Full discloser: I read this book about 2 months ago so this review may reflect that.
I usually am not interested in the slightest in reading an angel book, they usually involve to many religious overtones for my liking. But after reading like the 3rd flailing review about this book I figured it was time I gave it a read, and it totally blew my mind! It was nothing like any of the angel books I’ve read before, it was unique, inventive, a bit creepy – just truly fantastic!! Everything in this book is the perfect recipe to making a fantastic dystopia, I currently have the sequel and I hope to be reading it asap.
So without further ado 5 reasons this book is amazing:
- Penryn is badass – Because of what the world has come to Penryn does what she must to make sure herself, her disabled sister and her schizophrenic mother are all safe and together. I love that she isn’t perfect, that she does unethical and unmoral things for the people she loves. When her sister is taken and her mum takes off Penryn survives alone in a very dangerous world. She is not a fainting maiden, she is the heroine and I love that in a protagonist.
- Raffe is a tortured soul – While I hate when my protagonist are clichés, I’m kinda guilty of loving the stereotypical tortured bad boy – sue me. I loved that Raffe’s whole story was kept a big mystery until almost the end. The fact he could never admit to Penryn that he’d fallen for her was soul shattering. I’m holding out for the next book. My favourite thing about Raffe isn’t the fact he’s a hot fallen angel, it’s that he’s a tad on the atheist side of religion. How amazing is that!!! An angel who doesn’t really believe that God is real! I wonder if in the coming book’s we’ll learn more about God and if he’s real in this world?
- Angel’s morals are ambigous – are they all good? Are they all evil? None of this perfect soul from heaven, sure they all look great but majority of they’re souls are ugly. They have attacked earth, have killed thousands, have coerced women to leave their families if they want their families to eat/live, and have experimented on themselves and humans all because an angel said God communicated it to him that they were to do this. They thought they were doing the right thing and I found the whole concept of angels doing evil deeds because they were told to quite interesting.
- Generally disturbing – there were some particular times throughout this book that were straight up disturbing and the twisted side of me really enjoyed them. It added suspense and fear which of course just made me want to read faster.
- The WOW ending – THAT ENDING! I was not expecting that!!! I guess if I was using my brain I would have realised that this is the firsts book in a series so of course the ending of the first book won’t be Happily Ever After but I just wasn’t expecting complete soul crushing from all directions. I can’t wait to read the next one and see how it all turns out.
I am so glad I decided to finally read this or who knows how long I would have gone not knowing how awesome an angel book had the potential to be. I have the sequel on my shelf and will be getting to it very, very shortly.