Review: End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days 3) by Susan Ee

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

The concluding book to Penryn & the End of Days. My expectation for this book was high; I loved the first two books. Although the ending was satisfying, it didn't have that wow factor of which was present in the first two instalments.
Penryn's and Raffe's relationship takes a spotlight in this story. They are both conflicted about their alliances; with each other, and with their own people. It's a forbidden love, and they're in the midst of a war. But they want each other. It's just a matter of how badly.

I LOVE how much Penryn has grown since we met her in the first book. I like how she grows into a selfless person, rather than the typical main character who unrealistically risks their life for a stranger. She has much more confidence in herself, and where she stands in this war. While she has feelings for Raffe, she'd never risk human extinction.

Paige has become key in the battle to stop Uriel's advances, but she's still only a kid. Her strong morals keep her from succumbing to the monster everyone expects her to be. She's very strong willed, and I admire her for it.

And finally, all the bits and pieces fit together to form Raffe's story. I want to avoid spoilers though, so I'll keep this short. I think he's someone who feels strongly, and Penryn is the only one who is capable of receiving his love.
The final battle is drawing close. The angles are at the climax of their elections, and the finishing act? A human hunt fest. Penryn won't stand idly by. Raffe will lose everything if he doesn't defeat Uriel. The tension was thick in this fast-paced story line.

The ending unfolded well, in my opinion. It was everything I could've imagined. While they may not have gone out in a blaze of glory, it was satisfying.
The same atmosphere is present in all three books; dark and tense. You never know what's on the next page.
There were so many Penryn/Raffe moments in this book that made me warm and cozy. But unlike the other two books, I didn't feel the earth-shattering rawness of emotion that I felt while reading the previous stories. Don't get me wrong though, it was beautifully written, but it didn't showcase the height of which Susan Ee is capable of reaching.
- Their kiss in the rain. Cliché, I know, but it was in hell so ...
- This applies to the whole series, but I find the whole Daughter of Man story very intriguing.

-  A few sparks were missing here and there between characters. I'm not complaining though. I still think it wrapped up quite nicely.
A nice conclusion for an awesome trilogy. I totally have a book hangover.
Have you read this series? Let me know in the comments! Read on.

Rewiew: World After (Penryn & the End of Days 2) by Susan Ee

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

I dove right into this after the first book which I rated 5 stars. I found this book not to be as exciting as the first one but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Review: Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days 1) by Susan Ee

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.

Travelling 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.

This book was amazing! I loved it! I find stories about the apocalypse very interesting, and this takes a spot very high up my list. I really loved the character dynamics, the world, and the author's raw writing style (you'll understand when you read it). It had the perfect mix of action, romance, and comedy (as odd as that sounds), and I definitely recommend it!

Back to School Book Haul

I will be going back to school in less than two weeks, so I decided to go book shopping to cheer myself up! There were so, so many books I had to leave behind though ...

Fullmetal Alchemist (Volume 1) by Hiromu Arakawa

I've been wanting to start this manga series for a while now, so I picked this up. No where near the top of my priority list though.

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer

Story time! When I began The Lunar Chronicles, I was unaware that there were four books in the series, and as such I marathoned the first three books. Alas, the end of Cress did not give me my satisfactory happily-ever-after. After a bit of research I discovered that there is, in fact, another book ... coming out in NOVEMBER!

So this is my fix until it comes.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I Loved Before 1) by Jenny Han

I've heard quite a bit about this series. It looks really cute! (We'd all be lying if we didn't judge books by their covers.

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I Loved Before 2) by Jenny Han

If I'm picking up the first book, why not the second too?

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I have this in paperback, but it was only nine bucks at BMV so I HAD to pick it up.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Again, NINE DOLLARS. Now I can pre-order Library of Souls. *Happy Dance* (I like all the books in my series to be the same format.)

The Shadowhunter Codex by Cassandra Clare

Just another book to add to my Shadowhunter collection. I'm super excited for Lady Midnight to come out!

Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Review: The Boy in Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

A quick read, this book takes us back to one of the darkest times of human history. I wholly enjoyed this book, but it seems to be a hit and miss with each individual reader. Still I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a bit of historical fiction.

Review: Finders Keepers by Stephen King

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

Finders Keepers was an amazing adventure. On the dust jacket of the book, the synopsis unveils it as a revenge story; a reader's obsession with a book series leads him to murder the author for the undoing of a beloved character. The suspense was great, the characters were incredible (as was expected), and the book was just a good all round crime/thriller. I recommend it to anyone looking for a slow but steady suspenseful read.