World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

Title: World After
Author:
 Susan Ee
Date Published: November 21, 2013
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN: 1444778536
Format: Paperback
Pages
: 438 pages
Status: Read May 23, 2017
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.22
Buy it here: Amazon • Book Depository • Barnes & Nobles

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

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I can’t really elaborate that much without giving anything away but let me tell you … if the first book is intense this one is m e g a intense! However, it started slow and some parts were a bit draggy. But when the action started … it never stopped. Man, this book is non-stop! 

The characters were still amazing. If anything, they became more developed. They surprised me in many situations (more like every chapter). Penryn became even more badass. I admire her dedication and determination. Mommy Young was still bat-shit crazy but then you’ll end up loving her anyway. I was pissed at her at first but she quickly redeemed herself so we’re okay and I like her even more. Paige, this sweet little human … I can’t even begin how my heart breaks for her. And Raffe … I wish there’s more of him from this book. But then whenever he popped up, he’ll say something and then you’ll fall in love with him again.

“Don’t talk. You’ll just spoil my fantasy of rescuing an innocent damsel in distress as soon as you open your mouth.”

I’m still hoping for more Penryn x Raffe moments that’ll make me feel all mushy gushy inside. Oh and I almost forgot about how much I cheered for a sword! So, you’ll definitely want to read the book to know what I’m talking about.

I have high expectations for this book because I super loved the first one. Let me tell you, that I was not disappointed. If anything, this book is like another level of awesomeness. The scenes were described vividly. I can’t really say that it’s visually pleasing since some of it were a bit bloody and weird. But in the end, I loved it. It made me pause between chapters to catch my breath. Apparently, reading this book was exhausting. It certainly felt like I was Penryn … minus Raffe.

I can’t wait for to read the next book!

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Susan eeSusan Ee is a USA Today bestselling author of the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, ANGELFALL, WORLD AFTER, and END OF DAYS. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, and her short films have played at major festivals. She used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

Sign up to hear about her next book at www.susanee.com or follow her on Twitter @Susan_Ee.

March, April and May Wrap-Up!

Hey, bookish friends! This post will be longer than the usual wrap up since I also included the books I’ve read last March and April. I did not write any personal thoughts about the books I’ve read. Instead, I added the Goodreads’ link of each title so you can visit and read the synopsis. And as usual, I put my rating for each book.

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So without any more stalling, here are the books I’ve read for March, April, and May!

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Here’s my March wrap-up:

1. A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir – Rating: 5/5

2. A Game of Truths by Karen Ann Wirtz – Rating: 4/5

3. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd – Rating: 5/5

4. Trapped in Silver by Emily Sowden – Rating: 4/5

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For my April wrap-up:

5. The Murder on the Links by Agatha ChristieRating: 4/5

6. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie – Rating: 5/5

7. Alex & Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa De La Cruz – Rating: 5/5

8. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – Rating: 5/5

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For my May wrap-up:

9. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – Rating: 5/5

10. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – Rating: 5/5

11. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – Rating: 5/5

12. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella – Rating: 4/5

13. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Rating: 5/5

14. Cress by Marissa Meyer – Rating: 5/5

15. Winter by Marissa Meyer – Rating: 5/5

16. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins – Rating: 4/5

17. Angelfall by Susan Ee – Rating: 5/5

18. World After by Susan Ee – Rating: 5/5

19. End of Days by Susan Ee – Rating: 5/5

20. Broken Dolls by Tryolin Puxty – Rating: 4/5

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If only I can read 20 books a month then I would be tearing down my TBR list. But May was a good reading month for me! I was able to catch up with my Goodreads Challenge (though in a week, I’ll be behind again). I could’ve added at least three or more books if I wasn’t that engrossed with watching Anime. -__-“

I don’t regret anything though. I think I spent this month well. 🙂

How many books have you read this month?

Would You Rather: Bookish Edition

Hey, bookish friends! For this month’s last book tag, I searched high and low and found this tag from Spines & Covers Book Blog! I’ve seen this on booktube before. I remembered doing it too but I never found the draft of it. So I’m going to do it again.

