Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

Review: End of Days by Susan Ee
End of Days
Penryn & The End of Days #3
by Susan Ee

Genres: Action, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Publication date: May 12, 2015
by Skyscape

Format: Paperback

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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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I find it very hard to put into words what exactly this series means to me and seeing it end, I don’t quite know what to say. It hasn’t quite hit me that there will be no more of Penryn and Raffe and that my life will continue to go on without these two.

We’ve come so far from Angelfall yet, End of Days manages to retain the charm and humor of Angelfall. It’s not as distinct anymore because of how serious things have become, but End of Days is still such a charming, heartfelt book and it pains my heart to say goodbye to these beloved characters.

Where do I begin with this book? I literally cannot think of a single flaw off the top of my head. I cannot think of anything that didn’t work for me. The main characters, the secondary characters, the romance, the plot, the world building, EVERYTHING worked for me. This was the big bang finale that I was looking for and it did NOT let me down. It gave me everything I wanted and then some.

Over the course of the three books, we have gotten to see Penryn grow into this amazing woman (because girl no longer seems applicable). She was forced to grow up quickly as a result of this apocalypse but she handled it. With this novel, we get to see the result of all the development Penryn has undergone. She was always badass but in this book we see her as a strong female lead, who is sometimes afraid but also manages to shine with her head held up high. She makes good decisions and we finally see her take the role of a leader instead of constantly shying away from it. Simply put, Penryn is hands down one of the best female leads out there.

Unlike World After, our favorite angel is actually present for most of the book. How about that, huh? Raffe is one of my favorite love interests ever and I really really really mean that. He is funny, charming, and so ridiculously adorable. I love that he believes in Penryn and tries his best to support her. He can sometimes be obnoxious, but we all know that angels have big egos so we can forgive Raffe for that.

There is a lot of romantic tension between these two characters in the book. Especially since they both knew they have feelings for each other and that said feelings may be reciprocated, but circumstances make it hard for them to just act on those feelings. Some might be frustrated by this, but I was not. Sometimes things aren’t as easy as knowing that you are both interested in each other. Sometimes there are other things to consider and that is okay. All this romantic tension does mean some HAWTTTT scenes though so don’t you worry too much. Plus romance or no romance, they work so fantastically as a team!

The secondary characters are so important to the series and Susan did not disappoint. In fact, she actually made me kind of like one of the bad guys from the previous books (*cries*). Susan knows how to pull on your heart strings in just the right way that will make you question everything you thought you knew. DON’T QUESTION IT. One of my favorite things was how Susan dealt with Penryn’s mom in this novel. Penryn’s mom has always been a little weird and creepy but in this instalment, she also becomes a caring mother and that warmed my cold heart. Also Pookie bear (because Pookie bear will always be my favorite secondary character ever).

One of the things that attracted me to this series was that it was post apocalyptic and just happened to have angels. It could have very easily turned into a paranormal romance but it doesn’t. Susan really incorporates science fiction elements and post apocalyptic elements making the distinction clear by giving emphasis to the world building. Those elements continue to shine in this instalment. I don’t really think anything I could say would give Susan the credit she deserves on her fantastic world building skills.

The plot is also very well developed and like all the previous instalments, not a single part of this book feels slow. It’s never too fast either and Susan always slows down at the important parts so that we can experience them properly. There are also things that come together from previous books and everything is just so well planned.

End of Days is a brilliantly thought out and well written book and I would not hesitate to push (read: shove down your throat) this series at you. If you haven’t read Angelfall, PLEASE GO DO SO because you have no idea what you’re missing out on.

