Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee

Release Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Skyscape
Source: Library
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

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 tried to wait for the crushing disappointment to dissipate a bit before writing this review, so at least you won't have to listen to me rant like a lunatic. Much.

Was this a bad book? Ehhhhhhh.
It just wasn't anything like what I expecting.

Ok,  my biggest problem with this was that literally NONE of the questions I had were answered. 
So if you go into End of Days thinking that you're going to find out about the origin of the angles, who/what they really are, and whether or not they're really talking to God? Have they been duped by some huge conspiracy? How about Penryn's mom? Did she have some prior contact with angels in the past that somehow drove her mad? Is that how she knows about the rotten eggs? Was she maybe not as crazy as we all thought? Why did the sword allow Penryn to pick it up? Was there something more to her? Why is Paige so different from everyone else that they experimented on? 
Forget it. You'll get hints of half-answers. Nothing else.
If anything, you'll have more questions when this is over. And a big reason that I was so friggin excited to get my hands on this, was that I (mistakenly) believed that between the pages of this little novel, I'd be rewarded for my dedication to this trilogy.
No rewards for Anne! *sobs*

Well, if nothing else, Raffe is back for the majority of the book.

And at least the romance was well done, right?
Bzzzzt! Wrong!
I can only describe the romance & subsequent make-out sessions as grody to the max.
What? Do kids these days not say that anymore?
Fine. Then I found everything about those two disturbing in this book. See, once again, I assumed that this book was going to somehow fix things. You know, made the ginormous thousand year age gap acceptable in some way. Or maybe one of them becomes mortal or immortal...something!
Alas, no. Get used to disappointment, kids.
But (maybe) worse than that was the awkwardly creepy love scenes.

I could have lived my whole life without reading about those two grinding while he flies her around searching for Hellions. 
Dry humping? Really?!
Maybe I've been out of the 'clothes on' game too long, but when the hell did dry humping make a comeback? I mean, come on!

And I really could have gone without the scene where she puts his hand on her boob while he's sleeping next to her.
Unacceptable Creeper Behavior! Swerve to avoid!
Was that supposed to be ok simply because she's a girl? It's not! It's not ok! How are we supposed to teach our boys that this is the kind of thing that will land your ass in jail, if there's some weird double standard for girls? How well would that scene have played out in anyone's head if she had woken up to find him using her hand to rub his junk?

Alright. Whatever. Maybe I'm one of the few people who didn't lurve the end of this trilogy.
Other than the gripes I already talked about, the last thing is that I never really got into this story the way I did the other two books. It may have been because I kept waiting for answers to happen. And without those, this book fell really flat for me.
But. It's not a horribly written novel. I finished it in a day, and while I wasn't in love with anything about it, I can't honestly say that it was The Worst Book Evah, either.
It was (for me) a middle-of-the-road kind of story, with an ending that felt rushed and unfinished.


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I don't have troubles with a series ending completely different than I expected, but I do expect answers. Do you think she's trying to come out with more books since the first two did so well?

Anne Hannah said...

I think you may be right, Melissa. she certainly has enough unanswered questions for a spin-off. And I know I'd read it, if she put out another book!

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