Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

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.

12 comments:

Luisa said...

Fantastic review - it's so great to hear you say it stands out from the crowd. Sounds really interesting. Thanks!

H said...

You've hit the nail on the head for how I felt about it too.

I want to read that said...

If I didn't have it already the Buffy/Supernatural comparison would have sold me! Great review:)

Ladybug said...

Great review! I ordered this book a couple of days a ago and I'm looking forward to read it.

By the way I'm a BIG fan of both Supernatural and Buffy(at least I was when the show aired her in Norway but it's a few years since I've seen Buffy now).

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'll get around to reading this eventually! Great review!

Andrea said...

All you have to say is Buffy and I'm there.

Jessica Kennedy said...

I loved Strange Angels! :) I'll be writing my review soon. :)

Thao said...

I've heard many great things about this book. I hope you enjoy the next one too ^^

Mishel said...

I liked this one. Although it took me a while to really get close to Dru. I am looking forward to seeing what Betrayals has in store for her.

Kelsey said...

Nice review. I'm looking forward to reading this- it's in my TBR pile. Can't wait to read it.

one shelfish blogger said...

I totally agree with your review, the book was really good for a quick supernatural genre fix :) I was really annoyed at the way Dru kept referring to Graves as "kid" and "half-breed" though. However, I'm still looking forward to Betrayal.

Becky said...

Ooh sounds interesting. I've been wanting to read this since I saw the book trailer for it. I loved Buffy so fingers crossed this book is one for me!