Friday, April 10, 2015

Just Wow.. Angelfall ♥ by Susan Ee Review

Friday, April 10, 2015

  • Angelfall
  • Susan Ee
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  • Publisher: Skyscape (November 19, 2013)
  • ASIN: B008ELHBAO
  • Genre: Mature YA, Paranormal
  • Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Nobles
  • Source: Review Copy was sent free of charge via Skyscape.
  • Synopsis: 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 Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister, and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

  • Angelfall is an urban fantasy novel that deals with angels and apocalypse. The humans live in fear of the angels who have descended on earth to demolish it. Penryn is a seventeen year old teenager whose disabled sister Paige gets kidnapped by the warrior angels. She takes upon the help of Raffe who is an enemy warrior and a rebel, he lives on his own and doesn't work with the other angels. Penryn rescues him and nourishes him back to health, she wants to find her sister Paige again and Raffe is her only source. Together, they began an epic detour and try to survive in the modern world.

  • Well, this is a beautiful cover - I can't even begin to explain how WONDERFUL is the novel Angefall, I'm just thinking to myself, why did I take so long to read this?? This brought out several emotions in me: anger, disgust, sadness, and happiness. This is probably the best Young Adult novel ever, yes it's that strong and powerful. This is actually a self-published book, so many publishing companies should take notes.. I actually liked this even more than Harry Potter, HP is the most unique YA book/series but Angelfall is more fascinating and fresh - although they're both wonderful books. I was a bit hesitant to pick up this novel because the premise of a goose chase reminded me of the book Article 5. I've read too many novels of good girl and bad boy romance already. I don't believe angels and humans can mix together, it's not something I have given much thought to because angels are much higher and powerful than humans..  I'm with the majority on this novel, it completely blew me over. This is better than The Hunger Games, Throne of Glass, His Fair Assassin and every other Young Adult novel. This novel puts every young adult novel to shame, it's just that freaking perfect. Okay, now I still love my other YA books, but there is just something so fascinating and unique about this particular novel because it's more than a romance novel. It's about something so powerful: angels and humans mixing together and it's also about family, survival, and sisterhood. I adored this novel, I cannot stop gushing now that I have started. It's the most beautiful Young Adult novel I have read.. It's refreshing, amazing, and EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT. As the novel progresses, there isn't background information given on how the modern world came to be, but honestly it didn't matter to me. For once, I didn't care about the past and I focused on the present. 
“I knew from the start that your loyalty would get you killed. I just never thought it would be your loyalty to me that would do it.” 


  • Our protagonist Penryn is similiar to our Katniss Everdeen. She's a badass, she can fight, she will risk her life for her family, however her witty remarks make me giggle. She cannot make a witty remark to save her life, those parts made me laugh because of how innocent the character is even though she is quite strong. She's not perfect though, she can be cruel to save her sister. He character is realistic, people can do cruel things to save their loved ones.. Moving on, with the male lead Raffe, anybody heard of the angel Rafael? I kind of fell in love with this character, he's caring, badass, loyal, and kind. The dialogue is pretty wonderful, I spent over forty minutes picking out the quotes because they are all so different. I love the way the author Susan has written this novel, she made the characters imperfect yet so amazing.. 

“I've never killed anyone before. What frightens me isn't that I'm killing someone. What frightens me is how easy it is.” 

