WORLD AFTER by Susan Ee | Review

 Title: World After

Author: Susan Ee

Book #: 2 in the “Penryn and the End of Days” series

Genres: Young Adult, Apocalyptic, Paranormal

Publication: November 2013, by Hoddor and Stoughton

Pages: 439

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: αρχείο λήψης (7)

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?

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“You’re naming your collector’s-item, kick-ass sword that’s made to maim and kill, specifically designed to bring your ginormous enemies to their knees and hear the lamentation of their women – Pooky Bear?”
“Yeah, you like it?”

Review

I freaking love this series! Seriously! It’s now definitely on my favorites list. It has everything, from a fast pace, to an interesting storyline, to an amazing love interest and all of it written in an extremely fascinating and capturing way. I could not put this second book down.

But first things first. World After starts exactly at that moment where Angelfall ended. Exactly at that moment. Like 2 minutes after Angelfall’s ending. That threw me a bit off in the beginning, as I had finished Angelfall a few months ago and didn’t 100% remember exactly at what point of the story we were left. I got over it a few pages later, though, and after that had no problem orienting myself and getting back into the story. The positive side of that was that we were thrown back into the middle of action again.

If you thought the first book was fast paced and action packed, you have seen nothing yet. The second has much more fighting scenes, terrifying creatures and anguishing moments. It also has a lot of gore. Like, really a lot of it. Those creatures that I mentioned? They are described in every detail, as is every fight scene and knife-cutting-through-flesh moment. If you are not really into that, then I wouldn’t recommend reading this book. I, however, had no problem with it. Okay, maybe it wasn’t my favorite part of the book, reading how exactly a person looked with parts of his/her body missing, but it definitely added to the story. I can’t imagine reading this exact story without all those gory details, it would be too different.

I really liked where the story went and by the end of the book I could start seeing some mysteries getting unfolded, though not yet completely. I also liked seeing more of Penryn’s sister, Paige, as she was completely absent in the first book. We can now get to know her a little better, or rather get to know the new Paige after the whole cutting and stitching and monster-izing procedure happened to her. She’s quite different now, but still the dynamics between her, Penryn and their mother are very strong. Speaking of which, I loved that we had a few moments with the girls’ mom. I always thought she added a creepy, yet fantastic edge to the whole story. Definitely looking forward to reading more scenes that involve her!

The one thing I was a bit disappointed about, was that there was not a lot of Raffe! The witty little dialogs between him and Penryn had been my favorite part of the first book and we didn’t get enough of them in the second. I’m also very excited to finally start seeing some romantic action between those two! I ship them so much! I do like that the relationship is going slowly, because it actually makes sense if you think about the whole “forbidden” thing and all, but I can’t help but want to see those two together as soon as possible! That being said I have to admit that I didn’t REALLY mind him not being there, just because there were a million other things happening to keep me busy. So that’s a huge thumbs up for the writer for making me love the story even without Raffe in it (who is actually my favorite part of the book).

But, we do get at least some smartass dialog towards the end of the book that honestly made me laugh out loud. I was seriously sitting on my sofa, reading the book and laughing all by myself. Thank you so much dear Susan Ee for making this book so funny and pleasurable and un-put-downable and awesome-tastic! I cannot wait for the third book to come out! I seriously cannot wait!

First Line

Everyone thinks I’m dead.

Mini Review

A perfect sequel to the first book
Love where the story is going and how some mysteries are getting unfolded.
Would have loved to have some more Raffe scenes!

Recommend it for…

  • a fast paced, action packed read
  • people who don’t mind gore

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ANGELFALL by Susan Ee | Review

Title: Angelfall

Author: Susan Ee

Book #: 1 in the “Penryn and the End of Days” trilogy

Publication: May 2013 by Hodder and Stoughton

Pages: 325

Author’s Website

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It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back…

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“Oh, please. Your giant head is getting too big for this forest. Pretty soon, you’re going to get stuck trying to walk between two tress. And then, I’ll have to rescue you.” I give him a weary look. “Again.” 

Review

What can I really say about this book…

It got my attention from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down until the very last one! The plot, the characters, the dialogs, everything was absolutely flawless.

The book started off in the middle of action and continued being full of action throughout the whole story. There was really nothing I felt was missing from this book. I was also always having a clear picture in my head of everything that I was reading. So it felt kinda like reading a movie script and I hope it gets turned into a movie someday. The only thing that annoyed me a bit is that it became a little too gross at some point towards the end, but that was really just a minor problem.

I loved almost every character of this book. My top two favorites would have to be Penryn, the main character, and her mother. Penryn is very strong female character, always ready to take action and practically taking care of her mother and little sister. Her mother is really a very interesting character. She is suffering from some sort of mental disease and she thinks that demons are talking to her and making her do things. Of course with this kind of book one can never be sure if she really is crazy, or if everything she is imagining is really true. She is mainly the thing that makes this book so creepy and dark at times.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book were the dialogs between Penryn and Raffe, the angel. They were witty, clever, simply fantastic! Instead of trying to explain them, here are a couple of examples:

Penryn: “Here, I’ll show you how to use it. Let me see your foot.”

Raffe: “That’s a pretty intimate demand in the angel world. It usually takes dinner, some wine, and sparkling conversation for me to give up my feet.” 

 Raffe: “I never kid about my warrior demigod status.” 
Penryn: “Oh. My. God.” I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. “You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.” 

One of the best books I’ve read this year! I’m looking forward to the sequel coming out this fall and any other book by Susan Ee. Really, just one of a kind! And I’m not even a fan of angel books.

First Line

“Ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious.”

Recommend it for…

  • Angel lovers
  • Anyone who wants to read something fast-paced, with action, witty dialogs and a bit of romance
  • Fans of the Tv show “Supernatural”
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