I wanted to write quick reviews of these two since they’ve been out for quite some time, but they deserve some more attention! Hopefully these bite sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!
These reviews are for books two and three in a series. For my review of the first book, click HERE.
Published by Skyscape on 11/19/13
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian
Source: Goodreads First Reads
In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.
When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister, Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.
Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.
Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?
I’m so glad that I picked this series back up! I really enjoyed the first book, but for some reason I didn’t ever get back to it. This second book wasn’t what I expected (in a good way) because it focused on the relationship between Penryn and her sister Paige, barely touching on the romance with Raffe. That might disappoint some people, but I felt like this focus of family was just what the series needed. We saw Penryn’s struggle with her mentally ill mother in the first book, but her relationship with her little sister was solid. Now that Paige has been turned into a monster of sorts, Penryn truly struggles. She wants to feel the same as she always has toward her sister, but she finds it nearly impossible to even look at her, with her patchwork stitched up skin and razor teeth. And Paige’s behavior scares her more than anything – sometimes it’s hard for Penryn to know if her baby sister is even in there. I loved seeing Penryn struggle with her family loyalties – especially when she learns more about what Paige has become and meets someone who was responsible for her current state! Honestly, I didn’t miss the romance at all (though we did get a bit toward the end!). I give this one 4/5 stars.
Published by Skyscape on 5/12/15
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian
End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?
Wow! This was quite a finale!! I don’t think I expected to love this final book in the series as much as I did, but it was utterly fantastic. Pretty much every plot point and struggle was tied up perfectly in this book. The romance was taken up a notch, but it didn’t pull focus from the action and the end of the universe storyline. (Characters who put the end of the world before their romance! What a novel idea!) Penryn’s relationship with both her mother and Paige were further explored and came to a head. And then there was that final showdown with the angels. Just, wow!
If you’re looking for a dystopian series that does things right, pick this one up. It has everything you could hope for. I give this book an definite 5/5 stars.