Thursday, June 28, 2012

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Publisher: This is an Indie book. You can find it on Amazon. My library had it, so that’s how I got it.

Series: Penryn & The End Of Days

Genera: Paranormal/Sci-fi dystopian

Subjects: angels, apocalypse, survival

Length: 247 pgs. (and the font size it small and too little space between lines)

HC/PB: Paperback

Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Rating: êêêêê

My Review: I really wish I could have bought a copy of this book, but the cover and typography doesn’t do it justice. This is the first indie book I’ve read, and wow, it’s well done. Well written. Why hasn’t this been published by a big publisher? Who knows! It has action and adventure and angels! Evil angels, much like in Angel Burn. Raffe’s not really evil, and he even has a sense of humor. He sort of reminded me of Patch from Hush, Hush. Penryn’s a really strong, tough girl. She has a lot of martial arts training, and it helps her survive. She has a schizophrenic mother who’s off her pills, and act crazy (in pretty funny ways) and a sister who is wheel-chair bound, and kidnapped in the story.

The post-apocalyptic world created in this book is similar to Faith Hunter’s Bloodring Trilogy, because it involves angels. Angel books and Dystopian books just so happen to be my favorite books to read, so I got a 2-in-1 with this book. Even with poorly set type, I found myself sucked into the story.  

I highly recommend this read. Especially if you liked Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly, or love reading post-apocalyptic books.

Cover Art Review: I have to say that the whole book is poorly designed. The typography is atrocious. The cover photo may be nice, but as far as indie books go, the designer did a poor job. A book this good deserves a talented cover artist and type setter. I’m only a 2nd year graphic design student and I can do 100 times better than this.

~Haley G

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