[AD] Angelfall by Susan Ee Review

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Angelfall is the first book in a new post-apocalyptic fantasy series written by Susan Ee. The book tells the tale of Penny, a teenager living in San Fransisco Bay who is attacked by angels. Please note Hodder and Stoughton sent me a copy of this book in exchange for a review.


It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back…


I was really surprised by this. In that it wasn’t as bad as I expected it would be. I think angels are the new in thing right now, what with books like The Bone Season and The Catalyst.

In those books the beings are called angels because that is the best way to describe them, I like that in this we have proper biblical angels. I like that it had that little bit of religion in it.


However I didn’t like the fact that I was constantly being reminded about what hunks these angels were. I mean from what I can tell these angels basically look like those guys who stand outside Abercrombie and Fitch.

It felt a little strange. It felt like Susan Ee was trying to fit a romance story into this post-apocalyptic world and it just didn’t seem to work very well.

All the way through the story it felt like she was trying to hint at romance, but it was through silly stuff like Penryn wondering if she should wash her hair because cute guy. But then suddenly at the end it was all boom romance.

I also felt that Penryn doing so many years of self defense was a little unbelievable. I mean she was basically ready for the apocalypse to happen. The reason for this being that she needed to protect herself from her mother, though I didn’t feel that her mother was much of a threat, other than having a strange egg obsession she didn’t feel that dangerous.


My only other grievance was the start of the novel. I know its annoying if a book starts out with a huge amount of exposition, however I like to know at least a little of what happened.

Especially in a post-apocalyptic world. And I definitely want to know more than just “Its been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it”. Apart from that it really wasn’t too bad.


  • Enchanting Wolf

    Great Blog! I really would like to read Angelfall, i will wait just a few more months (i do like to support Portuguese publishers and they are in a time where they publish everything that is popular outside! The problem is continuing the series…)

  • Kialtho

    I agree on everything that you say here 🙂 and can totally relate to the Angels being in fashion at the moment (if you get the time read the “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” series, it’s fantastic, and does things a little differently :))

    • bluchickenninja

      Thank you 🙂 This angels as the bad guys thing is all new to me. I’ve been used to stuff like Angel by Cliff McNish and the His Dark Materials series where I think the angels are good. Can’t quite remember.

      Oh and thanks for the rec, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one I’ve been meaning to read.

  • Dennis the Vizsla

    hello blue chicken ninja its dennis the vizsla dog hay dada read this buk too!!! he said it wuz okay but he isnt in enny hurry to pik up the rest of the seereez!!! he also sez if yoo reely want to see angels as bad guys yoo shud watch the dokyoomentry legion he sez that reely freekd my mama owt and that is not eezy to do!!! ha ha ok bye

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