Thursday, March 17, 2011

BOOK REVIEW - STRANGE ANGELS by LILI ST. CROW - STRANGE ANGELS # 1

By : Lili St. Crow
Published By : Penguin
Released :Available Now
Details : Paperback , 293 Pages

RATING : 4.5 MYSTERIOUS CHRISTOPHE STARS!!!!

Book Blurb : Taken From Goodreads

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?

STRANGE ANGELS TRAILER NOTE CONTAINS SPOILERS


BOOK REVIEW:

I had a great time reading the first three books in this series, ‘Strange Angels’, ‘Betrayals’ and ‘Jealousy’.


Lili St. Crow has written a wonderfully original and exciting series that runs at a great pace...she simply makes me want to read more and more.


I try not to read book blurbs as sometimes they give spoilers. I personally think that a spoiler is given in big bold letters, the first 2 words and I went...nooooo ( echo..echooo) I didn’t want to know that....so my tip , don’t look at the back cover blurb. To me it is something that could be what I like to call a ‘POW’..something I didn’t see coming....the POW is crushed if you read back cover... just 2 words.


Dru Anderson does it very tough in these books , she is a survivor. At 16 she thinks nothing of ½ and ½ Coke and Jim Beam to calm her nerves waiting for her dad to make it home. She tastes salt and wax oranges in her mouth when something bad is about to happen. Gran’s white owl makes appearances when it seems she needs help or guidance most.


I love the way Lili St. Crow keeps feeding us new characters and storyline keeps opening up. It doesn’t stay in the one place very long.


Lili makes the reader ‘feel’ the losses that stack up one by one in Dru’s corner. Dru’s character isn’t afraid to show emotion and loss and have a breakdown at what is thrown at her, then allowing herself to get back up on that horse, even though her heart has been ripped to shreds. Her father and grandmother have taught her well, life isn’t a bed of roses, but, it’s how you make that bed that gets you through the day.


In book 1, ‘Strange Angels’, Christophe, although his character doesn’t comes into the book until quite far in, you know he will be special to Dru. He has the answers she needs. Dru’s father kept her in the dark about a lot of things in the ‘Real World’. Dru can load an assortment of weapons , run a household, pack in a flash to escape to a safer environment, but does she know what her father hunts at night while she frets at home, waiting for his return. What secrets is Dwight keeping from Dru? She has limited knowledge that she will one day need to act on to keep herself safe. Is it enough? Will she learn to trust somebody to help her outside of her comfort zone? August is her father’s friend , is he enough to help her get answers?


Graves I really liked his character, but at the same time he wasn’t a strong male guy . His personality was softer......but keep reading this series the boy got ‘hot’. Graves is loyal, trustworthy and Dru liked having him around.


I understood the title of this book as Graves and Christophe were Dru’s angels in their own way, even her father and Gran were guiding Dru .


I could really see this series as a movie. Can't wait for 'Defiance'.



CHARACTERS:

Dru Anderson – 16 year old daughter of Dwight. Raised to know her weapons and ammo, that there are bad things in this world that need killing and safety is number 1. There are no white picket fences in her life, she is a survivor. School isn’t a high priority when you know about the ‘Real World’.


Graves – ½ Asian Goth kid with dyed black hair. He has his own secrets, hardship from an early age . Graves is Dru’s lifebuoy and I think she is his. He is a great listener and a survivor who doesn’t skip school, he is a good student. I love Graves’s catch phrase , ‘first ones free, kid”.


Christophe Reynard – Kouros Djamphir, older than he will admit to but looks seventeen. He smells like apple pie to Dru. Can he be trusted?


Sergej – bad psycho villain who is on a mission to seek and destroy.


FAVE QUOTES:

“Get out of that coat, your lips are blue. You’d better get into something dry.”


“She’s already trying to get my clothes off,” he announced to the ceiling, refusing to relinquish his bag.






I put my head down, barely aware I was screaming like a goddamn cheerleader in a horror movie, and ran for my life.






His voice was husky, and he said the absolute last thing I’d expect a kid who’d gotten......and tied to a bed to say.


“Kinky.” He arched one half of his unibrow, his eyes burning green around the holes of his pupils.






“Why can’t I have a normal girlfriend?” he asked the air over his head. “I finally meet someone I like and she turns out to be crazy. Oh, well.”



“What the hell happened to you? You’ve been set on ‘weird’ ever since you left me in that coffee shop. Not that you have to stretch very far for it.”






“I’m here to help you, @#%^$ morons!”






“Come into my parlour, said the spider.” A light, happy giggle, as if someone was having a hell of a good time. “And obediently, she walks in picks up the bait.”






What do you say when somebody takes on a really badass murdering sucker for you. There just aren’t words for that.


 
 
Michelle

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