Review of End of Days by Susan Ee

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By: Susan Ee
Release Date: May 12th 2015
Publisher: Skyscape
Format: Print ARC
Source: McDuffie Communications

A copy of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

My Thoughts:
How to write the review for the end of a series that has been one of my very favorites? It’s impossible to express how much I adore Susan Ee’s writing and the characters she has created. I fell so deeply in love with Penryn, Paige and Raffe I was devastated before I even began reading End of Days, knowing I’d have to say goodbye to them.

I don’t know if you follow the series but originally it had been said that there would be 5 books total. While reading World After I thought that I’d have 3 books remaining but in between then and late last year it was announced that instead the series would end after this next book, End of Days. I’m not entirely sure of the reasoning but I was so sad because I looked forward to years to come with these characters and world.

Knowing that this would be it for this series I was highly emotional even receiving the book to review. I wanted to savor my reading of it but once I started I couldn’t put it down. It was painful to stop to do anything else. I’ll admit, I was worried that something would be off about the novel, Ee wouldn’t be able to pull me in, etc. None of that happened. The first page had me entranced and I knew I’d love the book.

I would hope if you are reading this review or have followed me for any length of time I’ve convinced you to give this series a try. Just think, you could get all three books and binge read them now. Well, this last installment ups the stakes–well, I’ll say, what made all of these books incredible is that there has always been tension, fear and really high stakes. I never felt that Susan was going easy on me as the reader. I was scared of what might happen next.

End of Days picks up from where World After left us. I was so thrilled to see Raffe and Penryn sharing scenes again and having their classic banter and that incredible attraction. I ship these two so much it’s insane. Seriously, this ship is one of two of my favorites. I can’t get enough of both Raffe and Penryn and the entire series I’ve just waited for them to smooch together and never leave each other’s side. I will say there are a few swoon-worthy scenes, but as always Susan leaves you wanting so much more.

I felt that the first third of the book was absolutely amazing. There were scenes that had me in tears and moments I’ve thought about long after having read them. But, I’ll admit (and it pains me) that the last third didn’t work as well for me. It felt rushed and the climax sort of felt to easy? It just didn’t feel as true to the series as I’d hoped but it was still good just not amazingly epic. Do not let that detract you though! The first third of the book is some of the most emotional and breathtaking writing I’ve read of Susan’s.

Final Thoughts:
If you find that you have similar taste in books as I do then please, for the love of all that’s good, give these books a shot. Of course, if you don’t love them don’t tell me! These books are high on a pedestal for me.

Extras:

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

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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.

Showcase Sunday/Stacking the Shelves

This post is Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea and Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review:

 Prisoner of Night and FogWorld After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)The Taking (The Taking, #1)

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman, World After by Susan Ee and The Taking by Kimberly Derting. I’ve read World After and it was beyond amazing. I’ll be posting my review this week so keep an eye out for it.