Title: Strange Angels
Author: Lili St. Crow
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Publication Date: 3rd Sept 2009
Paperback: 307 pages
Summary (back cover)
Dru knows that The Real World – peopled with ghosts, suckers and zombies – is a frightening place. She’s ready to kill first and ask questions later, so it’s going to take her a while to work out just who she can trust.
Dru Anderson has been ‘strange’ for as long as she can remember, traveling from town to town with her father to hunt down things that go bump in the night. It’s a weird life, but a good one – until in an icy, broken-down town, a hungry zombie bursts through her kitchen door. Dru is going to have to use every inch of her wit and training. Can she stay alive long enough to fall for one – or both – of the guys hungry for her affections?
This is the first book in a new series by the author of the adult series featuring Dante Valentine. The story started off a bit slow for me and it took quite a lot of patience to keep reading and get to the good stuff, but it did come, eventually. A few chapters in and the story opened up. The scene with the Zombie bursting through the door had me gripped.
Initially I felt there were too many internal thoughts from Dru and not enough dialogue, which was the main reason I found this book difficult to get into. Unfortunately, I also found Dru to be rather annoying with her belching and sulkiness. It was hard to like her character, but as she begins to grow as a person through each of the chapters I did slowly warm to her. I enjoy a well rounded character with depth, but without much dialogue it became a bit too much ‘telling’ without a lot of ‘showing’ and did get a little dull in parts. However, her personality grew on me and once she met Graves the dialogue increased making it a much more enjoyable read. Graves is a great character and I really enjoyed reading about him and look forward to reading more about how he deals with his new *predicament*.
I also didn’t think there was enough action, but when there was it was fast-paced and engaging. The second male character, Christophe, was also interesting but didn’t really get to know him, so not sure if he is friend or foe. I’m sure we will find out in the upcoming book.
This is a good read, but be patient, it takes a while to get going. It’s also the start of a new series, which in my eyes is always a good thing. I will be interested to see how the characters develop and how the story unfolds in the next book in the series, Betrayals, which is set to be released in November this year.
Thanks for to Quercus for sending me this book to review.