Saturday, 9 January 2010

Review: Betrayals by Lili St. Crow


Publisher:
Quercus
Format: Paperback
Released: November 4th, 2009
Grade rating: C+


Amazon summary:

The second novel in the Strange Angels series continues with Dru neatly tucked away in a Schola that's more like a prison than a secret training facility. But a traitor in the Order wants Dru dead and she can't trust anyone except for Graves. Too bad he's being kept busy with a new crew of wulfen teens and doesn't have time for her. Will Dru survive long enough to find out who is really after her?

Review:

Betrayals picks up where Strange Angels left off, and plunges Dru straight back into danger. It's just as fast paced as its predecessor, with enough fight scenes to make you think you're watching an action movie.

I like the story and supernatural theme of this series, but I can't seem to connect with the characters. Dru isn't very personable and is quite closed off, and I think that's what's giving me a hard time with her. I understand that she's been abandoned, betrayed, and generally treated badly during her life, but despite all that, I don't seem to have any strong feelings for her one way or the other. Maybe it's just me, but her character seems a little bit flat.

Graves really comes into his own in this book, and stops relying on Dru so much. He gets some friends, a stable place to stay, and a life of his own. Along with his pack of wulfen roommates, he's my favourite part of Betrayals, and gives Christophe a run for his money in the knight-in-shining-armour sweepstakes.

If I liked Dru more, I have no doubt that this would be one of my favourite series. The vampire and werewolf mythology will always make me excited for the next instalment, as will Christophe and Graves. St. Crow has some very strong male characters, and she uses them so well that I can easily look past my detachment from Dru. These books are lightning-fast reads that end up being hard to put down, and I hope they continue to improve as the series progresses.

10 comments:

I Want To Read That said...

Love the review. I agree about Graves - I think he's now my favourite character! I really love this series but a lot people i know feel the same as you and just don't connect to Dru.

LovesSam said...

I really need to read Betrayals because this seems like something I would probably love....need to read so many books, its not even funny!

The Book Bug said...

I have Betrayels. I started it and I didn't really like it. I think the concept is great but not conveyed in a good enough way. Awesome review.

Hagelrat said...

I love this series, I see how Dru may not be the easiest to connect to but I like that Lillith doesn't push her characters to be more sympathetic than they are inclined to be.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I've been seeing this book everwhere lately, it's like something desperately wants me to start the series! :)

Dannie said...

I wasn't a fan of the first one, so its not likely this'll be on my wishlist. But your review was good, though.

Becky said...

Interesting review. I still haven't got around to reading Strange Angels and I doubt I'm going to make that much progress on my TBR pile any time soon. I'm not feeling all that confident about this series if it is hard to connect with Dru. Humph.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Great review - really interesting. Thank you!(Our reviewer loved Strange Angels so I sent her Betrayals and I'm waiting to hear how she got on!)

Nina said...

I need myself the first book, cause this one seems so awesom! :)

A Fan said...

This book is realy somthing, and i dont have a problem with Dru, seriusly everyone cant be like "bella" in "twilight" and liked by everone. im on the second book and love the new caracters, a serie always get better when reading the next one, becurse the carecters get a history you can relay to :)