  • Aaah yes, there is a hint of romance in this novel, although, it's not as mushy gushy as most YA novels. It's not a fluffy romance, and I'm quite happy to say it's not teenage angst, it's much more than that. There is forbidden romance, but you cannot help but root for them to unite! The conversations Penryn and Raffe had were sweet, touching, and hilarious. I could literally imagine a movie of this in my mind, I'll be the first to buy tickets of it. It is actually a major motion movie soon.
  • This is mature YA, so yes this book can be nasty and gritty at a lot of parts. I was almost shocked to find this in a young adult novel, but I loved reading every part of it. It's something unique in YA that I really liked. The details can be explicit and disgusting, but I had to read them. I couldn't wait to find what happens next, but I also didn't want to rush myself so I took my sweet time to finish this novel. I definitely stayed up until 6:00 A.M to finish AngelfallOnce in a while, you find an amazing novel that sticks with you throughout your life - this might it. It does have a fascinating concept though, what happens when an angel does fall in with a human? Now, I know angels in reality don't have free will so the chances of this are zero to nothing. Although, it is a possibility to consider if they're fallen angels? The plot never slows down, it was intense and promising. I cried about twice in this novel, okay I didn't really cried, but I had tears in my eyes. The passion and love Penryn had for her mother and sister is heart breaking, and there is a part at the end with Penryn and her family that is so adorable.. It's surprisingly an emotional book that makes a strong impact. I don't think there is nothing I disliked about this actual novel, the twists and turns this novel had were refreshing. I couldn't see them coming at all, it's not a predictable novel which I'm happy about. The ending is quite perfect, I couldn't have really asked for a better ending, it almost killed me, now I cannot wait to finish the rest of this series. I would give this novel 10 butterflies if I could. The amount of praise I can say for this novel will always be less than it deserves.


Recommended for fans of The Hunger Games, and Legend.

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84 comments:

  1. This is hands down, one of the best angel books I've ever read. I like how dark it is, and how the author knows when to keep her readers asking for more. She's very frugal with these books. I can't believe this trilogy is taking so long to complete! But it's all worth it. :D

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    1. I so agree with you as well, the last installment is releasing in May I believe - I hope it doesn't disappoint :)

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  2. I absolutely loved this as well and honestly, that is saying something because usually books about angels just aren't my thing. I can't wait to read book two. I have been trying to wait until book three came out but since it is just around the corner, I don't have too much longer to wait!

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    1. Yes, I thought it might be a let down because angels and humans you know? Not a good combo BUT I loved this book, I can't believe I've read this just now, it's just perfect.

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  3. Love your review <3333 And I'm so happy you love it! One of my favorites angel books ever!

    Cee @ The Mistress Case

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    1. Thank you & I agree, it's simply amazing <3 :)

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  4. I've actually owned this book for years (YEARS) and despite ALL the rave-reviews I've read for it, I have yet to read it myself. I actually just received a review copy of the sequel and since the 3rd one is coming out soon, I simply MUST make time for it soon. I LOVED reading all about your fangirling for this one, it's made me even more excited to check it out for myself :D Fantastic review Benish^^ xx

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    1. Omgg, you should really read this novel, you will NOT regret it. If you do, you're allowed to virtually bash me lol xD Thank you Micheline, I hope you enjoy this beautiful book as much as I have :) Thank you for dropping by x

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  5. Lovely post

    Love Vikee
    www.slavetofashion9771.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh, I loved this too! I'm fangirling right there with ya! The world building was just awesome and I so love the characters! Some parts were absolutely heartbreaking...and I can understand why you cried </3

    I'm so glad you enjoyed this too Benish. I'm aweful, still need to read the second book but everyone loves it as well! Awesome review :)

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    1. Aw yes, the world building plot was perfect but I also like how character driven this novel is :) Its my favorite YA novel now, I can't believe I hadn't read it before! Thank you Amir.

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  7. This book was one of those books that I picked up thinking I'd hate and then stayed up all night finishing because I really just couldn't put it down! I cried too - it was such a surprisingly emotional read. I so need to re-read this and finally read the next couple of books in the series!

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    1. I agree, I didn't expect to like it as much as I did - I thought it might be too much whining and teenage angst, but this was such a beautiful novel! I hope the next books live upto this one, it's perfection.

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  8. Benish..I own this and your review has me looking to see which device I own it on..from the characters to the world-building I have a feeling I will be fangirling too!

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    1. Haha yay I hope you enjoy this one Kimba! ♥

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  9. Ah, I LOVE this book! I read it way back when it was first published (and have been waiting in agony for the third one of course!) and I agree with everything you've said! It is such a great book. I was nervous at first because of the angel stuff, but my goodness, I had no reason to be. It is so unique and exciting and amazing. I cannot WAIT for the third book but also... I don't want to say goodbye either! Great review :)
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. I agree, I've only read the first book and I believe it's just a fantastic start to a great series - I hope the next two installments in the series are amazing as they sound, I'm glad you enjoyed it as well! ♥

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  10. I love the take on fallen angels in this book!I think it's pretty unique and original that Susan Ee portrayed them as dark and gory,especially since this book came out at a time when Goodreads was pretty much overloaded with fallen angel books.
    Plus this book has some kick ass characters.Penryn is awesome,and I adore Raffe.
    Great review Benish.You made me want to reread this book again.