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WOULD YOU RATHER

1. READ ONLY TRILOGIES OR STAND ALONES?

I’ll choose trilogies. I prefer books that are much longer.

2. READ ONLY FEMALE OR MALE AUTHORS?

Well, I really don’t care as long as they’re doing a good job writing books. 😉 Also, male authors are very rare (well for me .. since I haven’t read a lot of books). So, I think I’ll try male authors.

3. SHOP AT BARNES & NOBLE OR AMAZON?

I haven’t ordered from Barnes & Noble … so I’ll go with Amazon.

4. ALL BOOKS BECOME MOVIES OR TV SHOWS?

TV SHOWS!! Movies are short. An hour and a half is not enough to describe a 300 pages book. How amazing it will be if something like Harry Potter is turned into a series.

Each book = 1 season. Each chapter = 1 episode

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5. READ 5 PAGES PER DAY OR 5 BOOKS PER WEEK?

Five books per week! Huhhh, if only I could read this much.

6. BE A PROFESSIONAL REVIEWER OR AUTHOR?

Professional reviewer. There’s something enticing when the authors I adore ask for my professional views about their books.

7. ONLY READ YOUR TOP 20 FAVORITE BOOKS OVER AND OVER OR ALWAYS READ NEW ONES THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ BEFORE?

I love rereading my favorite books. Though if I could only read 20 books for the rest of my life then I’ll memorize it within 5 years. And if I memorized it … I could recite it??

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Okay, so I’ll just choose to read new books that I haven’t read before. 🙂

8. BE A LIBRARIAN OR BOOK SELLER?

I tried selling books before … but only because I was in dire need of money. Well, that’s the main purpose selling anyway. But, I’d love to be a librarian. I’ll always be surrounded by books. And I love giving people recommendations, asking for opinions, and sharing my thoughts about a particular book. Being a librarian will definitely widen my knowledge about books.

I’m gonna be a Maester!

*cue GoT theme song*

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 9. ONLY READ YOUR FAVORITE GENRE, OR EVERY GENRE EXCEPT YOUR FAVORITE?

I can try reading other genres but I’ll always go back to my favorite. So, I’ll choose to only read my favorite genre. My favorite is fantasy and there are more sub-genres (or whatever you call it) so it’s basically limitless.

10. ONLY READ PHYSICAL BOOKS OR EBOOKS?

Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

I love physical books because I can smell and feel the pages while reading. However, eBooks have their own advantage. Hmmmmmmmmm. This is tough.

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But I choose physical books. Because they are my motivator … the thought of seeing them once I woke up is one of the reasons why I get out of bed. Hahahaha.

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There are tough questions that almost made me press CTRL + A and Delete. But I always love challenges so I hope you had fun reading this! As usual, if you like to do this tag … consider yourself tagged. Just mention me or comment down the link to your post so I could see.

Happy Monday!

Appreciation Post #2: Filipino Support Group

Hello again, bookish friends! 🙂 I’m back again with the Appreciation Post Part 2. If you missed the AP Part 1, you can visit it here. Anyway, this group is much smaller than the first group I introduced. Small it may be but their love for books and bookstagram is as large as everyone. I hope that makes sense.

Again, I was the last one to join the group. What is it with me and joining last? -_- We have the same reason in forming the group: discussion about books we’ve read and plan to read, beating Instagram’s algorithm, and spreading good vibes.

These people are my motivators (they are not aware) and one of the reasons why I’m still bookstagramming. Are you ready to meet them?

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Here they are:

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(1 abbygoreads, 2 thebookmaiden, 3 jesyshelf, 4 muggleboooks, 5 amongthetomes, 6 bibliophilemish)

I’ve been friends with Tin and Jude for years, they were with me even when I was just starting bookstagram. The others, I met along the way. I’m so happy to be with the same group as them … I hope they are happy to be with me too. Nyahaha.

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I kept it brief, again, so you can go and visit their profiles. You’ll not be sorry since every post from them is worthy. (Ooohhh. That rhymed!) Go ahead and give them some la la love.

Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

Title: Angelfall
Author:
 Susan Ee
Date Published: May 23, 2013
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN: 144477851X
Format: Paperback
Pages
: 326 pages
Status: Read from May 19 to 22, 2017
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.19
Buy it here: Amazon • Book Depository • Barnes & Nobles

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

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My knowledge about books with angels is very limited. I’ve read a few but none of them are like this! Why didn’t I read this sooner? The story and the characters are just … phew. 70

This book is a m a z i n g!!

The story was fast-paced and never I have encountered a dull moment. Each chapter has its own intensity that made me want to read more. True enough since I told myself to read just a few, maybe one or two chapters, then next thing I knew … I ended up reading from Chapter 1 to Chapter 11.

The characters are phenomenal. Penryn is a badass through and through. She’s never whiny and always unpredictable. I actually admired her for being able to focus on the goal and ignoring everything that stands in her way. A type of protagonist that I instantly fell in love with.

And Raffe … my darling Raffe. I was a little unsure about him at first. I didn’t know if he’s going to make it to the list of my book boyfriends. But then he said this:

“Can you keep it down? I’m trying to sleep.”

Believe me … there’s nothing sexy from this line. There’s no wink or smile that’ll make your mouth water, just a hint of irritation. But then he managed to capture my heart in just one line. Oh God, help me.

“My friends call me Wrath,” says Raffe. “My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?”

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Oh yes. I am totally fangirling right now. Also, reading about Penryn and Raffe made me look like this:

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COME ON!!!! JUST GO KISS ALREADY AND MAKE THIRTY BABIES OR SOMETHING.

Okay so anyway, I could finish this book in one sitting. I definitely could just go and flip flip flip then done. However, it took me days to finish because I was afraid to read the ending. But I knew that stalling is inevitable … so I read chapter after chapter until I reached the page where it says “acknowledgments”.

The last parts had me in a roller coaster of emotions, one moment I’m so happy then the next was me bawling my eyes out. I still have a lot of questions so I’ll just go and read the next book.

But yeah, you get it. This book hit me with a lot of feels.

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Susan eeSusan Ee is a USA Today bestselling author of the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, ANGELFALL, WORLD AFTER, and END OF DAYS. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, and her short films have played at major festivals. She used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

Sign up to hear about her next book at www.susanee.com or follow her on Twitter @Susan_Ee.

Top 5 Favorite Covers

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” I will not kid myself and say that I haven’t judged a book by its cover because that’s what I do every time I visit the bookstore … I search for books that have stunning covers!

So today … I’m going to talk about my top 5 favorite book covers. Well, not necessarily my all time favorite covers … but these have recently piqued my interest.

1. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
There’s just something about the smoke coming out of the train. And of course, the classic font that is used for the author’s name.

2. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
The font is catchy!! It’s the first thing that I see when I look at this cover. Then, slowly, I’ll be drawn to the art in the middle. It’s something dark and magical.

3. These Broken Stars by Amy Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
If this cover is served to me at dinner, I’ll probably ask for a refill! I can’t get enough! Shining, shimmering, and sweet! Not to mention that her dress is gorgeous.

4. Winter by Marissa Meyer
What really caught my attention was the red apple. I look at this cover and all I see is the apple … no, I’m not hungry … but look! All you see is the apple, right?

Magic.

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5. Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Okay, so I don’t know how to explain how in love I am with the cover … but if I’m going to use a gif, it would be this.

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I hope you’re having a wonderful week! 🙂 And I hope you enjoyed today’s Top 5. If you’re going to pick a beautiful cover … what will it be?

You’re Not Good Enough Book Tag

I got this amazing tag from Beatrice of Dreamland Book Blog. I kind of like this type of tag because I get to choose which one I love/hate more.

Here is what you need to do:

1. Write down 30 character names on pieces of paper
2. Put them in a bowl or cup or wherever you want to
3. Choose two at random per question and decide which one fits the question and which one is not “good enough”

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Easy right? Well … let us start!

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1. You only have one more spot on your Spelling B team, who would you pick to complete your team?

Lady Jane (My Lady Jane) or Sydney Clarke (Vicious)

Lady Jane, of course. She’s a bookworm and I bet she have read many books than me. Sydney Clarke’s a baby … so she could just charm everyone instead of participating.

