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Strange Angels (Strange Angels, Book 1) Paperback – Bargain Price, May 14, 2009
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At first, this new town in the Midwest is nothing new, and her father's unwillingness to allow Dru accompany him on his hunts familiar. But when he doesn't come home alive, Dru is forced to face reality. She's not as capable as she once thought, nor as smart. There are things about the night and the Real World that her father never revealed to her. And if she hopes to make it until morning, she'll have to draw upon everything her father and grandmother ever taught her and learn to trust.
Strange Angels is a fresh take on a popular subject in YA literature, showcasing a heroine that is strong, gutsy, and fallible. Fans of the TV show Supernatural will be happy to dig into this Pandora's Box of creepy-crawlies, blood-suckers, werwulfen, hexes, and many other assorted paranormal creatures and enchantments. Each supernatural creature possesses its own unique characteristics within the novel which makes Strange Angels stand apart from the mundane. St. Crow's writing is solid and wonderfully descriptive, and she skillfully balances out the novel with action-filled scenes and memories from Dru's past, transforming her world into a tangible and comprehensive one. Though she has a tendency to repeat herself in suspenseful scenes, St. Crow does an admirable job creating and building fear and apprehension. Her characters are well-rounded, the setting vivid, and the action scenes suspenseful: the perfect makings for a stellar new series that will spellbind readers and leave them begging for more.
What I did like? The Boys. They were really interesting and I could see her having a problem picking one. You have Graves the sweet good guy who's everything she's been longing for in her life. And you have Chris the mysterious bad boy who your never really sure is a good guy or not. The perpetually relocated Anderson's hunt all the things that go bump in the night, Which leaves Dru guarded, jaded, and an orphan. Her mother murdered, her father obsessed leading to his demise and reanimation. Her salvation the kindness of a boy that not only helps her keep going but brings back some humanity to her military mentality.
Though it wasn't predictable and I can't tell you who the traitor is in the book or where it's going to go from here, it's not from a well thought out story line. I do think the story is a little ruff and could have been refined, but in the end I thought it was a fun read, and entertaining.
Strange Angels takes off when lead girl, Dru's, father dies and returns as a zombie. She then teams up with local Goth boy, Graves who is on his own as well. The two teens escape many supernatural creatures that all seem to be going after Dru. It isn't until practically the end of the book when we meet lover boy #2, who quite honestly doesn't seem romantically intenerated in Dru at all.
Besides a fractured plot line, the story had so much going on it was hard to focus on the point of the story. I often found myself confused or waiting for an explanation that never came. Dru, as far as I was concerned was not the fearless teen the book portrayed her to be, but rather a cursing prone teen who feared the night world as much as any of us regular people would.
I give it three stars because the plot had potential, it really did. But with the awful writing, flawed plot, and confusing characters, the novel looks like the unedited version of a potential story. Read it if you must, but don't be fooled but the sypnopsis.
Pluses were definitely Graves, the 'werwulf' and charismatic, kind, and um... delicate sidekick. Again, it is his potential that really makes him shine. You see that he could really become a cool and loyal friend and boyfriend to Dru. Dru (the main character) is also good - damaged and tough, with the potential of becoming more interesting as she grows up and learns more about herself. Likewise Christian (part vampire, part human) is a bad-ass and could really add to the cast of characters. I also look forward to meeting the vampire big-bad!
Overall, however, the strangest part of Strange Angels was the racism. It was, for me, utterly unexpected (given young adult fiction and Richelle Mead's recommendation). Graves, Dru's sidekick, is "half-Asian". But when discussing his ethnicity, Lili St Crow goes a step further and through Dru's voice says: "He had the type of baby face most guys would curse at in the mirror. The kind of face some half-breeds get stuck with if they don't draw the pretty card." She goes on: "At least he hadn't drawn the really slit-eyed card a lot of half-breeds have to plat, where they look like they're squinting to beat Clint Eastwood the whole time."
Hmmmm... I thought this level of old-fashioned racism went out with segregation.Read more ›
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All the characters are like terrible cardboard cut-outs. None of them felt like real people and the world building made no sense. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Delta Stet
I found that the main character was bit repetitive about some things. I disliked that and pushed on because I felt that there could be promise. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maxi
If you liked the Twilight series, you'd like this book. It's only my first one, but I already like it better than Twilight. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrea P. Flohr
I read this book years ago and it has stayed in my mind all those years! I even use the main characters name as some of my usernames. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Natalie Peters
I cannot say enough good things about this whole series! I want you to go read it right now! You won't be sorry :)Published 6 months ago by A.Meyers
I loved this series in high school! It is very engaging and drew me in! The entire series kept me wanting more and kept me interested and on the edge of my seat unlike most series. Read morePublished 7 months ago by KittyKat
One of my favorite series! Well written and very entertaining reading!Published 7 months ago by Julie F.
2 Stars, Completed April 19, 2015
I’m the reader that revisits books that I couldn’t get into initially or didn’t enjoy the first time around. Read more