Thursday, December 17, 2015

End of Days Review: Penryn

Book: End of Days
Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn and the End of Days
Standing: Book 3 (final)
POV: 1st person by Penryn, present tense
Genre: YA post-apocaplytic, paranormal

Source: Physical Copy
Publisher: Skyscrape
Pages: 344
Release: May 12th, 2015


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?

It's officially the end of days for me, now that I've finished this book. Allow me to weep.

End of Days picks up mere hours after the catastrophic events of World After. Paige has been found--along with her new uncanny leadership of the terrifying angel-scorpion hybrids, aka locusts--Beliel has been taken prisoner, Raffe has found his severed angel wings, and Uriel is campaigning to become the new Messenger of God in order to exterminate the surviving humans.

Penryn is every bit the fearless heroine as she was in the past books, if not more. She is fiercely independent, and at no point does she need Raffe or anyone for help. Raffe's absence was what drew the plot forward, not because Penryn was trying to find him, but because she was so much more free to do what needed to be done without him. All the best parts were of Penryn alone, finding solutions to her own situations. She's not anything special, not by a long shot: she's 100% normal human to the bone. The only difference is that she keeps a cool head and is able to logic her way out of any situation. Penryn's defining characteristic is her sheer determinism to do what's right, and it makes her one hell of a heroine!

"This is Penryn Young, Daughter of Man, Killer of Angels."

Raffe fights his own battle in this book. We see that he's torn between trying to regain his original angel status (and ultimately joining the angels in their apocalypse) and staying with Penryn. Raffe struggles to try to find a way to do what's right, and resorts to going through literally hell for it. His ending, though slightly devastating, was quite fitting, as he gets what's ultimately important. One other thing I absolutely loved was his belief in Penryn's independence. Yes, he worries about Penryn's safety, but he knows that she is more than capable of taking care of herself, both in the presence of humans and angels.

I was extremely pleased with Paige's character. Unlike the last book, where Penryn was struggling to find a human presence in Paige's new appearance, Paige's actions are significantly more human. She plays a bigger role in this novel, and proves to Penryn that she too is independent. Deep down, Paige is like Penryn: both have the determinism and grit needed to survive an apocalyptic world, and both have what it takes to emerge even stronger than before after facing strife. Let's hear it for the Young siblings!

We are introduced to yet another terrifying revelation/concept. In the first two books, the main cause of horror were the existence of angel-scorpion hybrids, followed by the stomch-churning creation of the hybrids. In this book, we get quite a few new monsters to add to the nightmare list. Things like the heads of the Consumed, sixers, and Pit Lords. I've mentioned it before, and I'll mention it again: this is not to be read at night, especially if you values your sleep. Just don't. It makes for a terrific yet horrifying read...

This book was every bit as satisfying as I wanted it to be, and more. There's the war I've been dreaming of, plus new revelations, new plot twists, new characters. The plot was gripping, absolutely unpredictable, and really got you cheering for Penryn and humanity as a whole. The ending was absolutely perfect, and I wouldn't have it changed in any way!

I highly recommend you all read this series. Through Penryn, you really get the sense that it's not what you're physically made of that makes you a hero; it's who you are on the inside, and how far you're willing to go to do what's right. If you're willing to go down fighting for what's right, then you're a true hero in all it's right!

"Being human isn't about whether you fit in or look like the rest of us. It's about who you are and what you're willing to do or not."


  1. I do need to read this series!! Great review and now I want to read it even more lol. :)

    1. It's such a good series! I hope you'll be able to read it soon, and that you'll enjoy it as much as I have!

  2. I bought the whole trilogy during black friday online but haven't read them yet. Everyone seems to love them though so I better start reading soon!

    By the way thank you for the warning. I won't read this book at night lol

    Laura @ psilovethatbook

    1. Haha, seriously don't read this at night. There are definitely some parts that might keep you up at night for the wrong reasons!
      I hope you'll enjoy the series as much as I have :)

  3. Love the quotes you've chosen to highlight. =)

  4. Ohmygosh this review is beautiful <3 I couldn't have ever put it better myself. :) I agree whole-heartedly!

    -Megan, Books of Fascination

    1. Thank you, Megan! This series was amazing! I'm sad that it's over, though :(

  5. That last quote is so incredible, it's literally made me want to read the entire series of again and experience it all anew. I am so happy that you loved these books, now comes the hard part of never finding a post-apoc dystopian book that comes even close to how great these are ;) muahaha.
    Susan has really spoiled us with them.
    I really loved Penryn and Raffe's ending, it was very fitting for them but most of all I was just so extremely happy for Paige's. Through each book my heart went out for her and I got so sad during book 2 because she was so innocent :( *curses the gods*
    I couldn't agree more about not reading this book after dark, when I speak about it to anyone I always find myself saying 'Isn't it a bit dark for YA?' not that this is a bad thing in anyway but it gives you the chills at times hahaa.

    Fantastic review Erika, I've just seen your ADSOM one but don't worry I'm saving reading it until I find out what all the fuss is about ;)

    Cody @ Literary-ly Obsessed

    1. What am I supposed to do now that this series is over? I hear weeping is a good idea. I'm going to miss Penryn and Raffe so much. Their story was absolutely amazing, and the series was unique! My faith in angel stories has been restored, haha ;)

  6. Oh my goodness, I agree with EVERYTHING you say. And that last quote <3! I'm so happy you enjoyed the series just like I did. I weeped too... maybe a bit more than I should have..

    1. This series is definitely one of a kind. All the feels! I can't believe it's over :(