End of Days: Review + Giveaway

May 7, 2015 2015, 4.5 star books, angels, dystopian/post-apocalyptic, Kim, susan ee 83 ★★★★½

End of Days: Review + GiveawayEnd of Days by Susan Ee
Published by Skyscape on May 12. 2015
Genres: dystopian, urban fantasy
Pages: 344
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars
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?

Well, it’s the end of an era isn’t it? I wasn’t even a little bit nervous that this book would fail to deliver on all the promise of its predecessors and I am so happy to tell you that I was right in my confidence. If you are looking for heart pounding action, a fierce but all too human heroine, the swooniest of swoons and, of course, intense creepiness you will find it, and more, in End of Days.

Like World After, End of Days picks up almost immediately where its predecessor left off. Penryn is reunited with both Raffe and Paige, but they are still plagued with problems. The world is still a mess, overrun with angels, humans, and other monsters. Raffe still needs his wings back and Paige needs help steering back to humanity.

As is to be expected this book is super creepy. You thought you’ve seen creepy in the previous installments? Don’t worry, Susan’s imagination had some seriously hellish (yes, I went there) treats in store for you. I mean, nightmare inducing creatures that will burrow into your brain (literally) and stay there. We get to see The Pit. Is it the Hell? Who knows. But it is a look into what becomes of a world that was completely consumed by the angels and it is not good. Bleak would be an optimistic description.

The World After is a brutal place, but in many ways so was the World Before. Humans have always been at each others throats, it’s just that at the end times there is an acceleration to our ruthlessness. I’ve always appreciated how the series explores and acknowledges this ugly truth. But there may be glimmers of hope left for us yet.

I love the apocalyptic setting, the insidious and gruesome truths of our world revealed, but I have always cared about the characters most. Penryn is as snarky and funny and fierce as ever. One of the things I’ve always adored most about this series is what a sharply distinct voice her character has. Susan Ee has done a magnificent job crafting this character who is both incredibly vulnerable and incredibly capable.

Penryn’s relationship with her mom also makes tremendous strides and it’s very touching. Her mom even gets her own important role to play in the final stand and it’s immensely gratifying to see this person that so many would dismiss or underestimate have that agency. I just love that Penryn’s family is such an integral part of these books. We may not necessarily have the family we would choose for ourselves, but it’s great to see that we can accept each other for our faults and stick together through it all.

The biggest and most welcome change from World After is that Penryn and Raffe are together throughout the vast majority of this installment. These two have always been the heart of the series for me and their relationship only intensifies in End of Days. Both evince so much character growth and the chemistry and tension is intense. There is a scene early on in the book that is “fan yourself” levels of hot. And there are so, so many moments of serious swoon. Penryn and Raffe are finally coming to terms and acknowledging their feelings for each other. Perhaps even more than the swoons, but the level of sincere caring they show for the other is intensely moving. This book was an absolute dream for my shipper heart.

End of Days is a practically perfect series ender. These are the sort of books that leave me always wanting more, always wondering about what the characters are getting up to in the future, and those are my very favorite kinds. The action of the final battle, the sacrifice entailed, and the love at the heart of this series have all ensured its place as an all time favorite.

An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review.

 

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Win a paperback set of all three books!

Thanks to our friends at Skyscape, we have the chance for two winners to win a set of all three books!

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Have you been with Penryn since the beginning or are you a newer fan? Or could you even be a lucky duck who’ll get to devour all three books at once? I can’t believe this series is over but I know it’s one I’ll be revisiting again and again.

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Further Reading:

Wendy’s Angelfall review

 

83 Responses to “End of Days: Review + Giveaway”

  1. Laura Lawbaugh

    I need to read this series. I haven’t read any of the three yet! You make them sound so good!

  2. Nethmini

    Okay so I crave this book just as much as everyone else here and it would be great to win something that epic. It’s that feeling that you get when you see the cover of a book and you think “yep..yeppedy yeparooni” and then you read the blurb and think “HOLY KNICK KNACK PADDY WHACK GIMME THAT”. Thanks for holding these giveaways and good luck to everyone!!!!!
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  3. Thomas

    Great review of this conclusion to the series, a good amount of detail while still leaving pieces for the reader to figure out on their own. As someone who has not read any of this series yet (I have been quite absent on the YA fantasy/dystopian scene…) I would love to check this series out because of 1) the hype and 2) you guys at TMG seem to approve and 3) Susan Ee is an Asian-American author and we need more of those. :)
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  4. Bailee

    I’ve heard so many good things about this series! I’ve just never gotten my hands on a copy!

  5. J. Oh

    Admittedly, I haven’t read this review yet–I, too, have high expectations for this book, and am only glad that you said yours were totally met. I’m a bit nervous about the creepy factor, which was a little much for me in the previous books, but I love Ee’s characters. And the dialogue! Love the dialogue. I’m so looking forward to reading this book.

