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Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) - Susan Ee You guys. I can't even. This book is really, really good. Like, Hunger Games good. I mean. It's just exquisite.Penryn is a fantastic protagonist (and thank-fucking-God for that, because she's delivering this story first-person). She's smart and funny and brave and ruthless as hell, but all with this heartbreaking vulnerability that somehow manages to avoid the cloying self-pity garbage that so many YA heroines wallow in. And we don't even find out that she's pretty until well into the book, which is just...I can't even tell you how refreshing it was to have no clue what the heroine looked like until it was commented on in a natural, non-expository way.And Raffe. Again, just a really well-drawn character, and Ee really takes her time with him, allowing his personality to unfold slowly until everything comes crashing together at the end of the novel (That's actually my concern for the subsequent books planned in this series (sequels are promised but release dates have not been set)--remember how amazing the first half of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone was, up to the point where the love interest aspect really kicked in and the story sagged under the weight of our hero's depression? I would be absolutely heartbroken if this series headed in that direction. I guess the more likely thing to happen is that we'll all get treated to a sneak attack love triangle like in Lauren Oliver's Delirium series. And that wouldn't be so bad. I guess. I don't know.) .The world building is done with a painstakingly light hand. Ee shows incredible restraint in the adverb-usage department, only describing in detail those things on which the eye should be sharply focused, trusting her readers to fill the rest with our imaginations. This particular aspect of Ee's writing is one of the great strengths of the book--you know that old saying about how it's usually scarier not to see the monster? Well, when horrifying things happen within the world of the novel, they are generally described only sparingly or mentioned in passing in a way that renders them insanely creepy because, again, the author trusted my brain to fill in the crazy details on its own.Seriously, y'all: this book is amazing. Buy it, read it, pass it on. So Little Sleeping