Book Review: Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1)

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 warrior 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 toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.


I’ve read a lot of wonderful reviews about this and that’s mainly the reason I have tried reading Angelfall. It excites me knowing that there’s this Angel series that’s so intriguing and somehow different from the cliché plots. I admit I’ve been venturesome in reading this. I’m really not into apocalypse associated books, either pre or post. I find it depressing. I was drawn to this just by the mere fact of the overwhelming positive feedback from a lot of readers, but I found this short of what I’ve really expected.

The POV is focused on the main character, Penryn. I really like her. She’s the exact archetype of a female heroine that I’m looking for. Stubborn. Kind-hearted and yet fierce. Strong-willed and oozing with guts. I love her for loving her interesting family. Yet, she can kick some serious butts through her self-defense classes. Raffe or Raphael, he’s an angel weirdo. I can’t even settle to either love him or rank him as a total asshole. I’ve assumed he’s in a battle between caring and following angel norms. Well, that’s just me. It could be true or I’m just over analyzing things. I love his bad ass look though. With those snowy angel wings, incorporated with angel warrior features. Wait, snowy angel wings I say? Hmm.. Penryn’s mother is a full-blown nutter. Creepy. Period. Paige is a different case though. It’s not discussed why she ended up like that. Perhaps it was mentioned, but for some reason I’ve missed it in the middle of all those clutters on the writing. I’m not sure. One thing’s certain. She’s not the sweet, angel-faced girl she’s used to be and she’s not gonna be the same anymore. Well, the other characters are not well presented to the readers, but equally interesting. Like TweedleDee and TweedleDum. No. This is not Alice in Wonderland, but you’ve read it right. There’s Obi, Angel Uriel, Angel Laylah, the demon Beliel, Josiah, etc.

The plot is in a fast pace. It never slowed down. Like you can’t be so sure that everything is going smoothly. I like that part, but the author needs to improve more in world-building. Yeah. I got the idea how an apocalyptic world would look like, why it happened is somehow discussed, but vague. Perhaps, the author should have had a prequel so readers would understand why things are happening. Personally, I felt I was left to wonder. The Angels. I don’t have a clue why they look like that. Why they’re doing those things they do and why they’re freaking weirdos. I also don’t have the slightest idea why the book ends that way. It should’ve been better if they’d stick to the Rescuing Paige part. Enlightenment please.

The writing drags. There are things that could be written in less than two chapters, but I found myself realizing I’ve been reading about it for already ten chapters. Like it dwells mostly on minor stuff. Should have been better if the author chew over important points like why the world and the angels ended up like that. That could have been wonderful. Yeah, it’s an easy read, but not generally appealing. Sigh.

I still recommend the book though. Possibly, others won’t mind the lack of points taken, would love all those talk about everything and would appreciate some fast pacing horror movie like book. I would consider reading the second book on the series. Maybe I could get answers there.


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