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Strange Angels (Strange Angels, Book 1) Paperback – Bargain Price, May 14, 2009

4 out of 5 stars 157 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Strange Angels Series

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Grade 9 Up–Sixteen-year-old Dru Anderson has grown up traveling the country with her demon-hunter father. When he tries to tackle a powerful sucker named Sergej in the Dakotas, he is turned into a zombie. After stopping him from killing her, Dru must save herself when she, too, becomes Sergej's target. She is befriended by Graves, a classmate who is quickly bitten and turned into a loup-garou (half werewolf), and meets Christophe, a djamphir (half-vampire vampire hunter). Dru also learns that she is growing into her own special powers. This is the first book in a series, and a large portion of it is spent developing the three lead characters, which occasionally slows down the action. While Graves seems to be the love interest, it is clear that both young men are attractive enough to draw Dru's attention, promising tension in future installments. However, the book is plagued by frequent odd descriptions (a werewolf the size of a Shetland pony and Graves, who is half Asian, described as a half breed), and the choppy pacing is sometimes distracting. Dru's inner monologue is a bit wordy during action scenes as well, which drags down the pace. Despite flaws, the similarities to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga (Little, Brown) will make this book an easy sell (though Dru is, by far, a tougher heroine than Bella, both in her language and her behavior), and the cliff-hanger ending will leave readers eager for the sequel.–Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; paperback / softback edition (May 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595142517
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,967,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lili St. Crow is the YA pen name for Lilith Saintcrow. Lili lives in Vancouver, WA, with children, cats, a dog, and a host of other strays. You can find her at http://www.lilistcrow.com.

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Dru Anderson and her father live an unconventional life; they travel across the continent, tracking and killing dangerous supernatural things. Thanks to her father, Dru is a physically strong, and due to her time spent with her superstitious grandmother, psychically strong as well.

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.
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I love a good paranormal read. By the end of this one I was intrigued enough to see where it would go, but it started off rocky. The beginning of Dru's story was as slow as molasses, and for some reason it didn't feel like I was moving through the pages as fast as I thought I was, I would read two pages and it would feel like ten. I find that I don't like the heroine Dru as much as I should. I was really offended by the author's ethnic descriptions of Graves, and Dru's cursing was really out of place to me, it threw off my rhythm and left me confused because it really didn't suit the character. Mind you I'm no prude or linguistic angel in any sense, normally all words are pretty much a go, but it really didn't fit.
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.
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I was really looking forward to Strange Angels, a fearless girl with two supernatural guys lusting for her? Sounds good right? Well I was disappointed to say the least when I actually read the book.

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.
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I was really looking forward to reading this book - particularly with the Richelle Mead seal of approval and the promise of a cool young cast of characters. Actually reading it was a bit of a disappointment - don't get me wrong, it is a great idea and there is potential for it to be solid young-adult fiction. As many of the reviewers point out, the main problems were with the writing, the slow pace, and a sort of dull knowledge that it could be great if only it went a little further!

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.
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