Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Paranormal
Series: Penryn & the End of Days, #2
Publication Date: November 19th 2013
Source: Provided by Publisher
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?
If you came here looking for a concise and coherent review, then you probably shouldn’t read my review.
Before I even read this book, I knew I was going to rate it 4 stars or more. Call it expectation, call it being biased, but whatever it is, I always knew I was going to love it.
Susan Ee did not disappoint in bringing her masterful storytelling into the book. She didn’t fail to create a wonderful heroine and make her keep being wonderful throughout the whole book. Romantic notions or ideas don’t distract Penryn; she has one mission: and that is to protect her sister, and survive (although she could sometimes indulge in a girly thought or two…). I can’t help but applaud Susan Ee. I have to give her the biggest thumbs up in history for creating one of the most badass main characters I’ve ever seen. I feel like we can all learn from Penryn. Heck, I think we all want to BE Penryn if it means we also get Raffe in the deal.
Speaking of that handsome devil (appreciate my humour), Raffe is just so wonderful when he appears on a page. His sarcasm and charm just seems to fly off the pages. If there’s something I want to complain about, it’s the fact that it took him SO FREAKING LONG to appear in the book. I was beginning to feel disappointed when I didn’t see anything from him. YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH RAFFE. NEVER.
I wish I could just rave about Penryn and Raffe this whole review, but I am trying to keep up a pretense of professionalism here, so I shall move on… The pacing in this book is ascending, just like Angelfall was. Throughout the whole book there’s this big build up to something mind-blowing that’s going to happen near the end, and when it does, you’ll be clutching the book in your hands not believing what you’re reading.
I couldn’t end my review without talking about the romance. Even if it’s just a little. Penryn + Raffe are my ship. You shall not mess with my ship. You mess with my ship and things will go wrong… For you. Penryn and Raffe are so utterly perfect for each other. I think I’m still wearing a goofy grin that I’ve been sporting ever since Pen and Rafael were being way too cute. They protect each other, they care about each other, and they can be themselves around each other. Raffe doesn’t stifle Penryn, and Penryn doesn’t hold Raffe back. They are a force to be reckoned with.
If I’m going to look at this book as a professional and non-biased book reviewer, then I should probably rate this book 3-4 stars. But, since I feel like I should shout from the rooftops how amazing this book is, I declare that this book gets all the stars! Every other book out there should just give up because World After is the bestest yet! You will need book 3 in your hands as soon as you finish it!