Book Review: “Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1)” by Susan Ee

Publisher: Skyscape
Pages: 288
Release Date: August 28, 2012

Sometimes you just have to be in the right mood to read a certain book. Angelfall for instance, I bought ages ago, and have now just finally read. When it first arrived, I started reading and got about 5 pages before I stuck Angelfall on the shelf to collect dust. Whether it be a writing style or your current mood, it isn’t always easy to jump right into a new book. More than a year later after purchasing it, I find myself so glad that I finally took another chance on Angelfall because I loved every moment of it. Dark and cutthroat, Angelfall is a twisty and nail biting apocalyptic dystopian that leaves an impression – days after you finish it.

From the official book description: “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.”

Pen is a very strong and smart character. She’s clever and resourceful and independent. With a (legit) crazy mother, father who is MIA, and a sister who is physically disabled, Pen’s got a lot of responsibility on her shoulders. The angels that descended earth have destroyed the majority of cities and have possibly killed “billions” of people. The few survivors, like Pen and her family, have had to scrounge for food, hop from place to place, fend-off other humans who will attack you just to survive, and of course, avoid the malevolent angels. Pen has grown up fast. She’s the strong one in her little broken family.

When Pen’s little sister is taken by an angel Pen makes a hard decision to put her trust in a looks to be dying Angel. She nurses him back to health.

The relationship between Pen and Raffe is slow building. Pen rightfully doesn’t trust him which is smart considering the world is in ruins, millions maybe billions of people dead because the angels descended.

Raffe and Pen trade witty banter a lot. It’s so funny and cute. 

We don’t know much about the angels and their plans. And it turns out neither do they. They don’t know why they attacked the earth and there’s huge power plays being made. 

I couldn’t put this book down. Pen is an amazing MC. She’s so vibrant and full of life. She could give Katniss a run for her money. 

Ee’s use of grotesque imagery also makes this book even more high-stake and chilling.


5 Stakes!


  1. "Whether it be a writing style or your current mood, it isn't always easy to jump into a new book." Agreed! Sometimes it's my mood that depends on the book and even if it's a book I've been excited to read for a while, if my mood isn't for that genre/type of book, I'll wait a while. Plus I don't want my mood to ruin the experience for me!
    First off, LOVE The cover of this book! It's gorgeous!
    Second, I have a feeling i would love Pen (which is a really cool name I must say) if she's half as cool as Katniss!
    Have you read the Hush Hush Series by Becca Fitzpatrick? This book sounds similar to that series, which I loved!
    Great review Lauren and I'm so happy this book was such hit for you!
    Emily @

  2. AH I am so glad you loved this one too! It is SOOOO good. Seriously, I don't even know how I stumbled upon this little gem, angels aren't usually my "thing", so Idk what even made me pick it up, but I was blown away! You are so right about Penryn giving Katniss a run for her money too! And I LOOOVE the romance. SO much. One of my favorites for sure. Fabulous review!

  3. I read the first 2 maybe 3 books in the Hush series. I forgot why exactly, but somewhere along the way I was like "meh". I didn't care to finish. My other favorite angel series is by Cynthia Hand. Have you checked it out? It's a trilogy.

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