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    1. I agree ♥ The concept of fallen angels sounds pretty amazing and the author does a fantastic job of it, this novel is just perfection. I love all of the characters in the novel, even the secondary x

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  11. I have this book setting on my shelf for a while now maybe a year actually, and I know I want to read it and still interested but I really don't know why I have not picked it up yet,, but Lets hope I do soon :D lovely review I'm glad to see you enjoyed this book :D

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    1. Thank you for the sweet words Alreem ♥ It was an amazing book, I would recommend checking it out for sure.

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  12. Oh man, your high praise of this novel being better than everything else you have read has me super intrigued! I actually have a copy of this book and its sequel, which I know I am definitely going to be reading soon after seeing this review. I hope you enjoy the second book as well, and I can't wait to try this one which you claim is the queen of all YA novels!

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    1. Haha yes it's definitely the best young adult novel out there, I'm quite surprised I loved it so much. I cannot wait to read the next of the installments in the series :) ♥

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  13. Great review, I agree with you wholeheartedly! Angelfal is my all time favorite YA urban fantasy novel. I'm actually re-reading it at the moment, to remind myself of details before final book is released next month :-)

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    1. Aww yes someone who agrees, it's really a wonderful novel - I cannot stress that enough ♥ hope the rest of the books don't disappoint!

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  14. I'm so glad this seems to be such a good book! I already have it waiting on my shelf, and I hope I'll get around to it soon. :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy this lovely book as much as I have! :)

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  15. I really liked this book and I need to continue the series. It is so cool that it was self-published, that makes me want to read it even more! Plus, it shows that if you have a dream it can achieve it!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. Yes it's self-published which is pretty amazing, some of the novels I like the most are self-published as well :) ♥ It's a wonderful book overall.

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  16. I always felt that angels and the apocalypse were a perfect match. Not many people agreed with me.

    /Avy

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    1. It's an amazing concept I agree, you were right ♥

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  17. Oh wow, I haven't read much books about angels in the YA genre, but the angel series I enjoyed is the Guild Hunters series by Nalini Singh and it's an adult romance. I should pick this up, your review is just stellar! :D

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

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    1. I haven't read the series you have mentioned but I actually just added it to my TBR - thank you for putting it under my radar now :)

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  18. This series seems to be a well kept secret. I have read the first 2 and thought they were both great. Excellent characters and plot. Great review!

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    1. I agree, it's a fantastic series overall ♥

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  19. Everyone seems to love this book, but for some reason I never felt the urge to pick this up. It does sound good, even though I am not really a fan of angel books. The idea about an angel dystopia/ apocalypse is original. Although I am not a fan of exlicit and gruesome details, so maybe it's not a book for me.

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    1. It's not that explicit though, there are a few details here & there. I do believe you should check this novel out, I would really recommend it ♥

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  20. AHHH BENISH, I've been putting off reading this series because I'm so scared I won't like it! All my friends seem to love this book but I just don't like angel books for some reason. I think I might wait until the final one comes out so I can get the set and then binge them all at once. :P So glad to hear you loved it!!

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    1. I haven't read too many books about angels, this would probably be my second novel so I can't compare it to other books - but it was a very fascinating novel that is defo. worth trying! :) ♥

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  21. How exciting that you loved Angelfall, I absolutely LOVED this book so much that I re-read it before World After. Penryn was a really strong character and totally BADASS! And Raffe, can anyone be more perfect. I loved the darker elements in the novel too, they were a unique surprise. I can't wait, I hope you read World After soon too!

