Published: 23rd May 2013
By: Hodder & Stoughton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Angelfall is an angel book like no other. Six weeks ago, the angels arrived and earth as we know it has been destroyed. The angel who led them here was shot on arrival, now none of them seem to know why they're there, or what's going to happen next. Gangs now roam the streets during daylight hours, looting stores, houses and anywhere else they can find food and supplies. There's a danger of being killed by a gang member by day, and at night, even the gangs are scared to venture out to the streets.
Penryn decides to avoid the gangs and take a change with whatever's out there at night as she makes a break for it with her schizophrenic mother and disabled sister Paige, leaving their home in search for somewhere safer. When they come across an angel being attacked and having his wings cut off, and one of the attackers flies off, taking Paige with him, Penryn has to ally herself with the injured angel in order to get her back. If he takes her to Aerie to save Paige, she'll help him getting there by foot, something entirely new to him now that he can no longer fly, but hopes that someone there can fix his wings.
Penryn is a tough girl, having looked after her mother and sister since their father left them. And after being enrolled in every form of self defence lesson possible, for protection against her mother, Penryn is putting them to good use and herself and Raffe save each other several times on their journey to San Francisco.
Raffe, the angel, doesn't see himself as evil, or the enemy, though he doesn't seem to have very much interest in humans. He doesn't volunteer too much information about himself as they travel, though we do get some hints to more once he reaches Aerie. I'm looking forward to finding out more about him in the sequel. The interactions between Raffe and Penryn were fantastic, I found myself reading some pages twice just to absorb it fully.
There's already been so many fantastic reviews written for this book that I feel there's little more that I can add. I found excitement on every page, and didn't want to leave it out of my hands. There's no cliffhanger and no love triangle, just fantastic writing and a brilliant story that'll keep you glued to the pages.
So, what are you waiting for? If you haven't already done so, then read this now!!! If you don't love it, I'll eat my hat lol.
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