Today Hodder and Stoughton's first edition of Angelfall will be on sale in New Zealand bookstores.
One thing that impresses me about this title is that Susan Ee self-published first and gained a massive following online before getting picked up by Amazon, the Hachette bookgroup, and Good Universe (an independent motion picture production company).
Well, I read my review copy in one 3-hour stint last night and a 20 minute finish this morning. I would've finished it last night if I wasn't 41 weeks pregnant and suddenly developing an eye twitch.
It reads well;
- I thought the story started running and didn't stop for many breathers. I didn't read anything about what I was in for, and I think this helped -- it meant the opening scenes were surprising and fast.
- I can't help but compare to Laini Taylor's Daughter series -- since not-so-angelic angels mixin' with non-angels feature in both urban fantasy trilogies (yes, Angelfire is the first of a trilogy). Thankfully, the comparison was not so disappointing as cream and milk (like City of Bones seeming like dross after the Mercy Thompson series). Instead, I found Angelfire delivered a fast, interesting trip of its own. It doesn't boast the layered dimensions of Taylor's narrative and writing, nor the super-strong dialogue, but it is good. If you liked Daughter and Days and/or Pure and Fuse, this is somewhere in between in quality and content (a notch under the former and a notch above the latter).
- It's pretty dark.
- Heroine Penryn is pretty ballsy.
- Her family situation is very grim.
- Best thing about it (in case you missed it): pacing.