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Overall: 4.8
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  1. says

    I completely agree with you about the romance. Being attracted simply isn’t enough so I love it when there are additional complications, as long as they seem genuine and not something forced just to further complicate the story. I adored the second book and I can’t wait for this to download to my Audible app.
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  2. says

    I have a copy of this and I’m really excited to start it because I really enjoyed the first two. I didn’t review World After because I reviewed Angelfall but I liked it nonetheless. I’m so glad you think this is the great end to a series because I know some series where the last book sucks and that just ends up making me feel a little sad. Now I’m really excited!!!
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  3. says

    I did not read your whole review, because I am trying very, very hard to go into it blind. BUT. I trust your opinion, so when I saw you’d reviewed, I came to check the rating, and oh my goodness, if I knew how to do cartwheels, you’d see me doing them over this 4.8!! GAH, now how to wait the whole week until my pre order arrives?!?! (I will come back and read this when I am done to compare thoughts too!)
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  4. says

    I NEED TO READ ANGELFALL <3 I've heard a lot of good things about the series lately, and so far I've seen really good reviews on the first book. I totally understand that sad feeling you get when you finish a good series :( Truthfully, it sometimes makes me depressed when I finish reading everything because I know there would be no more to look forward to after that. GREAT REVIEW! :) Angelfall might be the next thing I'll pick up when I find it in the bookstore! <3
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  5. says

    This review is just utter perfection, okay?
    I loved this book so much too so I’m really happy that you loved it as much as I did. I LOVED that we got to see more of Raffe too because the previous book did not make me happy because he was missing.
    I loved the banter between these two as well and OMG THE SWOOOOONS!
    Honestly though, this is such a great series, I need more people to read them!! :)
    Great review, R!
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  6. says

    I love this review Rashika, finally seeing some love for the big finale that seems to have had a pretty mixed response so far. I haven’t read book two yet, but loved Angelfall and wanted to wait until the finale was out before finishing off the series, with an awesome series like this one, the wait is just too painful. I’m so excited to get stuck into World After now. I must admit though, I’m actually sad t see that her mother comes to her senses, only based on book one, but I loved that kooky, odd Alice in Wonderland type madness she had.

    Wonderful review poppet, absolutely loved it! <3
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  7. says

    Aaahh, atleast you loved this one more than me :) I thought the characters and plot were still amazing, what lacked for me was the emotional feel of it. It didn’t feel as epic to me although I still liked the novel a lot! It is depressing to say goodbye to the characters and pookie bear.
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  8. says

    It’s great to see that you had a wonderful time with this last novel again! I’m always so anxious but I think I should try the series too. I like the sound of it! The romence, the secondary characters and all! Great review!

  9. says

    After reading some mixed reviews I am scared to pick this up. Also scared because it is the last one, my last chance to love these characters, this world and I will miss them all so dearly.

    But your review makes me hopeful. I want to love it just as much, to look back and say: wow, what a great series, what a lovely ride!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I can’t wait to hold this beauty in my hands :D
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  10. says

    I am so thrilled about this book. This series was one of the first recommended to me when I first gained all my lovely friends in blogging, and I have a lot of love and sentimental feelings for this. I’m so afraid that I am going to become a worthless puddle after I read it, because when the release date hits next week, I am going to be all over that.
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  11. says

    oh man, so many mixed feelings about this book ending. It makes me sad that there will be no more, yet I’m happy that it ended on a good note and that we get more of Raffe. Definitely Penryn is the definition of a kick ass heroine that I have loved throughout her growth, and it makes me super excited to see those hot scenes between the both of them! I can’t wait to read this book, wonderful review Rashika <3
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  12. says

    So excited for this one! Glad to see you loved it because I was wondering how Susan Ee was going to wrap up all those plotlines from Book 2. Oh and I think I know what villain you’re talking about because I pitied (not exactly liked) him in the 2nd book too so how on earth is he going to get more pitiable? That sounds emotionally destructive.
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  13. says

    WAIT WHAT?! This series ends on the third book?! I thought it was going up to 5 books so I put off reading the rest of the books! I’ve read the first two books, and I really liked them. I’m glad this last book doesn’t disappoint. And Pookie Bear is definitely a favorite. Haha. I should read this last book soon. Great review! :D
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