Strange Angels (Strange Angels #1) by Lili St. Crow, Lilith Saintcrow

05 Apr

Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1)

Strange Angels (Strange Angels #1)

Paperback, 293 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Razorbill
Rating: 5/5 Stars
In Strange Angels, 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?
This series is my favorite of all time. Yes, I have my reasons–if you’re not looking for a summary, and just want my pure, unfiltered opinion on it, go to the bottom of this review. I’ll try to give a short, un-spoilered summary of it here:Dru Anderson is a sixteen year old girl who just moved to the Middle of Nowhere, USA, with her dad. They move all over the country to kill the things in the Real World, the things that go bump in the night. Dru’s father has taught her how to defend herself, mostly with t’ai chi and firepower. She doesn’t have any friends to speak of, as she’s moved around too much to really keep in touch with anyone, but she worships her father and wants to help him in any way she can.
Dru has something her late grandmother calls “the touch.” It allows her to perceive things that normal people can’t, but the author down’t take this concept and run with it as many others do. The touch is not the focal point of this series at all; it’s more about just trying to stay alive.
When her dad goes off one day to hunt something (he doesn’t tell Dru what, but it seems kind of fishy to her) and comes back the next as a zombie, Dru has to commit patricide in order to save herself. Naturally, she doesn’t want to stay in the house with the rapidly-decaying body of her dad, so she, not thinking from shock, goes to the mall.
There, she meets a boy that she knows from school. Graves offers her a place to stay for the night, she accepts, and from then on, they’re best friends.
Then sh*t goes down.

I’m not going to go into any more details, as the rest of what happens IS the story, but I will say that it’s a pretty damn good book. Dru, while not being particularly likable, is utterly focused on keeping herself and Graves alive, and is rightfully suspicious of the other major character that appears in the book. Graves is wary, for the most part, and has a good head on his shoulders. Overall, the characters are well-rounded and thoroughly thought out.
My only complaint of this book (and it’s only this book, not the entire series) is the focus on Graves’ race–half white, half asian. Yes, we get that he’s “mixed.” Thanks. If you’re looking to buy this for someone else, or for sensitive readers, Strange Angels (and the rest of the series) is chock-full of swears, and Jesus Christs, and Dear Gods, and so on. However, if you/the person you’re buying for is mature, this shouldn’t be a problem.
I should mention that if you’re looking for romance, this book is not one you should read–Dru is kind of a jerk, and she’s unsure of herself and her companions, and most of all, she’s trying to survive. Throughout the book, she’s thinking not of who has the most beautiful smile, or how sexy they are, or how she imagines a kiss from one of them would be–she’s focusing completely on getting to a safe place so she can plan revenge on whatever killed her dad.

-Shannon @ SoManyBooksSoLittleTime


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One response to “Strange Angels (Strange Angels #1) by Lili St. Crow, Lilith Saintcrow

  1. Anastasia

    April 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Reblogged this on Books and Everything Else.


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