There are some books that I just seem to pick up on a whim - and Susan EE's Angelfall was definitely one of them. For somebody who spends her life watching Supernatural on TV, supernatural fiction just really hasn't tended to be my thing and so I tend to stray away from it. I'm not sure what made me pick Angelfall up - a book offer, or a random choice by my mum perhaps - but I do have to say that the whole point of reading a book a week was to step outside of my comfort zone and start to read offerings that I might not read otherwise, and this fits into that perfectly.
Angelfall follows our heroine, Penryn, as she tries to get her sister back after she is taken by the angels that have returned to Earth. In a dystopian Earth that has been torn apart by creatures we previously thought to be calm and protective - Penryn must use a broken angel to her advantage in order to get Paige back before it's too late; and the book is harrowing and sad and beautiful in all the right ways. Maybe it's a throwback to all of those times in school I used to sit in registration and read The Vampire Diaries, but I just feel as though something about this book really appealed to me (so much so that I finished it in a single night.)
Now, this started as an internet phenomenon, and I have to say that it's not a surprise for me to hear that - and as someone who's much better versed in fanfiction than she cares to admit, I have to say that this definitely reads like some good fanfiction; that beautifully written and yet slightly reminiscent of something that you can't quite put your finger on without using the characters original names kind of feeling is definitely something that lingers pretty heavily around this book. With such prominent angels and demons it's hard not to compare this to Supernatural fanfic, but whether that's intentional is something I'm not quite sure of.
All in all - I enjoyed this a lot more than I might have imagined. I felt like it was sort of like a guilty pleasure read, and yet I found myself gripped until the beautiful cliffhanger of an ending, and I'm already out searching to see whether there are other books in the same series. It's not a book that I'm going to go back and read over and over again by any means - and yet I find myself wanting to pass it onto friends and quote it on social media; and isn't that a very modern day way of telling you that I approve?
All in all - it's worth a read, and if you have read this or any others in the series, please let me know your thoughts!