Book Review: Penryn and the End of Days – Susan Ee

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I did love this series. For a while. How can I not swoon for an angel in need of help from a should be helpless girl?

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.”

I’ll tell you what I loved about this series. I love that the angels aren’t necessarily the good guys in this book. I have been obsessed with picking apart angel and demon behavior lately, and what makes each one what it is. I have come to feel that Angel isn’t a synonym for good and therefore Demon is not a synonym for bad. And let me tell you, this series seems to side with that theory.

It explores Angel lore and lightly comments on how what the stand for has become convoluted and doesn’t necessarily mean an Angel cannot be corrupt, even while holding onto old beliefs.

We get to explore fallen angels and really dig deeply into what real evil really is.

Though, what I don’t like, is the tired out female hero fighting only because she needs to protect someone else. In this case, it’s her sister.

Why can’t heroines just want to do good because they’re appalled with the way things are, or something happens to them and they want to fight back. Why are females always pushed into motherly roles? Not that it’s Susan Ee’s fault. Honestly. It’s just a trope, I guess. One I don’t wish to read anymore.

Anyway, everything else was great. I had some supernatural theories about Penryn which didn’t come to light. And I don’t know if I just read it wrong or I think the book fell short.

However I definitely lost interest during the final book. It wasn’t the explosive ending I was coaxed into believing I would get. But the series is definitely worth the read.

Rafe as a character is an infuriating but sweet angel, and I absolutely found myself in love with him, so that was a plus, since we spent a lot of time with him. I felt though, maybe when we spend long amounts of time away from him, the story struggled because the character development for Penryn could have been stronger early on. Though as the books progress her development becomes stronger and stronger. It could be less of a character development problem, and more of a: Penryn is a teenager, trying to figure out her shit in the middle of an apocalypse, problem.

Penryn is anyway a kickass, self aware girl with a lot of responsibility which she handles well, even when she’s not handling it well. She’s definitely the type of role model we should want young girls to look up to.

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