End of Days by Susan Ee

End of Days by Susan Ee

Title: End of Days
Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days, #3

Penryn and Raffe have escaped from the malicious angel Uriel and the host of angels that have invaded our world. Now with Paige in tow, Penryn searches desperately for someone to undo the horrors inflicted upon her sister while Raffe seeks to finally be reunited with the wings that were stolen from him. Penryn is sure she can rely on Raffe, but as the battle between man and angel intensifies, each faces impossible choices, choices that may turn ally into enemy and separate them for good.

“All this time, I’ve been thinking I’m the strong one, that I’m making the hard choices and carrying the weight of responsibility for my family on my shoulders. But I realize now that the toughest choices, the ones that will haunt us for the rest of our lives, are the ones that my mom is still sheltering me from.”

End of Days, Susan Ee’s final installment in her Penryn & the End of Days series, sets up the final battle between angels and humans. Throughout the series, Penryn has been pulled in different directions, but her loyalty to her family remains constant. Now more than ever it becomes imperative that she reconnect with the doctor that first experimented on her sister or risk watching Paige slowly waste away. As difficult as it is, Penryn finally begins to recognize her sister’s capabilities and even though Paige may be irrevocably altered, she still remains the strong little girl she was in the World Before. Penryn also gains new insight into her mother’s madness and as strange as she can be, Penryn’s mother manages to be both unnervingly blunt and wise in her own way. She is the unsung hero of the series and I found myself liking her more in more with each book.

Penryn and Raffe found common ground in Angelfall and the bound between them could not be severed by their separation in World After. In End of Days, their relationship takes on a different challenge. The differences between their two peoples that were once easy to overlook in light of their mutual respect for one another are harder to ignore. Penryn is a fierce heroine, who never turns her back on those she cares about, not even for Raffe. Both are faced with hard decisions, from embracing leadership roles that put them on opposing sides to accepting mistakes they’ve made in the past. Each has their own path to follow and even though they care about one another, neither is blind to their own peoples’ needs. One thing I did find missing from this last installment was a definitive answer to the real role the Messenger plays in the relationship between God and angels, as this was both debated and was a key factor in the main storyline.

End of Days is just as fast-paced as the previous books and introduces new settings and horrors that bring a deeper complexity to many of its characters. As someone who isn’t really into angel books, this series was an amazing experience, with a unique twist on angelic beings, a terrifying post-apocalyptic world and a main character who is a force to be reckoned with.

Rating: 4/5

★★★★

The Friday 56, #72: End of Days

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’re been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Also be sure to leave me a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“A serial killer versus a seven-year-old girl. No contest. I’m just glad he didn’t make a move to hurt her, thanks to Raffe.”

I just started Susan Ee’s End of Days, the last book in her Penryn & the End of Days series. I am both excited and terrified of reading this last book as I’ve grown to care about these characters a lot.

Here are links to my reviews of the first (Angelfall) and second book (World After).

From Goodreads:

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?”

The Friday 56, #68: World After

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join in every Friday, the rules are simple.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Also be sure to leave me a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“Crouched and loping. Stunted black wings. The shapes of emaciated men.

I don’t know what they are, but my primal brain recognizes them, because even in my dream, my heart speeds up and my instincts whisper run, run, run.”

I recently finished the second book in Susan Ee’s Penryn & the End of Days, World After, and enjoyed it very much. I’m not too into books featuring angels, but this series is so very enjoyable. I cannot wait to pick up the last book.

From my review:

“Penryn Young risked everything to save her little sister, Paige, from the angels that kidnapped her, but the child she got back bears little resemblance to the one that was lost. Paige, along with other children, have been altered, changed into something to be feared. When her sister runs away, convinced she is a monster, Penryn must find a way to see past the damage and accept this new Paige before she is lost forever. And somewhere in the chaos is Raffe who still believes Penryn is dead and is determined more than ever to take back the wings that were stolen from him.”

You can read my full review here as well as my review for the first book, Angelfall, here.

World After by Susan Ee

World After by Susan Ee

Title: World After
Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days, #2

Penryn Young risked everything to save her little sister, Paige, from the angels that kidnapped her, but the child she got back bears little resemblance to the one that was lost. Paige, along with other children, have been altered, changed into something to be feared. When her sister runs away, convinced she is a monster, Penryn must find a way to see past the damage and accept this new Paige before she is lost forever. And somewhere in the chaos is Raffe who still believes Penryn is dead and is determined more than ever to take back the wings that were stolen from him.

“A part of me still expects her to cringe in disgust at the sight of the corpse. There is disgust there. But there’s also a flash of longing. Hunger.”

In the sequel to Susan Ee’s Angelfall, Penryn deals with the aftermath of the physical experiments done on her sister. More feral than child, Paige has become a different person and much of World After deals with Penryn’s mixed feeling toward what her sister has become. Paige, like so many other things in this new world, has become a casualty in a larger war in which humans are inconsequential. The angels are faster, stronger, and have their own political motivations that have nothing to do with humanity. For angels, humans are either prey, trophies, or something to be used for their own gain.

Penryn has taken every step believing her responsibility in this post-apocalyptic world lies with her mother and sister. In this second installment, Penryn’s actions propel her forward into a different role, one she may not be ready to accept but one she may have to. When Penryn speaks, people listen, when they lose hope, they look to her, and when there is a call to action, people follow. There is something to be said of Penryn’s mother as well. In a world gone mad, this woman who lacks mentally stability somehow never looses sight of her daughters. Her will to survive is at times frightening, but also incredibly impressive.

Although I really enjoyed World After, I missed the banter between Penryn and Raffe, who are separated for the majority of the novel. Raffe’s sword connects Penryn to him through its memories and it’s really interesting to have a little more insight into who this archangel is. I’m really looking forward to seeing how Susan Ee wraps up this fast-paced and heart-pounding series.

Rating: 4/5

★★★★