Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Dru Anderson has been “strange” for as long as she can remember. She travels from town to town with her father, hunting the things that go bump in the night and eat the unwary. It’s a weird life, but a good one–until it all explodes and a zombie busts into her new house.

Alone, terrified, and trapped in an icy town, Dru’s going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. Can she trust the boy who is just a little too adult–and just happens to get bit by a werwulf? Or the strange blue-eyed boy who tells her she’s heir to a long-forgotten power? Can she even trust her own instincts?

Because Dru is not the first in her family to be killed by the darkness of the Real World. The monsters have decided to hunt back–and now Dru has to figure out who to trust, who to fight, and when to run. And not incidentally, she has to figure out how she’s going to get out of this alive.

And she has to do it by sundown, or it’s all over…

STRANGE ANGELS is actually very unexpected. After reading the back cover, I thought that it'd be a quick read that I'd enjoy overwhelmingly. Not that I didn't enjoy it, because I did, I just didn't like everything about it.

I went into reading STRANGE ANGELS with a positive attitude. I'd read other reviews saying that they really liked it and that I should read it. I came out with a slightly positive, more confused outlook.

In my opinion, it was the writing that brought the novel down. For me, it was that I thought that it was over detailed and would repeat things over and over. The technique is a good one, but I think it was just overused.

As for the positives, I do have to say that I really like Dru. She's a tough chick with a plan, and will do anything to succeed pretty much. Graves was a pretty awesome character as well, and he handled everything like a normal guy would. His reaction to the Real World is believable, and so many novels lack that detail. Believability.

While I didn't like everything, I still enjoyed it and am actually looking forward to the sequel, THE BETRAYALS, out in November.


Writing: 2/5
Plot: 2/5
Characters: 3/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 3/5


My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

I really enjoyed Strange Angels, I'm looking forward to The Betrayals too.

Dottie :)

Anonymous said...

I agree. It was way too detailed and I found myself skipping several parts. I did like it but it wasn't what I expected.

Kristen said...

Thanks for the heads up! Won't keep me from reading it, but it's nice to know when a book has a few flaws so I keep pushing through it. :)