I’m Still Falling

Everyday I am asked the same question… mostly by authors (who obviously have the most at stake) but by my readers as well:

“Why are you so hard on books?”

So here, once and for all… I’m going to throw all of my cards on the table and tell you why.

The world is FULL of books.  Books about love, loss, hell… even decapitation… if you can think it up, most likely there is someone out there that has already put it down.  The beauty of books comes in their distinction.

Indulge me just for a second and think of two books you have read that have similar plots and/or characters.  Now…which one did you like better? There IS a clear winner correct? There has to be a clear winner or no one would ever be able to decide what to read next.

My equation is simple.  If the book is good, if I didn’t really find anything wrong with it, (aka enjoyed it,) it gets a 4.  If it’s good and there were a few issues a 3 (which is what you see the most from me) BUT…if it moves me, makes me cry, cringe or even shudder from fear that is when a book gets a 5.

After so many books, thousands upon thousand of words… if I don’t want to let the book go at the end of the day, that’s when I know it’s “distinction” was better than everyone else’s.

“Angelfall” is my reason for 5’s.

 

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.

 

Now, before you write this book off thinking it “just another Angel book gone evil,” let me be very clear when I say it is not.  Yes, “Angelfall” has Angels, but they are only the shell of the story.  Redemption, Resurrection and Trust are what “Angelfall” is actually about. That said…post-apocalyptic reads are very quickly becoming one of my favorite genres to read.

Why?

Because they define human nature.  For example:

“The intersections are gridlocked with abandoned cars.  I’d never seen a gridlock in the valley before six weeks ago.  The drivers here were always as polite as can be.  But the thing that really convinces me that the apocalypse is here is the crunching of smartphones under my feet.  Nothing short of the end of the world would get our eco-conscious techies to toss their latest gadgets onto the street.  It’s practically sacrilegious, even if the gadgets are just dead weight now.”

Amazing…is it not? Six sentences.  It took just six sentences to sum up our existence as it currently stands.  Forget religion, forget our causes or our tabloid obsessive behaviors; no… it’s our devices that we will find ourselves clinging to when all else is lost.  It is THIS that Susan Ee portrays so brilliantly.  The realization that life is now one continuous string of coping mechanisms.

“I think about burying the body, but a cold part of my mind tells me that this is still the best deterrent I could have.  Any sane person who looks through the glass doors would run far, far away.  We now play a permanent game of I-am-crazier-and-scarier-than-you. And in that game, my mother is our secret weapon.”

As for the characters?  They are brilliant, and haunting, and in some moments… what nightmares are made of.  From the first page you are no longer a bystander in a world gone mad, instead you are the quivering hand helping to push them in their desolate journey.  You fall when they fall, you shake when they shake, you mourn when they mourn.

I must warn you however that this is not an overly pleasant read.  It is actually quite horrific (think blood and guts) in some parts and will take a person with a “strong constitution” to get through the central bulk of it.  But I assure you, if it were not for these descriptions, the final scenes would have lacked the emotional connection to make them work properly.  And at the end of the day…that’s what reading is all about. The connection.

So here it is… my final word on a book that literally took my breath away, get it, live it, love it…and pass it on.

You absolutely cannot go wrong with the 99 cents it will cost you to gobble this puppy up… I guarantee it.

Happy Reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: trust is difficult to earn, but worth the effort.

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(5/5)

Need more convincing? Read the first 5 chapters for free on Susan’s website!

About Misty

Your friendly neighborhood narcissist. I'm sarcastic, cynical and a bit cranky. I own a soap box so big that sometimes I have difficulty stepping down off of it, and I'm about 94% certain I have multiple personalities. I don't sleep enough, and I read more than any person should ever consider normal. I have anger management issues, especially when I'm stuck in traffic and I have an unhealthy obsession with my Kindle. I am a vampire lovin', zombie obsessed, book-in-hand, iPod freak. You either love me or hate me. You be the judge.

10 thoughts on “I’m Still Falling

    1. I hope you like it. I gifted it to my friend Tina about 30 seconds after I finished it & she has already blasted through it (and loved it) too.

  1. If this book can get 5 stars from YOU, then it must be excellent. Like you say, you’re a tough reader to impress. I’ve even read other reviews, and they all seem to agree with you. There’s no polarization, just everyone thinking this book deserves high marks.

    Buying it! Thanks for the review, Misty.

  2. Yes, another great book and review by you Misty!!
    It’s definitely one of those books that stays with you after you finish it.
    I still have chills from that last sequence of events. And holy hell cliffhanger. So many questions….

    1. I know… Damn you cliffhanger! *shakes fist in air* I really should have mentioned that, but I didn’t want people to blow it off just because it’s part of a series & not a stand alone *insert evil giggle*

  3. I just discovered your blog and I love it! I have my own blog and I hope it will one day be as good as yours.

    I also would like to mention that after reading your review I got too excited and….accidentally hit “buy in 1 click” on amazon.com instead of “add to wishlist”. xD

    Not too big of a deal since it was 99 cents but the money was taken out of my boyfriends account and he’ll probably be like “every time you get slap happy over a book you’re going to buy it off my credit card D:” and take it away lol.

    But the book is probably worth it. Cant wait to start reading!

    1. Hi Bri!! *waves* thanks for the wonderful compliment. I will admit…it made me blush 🙂 As for your tiny oopsie…I promise, you won’t even care about the $ after you read it (it’s soooo freaking good) apologize to your bf though, from me… I don’t mind being thrown under the bus for a good book. Happy Reading!!!

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