End of Days by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn and the End of Days #3
Publisher: Skyscape on May 12th 2015
Genre(s): Dystopian (YA), Paranormal (YA)
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?
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
I wrote a review based on my initial thoughts and then walked away for a week because I wasn’t too nice. I’m not as mad at the book as I was, more like disappointed.
Why was I mad? Well I’m going to tell you, Pen couldn’t keep it in her damn pants for five damn minutes. Seriously it was like this “Oh, my sister! My mother! Humanity! Oh wait, there’s Raffe, let me throw myself at him and rub all up on his discostick.”
I wanted to smack her. Ok, so I know that people turn to sex during times of stress but there is a scene early in the book where Pen and Raffe in the same bed and Pen tries to feel herself up with his hand WHILE HE’S SLEEPING. And another where they were dry humping while literally flying through hell. Because hell and its monsters are SUCH a turn on.
Sexual freedom is awesome but Pen, your sister is a flesh eating monster that’s starving herself because she is desperately trying to cling to her human side while the world is crumbling around you, and angels want you dead but by all means let’s worry about how much your girly bits want Raffe’s boy bits.
Why am I disappointed?
Because the book is predictable, complete with a way too easily acquired happily ever after ending. I put this book down several times to do other things. It did not grab me, and I’m pretty bummed about that. Angelfall was amazing, I thought it was a new beginning to YA dystopian novels. But reading End of Days was like going through a checklist of how trilogies are supposed to end.
There was no tension, it was just repeating things from the previous two books, still the same unanswered questions, for instance Pen’s mom. I always felt there was a deeper meaning to her mom’s craziness and her knowledge of demons and angels but there was no explanation so I guess she was just plain old crazy.
It was so flat, and it makes me wonder what happened to the author’s vision between Angelfall and this book. Rounding up my rating because take all the “Pen is horny” parts, you’d have 100 pages of a decent book, with the same writing and amazing world building as the previous books.