I was told I should read this series because it has everything I thought Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone series lacked. And it does, sort of. Plenty of action that doesn't happen offstage and minimal tragi-romantic mooning, for example. And I enjoyed this first book. I did. But to be honest, Ee's prose doesn't hold a candle to Taylor's. It's not terrible by any means. I just strongly dislike present tense. Some authors can make me forget that, but not Ee. Not in this book.
I like Penryn, and I love that she kicks ass and rescues herself more often than not -- but since we can't have a YA book without any of the old familiar tropes, she doesn't know she's beautiful until Raffe tells her. Of course.
I like Raffe. Dude's got layers. Like an ogre. Or a parfait.
I like the horror aspect, and I didn't think I would, but it totally works. The Apocalypse should be horrifying.
I like the world building, even though it's frustrating in the extreme. It's the end of the world as we know it, and literally no one knows what's going on. Literally. No one.
On the nitpicky side of things, there were minimal typos (yay!), but there was frequent repetitive word usage (boo!), and it really bothered me that angels have super hearing except when the plot demands that they don't.
Overall, I declare this a fun, quick read and I'm diving straight into book two.