Saturday, September 12, 2009

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow.
Publisher: Razorbill.
Pages: 304.
Dad? Zombie. Mom? Long gone. Me? Well, that's the scary part.

The Real World is a frightening place. Just ask sixteen-year-old orphan Dru Anderson, a tough girl who has taken down her fair share of bad guys. She's armed, dangerous, and ready to kill first and ask questions later. So it's gonna take her a while to figure out who she can trust . . . Dru Anderson has been 'strange' for as long as she can remember, travelling from town to town with her father to hunt the things that go bump in the night. It's a weird life, but a good one – until it all explodes in an icy, broken-down Dakota town, when a hungry zombie busts through her kitchen door. Alone, terrified, and trapped, Dru's going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. The monsters have decided to hunt back – and this time, Dru's on their menu. Chances of survival? Slim to none.

If she can't last until sunup, it's game over . . .

It’s safe to say that I am officially a huge fan of the Strange Angels series. At least, I hope it becomes a series.

Vampires, werewolves, zombies, mutant rats? Completely up my alley, and it definitely did not disappoint. Dru’s a relatively normal girl, who just happens to be in the business of slaying creatures of the night. Lili St. Crow makes it so natural even though it’s not.

What I loved most about it was the action. It’s not huge on romance, which most paranormal YA novels are. Dru’s character kept her focus on what was most important- keeping her and her newly werewolf bitten friend, Graves, alive. Not once in the story did I roll my eyes or scoff in a ridiculous demeanor.

There weren’t too many characters introduced, and I expect that to change in the next book, Betrayals, considering the ending we were left with. Besides the heartbreaking change from human to zombie of Dru’s father, Graves and Dru are pretty much the solid of the story, until Christophe is introduced. Not much is said about him, and he’s only in a few of the last chapters, but I know I’m already a huge Christophe fan. I’m really hoping his character is bigger in the next book.

Overall, I really loved this book. There was no cheesy love scenes (though I’m not saying cheese is bad. I happen to love the mush- when it’s necessary) but it was really entertaining. My only complaint was the total cliffhanger ending Lili St. Crow left us with. How many more days until November 17th?

Thank you to IB Teen for the book!