  6. Kelly Mather

    A lot of people have said that this series is amazing :)

  7. Raven Girl

    I heard such awesome things about this series plus they had been on my wishlist since forever.

  8. Kristina

    I have only read Angelfall, but I can’t wait to read World After and End of Days! Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

  9. Rabiah

    I haven’t read this series yet, but I’ve seen it EVERYWHERE (and I mean EVERYWHERE) and have heard raving reviews about the series. Can’t wait to read it, so thank you for the amazing giveaway :D
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  10. Mara

    I LOVED Angelfall and have always loved Raffe and Penryn’s relationship. Cant wait!

  11. Alisha Sienkiel

    I have heard such great things about these books and I love dystopian reads! Now that the series is finished, I really need to binge read them!!!

  12. Liat

    I’ve read so many great reviews for this series, and although I was a little bit reluctant at first, after overdosing on silly YA-fantasy novels led by 16-years-old girls, I’ve decided these books sound interesting and different enough. Didn’t get the chance to give them a try yet, but this review definitely encourages me to do it soon…!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Stephanie @ A Dream Within A Dream

    Great review! I’ve been dying to read this trilogy for so long, but I never got around to reading the first two books. Now that the last one is out, I can finally read them all and not have to impatiently wait! I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about this series and it sounds like something I’m going to absolutely love. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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  14. Carol

    I’ve just finished reading Angelfall, and I loved it! The only reason why I picked it up was that I didn’t have any other books to read, and I thought it would be cheesy and cliched, but I was spell-bounded as soon as I started it! I can’t wait to buy the second installment!

  15. Jenn

    Great review! Got me really excited for the final installment, it’s been a while since I liked a book this much! :)

  16. ashley

    I’m going to admit that I am a complete sucker for books involving angels fro some reason. So this one looks like fun!

  17. janice

    I am very amused and intrigued by the “super creepy” and “intense creepiness” descriptors. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book reviewed that way and it makes me want to read it! Also, describing a book as swooniest of swoons will get me every time. I wasn’t aware of this series but going to look for the books this weekend!!
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    • Kim

      Oh yeah. If the creepiness is what’s luring you into this series you will not be left down. At one point in the first book Raffe and Penryn come across mangled bodies hanging from a tree with their legs chewed off. So, you know, it’s pretty damn creepy. I’m so excited for you to read these, Janice!! You must come back and tell me what you think!
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  18. Jenny Manca

    I luuuuuuuuuuurve this series! I just got the third one in at the library and cannot wait to finish!

  19. Jennifer

    Ack!!! I haven’t read this series yet, and it’s going straight to the top of my TBR list! It seems interesting, and I’m intrigued! :0

  20. Sarah

    I devoured Angelfall when it first came out and haven’t had the chance to catch up on the second book. I’d love to revisit it and finish the series I remember loving so much!

  21. sarah s

    I have heard such great things about this series and that it has been a favorite angel book series for many readers, and I can’t wait to start it so I’ll be one of those lucky ducks that can read them all at once:)

  22. Miranda Lewis

    *hangs head in shame* I’ve yet to read any of this series, I really want to but every time I go to either pick up a copy I end up trapt reading something else. I do,love these covers and the synopsis on all three sound drool worthy.

  23. Lacey

    Love the covers of these books. I haven’t read any of them yet but they’re not at our local library so here’s a chance for me to get to it! These books sound right up my alley for reads! Thanks!

  24. Jennifer Ramirez

    I’m excited to start the series and that all three books will be out so I don’t have to wait for the next one!

  25. Elena

    Eek, I’m not sure I’m ready to read the last book yet… But I’d love to have a copy on hand for when I decide to bite the bullet. ;)

      • Elena

        I am so glad this one gets a satisfying conclusion! There are so many trilogies and quartets I haven’t finished just because I’m afraid of being disappointed. Disappointing final books have ruined so many series for me!

  26. Lia

    I’m ecstatic for THE END OF DAYS, because I need more Raffe/Penryn love in my life. Plus I’m curious to see how Susan Ee will wrap up all her plot points in 1 book when it was originally supposed to be 5 or 6 books.

  27. Amy Stafford

    Aaaaaaahhhhhhh!!! I can’t wait to read book 3!! I remember having to finish book 2 on my phone. I found myself yelling at my phone and and my fiancé looked at my and said, “What is WRONG with you?” I think I said, “How can Susan We do this to me??”

  28. Alex

    I am yet to start this series but I really want to! I’m kind of glad the last book is coming out cause then I can just marathon it! I have heard nothing but good things and it combines two of my favourite book genre/subjects: Dystopian and Angels! I can’t wait! AH, I JUST WANT TO READ IT NOW!
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    • Kim

      Ah so you get to binge. So lovely! The wait between books surely killed me. (never mind the fact that I am clearly still here :p ) It’s really one of the best of the best YA series I’ve read and if you already love dystopians *and* angels you are guaranteed to love these books. You should smile and feel good just thinking about the treat that is in store for you with these. That’s how good they are.
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  29. Pili @ In Love With Handmade

    OH DEAR!! *stocks on tissues* I’M NOT READY FOR THIS SERIES TO END!! WE WERE PROMISED FIVE BOOKS AND NOW THE END IS AT HAND AND I’M NOT READY!!

