‘Angelfall’ is a humorous yet twisted read


“Angels are violent creatures.”

Full of blood and gore, supernatural thrilling adventures and humor, “Angelfall” captures readers for a dark and thrilling tale.

I could not put it down. I had to force myself to take a break from it in order to get things done.

“Angelfall” is the first book of the “Penryn & the End of Days” 7-book series.

Set in a post-apocalyptic California, “Angelfall” follows the story of Penryn Young who has taken the burden of leading her family to survive the disaster.

She practically has no choice when it’s only her, her weak younger sister and her mentally imbalanced mother. On top of that, they’re half starved and the world outside of their apartment is filled with dangerous descending angels and street gangs.

On their attempt to flee their abandoned apartment building, angels descend attacking one broken angel, Raffe. Penryn makes a move to help Raffe nevertheless he still ends up wingless, Paige kidnapped by angels and a mentally unstable mother lost and on the loose.

Raffe reluctantly agrees to help Penryn to find her sister in order to get his cut-off wings back. Penryn is stubborn and dedicated to her family despite the circumstances, she’s selfless, she’s strong-headed and sentimental and compassionate. Her persona clashes with Raffe’s ingenious, independent and charming demeanor.

Their relationship is hilarious. They bicker and converse and share information about each other so much that most of the times, they forget themselves that they’re stuck with each other and are supposed to be enemies.

Reading the dynamic bond they formed is my personal favorite out of the whole story.

Although, I ended up really enjoying the book, it took me about 70 pages to really get into it.

I had trouble understanding the grand catastrophe that left the whole state of California in extreme despair. My frustrating confusion and desire for clarification occurred throughout the whole book. My only source of information being the vague details being slipped out from the characters’ dialogue.

Characters and history were abruptly introduced with no time for adapting. It didn’t help that the novel was written in Penryn’s point of view limiting our learning to what she was adding to her knowledge as well.

Despite these little annoying frustrations, I tried my best to roll with the annoyances and immerse myself into the world of angels and other mystical creatures.

“Angelfall” is not what I expected it to be when I picked it up and yet I enjoyed the book so much more because I was not certain of what it was about. It allowed me to be exposed to a complete new world that reeled me in for a great read.

It’s full of horror, it’s fast-paced,  it’s twisted, full of action and plot twists that make you wince and turn away. It’s wicked.

The cliffhanger was excruciating, I couldn’t imagine not continuing the series. I’m pleased to know I have six more novels to look forward to.