Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
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? (Goodreads summary)
Characters: Dru Anderson is one kickass vampire hunter. I loved seeing her bold spirit and true nature develop as the story progressed. Dru’s friend, Graves, had his moments and perks, which made this novel bearable to read. I enjoyed his interactions with Dru. They shared a potential chemistry. However, Dru’s other friend, Christophe, a Djamphir, didn’t appeal to me at all. Dru kept describing him as an apple-pie-scented guy. The thought of a paranormal creature smelling like a bakery is just plain weird; a total turn off (or apple turnover lol).
Plot: The pacing was awfully slow, but I managed through it. A lot of the chapters at the beginning, were about Dru waiting at the door—scared out her wits—wondering if somebody (or something) was going to break down the door to kill her and Graves, since she became paranoid after her Dad’s death. Some of paranormal world’s history was interesting, but a bit complicated to comprehend. I wish it would’ve been explained clearer. Although, that’s the point of a sequel, right?
The cliche ending reminded me almost exactly of Lauren Kate’s, The Fallen, (Book 1 of The Fallen series). I wasn’t happy at that realization.
My favorite part was when I flipped the last page (sadly enough).
Cover Analysis: The rest of the series’ covers are bright. The tone and colors on this cover though make Dru look dull and dimmed. If I was looking to buy this in a bookstore, instead of online, I might have not even noticed it on the bookshelf. 😮
Key Notes: Since Strange Angels had no censorship whatsoever, personally, it kind of made me lose a little respect and empathy for the characters. However, the cursing suited Dru’s strong personality. So I can’t argue further.
Overall: I give Strange Angels, three and a half stars because the novel didn’t leave me intrigued enough to want more. I didn’t get attached to the characters either, and at some points, I wanted to stop reading all together because the plot got too boring.
Recommended For: Fans of Lauren Kate’s The Fallen series and the tv show, The Walking Dead.