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San Francisco-based author, SUSAN EE, has degrees in physics, math and law, none of which helped her when she sat in front of a blank screen to write a story. So she proceeded to study creative writing through the Iowa Writers Workshop, Stanford, and Clarion West. Her stories have been in Realms of Fantasy and the anthology The Dragon and the Stars. Angelfall is her debut novel.

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Angelfall
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Angelfall
May 31st, 2015
Awesome read, could not put it down! Hoping a series comes from this first story! Will be watching and waiting
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Stunning! Exceeded my expectations.
April 14th, 2015
Angelfall exceeded my expectations! The way Susan Ee took the story surprised me - and I loved every part of it. The world-building was phenomenal, and the writing exceptionally detailed. The protagonist’s journey allows the reader to experience this new, post-apocalyptic earth, and the difference between “World Before” and “World After” is really emphasized here. The author was not afraid of delving into the unknown or grotesque, and that was a huge hit for me! The world-building was by far my favourite part. Every aspect was exceptionally detailed - I could imagine the empty buildings and the deafening silence. I saw Penryn wincing at the noise their family’s shopping cart makes along the abandoned streets. As well, the dialogue was on par. The novel starts some weeks after angels have descended onto Earth, so like Penryn, the reader is witness to how humans are adapting to this world of death, destruction and god-defying acts. I find it significant the author started not when earth is semi-peaceful, but after humans have gotten over that initial shock and are now returning to that primal urge for survival. This is more evident in the fact the author decides to begin the story when Penryn and her family are leaving their apartment - basically their life in the “World Before” - and starting anew. I thought the plot was stable. Different points are made to the reader that Penryn would only venture into the Lion’s Den for her sister. At the time of her sister’s capture, their mother also disappears so the choice is seen here. Penryn loves both her mother and sister, but her decision is based on who needs who. Penryn’s relationship with her mother was deep and intriguing. The two’s interaction with each other provided a lot of insight on other characters, and made everything all the more dimensional. Raffe is introduced in the beginning of the novel as an angel betrayed by his kind and saved by Penryn. Raffe then agrees to bring Penryn to where the angels are holding her sister. It’s clear these two are to be potential love interests, but romance is a secondary plot and moves at a realistic speed. Once they reach their destination it’s every person for him/herself - Raffe needs the angels for his detached wings and Penryn for her sister. Near the end, circumstances have Raffe grieving for Penryn, but the level of grief [which was high] I found unrealistic as the two had only 1-2 times visibly expressed their feelings for one another - although there was a lot of glances. The author dived right into the more grotesque of subjects that are sometimes absent from YA novels. Particularly characters of physical and emotional flaws with a high chance of permanency. I found this made the world-building all the more solid - Susan Ee is creating a world that is new and cruel and only the strong can survive. The characters should represent this “World After”. The use of angels as a theme has been made truly original with the type of world Ee has constructed. I am excited to read the sequels, World After and End of Days. Susan Ee is a talented writer and I am eager to see what she plans to write about next. I was provided a free ebook via Net Gallery in exchange for an honest review.
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Angelfall
February 14th, 2015
This is a gripping book that leaves you wondering if another book will be coming. I hope one does. I really enjoyed reading it. Susan Ee is a very good writer, and leaves you wanting more.
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Angelfall
October 30th, 2014
This story was amazing, it had me completely captivated!
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June 15th, 2014
This book is a winner. Captivating and enthralling. Such a good read for a book I stumbled upon. Can't wait for book 3!
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March 15th, 2014
I found this book impossible to put down. I enjoyed the story and quality writing. This book checked all the boxes I require to have an enjoyable reading experience.
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Nice
March 10th, 2014
A easy read, captivating start to finish.
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March 3rd, 2014
A wonderful debut. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Post-apocalyptic young adult fiction is not my usual fare, but the story is well-written and completely captured my attention. In fact, I gobbled up the next two installments and am anxiously waiting for more.
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Great book
March 1st, 2014
I dont usually like fantastic fiction, but sometimes the book is so good it doesnt even matter... This is one of them... I will certainly be reading the next ones pf the series.
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February 3rd, 2014
This is a wonderfully written book. I was unable to put it down. This is a must read for anyone.
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January 30th, 2014
This book is what I think every distopian fan should read. The story transports you to a time that could very much be our future and I've heard if zombies but not angels! Fast page turner and can't wait until the next books
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January 29th, 2014
Great book, the story was well written and easy to follow with just the right amount of romance.
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January 26th, 2014
LOVED it! Very interesting book of an apocoliptic world. It was a breath of fresh air when it came to the angel genre. It wasnt a corny love story but more of an adventure and action with a hint of love. Recommend it.
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January 25th, 2014
This was a great book, and once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down until it was finished. I cannot wait to read Susan Ee's second book of the series!
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January 22nd, 2014
Awesome book ... totally unputdownable. I could just keep reading and reading long after the book is finished
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Angelfall
January 20th, 2014
Loved it !!!! Had a hard time putting it down, kept me wanting more !!!.
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December 2nd, 2013
Good book already purchased second book and read. Really enjoyed now I have to wait for book three
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love this book
November 30th, 2013
this book is amazing.... finished it in one sitting
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Good to the last word!
November 28th, 2013
Great story. To be enjoyed by young, old and everyone in between. Can't wait to read the next book.
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Angelfall
October 22nd, 2013
Good story and well written. Would recommend
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