Publication Date: May 2011
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): 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.
My Review: I had avoided this book for a very long time, just because the hype was so great, but finally a glowing review from Small Review convinced me to try. And it was worth all of the hype...until the last 1/4 of the book.
Let me explain: I would give about a 4.5 stars to the beginning of this book. Penryn was a great character. I appreciated her efforts, she tries to protect her family, she has to put up with a lot (end of the world, gangs, really crazy mom, handicapped sister, starving, etc) but she remains positive and is realistic.
Enter Raffe. We are inclined not to trust him becuase he is an angel, but I grew to like him, quite a lot, along with Penryn. They make a really good team and I was happy that they had each other to rely on.
And then about 3/4 of the way through the book, things just didn't make as much sense. I could follow along with what was happening, but it just didn't have as much foundation as the rest of the book felt like. The Angel society didn't feel complete to me and didn't feel very strong. Yes, enemies need to have weaknesses, but these guys just seemed like posers. It seemed like they only had power because the humans gave them power.
And then some other things happen and I won't go into it, but it just felt too random. Yes, I can be thrown curveballs in books, and I actually like when I am surprised, but what happens just didn't feel natural to me. Maybe more background will be revealed in the next ones (and I will continue this series, I do want to see what happens) that will shed light on some of the actions of the last part. Just frustrating.
Overall, I'd recommend it, but honestly break it down to: first 3/4 of the book= 4.5 stars, last 1/4 of the book= 2.5 stars. Now, the rest of the series could redeem that, and help everything make more sense, but it just felt rushed and not founded like the rest of the book did.