From Amazon: Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?
Strange Angels is like Buffy and Supernatural thrown together, which, for me, is a very good mix indeed. Dru is a fast-talking, hard-hitting girl, with a knowledge of what's really out there. The real world is a dangerous place full of vampires and werewolves, and Dru navigates her way through it with the help of Graves -- a boy eager and capable of being her knight in shining armour.
The wulfen and suckers are different enough to stand out in the sea of vampire fiction, and the inclusion of zombies rounds out the creature count nicely. St. Crow's writing is sharp and contemporary, with enough sarcasm to make even the snarkiest teen appreciate Dru's voice. Graves is an unlikely hero, with more bravery than I originally gave him credit for, and a loyalty to Dru that even she can't bear to leave behind. Christophe is also a good addition to the character list, and I hope he returns in later books in the series.
The plot is nothing out of the ordinary in the supernatural genre, though it still works well. It does get a bit slow at times, until the next wulfen attack hits, or Dru gets a visit from someone who has all the answers. At a time when YA fiction is completely saturated with vampires and werewolves, new books have to offer something different, and I think St. Crow has managed to do that with Strange Angels. She's tried to stand out from the crowd, and it shows through in her memorable characters and interesting mythology. I'm looking forward to reading Betrayals, and hope Dru will eventually find the answers she's looking for.