Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review: Angelfall and World's End by Susan Ee

Once in a while, I’ll recommend some books that I’ve enjoyed. No spoilers here, but I will set up the premise.

Also, I am ALWAYS looking for new books to read. Please feel free to recommend books in the comments. Amazon links are helpful but not necessary!

Caveat: I read widely, across many genres, so I’ve specified what genre each book is. If you don’t read in that genre, that’s cool. Check out the next book.

Urban Fantasy:

I have been on an urban fantasy/dystopia kick lately. My grad school roommate dragged me kicking and screaming into the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, and then I loved them, but I never really read much Urban Fantasy. I prefer science fiction to fantasy, given the choice, and I rarely delve into sword-and-sorcery at all since high school.

Angelfall and World’s End by Susan Ee are fun books with good world-building, nicely drawn characters, and excellent plot points. Some of the incidents and characters are obviously inversions of overused devices in other urban fantasy pieces, but she does them well. 

The premise is that the world has been invaded by angels, a warrior culture that has destroyed civilization. In the first book, major character Penryn is just trying to survive the apocalypse and ensure the survival of her younger sister, a paraplegic, and her schizophrenic mother. An angel is nearly killed in front of her, just as another angel makes off with her sister. She kidnaps the grievously hurt angel to try to force him to help her retrieve her sister. This series verges on Paranormal Romance (PNR) and throws some SF in the second book, as well as some trite references to the Rafe (Raphael) being rather Alpha and Dominant. These minor detractions are probably slips. 

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