    *HYPERVENTILATES*

    Ok, ok, I’ll calm down now, but I am so planning to spend Monday night reading this one as soon as midnight hits and it downloads to my Kindle!! I was pretty sure I would love this one but after your review and a few others I’ve read, I’m beyond confident I’m gonna love it to bits!
    Penryn & Raffe are one of my fave ships and I cannot wait to read all the swoons and whatever else comes from them! *sigh*
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    • Kim

      I know, I know. It’s bittersweet. On the one hand, no more waiting for more books. On the other hand, no more books. :( I know that I will be absolutely devouring anything that Susan Ee writes in the future. Beyond insta-buy.

      And I don’t blame you! I did the same thing when WORLD AFTER came out. I only took so long to finish this one because I just didn’t want it to end. If I never finish the book it won’t end, right? ;) You are going to ADORE this book, Pili. So many awesome, happy-shrieking moments for our ship! They are one of my top favs as well and this book left me wanting to shout from the rooftops with the happy. Sooooo excited for you to read!
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  30. Emma A

    I haven’t read the series yet, but after reading quite a few reviews, I hear it is a must read!

  31. Ashley

    I really enjoyed the first two books, and I’ll admit I was a little hesitant to pick up the first book. Fallen angels/apocalyptic stories are not generally my thing. I’m so glad I didn’t let that stop me and I cannot WAIT to get my hands on End of Days!

    Thanks!

    • Kim

      Oh I am with you. Angel books are really, really not my thing (although post-apocalyptic books, are to be fair). But Wendy’s review really swayed me and this was back in the day before I was even a contributor on this blog! And totally! No regrets. I think I devoured ANGELFALL within a day. These are the books people talk about when they talk about “compulsively readable.” You just keep going and then done. This is such a wonderful conclusion to the series and I’m excited for you to read it!

      • Ashley

        I can handle “post apocalyptic” as a genre, I was just afraid this would be a literal biblical apocalypse! I can’t handle that!

    • Kim

      Whoa! You gotta get caught up, girl! I guess the upside is now there’ll be no wait for you between books! I promise you that it’s totally satisfying (and swoony!) series ender.
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  32. Christine

    OK I’m not sure I want to read the full review because I’m midway through book 2 and don’t want any spoilers, but I’m glad to know you liked it. I just started this series a few days ago, and I’m hooked. I didn’t know you’d read this–I was going to recommend it to you!

    • Kim

      It’s pretty spoiler free but I understand! Soooooo glad you’re liking this series! I was super hesitant to pick it up because I don’t like “angel books” but this series is something else entirely. So creepy, so gruesome, so good! And the swoons, my goodness. Haha if you had rec’d this to me, Christine, I would have gone on a (typical) rant to you about how much I adore this series. But, you know, please do feel free to rec me books all the time. :) And see you on the 17th!! :D
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  33. Nikki

    This is another one of those series that I’ve been iffy about. Now that the series is over I’ll probably look into it again.

    • Kim

      Whaaaaaat. Nikki, no! There is no “iffy” about this series! :p Read it read it! It’s one of my favorite series of all time. And now you have the added bonus of binging. I urge you to read them!! They’re at least worth another look. :)
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  34. Cristina

    I have only read Angel Fall and really enjoyed it. Read it when it first came out and still have that image of the **wings**. Haven’t had a chance to read the second one…Thank you for this GIVEAWAY!

    • Kim

      Oooh then you certainly do need to catch up, don’t you? And lucky you-you’ll be able to binge books 2 and 3. I know I felt like the wait between books would surely kill me! And I have even less to complain about. I first read ANGELFALL in 2013 with only a few months wait for Book 2, unlike most of my friends who’d already been waiting *years* Good luck with the giveaway!
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    • Kim

      You are in for such a treat, Ellie! It’s everything you’ve come to expect from Susan Ee’s books. And I am with you. World After is my least favorite of the three and largely because Penryn and Raffe weren’t together throughout most of it. So I predict you will enjoy this one similarly to me. Can’t wait for you to read it!
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  35. Carina Olsen

    YAY :D Gorgeous review Kim. <3 I'm oh so excited that you loved this book so much. I shall start these three books soon :D So happy this final one wasn't a disappointment. <3 And YAY for swoony romance :D That is always the best, lol. So glad you loved it. The characters seems so awesome. Sigh. Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3
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    • Kim

      Whaaaat. You haven’t read them? I feel like I’m always shocked these days when I encounter someone who hasn’t read ANGELFALL!! Well, lucky you, you get to binge them! :D And no, it’s not even remotely a disappointment. So. Many. Swoons. This is one of all my time favorite series, Carina. Run, don’t walk!
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