UPDATE: FULL REVIEW (WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS)
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"Someone has sprayed graffiti on the ceiling. A crude knight stands alone with his sword drawn against a fire-breathing dragon that is ten times his size. The dragon's tail disappears into darkness where the window light fades deep into the store. Beside the knight are the words "Where Have All the Heroes Gone"
It looks to me like the artist thought the knight didn't stand a chance against the dragon.
I know just how he feels."
End of Days is a very fitting title for this book not only because it's the end of this wonderful and outstanding series, but also because it's the end of my 'can't wait for the next book' and 'I'm dying in anticipation' days. It's been three months since I read it, and I still can't wrap my head around the fact that it's over.
To sum this book up in 10 words, "It is everything I wanted it to be-and more."
It begins right where World After left off-Raffe with Penryn in his arms, flying, and Paige sitting on Beliel's body which is being carried by scorpion-tailed locusts. Please take note that if you're currently reading this book, Penryn and Raffe's reunion just happened the night before. Their first meeting in Angelfall happened roughly two weeks ago because Angelfall and World After covers about ten days of their journey (you can reread the books to verify. Thanks to Katerina for helping me count!) That's how packed and huge this series is.
"Who's going to do that"
I think about that for a minute before answering.
Penryn, while being unconsciously cute and adorable, has always been a self-reliant and strong female character but in this final installment, Susan Ee takes her badass quality to a whole new level. She's not just a brave human girl; she's a fighter. She represents humanity. A Daughter of Man.
Raffe, on the otherhand, has always been a fierce believer and follower of angelic rules but in this book, the battle between his responsibilities and his heart gets tougher. He's not just an archangel; he's a warrior. He represents the angels. An enemy soldier.
He can't be distracted by a Daughter of Man, but the fire can be tempting.
"Just this once," he says almost more to himself than to me. "Just one moment."
The romance in this series has always been subtle yet powerful-a gaze, a heart-melting smile, a conscious decision to hold each other a bit longer than necessary; such simple gestures speak volumes and enough to make me go crazy. Imagine my shock-and utter delight, when the romance got more intense in this book. Remember that in their world, it's just last night when Raffe found out Penryn was alive. The way he treats Penryn in World After was just the start. *wink wink*
"So am I" I whisper. "Your Daughter of Man"
I am madly inlove with Raffe and Penryn's relationship not only because of their intense chemistry, but also because of their great camaraderie. He's not just an angel to her, she's not just a human to him; they're partners. They represent their own race, but they're loyal to each other. A team.
A lot of people have been asking me, "I've read mixed reviews about this book. Some readers are euphoric, some are unsatisfied. Is it a happy ever after" First of all, I'd waited more than a year for this book and the last six months had been the hardest for me because it's the period of time where I religiously checked my email for any response from the publisher about my ARC. I was like, "I might receive my advance reader's copy any day now yay!" (I know, right Desperate!) The anticipation was so huge that it eventually felt like the book needed to make up for it. If this book was any less than remarkable, I'd be very, very disappointed. I don't know why some readers are unsatisfied, I guess reading the first two books again and again plus theorising about the conclusion for two years helped me appreciate this book more.
Some of my questions were left unanswered, but I wasn't really expecting every loose thread to be tied up so I was rather impressed that this book had exceeded my expectations and gave me more than what I wanted: (view spoiler)[the epic war, the Watchers, the adventure in the pit, and the well-developed romance. (hide spoiler)] I would've wanted the buildup of the war to be shorter and the last chapters to be longer, but overall it's a very epic finale.
HAPPY EVER AFTER
Now let me ask you, what's your idea of a HEA or happy ever after If it's ribbons and wedding bells and sparkles, then no, Raffe and Penryn didn't get their HEA. Sacrifices had to be made. The future in this apocalyptic world was ever unclear. If you theorize enough about it, if you consider all other possible alternate endings, you will realize it's the best and perfect conclusion to this series. When I finished the book, I had this satisfied look on my face and I thought "Of course! That's exactly the HEA this series deserves."
All the books in this series have wings on the cover. It has always been about it-it's the reason Raffe teamed up with Penryn in Angelfall, it's the reason they fought for their lives in World After. (view spoiler)[Before EOD, I'd been very against the idea of Raffe losing his wings again. But what happened was he lost it for Penryn and this time it's a choice made by him so it's very justified for me. Susan Ee wanted us to feel the gravity of Raffe's feelings for Penryn that even after everything they've been through to get his wings back, he's willing to lose it again and again if it means Penryn gets to live another day. (hide spoiler)] The wings have always played a crucial part in their lives since day one, and it makes so much sense that it will continue to play an important role until the last book. It had brought them together. It will bring them together.
"And now there's this. Knowing about the horrors that have happened and will happen but choosing to live anyway. Maybe there's an art to being human."
In a war between humans and angels, the former represents the knight; the latter represents the dragon. The humans-the healthy, the injured, the young and old-they know they'll most likely be massacred but they come to fight anyway. Heroes.
Overall, End of Days is an epic and a very justified ending to Penryn's story. (Oh my God I can't believe that this time I'm saying goodbye to this series but..)
Goodbye, Penryn and Raffe.
Goodbye, Mom, Paige, Dee Dum, (view spoiler)[The Watchers, (hide spoiler)]and Kooky-I mean Pooky Bear.
Goodbye, the one of the best apocalyptic dystopian series I've ever read.
It's a new day in End of Days.
(P.S. I might edit this review after the release date.)
(Thanks to the publisher for my advance reader's copy! View my status updates here: http://www.goodreads.com/user_status/...)
YOU GUYS ARE IN FOR A TREAT!!
THE ONLY WAY I CAN ACCURATELY DESCRIBE MY EMOTIONS (WITHOUT SPOILING) IS WITH THIS:
ON THE FIRST PAGES I WAS LIKE
AND AFTER THAT
ALMOST HALFWAY THROUGH THE BOOK I WAS LIKE
AND THEN AFTER THAT
YEP, MY LIPS ARE SEALED!
FULL REVIEW TO BE POSTED CLOSER TO THE RELEASE DATE.
OH GOD!!!! I GOT AN ARC!!! Thanks to the publisher for my advance reader's copy!
THIS IS IT!!! I'M READING MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK EVER!!!!
THE COVER HAS BEEN REVEALED!! LOOK AT THOSE BEAUTIFUL PAIR OF WINGS!!! OH MY GOSH THIS IS GOING TO BE SO GOOD!!!!
VIEW THE EXCERPT HERE: http://www.ew.com/article/2015/02/05/...
UPDATE: 12/30/14 !
THE DESCRIPTION IS UP!!! OH MY GOD THIS PART:
"Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other
EACH OTHER!!! EACH OTHER!!! AHHHH
IT NOW HAS A DATE AND TITLE!
Title: END OF DAYS
Publication Date: MAY 12, 2015
AH, I'M EXCITED!!!
PLEASE GIVE US A BLURB! OR A SNEAK PEEK!!
SERIOUSLY, I HATE GETTING OLDER BUT FOR THIS BOOK I WOULD WISH TIME TO GO BY A LITTLE FASTER!!! I WANT IT SO BAAAAAD.