“I never kid about my warrior demigod status."
"Oh. My. God." I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. "You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.” - Susan Ee, Angelfall
It's been six weeks since earth was attacked by angels, and it's not looking good for the humans. Penryn and her family are leaving their home to find a safer place to stay. On their journey through he night Penryn sees something terrifying, a single while feather falling from the sky.
I wasn’t quite sure about picking up this book because a novel with angels didn’t sound like my cup of tea at all. But after reading only positive reviews about this book I caved in and decided to give it a try. And boy, was I pleasantly surprised! The thing that usually scares me a bit about novels with angels is that they’re going to have a strong religious message and that’s not something I’m that interested in reading. But that’s not really the case with Angelfall by Susan Ee. The novel even has something as original and refreshing as an angel who isn’t sure if he believes in God or not.
But let’s leave the whole discussion about religion because I guess everything is open for everyone's own interpretation. So, let’s talk about my over all thoughts about the book instead. You know what my first thought was after I finished reading it? Wow! This is what I hoped Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor to be (I’m one of those few people who was quite disappointed with that book). Angelfall is a fast-paced, original and apocalyptic urban fantasy. Being a person who usually enjoys apocalyptic novels way more that urban fantasy I found it to be a refreshing take on the genre. To be completely honest, this is not a perfect novel. The characters are to some extent a bit stereotypical and Susan Ee’s writing style isn’t mind-blowing (but absolutely good enough). But over all this was a very fun and pleasant reading experience. The story includes some interesting and very original plots and it’s a true page-turner and I also really enjoyed the apocalyptic take on urban fantasy. So, I really recommend Angelfall to anyone who’s looking for a fun, fast-faced and original urban fantasy to read. I give Angelfall by Susan Ee 4/5 stars.
This post was written by regular reviewer Niina, get to know her here.