Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

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Published by: Skyscape
Released: August 28th, 2012
Edition: 1st, Paperback
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic
Pages: 284

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.

I honestly don’t even know where to start with this review. The only thing that I hate is that I didn’t start this book sooner. It was everything I wanted and definitely lived up to the hype (in my opinion). It was action-packed, fast paced, intriguing, and not just another love story. I loved every single minute of it. This book will hook you from page one and won’t let go until you devour the entire thing. Well at least it did for me…

The Writing

First things first, I absolutely loved the writing. It was very easy to get into and all the details were so vivid that I could see everything so clearly. I wasn’t confused and bothered by a huge info dump. The world building was straight forward and easy to understand. It actually almost can read like a contemporary to me because it was so easy to get into.

One thing that I loved was how fast paced it was. I wasn’t bored for one second. The minute the story begins you are on a ride from beginning to end. Penryn is constantly moving and you just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Also, this wasn’t just another girl falls for angel story, it wasn’t even a romance story at all. It centered completely on Penryn trying to rescue her sister. I loved this! No instalove with this one!

The Characters

When you’re small enough to have to look up at everyone around you, there’s no such thing as a dirty fight.”

Penryn was such a delight to read. She is relatable and so interesting. She is driven completely by her need to rescue her little sister. The only thing that I questioned was the fact that she actually left her mother behind. Her schizophrenic mother on top of that. But you can hardly blame her, so much was going on and she was completely focused on trying to save her sister.

I also really enjoyed Raffe. I didn’t immediately like him or “fall for him” but I did enjoy him. I liked his cocky, arrogant attitude and his banter with Penryn. I enjoyed watching their trust and mutual need to protect each other grow. I can’t wait to read the next books to see where this goes because that ending completely shattered me. I could feel his pain as he was holding Pen and it just hit me right in the feels! 😦

“I knew from the start that your loyalty would get you killed. I just never thought it would be your loyalty to me that would do it.”

The Story

This book is a great setup for what could be an amazing series to come. It has all the right stepping stones and I am definitely looking forward to reading more. It’s interesting to see where this angel apocalypse is headed.

Penryn spends the entire book trying to find her sister and once she gets together with an angel that she saves whose wings were cut off, I was just waiting for them to fall for each other. I was so happy that this did not happen. There is a bit of hint towards romance at the end, but the story wasn’t centered around it for once. It’s so much more. It’s about family, and humanity. This book is dark and got a little creepy for me there at the end, not going to lie. But it’s intriguing and unique.

Conclusion

I am so glad I decided to read this book and that it lived up to the hype! This is definitely going to be one of my new favorite series I can already tell.

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I definitely recommend this book! As always, thanks for reading!

Until next time,
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Book Tag | Soundtrack to My Life

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Hiiii! 🙂 Today I was tagged to do the Soundtrack to my Life book tag! Thank you so much Perfection in Books for tagging me!

Opening Credits: Favorite Childhood book

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My mom used to read this to me and this is just “our book” so it holds a very special place in my heart ❤ Love you, Momma!

Waking up: A book that got you out of a reading slump.

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I am going with Winter because if you follow my ramblings you know that I was in a slump recently and just could not read anything. I picked this up and it kicked my slump’s butt so hard! IT WAS FANTASTIC!

School: A book you had to read for school that you ended up loving.

 

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I actually really loved this book while reading it in high school. I actually read ahead of our schedule and finished it before our class. I haven’t read it again since and don’t know how I’d feel about it now, but while in HS I really enjoyed it.

Falling In Love: An author you love so much you want to read all of their books.

Sarah J Maas. Leigh Bardugo. Colleen Hoover. Cassandra Clare. Marie Lu ❤ just to name a few hehe

Fight: Book with the best action sequences.

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Break up: A book or series you didn’t finish and do not intend to finish.

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I only read the first book and it just was average. I don’t really care to finish?

Hanging With Friends: Book you think everyone else should read.

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SIX OF CROWS! Can I rave about this book enough?

Breakdown: Book that seriously affected you/had you crying your eyes out.

 

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This hurt my soul a little bit and I still feel a pang whenever I think about it. But it was so good!

Roadtrip: You favorite series (more than 3 books).

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THRONE OF GLASS FOREVER AND ALWAYS! I chose the UK editions for this because all the photos I found didn’t include QoS

But I’d also choose The Lunar Chronicles, The Mortal Instruments, Vampire Academy. Can I include Outlander even though I’ve only read the first book? I’m doing it. OUTLANDER!

Getting Back together: what book can you not stop rereading.

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THG is my favorite trilogy of all time and I’ve read them half a dozen times each. No regrets.

Wedding: A book that is really special to you.

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Sorry I am choosing this again because this is really want made me get into Dystopia and just god, I love it so much. Before I read this I was reading Paranormal and cheesy books like Twilight. Once I picked up THG I started to explore more YA genres and I never looked back.

Moment of Triumph: Longest book you’ve ever read

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I FEEL SO ACCOMPLISHED FOR THIS! OMG It was so long and I did it!!

