May 7, 2015

Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

TitleEnd of Days
Author: Susan Ee
Publisher: Skyscape
Publishing Date: May 12, 2015
Pages/Format: 344, ARC
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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?



Book in One Word: APOCALYPTIC.

I hate series finales. No, let me correct that: I hate when a series ends and I have to say goodbye to a story and world and characters that I love. When I finished End of Days, the conclusion to Susan Ee's amazing Penryn & the End of Days series, I felt like crying. And I felt kind of like...whoa, like a book hangover. This title is so fitting because it's not just the End of Days; it's the end of a series I never want to end. (And I'm still pretty disappointed and bummed that this went from being a six book series to a three book series.)

I loved Angelfall and World After and both anticipated and was terrified of the series ending. So this book definitely had a lot of hype going into it, and that barely, just barely, may have had a slight effect. The other thing was that I read this right after the quarter ended, so my brain was still in a bit of a writing-analysis mode, which isn't good. And for a while, I felt like End of Days was just kind of missing the tiniest of somethings. And then one of the best, coolest, and most badass fight scenes happened and I was biting my nails.

But the more that I think about it, the more I find I'm kind of disappointed with this finale and book in general. I've seen some other reviews post writing the majority of mine and pre posting it, and I agree with a lot of what I've seen (unfortunately). This was just missing something. It didn't feel complete. I want more. It lacked a connection and emotion. The first two books could be pretty subtle in a lot of things, but they were still there and you could feel them. That's not quite the case in End of Days. It's just...well, it's just. And I absolutely hate to say that for this book.

It's hard to say much about End of Days without spoiling it. We get to see some old characters we love--seriously, Dee and Dum are the freaking best and are fantastic, and let's not forget dear old Pooky Bear--and some we hate, like bastard angels. The angel apocalypse ups the ante as the book takes off exactly where World After left off, and Uriel is trying to be the Messenger. If you thought the locust creatures were bad, just wait until you see what new creatures you'll meet here. New characters are introduced, and I won't tell you who they are because it's pretty spoilery, but I'll say that I would have loved to see more from them because they were pretty interesting. And in End of Days, shit gets apocalyptic. (I was saying OH MY GOSH a lot.)

And of course, we have more (but not enough) of Penryn and Raffe. (I ship them SO HARD.) Penryn's trying to save the humans (and keep Raffe around), and Raffe is trying to ditch the demon wings (which I think are pretty badass, to be hones) and get his old ones back on so he can rejoin his angel friends (though he so obviously wants to be with Penryn COME ON RAFFE). What's so great about these two is that they're strong, kickass badasses who can totally stand on their own and take care of themselves. (Even though they so totally belong together and should never be apart because no.) Penryn is a protagonist who's a strong female character who just dominates--she may get a little nickname and it may be "angel slayer." And together, her and Raffe are kind of unstoppable. As for their relationship... (slight spoiler, possibly) there might be more kissing in End of Days than the first two books combined, or there might not. (I would hope for the former.)

End of Days is a somewhat satisfactory series finale in terms of things that were covered, slightly hindered by the disappointment that this is the series finale, and that it was just missing something to give it that bang and love. As a whole, Penryn & the End of the Days is a series written in a sophisticatedly simple way. It pulls you in with its modern apocalyptic world run by angels and keeps you going with characters you care for (and freaking SHIP) and by making you wonder what the hell is going to happen next. (Seriously, with End of Days, I did not know how the hell it was going to end and that was kind of scary but I needed certain things to happen.) End of Days continues all that and heightens it by adding new elements, enhancing others, and have an end battle scene that is so totally epic I CAN'T EVEN. However, it also lacks some of the strong elements the other books had, and that's a shame. I refuse to say goodbye to this not-so-angelic series and Penryn, Raffe, & co., because while it might be the End of Days, it can't be the end of this series. I love it too much. And I'm going to miss it something apocalyptically fierce.


Did I like it? Yes!
Did I love it? I think not, and that hurts.
Would I reread it? Most definitely (it may seriously benefit from one).
Would I purchase it? Please, I preordered it, this series is a favorite.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of angel books that definitely aren't you average angel books, excellent romance, apocalyptic worlds, and people who like series that are both badass and kickass.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and that in no way sways my opinion of the book.

4 comments:

  1. hmmm.. I definitely loved the finale. The only thing that was a little disappointing to me was the epilogue.

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  2. I really love this series but I have to agree, the final book disappointed me as well.. I just expected a more epic ending, although it's satisfactory but it didn't make a strong impact as the previous books. I will miss pookie bear though xD Lovely review overall <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  3. SAMMMMMMMME. I also feel like it's missing something. Can anyone relate to me?
    Remember the fact that Penryn can use an angel sword? That she is an angel slayer? That her mother starts to get mental when angel invades and gives Penryn many training lessons? That her father is very angry when he found out all the money is spent on Penryn and not on her wheelchaired sister? And the concise of her observation, knowing that Clara isn't dying? I really thought Ee will reveal her as an "angel" in the conclusion. Or explain why she is capable to do tasks, or the behavior of her family towards her. I really feel like the apocalyptic is because of Penryn.
    But still, my disappointment doesn't change my view of the book overall.

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