Thursday, May 21, 2015

End of Days by Susan Ee Review

"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?"

I have very mixed feelings on End of Days. End of Days is the conclusion to Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy. It is YA Paranormal. Angels are involved, and it features our world after a huge crisis. I mean, angel attack and natural disasters. That type of crisis. I absolutely love Angelfall and World After, but End of Days? It is more of a "meh" compared to those two.  

It made me cry. End of Days has its stellar moments, and my goodness, some parts made me cry. That ballet scene? It is amazing, and I love how Susan Ee wrote it. There is something very, very special about that scene, and I want to reread it over and over again. The beauty and the craft in that scene... Gosh, I want to marry it. It is a very emotional scene, and I bawled. Some memorable runner ups are: the Raffe/Penryn scenes. 

The message of the trilogy is amazing, and I completely understand Susan Ee and the books. I love it. Humans... (I'm not going to go into it, because of spoilers.) Anyway, Supernatural (the tv show) can't hold a light to this. Few angel books can hold a light to this. 

(But I'll get to why I have mixed feelings.) 

Penryn is amazing and awesome as usual. She becomes someone more, and darn, it is really inspiring. I love Penryn Young (and I hope Raffe realizes her worth, and it seems he does, so I'm really happy for the couple). She is like the Joan of Arc of the Apocalypse. Her achievements are stunning. Her growth is great. 

I'm not going to talk about Raffe. He is that sassy and sweet angel (I mean, archangel or... barely evolved reptile) as usual. He has some funny pieces of dialogue, but I'm not too concern for him. The chemistry between Penryn and Raffe seems to be toned down... Did anyone else think so too? 

But here is why I have mixed feelings. I can't get into it. I mean, I got all worked up this last year, and suddenly, I'm so disappointed in the book. I expected something with a lot more... lively. I can't sink into the book. As much as I try, I'm always at an emotional distance from the book. I'm not connected in the same way I was with Angelfall or World After. That is why I have the mixed feelings. 

In conclusion, End of Days is a strong ending to the trilogy. It ties up all the loose ends. Some readers might have to throw a pity party from themselves. Never before had second characters and third characters took so much out of me. Seriously. I care a lot about them, and darn, Susan Ee puts a great knot over everything. 

Rating: Three out of Five

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