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I thought I would take a break from my knitting in this extremely hot weather and spend a little time reading instead…

Synopsis:

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.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

In total it took me about six hours to read this book [a trip to London and back, and a little reading session after work yesterday… not long at all].

In “Angelfall” we are dropped in a post-apocalyptic world wherein Angels have come and conquered the Earth and it’s people, for no apparent reason. Most of the world is either dead or surviving in gangs and factions. We met Penryn, a late teen [from what I gather], who’s trying to look after her disabled little sister and her schizophrenic mother and survive in this new world, known as “World After” the angel invasion. Penryn makes the desicision to move the family to a safer location, but early into the journey the family come across a fight between angels, where we meet Raffe, who has had his wings brutally cut. This is where the story really begins, so I won’t go further into the plot, except to say this: Penryn’s little sister is kidnapped, and her mother disappeared, so it’s down to Penryn to get her sister back. Even if it means allying herself with an angel to do so.

This story had me gripped from the start. I can’t tell if it’s because of the way it’s written – in the first person, and not overly complicated, I didn’t even notice when a scene seemed to go on for too long or feel that it was over done. What we have is a novel about a girl fighting to survive – and doing alright at it for a time. She connects with the angel Raffe, and although forming an unlikely duo, her focus is always on getting her little sister back. There isn’t the whole forbidden, love at first sight, sickening novel – although Penryn does start changing her opinion of the angel, I like that it’s not in your face and a novel about that romance rather than a novel about the post-apocalypse.

We’re introduced to a range of characters all struggling to survive this brave new world of being hunted and killed, and not always from humans or angels, but something altogether more terrifying. There have been comments made about the wet t-shirt fight with a one dimensional female about half way through, but when I was reading I didn’t get that impression; yeah, the character involved was a bit cliche, but to be honest it could have been a lot worse.

I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series, and will do once I’ve made a dent [ha!] in my GoodReads “to-read” list which never seems to decrease…

Have you read this book? What did you think?

That’s all for now folks so take it easy!

Kialtho

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