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    1. I agree, the darker elements of the novel were very surprising and they were also pretty fantastic. I hope the next two books are just as good as this one <3

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  22. Wow, Benish! You REALLY REALLY liked this book! I read this back in 2012 I think? A time when it was still being self-pubbed. I remember being impressed but getting annooyed at some things so I only gave it like 3 stars. However, I'm itching to read it again from the very start (I only read Angelfall) because I do remember the writing being very good and how it effectively made me feel FEELS. There's bound to be some changes in the published version, too. Glad to see that you enjoyed this so much. Makes me so excited now to read it again. It would just be like the first time!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Thank you for dropping by Faye ♥ It's a really great start to a promising series, you should try reading it again - I'm sure there are a few changes in the published version.

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    2. Thank you for dropping by Faye ♥ It's a really great start to a promising series, you should try reading it again - I'm sure there are a few changes in the published version.

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  23. I know I am going to kick myself for not reading this sooner. I bought a copy three years ago when it was buzzing, and I still didn't read it. Recently I got review copies of both the first two and I plan on curling up with them soon. So glad you read your thoughts.

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    1. You should so start reading it Heidi! I really liked, actually no I loved reading this book ♥

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  24. You were smart to wait to read this because now you don't have to wait to long for the last book. It comes out in May. I read this back when it was released which I think was 2012. It's been a long time and I didn't around to book two. My husband just read this and the second book last week and loved them. He's eagerly awaiting book 3. Yes, I'm lucky I have a husband who also likes to read! Although the book must have action. Much more important that romance to him, lol! Great review, Benish! I look forward to your thoughts on the rest of the series. :)

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    1. Haha thank you Rachel, that's usually me.. I ignore all popular series and wait until the last book is released so I can binge read it all at the same time xD Sometimes waiting for the next installment in the series isn't for me because I might forget what happened in the previous books if the wait is too long. And yes, you are very lucky and blessed! No one around me likes to read .. I hope the rest of the series is as great as Angelfall :) ♥

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    2. Haha thank you Rachel, that's usually me.. I ignore all popular series and wait until the last book is released so I can binge read it all at the same time xD Sometimes waiting for the next installment in the series isn't for me because I might forget what happened in the previous books if the wait is too long. And yes, you are very lucky and blessed! No one around me likes to read .. I hope the rest of the series is as great as Angelfall :) ♥

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  25. I really loved this book too! Now I just need to read the second book so I can read the third when it comes out!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I couldn't believe I hadn't read this before, I'm so glad I did <3

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  26. Oh goodness, if I hadn't already read ANGELFALL, your review would have me buying it up right now! I'm so glad you enjoyed this so much, Benish. It's absolutely wonderful when you find a book that just really captures you.

    I felt a lot of the same things about this one. It was so fresh and unique, and Penryn's character was so badass and awesome, but also vulnerable - which made her feel so real. And the romance. OH GOSH I loved it so much because it was so slowburny and swoon worthy.

    I can't believe I haven't read WORLD AFTER yet. Apparently it is amazing. I hope you like it as much as this one, Benish!

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    1. Haha yes, mission accomplished then Chiara <3 The romance was really amazing in this novel, and I loved all of the complex characters in this book. It has everything a good book should have ♥ I hope I enjoy World After as well :) Hope you pick it up soon as well!

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  27. This sounds like such a good read Benish! I love a strong character who is a little hopeless with her witty remarks! I'd like to meet Penryn!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. I hope you like her as much as I have :) ♥

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  28. Oh my, yes!!! I love this series. I picked up book one on sale as an impulse purchase at the grocery store. I am so picky with angel books, I tend to hate all of them because they are not how I imagine angels to be. So I didn't hold out any hope this one would be good. In fact it sat on my shelf for a while because I was afraid to read it. I was never so wrong about a book before. You're right, this book is perfect. It has all the elements of a good story, a cast of great complex characters, and a slow burn, swoonworthy romance you just cannot help but ship.

    If you haven't read book two, I hope you get to it asap!

    Dreams @ Once Upon A Dream Books

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    1. I haven't read many books on Angels so can't really comment on that xD I agree, it's like one of the most perfect books ever. I hope my review copy arrives soon, let's see :)

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  29. Wow, more than Harry Potter? That is saying something.

