Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Published by Feral Dream (5.21.2011)
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook, 283 pages
Source: I own it
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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.
Man. I was really looking forward to reading this book, as I’d seen SO many glowing 5 star reviews about how AMAZING it was. Guess what? Black sheep again. It’s not that I didn’t like it, but I didn’t necessarily like it either, if that makes sense. It was one of those books. You know, the books you read that you don’t really care about either way, that don’t give you much inspiration or make a lasting impression on you. My overall feeling about this book was just meh. Perhaps I simply set my expectations WAY too high, but I was completely underwhelmed.
I did like how gruesome it was, though. It was rather dark at times, but it still wasn’t the gritty novel I thought I’d get. But I did like that it was borderline disturbing at times, and there was plenty of blood and violence.
Yes, it was a different angel story; it wasn’t cliche. But – it still had a lot of romance, in my opinion. While the relationship between Raffe and Penryn developed pretty slowly, I felt like there was a lot of emphasis on it (even if it wasn’t actually lovey dovey). I had heard that there was little to no romance, but I found this to be untrue. No, there wasn’t much (or any? Can’t even remember) kissing/touchy-feely scenes, but I didn’t expect there to be a relationship at all that leaned toward romantic. I thought it would be all world and action.
I did, however, really like Raffe. He stood out to me from the very beginning, and I wouldn’t mind learning more about him. I liked Penryn for the most part, too; she was fiesty!
Sometimes there were things that seemed almost absurd to me. Sadly, I don’t have examples (I usually do…it’s weird). I had trouble putting my finger on it, but there were things that annoyed me. Most of the time it was a very tiny passing annoyance, so I didn’t bother to keep track of them. But I noticed quite a few of them. Either in the dialogue being…awkward, or the happenings being a bit nonsensical. The one example I have: Raffe was agnostic. An angel. An agnostic angel. Umm…
It wasn’t unenjoyable, but I still wasn’t impressed. Actually, I feel rather disappointed because I was expecting much, much more from this book. I’ll definitely still pick up the next book in hopes that I will like it more!
I am an ant in the battlefield of the gods.
Writing style: 3/5
Overall rating: 3/5