Saturday, 10 January 2015

Review: Strange Angels (Strange Angels #1) by Lili St. Crow

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6006518-strange-angelsGodreads Synopsis:
In Strange Angels, 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?


Review:
I really thought I was going to love this book, and so I ignored some of the more negative reviews on goodreads to read it anyways, but on the whole they were right. While it sounded like the exact thing I love reading everything fell flat on its face.

The plot was simply one unanswered question after the next, with nothing to really spur the reader on and it made it a very slow read. Some people like the idea of constant mystery and it can be done well when you get some answers for the story to be based on, but it didn’t work for me.

It didn’t help that Dru was a complete mess. I expected a strong bad-ass heroine (which is again something I love) but she spent most of her time crying on the boys shoulders. Graves took it all in his stride, and I thought the way he dealt with everything dumped on him all at once was incredible and also unbelievable. A guy with a very dramatic introduction to the “Real World” was stronger than a girl who has known and been involved with it her entire life.

The writer was constantly trying to get us to feel sympathy for Dru by repeating thoughts and bringing up how bad Dru had it with her father now gone etc but without witnessing what life was like before it was impossible to feel the gravity of the loss.

Christophe and Grave were what really pulled me through this book and if it weren’t for their interesting characters there’s a high chance I would have put it down. I’m interested in where the story goes for them more so than Dru even though I’m still undecided whether to read the sequel Betrayals. This book has the potential to lead onto a good series but I’ll likely give it a break before I consider returning to the world.
Favourite Quotes:
“Things can go very, very wrong. They go wrong all the time in the normal world, and the Real World just means they go wrong with teeth and claws, quicker than your average bear.”

“There are two species of teacher – the soft and the hard. Soft teachers might genuinely want to help, or they might have been broken in. They’re usually nervous and afraid of kids, especially high school boys. The hard teachers are another thing entirely. They’re like sharks – machines made for eating, with a finely tuned sense for blood in the water.”

“That’s the funny thing about old hurts – they just wait for a new heartache to come along and then show up, just as sharp and horrible as the first day you woke up with the world changed all around you.”

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