Where an amateur attempts at divining somewhat passable insights.
While not one to often dabble in young-adult books, I figured Angelfall to be worth the risk after reading it was one of the best the genre had to offer of late. Case in point: every Goodreads review of it on the first page alone. Naturally, my curiosity couldn't have me leave this stone unturned. Bracing myself for supreme disappointment, I found instead something not only bearable, but intriguing often enough to sustain my interest to the last page, notwithstanding the slight lull in productivity around the middle where I threw my hands up at more wandering about than some people stereotype The Lord of the Rings for. The premise, that of how angels are anything but and at war with us, sounded pretty cool, and the execution, while not the best, resembled The Hunger Games' more than Twilight's, which was all to the good. The writing wasn't the most impressive, but given the context, forgivable. There were bits I took issue with, ranging from Raffe's personality transplant at what happened to Penryn (the build-up to that moment didn't justify the severity of his reaction, I felt) to the ending (or lack thereof), the latter presumably a lead-in to the sequel. Had there been a better sense of closure, even if this is a book series, rather than an abrupt ending with more loose ends than seemed necessary, perhaps I might've looked on Angelfall more kindly. That said, I am looking forward a little to the next book.