Hello, friends! This month we’re going to be fangirling about the Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee, an action-packed occasionally terrifying series about a girl, her sword, her sister, and the angels that have invaded her world (including a certain de-winged angel named Raffe who ends up becoming her traveling partner and ally, complete with amazing slow-burn romance). The final book in the series, End of Days, comes out in May. In the meantime, Sondra and I are going to do our best to convince you to read the series. Come fangirl with us!
Top Five Things I LOVE About Penryn and the End of Days
5) The Action
I normally don’t get very excited about action sequences, but the ones in this series are amazing. Penryn and Raffe are both extremely skilled fighters, and watching them (especially when they’re working as a team) makes my heart race. Add in Susan Ee’s shudder-inducing ideas for creatures, and the fight scenes become even more thrilling and terrifying.
4) The World
Susan Ee combines paranormal and dystopia in the best way possible. She has some very unique ideas, and never shies away from showing how terrible life in such a world would be, but I also never feel like she’s going in the darkness-without-purpose direction. As a bonus for me, a good portion of the series takes place in my own Bay Area. (Alcatraz is used as an angel prison for humans. It’s all very horrifying.)
3) The Romance
Penryn and Raffe have this wonderful slow-burn, enemies-to-allies, pages-and-pages-of-banter, amazing-team-of-kickassery, will-you-just-freaking-kiss-already thing going and it. is. beautiful.
2) The Heroine
This may sound strange, but I first knew I love Penryn when she decided to torture information about someone to find her sister within the first fifty pages of book one. This girl will do absolutely anything to protect the people she loves, and she can more than handle herself in a dangerous situation. Plus, she disguised her angel sword as a teddy bear with a long skirt and named it Pookie Bear, and if that kind of creativity and humor doesn’t make you love her I don’t even know what to say.
1) The Surprises
The books are fairly short–around 250 pages each–but within that short span, everything happens so much. There are constant surprises and game-changers that made me want to drop the book and scream and sometimes throw up a little. At one point I foolishly decided to listen to fifteen minutes of the audiobook before going to sleep; fifteen minutes later I was absolutely positive that I would never sleep again. I don’t know what’s in store for me when End of Days is released, but I look forward to being surprised and horrified and in tears.
If you’d like to join me in my future state of emotional distress, read the first two books!