I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.End of Days by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn And The End of Days #3
Published by Skyscape on 12th May 2015
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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?
This is a review for the much awaited conclusion of Penryn and The End of Days trilogy. I’m still waiting for this much awaited conclusion because I refuse to believe what I just read was it.
It’s not that End of Days was necessarily bad or poorly written. No, it’s not that. The writing is consistent with her previous novels and the novel itself was reasonably satisfactory. But I didn’t want satisfactory for the end of Penryn and Raffe’s journey.
This was supposed to be epic. Earth shattering. The emotions were supposed to be soaring out of control on a unicorn with no sense of direction except for up! This was supposed to be a roller coaster ride of emotions that doesn’t stop until everyone on it has puked on each other’s faces.
There was more emotion, sexual tension and drama in Angelfalls pinky finger than in End of Days’ whole body. Where did that raw emotional connection go? What happened with these characters that they are just so blasé about each other and that I am, in turn, blasé about them?
God, by the end of the book I was just like:
I’m not trying to be mean about this. I know it’s hard to really knock it out of the park, but that’s what this series deserved. It was owed so much more than this. I’m angriest because I know that Ee has it in her to wring truly powerful moments of raw emotion from her characters and readers. I felt it when Penryn was paralysed in Angelfall. I felt it when Raffe first realised Penryn was alive again in World After.
Yet I honestly can’t think of a single moment of End of Days that sticks out to me as emotive or heartfelt. No single moment where my heart ached for the characters or the situation. Not a single Eeism, which I define as a condition when you want to marry a book because it gave you so many feels.
This isn’t the review I wanted to be writing for End of Days. I kind of wish, now, that I had never read it and could keep going on imagining something more epic for these Starcrossed Lovers. Something that would do the story justice as a final book.