Death Scene: Book or series you wish had ended differently.

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I won’t say anything for anyone who hasn’t finished this series, but I just had higher expectations. I didn’t want the “and they lived happily ever after” aspect. ugh and my ship DID NOT SAIL!

Funeral: Book with the best or worst epilogue.

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THAT EPILOGUE IS LIFE ❤

That is all.

End Credits: Who do you tag?

You, You, and You!

But I also tag:

Calliope the Book Goddess

Cassidy @ The Little Book Cottage

Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard 

Jessica @ Mud and Stars

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Veda @ Bookzillan Society

There you have it! As always, if you’ve already done it please ignore. And if you would like to, YOU’RE TAGGED! ❤

Happy reading! xoxo

 

 

Top 5 Hunger Games Moments

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Okay. So I know I already did my WWW Wednesday but since I kept seeing this  float around I thought I would join since the Mockingjay Part 2 releases tomorrow (tomorrow for me since I am going to the premiere screening)

Top 5 Wednesday was created by GingerreadsLainey on booktube and you can check out her Goodreads group for future Wednesday topics here.

Here I go!

5. Fire is catching. And if we burn, you burn with us!

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This was such an epic scene in the book and the movie! Katniss is the Mockingjay and it really sets the tone of the revolution. Now, Katniss means business! We are coming for you Snow!!

4. You have to win

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Oh god this is already making me tear up 😥
Rue’s death is so heartbreaking! The way Katniss reacts to her death! I think her promise to win the games held more power over Katniss and really drove her forward.

3. I realize only one person will be damaged beyond repair if Peeta dies. Me.

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The whole beach scene!

2. I’m still betting on you, girl on fire.

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I AM A PUDDLE OF TEARS! Cinna was my absolute favorite and I cried like a little baby during this scene. Cinna’s friendship and faith in Katniss was too beautiful for words. *sigh*

  1. This epicness

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Bonus scenes:

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If it were up to me, I’d just list the entire series but these were some of the best scenes for me that really showed what the series was made of. Now if you excuse me, I am going to go watch all the movies and cry to myself because my favorite series of all time is ending and I am not ready for this!! 😥

 

WWW Wednesday #4

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Hello lovelies! Today is another addition of WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words!


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


what are you currently reading?

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I taking a break from fantasy and going back to contemporary while I wait for The Rose Society. I saw someone recommend this book on Instagram and I thought it looked good so I picked it up to give it a go.


what did you recently finish reading?

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These two books were fantastic! Click the photo for my review. I kind of feel like I am already in a hangover over Six of Crows *pout* so that’s why I am picking up a contemp to avoid a slump immediately.


what do you think you’ll read next?

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This comes out Tuesday and I AM SO EXCITED THAT I SIMPLY CANNOT WAIT ANY LONGER!!! So if I am reading anything on Tuesday, sorry book, but I am dropping everything and reading this one asap!

Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown

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Goodreads

Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Published by: Random House (Del Rey)
Released: January 28, 2014
Genre: Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy
Pages: 382
Read in September/October 2015


Synopsis: 

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.


Opinion:

I really don’t know what I was expecting when I picked this book up, but it was definitely not what I got! I picked this up because Natasha of tashapolis used to always talk about it and I got curious. As I saw more and more rave reviews, I had to find out for myself what this book was about. I am happy to say I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed myself. It took me a while to get into, but I think the wait paid off. It’s definitely worth the read if you are on the fence of picking it up or not.

What I liked most about the book was the writing. I actually really enjoyed Pierce Brown’s writing style. He has such a strong voice that seems passionate and powerful that makes you think and feel what he wants you to feel. I was completely drawn into his story because of his fantastic way with words. I admit this book has a bunch of unique terms and it really bothered me in the beginning but once I got used to them, it was smooth sailing. However, I do wish that the terms were explained a bit more instead of just thrown at us and we had to basically pretend like we knew what they were (this is why this isn’t a 5-star rating).

The plot was really intriguing and I definitely can see the comparisons to The Hunger Games, but at the same time it was something completely different and unique that I loved. I am so interested in this world now and can’t wait to see where this series goes. Reading this book was like riding a roller coaster. There was so much action! So much intrigue! Thank you, Pierce, for constantly giving me mini heart attacks.

I am not going to get into too much detail about the characters because there was just so many! But I will say that I loved Darrow and Mustang and Sevro. Those are my babies and no harm better not come to them! Darrow was a strong voice and capable leader. He is flawed and learning his strength, while Sevro is just so loyal to Darrow and I want to hug him because he’s a precious cupcake! Also, I have no idea why but Mustang reminded me of Annabeth Chase and I can’t unsee it. Maybe it was the House Minerva (Athena) reference, but now the comparison is made…so, darn.

Overall, I had a lot of fun reading this book. I admit it did get a little slow at times, but definitely just stick with it. It’s worth it in the end. I just had to stick through it because I didn’t want to give up on a third book this month and I am so glad I did.

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