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    1. Yes, I liked it more than Harry Potter, the story is more gripping otherwise HP is still the original best of YA :)

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  30. It is such a pretty cover! Ohh, liked it more than Harry Potter? That is a challenge I'll have to accept. ;) And really, you had me an Penryn's badass, and I like dark and gritty, so this is definitely my type of book. I have actually had it on my shelf for over two years and haven't gotten to it, haha.

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    1. Tehehe .. I actually love both books. Harry Potter is everything in the bookish world and it's unique, but Angelfall is pretty amazing as well. Hope you check this one out soon :)

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  31. I'm so happy you loved this one! I adore this series and I'm eagerly waiting the last book :) I loved that the plot was gritty and dark; it felt very much real. I adored the characters, and I just loved the book in general! I agree with you so much!

    Lovely, amazing review

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    1. I agree, the plot was dark yet it was amazing - finally a new original voice in YA novels!

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  32. I love this series SO much!! It has become one of my favorite angel series. I am so happy to see you love the first book as much as I do. Wonderful review! <3

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    1. Thank you & yes, I really did like this book! ♥

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  33. Wow, you must have really loved this book! Your review has me itching to go purchase it now. Beautiful detailed review and I'm glad you did it without spoiling anything, now that's talent!

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    1. Aw I try, thank you for the sweet comment ♥

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  34. I bought the audiobooks for books 1 and 2 last week, I'm excited to get to them!

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    1. I hope you enjoy this series Nereyda :)

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  35. Oh, Benish, your EXCELLENT review has just blown me away!!!! Now I just HAVE to read this novel!! Of course, I've seen it on other blogs, but somehow wasn't that interested in it. Well, your review has certainly changed that! So now I can't wait to pick it up and dive into it!! My only problem now is whether I want to risk buying a physical copy, since my bookshelves are already SO crowded.... Maybe I'll go see how expensive the e-book edition is first. Lol.

    Thanks for the AWESOME review!! I also LOVE your GIF!! Too funny!!!! : )

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    1. Haha yes thank you for your sweet words Maria, now my mission has been accomplished! :) I really do hope you try out this series for yourself, it's wonderful overall. If I didn't have the physical copy of this novel, I would have bought it myself because it's the best young adult novel ever! :) Hope you enjoy whatever format you choose ♥

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  36. I heard nothing but good things about this book which is why I bought it but I haven't read it. Great review, can't wait to read mine!

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    1. It's truly a wonderful novel, and I do hope you enjoy this once you get your hands on it :)

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  37. Wonderful review, Benish! I've read so many great thoughts on this book, and your review is just confirming to me that I need to pick this series up. I love the fact that it's a bit dark and gritty for a story dealing with angels and has a tough heroine. Yep, I'm going to hunt me a copy down :)

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    1. You should defo. pick this series up, I thought it might be teenage angst but it completely blew my mind away. Hope you enjoy it! Thank you ♥

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  38. Wow you must have really loved this novel, better than HP? I would second that.

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  39. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK TOO!!!!!! <3 I give all the stars for this masterpiece. I am so glad you loved this one! It's a rare book in the hood of YA. MY KICKASS PENRYN *pats her head* I really like her so much. She's well-rounded and versatile. She doesn't want to be a hero, but she wants her family safe. She's not trying to save the world and that makes her authentic and raw.

    Let's not talk about RAFFRYN because my heart will buuuuuuuuuurst! <3 I do agree that it's not fluffy and it suits the dark atmosphere of the book. Hope you read the sequels. PS: I think it's better to wait for the third book this May so you can marathon the last two books! Great review! :D

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    1. AHHH FANGIRLS WITH YOU<3 Isn't this book just so wonderful?? & Yes, you're so right - Penryn wasn't trying to be a heroine, she was only saving her family. Thank you Abby, I'm anxiously for the two books too arrive soon in my mailbox ! :)

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  40. Awesome review! I can definitely feel how much you loved this book. I actually really love it too, and the second one too. I'm just a little impatient with it because, correct me if I'm wrong, there are five books in the series, and the others are far from being published. Her books are definitely really really good though so I'm pretty sure I'll be reading the sequels sometime in the future.

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    1. Thank you Francine, I really did adore this book :) <3 I've heard the author wanted to do five books, but her publishers only want three books which baffles my mind because I know many people would love to read more of this series.

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