Release Date: May 23, 2013
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It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
Angelfall was definitely a lot better than I expected it to be! An angel apocalypse? How can it now appeal? It definitely stands out. It has action, plenty of heart-stopping moments and a romance that will put a smile on to your face.
The world has been taken over by angels and humans have become their subjects. When an unlikely fight ends up with Penryn's disabled sister to be taken away by one of the angels, she will do anything to get her back. Even keep an angel hostage to find out more information. And that's exactly what she does. Raffe's wings have been cut off and he is defenseless until he has healed. Penryn is a desperate yet strong girl who will get what she wants no matter what. When Raffe finally agrees to help her find her sister in exchange for his wings, the two embark on a journey that will only bring them closer as the world around is falling apart...
I enjoyed the premise of this story, and also the world it is set in. It's our world, only invaded by angels; beings that we thought were good and holy, not evil and willing to tear the world apart. I fell into the world and loved every moment. Danger was around every corner and I was kept on the edge of my seat.
As for Penryn and Raffe's relationship, it entertained me to no end! The two may have started off on shaky grounds (especially since Penryn held Raffe prisoner) and their constant witty arguments just didn't seem to look like it was coming to an end, but you could see that they were growing closer and closer along their journey. They softened towards each other and you could tell that they were both growing on each other.
I loved the plot. It was set around Penryn finding her sister, but both Raffe and Penryn have to face many obstacles on the way. One includes an encounter with a group of people who are preparing to fight the angels and take the world back. I enjoyed the rebellion side of the story and think it will play an even bigger part in the sequel, World After, that I cannot wait to read after the cliffhanger in this book!
A review copy was provided by Hodder and Stoughton