Betrayals (Strange Angels #2) by Lili St. Crow, Lilith Saintcrow

08 Mar
Betrayals (Strange Angels, #2)
Betrayals (Strange Angels #2)
by Lili St. CrowLilith Saintcrow
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by Razorbill
Rating: 5/5 Stars
She’s no angel…Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she’s just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn’t entirely human. (So what else is new?)Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England Schola for other teens like her, and there’s a big problem—she’s the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn’t be so bad, but Dru’s killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide…

Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust—and maybe even her heart?

I LOVED Betrayals! I thought Strange Angels was pretty good/descent…but Betrayals was incredible. I did not want to put this book down. My heart was racing right along with Dru’s. St Crow does an absolute fabulous job of allowing the reader to relate to and empathize with Dru. She mixes the right amount of toughness and vulnerability to make these characters seem real, instead of the typical fearless, superhero type. I like how she shows the inward struggle Dru constantly faces over recent events (including her father’s death) and her new surroundings. She lets us see Dru deal with the grief, the overwhelming change of everything, and the constant need to have someone she can trust and the loneliness of her situation. Dru is one of the most realistic characters that I have come across in this genre. I’m usually all for the hard-core heroines who show no weakness but I find that Dru’s “weaknesses” are endearing and that much more relate-able…in the way she “leaks”…how she doesn’t always have the answer…how she does need friends (she’s not self-sufficient). I love that she’s brave but still wants to feel the safeness of someone’s (whether that someone is Graves or Christophe *wink, wink*) arms. I like what St Crow did with Graves in this one too. In Strange Angels, it was quite obvious he was going to be a contender for the love interest role and I hated it. He just didn’t seem strong enough be with Dru and in her world. I find the whole dominant thing sexy, along with his loyalty and protective-vibe he has for Dru.
And what about Christophe? PLEASE DON’T LET HIM END UP BEING HER REAL FATHER!!! It’s just so painfully obvious that there was something going on between him and her mother. Can someone tell me, was that a kiss for sure that “something soft and warm” that pressed against her mouth? Could this be explained any other way besides a kiss? Apart from this his behavior could be that of a protective father. Please someone prove me wrong!!! I will be devestated if I end up being right. I’m really cheering for Dru and Christophe being together. I guess I will just have to keep reading. July 29th can’t come quick enough.
St Crox’s ingenius writing is a perfect combination of keeping mysteries and unknowns with perfectly timed revelations and insights. With one answered question comes several unanswered ones and even though at times it was maddening it made this book irrestible.
If you liked Strange Angels then you will love Betrayals. If you’re someone like me who wasn’t absolutely blown away by Strange Angels give Betrayals a try…I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed!!!
-Shannon @ SoManyBooksSoLittleTime



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