Series: Penryn & the End of Days #3
Published by Skyscape on May 12, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Romance, Young Adult
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End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.
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?
I’ve followed this trilogy from the first day. Yes, it has angels (my favorite species in romance fiction) so that was a no-brainer choice. What hooked me and kept me panting for more was Susan Ee’s take on the winged creations and on a post-apocalyptic earth. Oh, and did I mention this is a YA trilogy? I know! Shocked me to my old-lady core!
So, without real spoilers I can tell you Book 3 was great, stupendous, awesome, kick ass, amazing and worth the wait. I can also say it’s sad, tense, dark, sexy and mind-blowing. Penryn was one of the most fabulous heroines I’ve read in YA fix in a while. She’s a real girl who found herself thrown into a terrible world of angels bent on genocide. Humans are cattle and unworthy of life, and even the ultra-sexy Archangel Raphael (Rafe) believed that–until he met her.
What was always consistent in the novels was the almost blind love Penryn holds for her family. Her nutty mom and her terrifying baby sister are two wacky characters that I honestly can’t understand why I enjoy them so much, but I do. This is a dysfunctional family that functions just fine when shit hits the fan. They won’t let anyone get away with hurting any of them, and they are possibly the best example of how a family would need to do whatever possible to stick together and survive when the world is falling apart.
Now, Rafe. Oh, sweet goodness, Rafe. He was a delightful mix of tragic hero. All that sexual tension could kill a normal man, but in Rafe we had the added benefit of gaining some insight into the kind of angel he’s always been, and that in a nutshell is lonely. What good is duty and honor if you fail to live, right?
Book 3 tried to take us deeper into the angel story with a side trip to hell. No, really. It’s on that journey I think my heart just caved in. The shocking reality of why certain characters from previous books were a certain way was explained, and it broke my damned heart, y’all. Read it and then tell me you didn’t cry. No way you won’t shed a tear or two.
While I could nitpick on a minor issue or two, it’s not worth it. This was a fitting end to the trilogy and I couldn’t be more satisfied. An added bonus? I met Susan Ee recently and I was able to tell her to her face how much I loved the series. She was gracious and sweet, and I’m glad I had the opportunity. Now, it’s your turn. Grab the trilogy and prepare to be lovingly destroyed.