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:
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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?