Discussion- Pedestal Books

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Me after reading the last word in Angelfall and then forever more.

I got to thinking about books that are so super special to me that I honestly don’t want to hear anything negative about them. These are rare books indeed because I typically don’t mind at all when someone doesn’t love a book I do. There is one particular book I feel the most like this for and it’s Angelfall by Susan Ee.

I got this as an e-book way back when before I blogged. It was a $.99 deal book that had good reviews so I went for it and I was amazed. This book gripped me like no other. Ee’s characters and their interactions with one another and the world they lived in blew me away. I can’t sing enough praises about this book.

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I’m sure if I were to reread it I might be able to see some faults here and there (maybe?) At the time I read it I needed the feels it invoked and really this book holds a special place in my heart. There are many, many books that are very special to me but for some reason Angelfall is one of the few that I really can’t hear anything negative about.

It’s not like I would be angry with someone not enjoying it (I might cover my ears and eyes and run) but I’d really rather not hear about it. I decided that Angelfall is a ‘pedestal book’ for me. I’ve placed it very high up and others reading it for the first time might not see it as brilliant as I did. High expectations and over hype might lead to a smidgen of disappointment (which is sooo sad) but for me, no matter what, Angelfall will always be a book that soars above others.

Do you have a pedestal book (s)? If so, what is it?

International Swag Giveaway

I think you probably know this- but I absolutely adore Susan Ee and her books, Angelfall and World After. If you’ve not read these books you must do so now. Today I’ve got some temporary tattoos (courtesy of Feral Dream) to give to one lucky reader. This is an international giveaway and the winner will receive three of each tattoo.

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Review of World After by Susan Ee

World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2)
By: Susan Ee
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: November 19, 2013
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A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:
star

NOTE: There are spoilers from book 1, Angelfall.

Summary:
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?

The Story:
World After picks up Penyrn’s story right where Angelfall left her and us (heart broken and aching for more). I  must admit going into this book I couldn’t fathom that Ee would be able to keep the pace, energy, horror and absolute perfection of her first novel. Never fear, Ee does it yet again here, taking the reader on an emotional journey that is as painful as it is beautiful.

I struggle with expressing how I feel about this series because it is by far one of the best series I’ve ever read. I find myself completely captivated and entranced with each twist and turn of the story and nearly breathless with how far past the obvious Ee pushes the story and characters.

The Characters:
Susan Ee has created some of my favorite literary characters of all time. Penyrn continues to be stubborn, bold and loyal yet we see more of her insecurities and struggles with the amount of pressure she has heaped on her small shoulders. Through out she is still the same Penyrn with amazing boldness and guts. I adore every aspect of her from the broken sad parts to the incredibly fierce.

Raffe. Raffe is hands down the best angel written and I don’t see that ever changing for me. He isn’t as present in this book as some might like but I wasn’t even disappointed because when he shows up it is beyond perfection in every way.

In World After, we see into Paige’s transformation and even get glimpses into how she became that way. The descriptions were as captivating as heartbreaking. Again their mother has a significant role in this book. She is expertly crafted and so crazy but with a touch of sanity that, to me, is more disturbing than her crazy antics.

Final Thoughts:
This review is nearly impossible for me to articulate because of the vast love I have for this series and Ee’s writing (notice the repeat of certain adjectives- perfection being the most frequent). These are some of my very favorite books and I really have no words for the impact they have on me. The story is beyond engaging, the characters heartbreaking, bold and unique, nothing about this book is not amazing.

Extras:
Angelfall is in the works to become a major motion picture. Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Good Universe are set to produce the movie adaptation.

Visit Susan Ee’s website for all the latest news and updates about this series.

Waiting on Wednesday #18

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are highly anticipating. This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait to-read” selection is: World After by Susan Ee
World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)Summary (via Goodreads):
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?

Why am I (obsessively) waiting on World After?
If you know me at all you know my immeasurable love of Angelfall. It is one of my favorite books ever and I can’t get enough of Susan Ee’s writing. You can read more about my love in my Angelfall review. I love the cover in all its simplicity. I am afraid we won’t get to see Raffe and Penryn interact as much but I have full faith that what Ee provides us will be amazing in every way.

You can read an excerpt here. I’ve not read it yet (though I am so tempted) because then the wait will be even more painful (if that’s possible).

World After will be available November 19th 2013 by Skyscape

Angelfall by Susan Ee Review

AngelfallAngelfall
By: Susan Ee
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Amazon Children’s Publishing

My Rating:
star

Note: I read Angelfall soon after it released but I am just now reviewing it. Its one of my most frequent book recommendations.

Summary (via back of book):
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 Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister, and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

The Story:
Susan Ee has written such an amazing book I’m almost speechless. I’ve realized since writing reviews that the hardest to write are often for my favorite books. Angelfall is in the top five of all time for me. It is graphic, original, heartbreaking, haunting, disturbing, beautiful…and the list could go on. Simply, I loved it from page one to the very end. The moment I finished reading I rushed to her site to see when I’d be able to read book two. Back then it just had a vague: ‘to be announced’. Thank God, now I know it’ll be fall 2013. Susan Ee’s writing is superb, I love her descriptions…here’s one from page 1

Ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious. Outside our condo window, the sky flames like a bruised mango in vivid orange, red, and purple. the clouds ignite with sunset colors, and I’m almost scared those of us caught below will catch on fire too

I was completely riveted to Ee’s story and found myself on the edge of my seat, stomach twisting in anxiety for our characters. Not only that but I was surprised by some of the revelations which is always a wonderful element in any book.

The Characters:
Though the story was absolutely stunning the characters are what drove me to love Angelfall.  I immediately fell in love with Penryn’s character. Susan Ee has created an incredibly strong heroine yet she has a touch of vulnerability allowing her to be relatable.

I am not as helpless as the average teen

I loved that she had a realistic yet heartbreaking reason for her ability to defend herself and fight. Of course, I won’t be revealing the reason because you have to read the book to find out. I was really emotionally struck by and haunted by Ee’s portrayal of Penryn’s mother and her illness. Raffe is my hands down favorite fictional angel. He’s mysterious, incredibly intriguing and his and Penyrn’s exchanges are engaging and oozing sexual tension.

Final Thoughts:
Angelfall is a must read. Need more encouragement to move this up the TBR pile? Check out Goodreads to see all of the gushing reviews. You can read the first five chapters on Susan Ee’s website.

In November of last year it was announced that a movie is being made.

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