So this book series has been on my to be read list of books for quite some time. I have got to say that the book did not disappoint one bit. Taking place in a post-apocalyptic world where angels are evil, Angelfall follows Penryn and her family in its opening scene. Penryn’s younger sister is wheelchair bound and her mother is most likely a paranoid schizophrenic. As they plan to leave their dwelling place, they see an epic battle between five angels against one. Bad things happen to the lone angel, Raffe (I won’t spoil it). Then after the battle, an angel takes away Penryn’s younger sister, Paige, forcing Penryn to go on a journey to find her sister.
Penryn and Raffe join forces together. Both are in search of the aerie so that they can each find what they need. Penryn in desperate search of her mom and sister, and Raffe in search of someone who can mend him. The journey has plenty of twists and turns, leaving me at the edge of my seat every time I finished a chapter.
The author really does an excellent job with the first person POV. Penryn is a strong, independent protagonist who doesn’t always make the best of decisions. She is highly believable and the relationship that Raffe and Penryn develop is slow building and completely earned at the end.
There was just one glaring issue I had with the book. It was an awful simile. “Her voice is as smooth as an ice cream shake.” I mean…come on! That simile was painful to read when the entirety of this book is simply epic. The ending leaves you wanting to pick up the next book in the series and everything just seemed to unravel in the last fifteen chapters or so. More and more mysteries were solved, but there are still unanswered questions.
I’m anxious to see where Penryn and Raffe’s story will take them in the second book!