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.

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Comments

  1. says

    It sucks that it felt rushed, but I guess with it changing from 5 to 3 books that could be why? Glad it was satisfying overall though, and yay I can’t wait for more banter and more page time together. I missed them being together in the second book. Great review!

  2. says

    I keep hearing that same thing about the last third of the book, and it makes me so sad! I’m still really looking forward to reading it, though!

  3. says

    Nice review! I did hear from another blogger that they thought the last portion felt rushed. Likely due to whatever caused the 5 book series to become 3. I am still looking forward to reading it though! It’s been ages since I read World After and I am so looking forward to seeing how it all ends! Glad to hear you enjoyed it for the most part! Lovely review!

    • says

      I hope you are happy with the way it all wraps up. There are a few scenes in EoD that might be my favorite of the series so the good is AMAZING and so worth it.

  4. says

    Aw, yesss. <3 I'm so glad you were pleased with this book Kristen. YAY for that 😀 I haven't started them yet, but sooon. <3 They all do look pretty amazing. And you have made me curious with how much you love them all, hih 🙂 So glad you love the romance and the other things. <3 Thank you for sharing about this sweetie 🙂

  5. says

    Oh wow, it was planned for 5 books? I had no idea! So far, I’ve only read Angelfall and that was AGES ago so I feel like I barely know this series whoops! I think I’ll have to check recaptains to see if they have a recap for it before picking up the next too. So glad that this one wasn’t a disappointing sequel!

    Nice review, Kristen <33

  6. says

    I loved this one! I actually didn’t find the ending… surprising, or what you said initially after you read this book back in March or April. It was a very sensible ending, in my opinion! But then, I hadn’t been waiting years for this book. I’d binge-read all three books in a month! Completely different perspective.

    Excellent review!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  7. says

    I just ordered End of Days and can’t wait to read it, I love those books, one of my favourite series! I’m also very sad it’s only three books!

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