I have really enjoyed Ms. St. Crow’s novels written for adults under the name Lilith Saintcrow so I eagerly asked for a copy of Strange Angels for review. While it is written for young adults, this adult enjoyed it thoroughly. More adults should peruse the young adult section and you will be pleased with what you find.
Dru Anderson has a strange life. Her dad travels around the country hunting, not animals or people but the things that go bump in the night. As the story unfolds you find out that things weren’t always like this. When her mom died, her dad took her to live with her grandmother and he went hunting. Then when her Gran died, her dad came back and started teaching her about hunting and using her intuition to help him with his jobs. They usually were down South but a job beckoned in the frozen North. When the job goes in the toilet, Dru is left alone with a Goth kid from school. How is she going to make it, keeping her and her only friend alive when she has no idea what she is fighting and who she can trust?
I purposely left my synopsis a little vague as to tell you any more would be cheating. This was a cool story and I am so glad that it is the start of a series. It is kind of like Supernatural for young adults, if you like the show you will love this book. Dru comes across as exactly what she is, a kid all alone in a strange city. She does have a bit more in the way of fire power and arcane knowledge then your average kid but it is very convincing. Graves, the boy she met at school who helps her is very interesting. I haven’t come across too many characters that are half Asian, which was very nicely portrayed. Ms. St. Crow draws the reader into her world, filling it with original but genuine characters. My only complaint is that it was emphasized, to my mind, a few too many times that the house Dru and her dad had rented sat off by itself in the neighborhood. I am sure Ms. St. Crow wanted to keep it in the reader’s mind’s eye but I was irritated by it. This is a compelling read with a fresh, unique twist to urban fantasy. I am eagerly looking forward to a sequel in 2010.
Book Blurb for Strange Angels
Dru Anderson has been “strange” for as long as she can remember. She travels from town to town with her father, hunting the things that go bump in the night and eat the unwary. It’s a weird life, but a good one–until it all explodes and a zombie busts into her new house.
Alone, terrified, and trapped in an icy town, Dru’s going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. Can she trust the boy who is just a little too adult–and just happens to get bit by a werwulf? Or the strange blue-eyed boy who tells her she’s heir to a long-forgotten power? Can she even trust her own instincts?
Because Dru is not the first in her family to be killed by the darkness of the Real World. The monsters have decided to hunt back–and now Dru has to figure out who to trust, who to fight, and when to run. And not incidentally, she has to figure out how she’s going to get out of this alive.
And she has to do it in the next 24 hours, or it’s all over…
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