Monday, August 3, 2009

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

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, traveling from town to town with her father to hung the things that go bump in the night. It's a weird live, but a good one--until it all explodes in an icy, broken down Dakota town, when a hungry zombie bursts through her door. Alone, frightened, 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. Chance of survival? Slim to none.

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

For the last week and going on until the latter part of this one, the Book Smuggler's are holding their first ever YA appreciation month. I've seen some great reviews for some interesting books. I'm kind of surprised this one wasn't on there.

Boy, how to describe this book? To be honest, I think the back blurb is extremely misleading. It makes it sound like Dru is stuck in her house fighting off zombies for one night and that's not what this story is about at all. This book is about a young woman's struggle to decipher what her past was really all about. And let me tell you, it's definitely a bumpy ride.

Dru is your typical, angry, annoyed, smart-mouthy teenage girl with a giant chip on her shoulder. She's never lived in the same town for longer than a month or two ever since her mom died when she was a little girl. She is her father's back-up, the one who makes sure his house is clean, the laundry's washed and his guns are loaded. Dru is a hunter. Not just any hunter; but one who hunts those things that no one else can see.

After the events described on the back blurb happen, she is truly alone. Nobody to back her up and no way of being able to decide who to trust...or not. After a particularly disastrous day at school, she meets Graves, a Goth boy with a brain. Graves will become much more than she ever bargained for. A best friend when she needs him the most.

For those of you who've read Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, you will notice certain similarities between Drew and Rose. Both of them speak first and don't allow their brains to catch up until...well, until disaster strikes.

No, Graves is not a 6'7" hottie like Dimitri, but he's got his own potential. He really cares for Dru and that is obvious, especially after some events that would've driven most guys away.

Was it perfect? No. There were a couple of things that bugged the living daylights out of me, the biggie being the limited amount of history that Dru gets, especially about her mother. There's a LOT going on that's never really put on the page. You have to kind of figure it all out on your own, which is kind of annoying.

However, book 2 comes out in November and I'm hoping more will show up as the storyline goes along. If this had been a one-book deal, I would be seriously annoyed right now. *sigh*

If you like sick and twisted books with strong characters, then I recommend Strange Angels. It's definitely a trip.

Overall Rating: B-

1 comment:

Ana said...

We did review Strange Angels a couple of months ago, this is why we are not doing it now.I liked it, just like you did, Thea....not so much.