2. Both characters want to kill you, which one would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?

Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows) or Elias (An Ember in the Ashes)

I love both of these guys. But I’ll definitely choose Elias. He’s a Mask and I know he’ll hunt me down. Also, Kaz is clever and strong. I’d be dead even before I know it. But then, no matter how much I want to survive, I can’t just kill Kaz.

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3. You’re on the bachelor/bachelorette and you’re down to these two characters, which one are you going to give your rose too?

Dolores (Harry Potter) or Eliot Cardale (Vicious)

Definitely Eliot Cardale. If I didn’t love Victor, Eliot would be my superhero.

Also, Dolores Umbridge can go back to wherever she came from and stay there for eternity for all I care.

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4. You’ve been chosen for the Hunger Games, who would most likely volunteer in your place?

Nina (Six of Crows) or Inej (Six of Crows)

I think it would be Inej. Given that I chose not to kill Kaz earlier … I think she’ll take it as a lifetime debt. Hahah … I hope.

5. You’re stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?

Linh Cinder (Cinder) or Montgomery (The Madman’s Daughter)

Montgomery. I’d chose to eat him rather than to suffer from his presence.

At least I could cleanse my body after eating him.

6. You’re the next DC/Marvel superhero (with your own tv show of course), who is your sidekick?

Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses) or Carswell Thorne (Scarlet)

This is a torture. I love both of them!!! But then I’d definitely go with Rhysand though every bit of him screams “Lord”, I’d have him as my sidekick. Carswell could be my third in command tho. 🙂

7. You’re a manager of an Avocado admiring company, who would you fire for lack of communication skills?

Wolf (Scarlet) or Feyre (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

I’d choose Wolf, he’s shy and could scare my customers by just looking. Nyahaha. Feyre has her charms and could sell dozens of avocado.

8. You’ve just finished a book in which your favorite character dies, which character is most likely to comfort you?

Edward Prince (The Madman’s Daughter) or Victor Dale (Vicious)

This is actually hard because of both of them is loveable in their own ways. Though I’d choose Victor Dale because … he’s more experienced with comforting … and uhh he’s extraordinary (if you know what I mean).

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9. Ugh, it’s high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?

Helene (An Ember in the Ashes) or Sirius Black (Harry Potter)

I think it would be Helene. Sirius Black would definitely want a smaller group … I think?

10. The day has arrived; you’re finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?

Edward (My Lady Jane) or Cassian (A Court of Mist and Fury)

It would be Edward … no surprise there since he’s probably busy governing a country. And I would be devastated if my darling Cassian forgets my birthday.

11. You’ve just found an upcoming booktube star? Who would most likely be?

Hagrid (Harry Potter) or Amren (A Court of Mist and Fury)

HAGRID!! He’ll be talking about books as enthusiastic as when he’s talking about his weird pets. Amren doesn’t like crowds and too much attention … so I doubt that she can be a booktube star.

12. Sleepover time! Unfortunately, you can only invite one person, who would you invite?

August (This Savage Song) or Scarlet (Scarlet)

I’d choose Scarlet! We could talk about her farm and her adventures while rescuing her grandmother. If I’m lucky she could invite the whole Rampion crew and I get to meet everyone!

13. Bam, you’re pregnant. Who’s the father/mother?

Kate (This Savage Song) or Laia (An Ember in the Ashes)

Okay, so the choices for this question is weird. But if I’m going to choose, it’s going to be Laia … when she’s done with all the things happening in her life.

14. You’ve just written a super important text. Who would ‘see’ it, but not reply?

Juliet Moreau (The Madman’s Daughter) or Kell (A Darker Shade of Magic)

Both of them. They’d be both busy to check their phones. Though I hope Kell replies.

15. You’ve just woken up and it’s time for breakfast. Your mum’s been replaced by..who?!

Lila Bard (A Darker Shade of Magic) or G (My Lady Jane)

It would be fun when my Mom’s been replaced by G! Hahahaha. Imagine our breakfast filled by hays.

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That’s it! I hope you had fun reading my so-so answers, believe me … I brainstormed every one of them. As usual, if you want to do the tag … consider yourself tagged!

Happy Week, bookish friends!