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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Discussion- TV Adaptations and Series You’d Love to See

Outlander GoT

I’ve recently watched the first episodes of Outlander and found myself really impressed with how well the show translated to television. I think the casting was spot on and I might prefer viewing the story over reading it. Granted, I only read the first two books and have seen about half the first book so that might change. This got  me thinking of the latest book to TV adaptations- Outlander, Game of Thrones and The Vampire Diaries. Each show brought something unique to the book and each varies to how closely the story and characters have followed the original.

So far, I tend to prefer TV shows that have stuck closely to the original material but I have to admit, knowing Game of Thrones this next season is going away a bit from Martin’s books does excite me. What will they do? And how will it work?

Legend-Of-The-Seeker1

Did you ever see Legend of The Seeker based on Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series? The show was so much fun but veered FAR from the show. Ultimately, it didn’t last all that long.

Long story short…this got me thinking of the book series that I would love to see on television.

Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee

 Angelfall World After Cover EoD

I just read the final book, End of Days, and I think these three books would translate beautifully to screen. The rights for a film have been sold and I think that if done correctly it could work that way too. I prefer tv series though because you get so much more time with the characters. Of course this one would be need to air on HBO, Starz or the like. I won’t go into casting because I’m awful at it. I do worry that there is no possible actor that could portray Raffe correctly (for me).

Every Series by Ellie Marney

 EveryBreathUK EveryWordUK EveryMoveUK

I absolutely love these books (though I’ve not read Every Move yet) and think that they would make for an excellent TV show. The chemistry and relationship between the two leads would be fabulous on screen as well as the mystery. I could see them creating all types of weekly mysteries for these two to solve. This needs to happen, please?

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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Okay, this one is a standalone (hoping for a companion novel!) but the western setting would be sooo good for television. I think we can all agree that TV is lacking in westerns as of late. Not sure they’d have enough material to make it a long running series so this might work better as a film but I’d love to tune in weekly to Kate’s story of revenge.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

 ToG CoM HoF QoS

Really, what list would be complete without this series? There is so much material to pull from as well as drama, action, magic, just EVERY element screams ‘make me a TV show’  Could you imagine seeing Celaena’s character growth on TV? It would be so amazing as well as the setting…just everything. Yep, I need this. And all the ships? On TV. My heart aches thinking about it.

I’ll stop here though anything Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo would be wonderful. I could really go on and on. There are so many amazing books that I would love to watch as well as read.

What series would you love to see on TV?