Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee

“I’ve never killed anyone before. What frightens me isn’t that I’m killing someone. What frightens me is how easy it is.”

Angelfall begins six weeks after the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world, killing millions. Seventeen year old Penryn is trying to keep herself, her mother, and her little sister alive in California where gangs rule the street and food is hard to come by. When they are running down the street to find a new hideout, a group of fighting angels descends from the sky. They rip one of the angels’ wings off and when Penryn tries to help him so that her sister and mother can escape, one of the angels takes her sister. She teams up with the wingless angel, Raffe, agreeing to help him find the angels that took his wings if he helps her find her sister.

As I’ve said before, I am really over the whole angel genre, so I was definitely more than a bit skeptical about this book. I am happy to say that I was VERY pleasantly surprised to discover that Angelfall is not about fallen angels or a boring romance or a weak heroine trying to decide between dark and light. Angelfall is about the apocalypse, and Penryn Young is in no way weak. Her mother sent her to all kinds of self defense courses at a young age so Penryn is able to fight her way to her sister. She is willing to do anything to rescue her, even if it means fighting angels that are many times more powerful than she is.

Raffe is an angel and, like all other angels, he sees humans as lesser beings. Throughout the book his opinion changes as he gets to know Penryn and he begins to realize that there is much more to humans than he previously thought. Without his wings he is much more vulnerable and he has to learn to live like a human until he gets them back.

The romance between Penryn and Raffe did not happen instantly at all, which was great. At first they hate each other and are only working together because of a mutual goal. As they spend more time together and Raffe realizes that Penryn is not a helpless human but a girl capable of fighting alongside him, things change. I loved their relationship and I can’t wait to see where the next book takes them.

Overall, Angelfall was an amazing book and was definitely not your typical angel story! The ending was phenomenal and will definitely leave readers hungry for more!

Angelfall was released May 21, 2011 and is the first book in the Penryn and the End of Days series. The second book is still untitled but is set to be released in 2013.

A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies

A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies

“I am always torn. Between control and chaos; passion and tranquility. Between what’s fated and what I want.”

A Fractured Light is the sequel to A Beautiful Dark, which was about a girl named Skye who found out that not only is she part of a world full of warring angels, but she has to choose between the light and the dark. In A Fractured Light, Skye recovers from a near death experience to find Asher, the “dark” angel she had fallen in love with, by her side. She returns home and continues trying to use her new powers, but she is still torn between allying herself with the Order or the Rebellion.

To be honest I am really over the whole fallen angel genre in its entirety. It has been way too overdone over the past few years and it seems like every fallen angel book has the same generic story–girl meets fallen angel and falls in love way too fast and has to choose to be on the side of good or evil. A Beautiful Dark was exactly this, so I wasn’t very excited to read its sequel. However, I will admit that I liked A Fractured Light better than I thought I would.

As predicted, Asher ends up being all shady and secretive towards Skye. He keeps trying to tell her that he loves her and always will but at the same time it seems like he’s just trying to get her on his side–the Rebellion. Skye kept getting on my nerves because she kept playing both sides of the fence–she would be having a steamy make out session with Asher and then she would sneak off to talk to Devin, who not only is part of the Order but also betrayed her in A Beautiful Dark. What I did like: we found out a lot more about Skye’s past, including who her parents were and why she was raised by her parents’ friend. Skye also had to deal with the repercussions of continuously lying to her friends and I was glad that they didn’t forgive and forget easily.

The end of this book really redeemed it for me though–Skye finally started to think for herself and stand up for herself and began making her own decisions about the Order and the Rebellion. It ended (of course) on another cliffhanger so I will most likely read the next one, even though I am so over fallen angel stories.

A Fractured Light was released September 25, 2012 and is the second book in the A Beautiful Dark series. There is no word yet on when the next book will be released.