Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Review: Jealousy by Lili St. Crow


Publisher: Quercus
Format: Paperback
Released: July 31st, 2010
Grade rating: B/B+


Amazon summary:

Dru has made it to Schola, the leading school where the vampire-fighting Order is based. There she is up against the capricious Anna, the only other female who shares her powers. Dru must unlock the mystery of who betrayed her mother, battle her intensifying feelings for both Graves and Christophe, and try to stay hidden from Sergej's deadly nosferat - bloodthirsty hunters who'll stop at nothing to destroy her.

Review:

This series has been a bit hit and miss for me so far. I enjoyed Strange Angels, but had quite a hard time getting through Betrayals. I'm very happy to report that Jealousy is my favourite book in the series so far, and is just as good as Strange Angels.

As always, Jealousy picks up where the last book left off, and wastes no time in getting back into the world of djamphirs and wulfen. The first half is quite slow moving, with lots of character building, flashbacks and explanation of the Schola and its Order. Stick with it though, and you'll see that the last 100 pages or so plain rock, with my favourite character Christophe kicking some ass and a shocker of a revelation. Nothing's ever easy for Dru, and Jealousy does its job of hammering that point home (No vampire pun intended).

Speaking of Dru, I now actually like her. I was indifferent to her character for the last two books, having not quite connected with her personality or voice. However, Jealousy has shown me how vulnerable and human she is, even though she's a djamphir. She has hang-ups and issues just like everyone else, only she has to navigate them with the help of vampires and werewolves. She also utters some of her best snarky dialogue in this book, and show's the boys what's what.

One thing I keep noticing about St. Crow's writing is the realism within her words. She shows the non-glamorous side to Dru's life, including such mundane tasks as clothes shopping and food preparation. It's not something I've seen much in this particular genre of YA, and it's refreshing. Graves smokes (and is totally badass), Dru brushes her teeth and Christophe is just too darn possessive for his own good (It's endearing, don't get me wrong - I'm Team Christophe forever). The realism I'm rambling on about is hard to explain if you haven't read the series yet, but you'll see what I mean if you read it.

The Strange Angels series is definitely getting better with each book, and I'm really looking forward to Defiance. I just know that lots of action, shocks and memorable Christophe moments await me, all of which are high up on my list of awesome. If you like your paranormal YA a little more urban and mature, I think Lili St. Crow has just the thing you need. Her name's Dru Anderson. Look her up.

12 comments:

Kay (Dead Book Darling) said...

I know exactly what you mean - Lili St Crow's writing is... gritty. SO glad you enjoyed it and YAY for badass!Christophe. As soon as I finish Kiss of Death (you really need to catch up with the Morganville series!) I think I will ignore my reading plans and start this one.

Also, I hadn't known the title of the next book until I heard it from you. Defiance? Sounds brilliant.

Book Chick City said...

I enjoyed Strange Angels but have yet to read Betrayals before I get to this one. I'm glad to hear the series gets better with each book :)

Dwayne said...

Just skimmed the review as I haven't read the series yet. I'm warming up to the idea of starting it!

Kate said...

Great review. I haven't read this series yet but by the sounds of it - I should start.

The Sweet Bonjour said...

I haven't read this series and I've heard mostly mixed reviews. Probably won't bother but thanks for the review :)

I Want To Read That said...

I love this series and am so tempted to drop everything and read this one right now! I'm really looking forward to more Graves and Christophe! Thanks for the review and glad you enjoyed this one:)

Lyndsey said...

I havent read any of these but I really want to now! Thanks for a great review x

Anonymous said...

This is a great series one of my favorites actually!!!!!I recommend it to people who like action filled bookS with suspence at every corner!!!!!!

BY THE WAY TOTALLY TEAM CHRISTOPHE <3

asamum said...

Wow thank goodness Jealousy brings the series back on track. I really liked Strange Angels but found Betrayals really annoying as I didnt get any of the answers I wanted. I can breath a sigh of relief, thanks.

Anonymous said...

AMAZING series. Better than any other YA books out there! Seriously can't wait for the next one.

Anonymous said...

I personally love this series. When I discovered the Strange Angels, I totally flipped! I can't agree with you any more about Strange Angels and Jealousy they were awesome ,but Betrayals was a little boring. Just a little. =) Cannot wait for Defiance!

Anonymous said...

I love the Strange Angels series! But I do prefer Graves over Christophe...