel. Steampunk at its best!

Book – Clockwork Angel (Book #1 to the The Infernal Devices Series)
Author – Cassandra Clare
Genre – Young Adult – Paranormal
Number of Pages – 479
Reviewer – Laura

Blurb
Magic is dangerous – but love is more dangerous still…
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Grey arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gas lit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadow hunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends, and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Review
Clockwork Angel is the first book in a trilogy prequel to Clare’s bestselling fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments. It is set in Victorian London 1878 and is based around main character, 16 year old Tessa Grey. Tessa has just traveled to London from New York, in the hope of being reunited with her brother Nathanial. Instead, she finds herself kidnapped upon arrival by 2 warlocks that call themselves the Dark Sisters. It is here that Tessa is exposed to a hidden supernatural world, and finds out that she has her own supernatural powers…
When the home of the Dark Sisters comes under attack, Tessa is rescued by a shadow hunter – Will Herondale, and is taken to an institute for safety where she is introduced to more shadow hunters including Will’s best friend, James “Jem” Carstairs. The quest then begins to find Nathanial, and to discover the reason behind Tessa’s kidnapping…

Opinion
I found this book really difficult to get into at first.
I didn’t start to get excited, nor did I even remotely like some of these characters until more towards the end of the book, and no matter how hard I tried, I didn’t find this love triangle very convincing.
The character of Will, who’s confident, modest, and at times rude personality really rubs Tessa (and everyone else) the wrong way throughout the entire book, but suddenly she is falling right into his arms! Will has the good looks and bad boy personality, but is harboring a secret that is getting in the way of his emotions and his feelings for Tessa.
Then there’s Jem – the nice guy of the story who is always friendly to everyone, and being Will’s best friend, is the only one who can handle him.
Jem and Tessa become very close throughout the book, but seemed more like friends than anything else to me!

I did especially love the time period that the story was set in! What girl doesn’t love a story with pretty dresses, impeccable manners and a love triangle!
Even though I thought this book was slow at the beginning, by the time I got to the end I found that I had actually fallen in love with all three main characters and I truly enjoyed the story line. There were some exciting action scenes that left me on the edge of my seat, and overall, I think it was a great prequel to the much loved series, The Mortal Instruments. With The Infernal Devices also being a series, the last chapter left an exciting opening for the second book, Clockwork Prince!

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Check out my reviews on Clockwork Prince, Book #2 and Clockwork Princess, Book #3 of The Infernal Device series by Cassandra Clare