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Point of View: First (Penryn)
Released: May 21, 2011
Series: Penryn & the End of Days
Predictability: 3 out of 5 (Where 1 is George RR Martin (If the characters make a plan or think about the future I know it isn’t going to go that way.) And 5 is Cinder (where I guessed what was going to happen long before it did, but it was still a great book.)
Source: Kindle freebie
My Rating: 8/10 Stars
Two months ago the world ended. Angels came out of the sky, comets struck the earth, and tsunamis and storms destroyed large portions of the cities. Penryn is a survivor, not only does she take care of her seven year old paralyzed sister, but her schizophrenic mother.
Penryn witnesses a battle between angels which leaves one wingless. When her sister’s kidnapped she aides the wingless angel to discover where the others could have taken the little girl.
Penryn’s had a rough life being the adult of the family at only seventeen after her father left. As a child her mother forced her to go to every sort of self defense class after an accident left her sister paralyzed. (Which I thought was a great way for Penryn to kick butt!)
I know Penryn loves her mother, because she’s her mother, but I hated seeing such an abusive relationship! We don’t get to see the abuse, but we’re told about it happening in the past. (It’s not like her mom’s better now. If anything she’s more scary crazy.) I couldn’t like her mom because of this and I wanted to, because she was scary crazy to the bad guys too!
The world is the one we know, albeit a bit more rubble. Still the author manages to create a unique post apocalyptic world.
I loved the two main characters! Their relationship was wonderful, from uncertain allies to unlikely friends. Their banter was great! I love when a book manages to be dark and funny at the same time!
Angelfall was face paced and nicely plotted. I never knew what was coming next and I gobbled it up. (I needed this book! Thank you to everyone who recommended it!)
I had so many questions about the angels and where they came from, why they’re here, but we aren’t really given any answers! I need answers!
There was quite a lot of violence and general grossness in this book. Most of the parts I didn’t like were more of a personal taste thing. The ending was fine. I was disturbed and not totally happy about everything, but it worked. (Note: I am easily grossed out so it might not bother you.)
Released: Nov 19, 2013
My Rating: 7/10 Stars
I like it when a sequel picks up right where the last one left off (That way it feels like I didn’t miss anything) and World After picks up literally the next second. She’s quick to remind about what happened previously without getting boring.
The book was fine, but I’d probably have liked it better if I hadn’t just read Angelfall. (Angelfall great, World After just good)
The BEST parts of these books are the Penryn and Raffe moments. We still get a few excellent moments between the two, but for the most part Raffe isn’t in the book. (Which was so sad!)
I cracked up at one part towards the end. It was perfection! (I’m not going to spoil the joke, but if you’re not liking this book as much you should still keep reading, it’s worth it.)
A few of my questions were finally answered! (Even if these answers raised even more questions)
Penryn alone isn’t nearly as fun and I was annoyed with her a little bit. (I am with most main characters at some point though)
I felt like too much time was spent on unimportant things and the whole book could’ve been greatly reduced. (Okay, I just wanted the parts without Raffe. The beginning needed reduced so we got more time with him!)
Okay, where’s the third book? I kind of have to know what happens next!!! End of Days will be released on May 12, 2015. (At least I didn’t have to wait two years!)
Unrelated question this week, but something I’ve been curious about. How young is too young for the protagonist of a book? Do you have a cut off age? If so, how young of a character will you read?
I’m debating on how young my main character should be. (Pabkins sister was nice enough to point out that it depends on what my target audience. I’m thinking young adult. Even though there’s no romance, it’s written more mature, and I just can’t get the page count down enough for middle grade. She was originally going to be 10-11, but I’m thinking 12-13 might be better?)