Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Published on May 21 2011
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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.
Recommended for ages 16 and up.
I finished this book. I survived this book. I freakin’ LOVED this book. Upon finishing, this was my reaction: 4 stars…maybe 4.5 Stars. My mind is mush. I’ll have to come back to write a proper review.
This is NOW: Deep Breaths, Clear thoughts…
Let’s get this party started.
You know when you’re in a book slump, and you go through several books before you find that one great one that pulls you right out of your book funk? This book was IT for me. This book was EXCELLENT.
“Sometimes, as we’re stumbling along in the dark, we hit something good.”
I added this book onto my TBR early last year, and was really excited when I found that I had time to fit it in to read this week. This book came highly recommended by 2 of my closest book buddies, so I was eager to give it a go. That being said, I wasn’t at all prepared for what was an action-packed, genre-bending, heart-stopping, and thought-provoking adventure of a book! I was pulled in right from the start. Before the end of chapter one, you’re fully immersed in the post-apocalyptic world where humans are at war with angels. The angels have the advantage, but they aren’t the only things that the humans have to fear.
We are immediately introduced to Penryn, the story’s heroine. She is traveling with her mother (who is in serious need of some prozac/xanax), and her wheelchair-bound younger sister. Penryn explains what life has been like for humans in the 6-week period since the angels came to earth (which btw, has been horrifying). Food is scarce, and it seems as though for most, all hope is lost. As Penryn and her family try to get to safety, they find themselves in a seriously dangerous situation. After witnessing some gruesome events, Penryn gets tossed in the middle of some good ol’ angel-on-angel violence. “Angel-on-Angel violence!?!?”, you say? YEAH. They’re not the typical Hallmark card variety. These Angels are scary!
“Angels are violent creatures.”
“So I noticed. I used to think they were all sweet and kind.”
“Why would you think that? Even in your Bible, we’re harbingers of doom, willing and able to destroy entire cities. Just because we sometimes warned one or two of you beforehand doesn’t make us altruistic.”
As you can imagine, it didn’t end too well. Cue heart-wrenching consequences. She soon finds herself in quite a pickle. Gave a whole new meaning to “being up sh*t creek without a paddle”. What’s a girl to do? She takes a hostage. A sexy, angelic, hostage. Enter: mysterious, handsome, brooding, and mercurial warrior angel: Raffe. I immediately fell in love with his snarky sexiness.
What started out as a “Captive/Captor” relationship, soon becomes a “friends with benefits” situation. Oh, get your mind out of the gutter. There’s none of “that”. What I mean to say, is that it was a beneficial partnership where both would walk away finding what they were searching for. In other words, “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”. Trust me, I’d scratch Raffe’s ALL NIGHT LONG.
Throughout the course of the story, their beneficial partnership evolves into a friendship of sorts, where they soon find that they’ll both need one another for survival. They make some disturbing discoveries along their quest. I’m talking the cringe-worthy, gag-inducing, crap-your-pants-with-fright, kind of discoveries. Penryn and Raffe realize that they’ll need to form unlikely alliances to ensure they make it to their destination alive and in one piece. LITERALLY. I found that I was on the edge of my seat constantly, and just when I thought it was safe, WHAM! you get hit with a curveball! Wanna know my range of emotions? Here you go:
First, I’m all:
Then, I thought sh*t got real:
Then, I realized sh*t quickly became UNREAL. I started to become slightly uneasy… THEN, SH*T GOT HORRIFYING!
Then, I thought that maybe, there could be a little room for some romantic lovey time:
But HELL NAW…
(I know what you’re thinking: “Where’s the love?”, right? Well, please see quote below:
“He runs his finger tips along my cheek, caressing my face. “Hush. I’m right here.” He looks at me with deep anguish in his eyes. Like there’s so much he wants to tell me but feels it’s too late now. I want to stroke his face and tell him that it will be okay. That everything will be all right. And I wish so badly that it would be.”
GAH! MY HEART. MY FREAKING HEART! *dies*)
Time to pull myself together…right? RIGHT?…Ok. *slaps self in face*
I got my head back in the game. I put my big girl pants on. I’d seen it all. Right? RIGHT!?!? WRONG!
THEN, I hit 85-88%.
*Bile in throat*
At this point, I realize “Oh crap, there’s a cliffy coming…” THEN, I read the last word, of the last sentence, on the last page. Then I read it again. Matter of fact, I went back, and re-read the last 5 chapters to make sure I didn’t miss a thing. No matter how many times I read it, my reaction was still the same…
Bottom line, this book was wonderful. This is the kind of book that stays with you long after you’ve finished it. I could read this book over and over again, and it will still feel like the first time, what with all the excitement and action that you’ll encounter throughout. This book started off dystopian…bled into paranormal…and evolved into sci-fi/fantasy. This is a great original take on angels as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Now, I’ve gotta figure out what in the world to do until book 2 comes out. I think I have a good idea…