Angelfall by Susan Ee

So here’s the deal, Angelfall by Susan Ee is one of my all time favorite Fantasy/Apocalypse/Adventure novels. The first time I read this book, I was so over the top about it that I started to question whether it was really that good. What do you do when you can’t trust your own opinion? Ask your friends! So I told my best friend, whose opinion on books I trust, to try it out and tell me if it’s as good as I thought it was. Guess what? She agreed!

So as Susan Ee’s new novel and, I think, last in the Penryn series, is coming out (see the countdown clock at the sidebar) I realized that I hadn’t reviewed this beauty or her 2nd novel in the series, World After, either. Whatever was I thinking??? In case you need more than just my glowing intro, here is my review on Angelfall by Susan Ee.

I kept seeing this (at that time, free) novel on Amazon with amazing reviews but did I really want to read about angels gone bad? I just didn’t think there’d be much to it. But a free book is too good to pass up so I downloaded it….and I couldn’t put it down!

Besides enjoying fantasy, another big draw for me was that Angelfall is set in the bay area. Penryn, the main character’s name is supposedly taken from a highway exit (though I couldn’t find it online). However, the character development starts right at the beginning with Penryn pushing her sister in her wheelchair (down El Camino Real) to safety and discussing her mother’s schizophrenia. What?! Wheelchair and mental illness? I remember feeling stunned that a cheap fantasy story, and YA to boot, would have some deep issues like these. This book has a unique storyline, is full of nonstop action, and with good writing on top of it all, how could I not like it? Plus, the hunky angels are just icing on the proverbial cake. Yes, I did just say that. So that is Angelfall. You’re welcome.

The second book is called World After. This part of Penryn’s story is much more chaotic than the first book but I suppose that’s what happens when the apocalypse occurs! I really don’t want to divulge anything but Penryn is again trying to save her sister and running all over the bay area in order to do just that. You get to know much more about the angels in this novel and what may or may be motivating them.

The down side to Angelfall is the cliffhanger ending. The upside…the 2nd book is already out so no waiting! It is also clean so teens can read it but due to the violence I wouldn’t recommend it for the tweens.

Seriously, I am asking for End of Days for Mother’s Day. No poems and flowers for me!!! Happy reading. You’ll thank me for this one…

Acadia’s Law by Tracy Ellen

Acadia's lawAsk yourself: How would you survive?

Acadia King is a young widow suddenly faced with answering this question, and in ways she could have never dreamed possible at the start of her evening. It has been two long years since the death of her husband. A lonely Acadia has caved to the pressure from her good friends to go on a simple blind date at a hotel bar, but she is about to get much more than she ever planned on this fateful night. Not only does Acadia meets a younger, impossibly hot man named Rod who, unbeknownst to her, is also the new Minnesota star quarterback, but the hotel is host to more than just a Casino Night. A viral epidemic that turns people into homicidal crazies has begun to sweep across the Twin Cities. Acadia and Rod are caught at ground zero when the hotel bar erupts into a savage battleground. Along with two offensive linemen and a beautiful blonde groupie, Acadia and Rod barely escape with their lives. Acadia brings them back to the farm she owns where she then sets out to convince her family and friends to prepare for the worst.

Pragmatic, blunt, and intelligent, forty-something Acadia King is focused solely on protecting everyone and everything she has left in life from the threats closing in on all sides. Rod “The Ram” Ramaldi, smiling player and golden-boy superstar, is a man on a mission to win Acadia’s frozen, lonely heart. Forced together while working on defense plans and fighting off crazies, Acadia refuses to be tempted by Rod, despite his attempts to drive her insane with wanting every chance he gets. Practical Acadia wants no relationship. Rod is too young for her; and she distrusts his motives. After all, what man in their right mind has time for smiling, teasing, and fooling around with love when the world could end that day?

Overnight, the epidemic tears at the thin veneer of civilization. The band of survivors at King Farm soon learns the hard way that the infected crazies aren’t the only battle they’ll be fighting when greed, betrayal, and lawless chaos start to rule.


Ani’s Review

Let me be blunt: I loved Acadia’s Law. It was fun, funny, gross (’cause, ya know – zombie story!) a good romance, and well written –  everything I’ve come to hope for from one of my favorite authors – Tracy Ellen. She wrote the Adventures of Anabel Axlerod series (see my full post here) and when I got to the end of those, I’ve only wanted more, more, more. So when my good friend Christina told me about Acadia’s Law, I snatched it up then devoured it in practically one sitting. My husband and kids weren’t happy. But I sure was!

So about the book. Acadia is an awesome character. Grieving but tough widow in her forties. I so love a heroine that is (ahem) a mature woman that can take care of herself. Acadia’s friends don’t think she’s really living thus forcing her out on the town where she meets hunky football player Rod. Rather than the focus being on the romance oh and Zombies, this story is about opening yourself up to life rather than just just managing responsibilities. Tracy Ellen does such a great job of creating relationships that are exciting and demanding and fun without the usual damsel in distress storyline. Of course, there is always a damsel in distress but when it comes to Tracy Ellen’s stories, it’s not always the love interest that comes to the rescue.

As with all the books I really love, there is always some part of me that wonders “Is this book really as good as I think it is?” It’s why I like my book club so much. It really gives me an opportunity to think about what I like and don’t like and hear what my compatriots think as well. I would love to hear your thoughts on this book or any other of my favorite stories (click on Favorites in the Category/Tags list on the right side bar).

If you decide to check this book out, please click on the image to take you to it’s Amazon page. Thanks for your support!