Friday, February 7, 2014

Review: 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?

While in the middle of reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire I found myself with a bit of a situation: I was in a dreaded reading slump about 3/4 of the way through. I attribute this slump to the fact that I was working crazy hours and kept having to put the book down to sleep or eat or y'know, work. So I decided to pick up a book on my "10 Books that I Absolutely Positively Will Read in 2014" list to try and pick up my reading pace.

I started Strange Angels with a good outlook on the series as a whole. I hadn't really heard anything about it at all, and I'd always wondered what it was about. I figured that I'd bought it (a few years ago) for some (hopefully) good reason. Before I started this book, I did something that I almost never do - I didn't read the back of the book first. I know that some people just don't read the synopsis of a book before reading it, and I hadn't done that before, so I thought that I'd give it a try and (maybe) start this book in a state of confusion. Little did I know that I actually knew a good bit about the premise of Strange Angels before reading it because I've been (semi) obsessed with this little TV show: Supernatural. 

Because I'd known about the "hunting lifestyle" that was a huge part of the introduction to the series from watching Supernatural the beginning of the story bored me, and throughout the middle of the book, none of the questions that I'd had from reading the beginning were answered, which made me a bit frustrated with Dru's character. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the way Lili St. Crow shows Dru and Graves maturing into their roles (Graves is my favorite), but I was also annoyed with the writing style at the same time. I just found it extremely repetitive and redundant at times. I know that some of the repetition was to show Dru's trauma, but it just became too much and unnecessary most times.

The plot of Strange Angels was a bit odd. At times Strange Angels was fast paced and action filled, and I read on for those parts, but at other times, the plot was slow and I just couldn't enjoy every bit of it. I felt myself going into a slump while reading this book, and (oh the irony!) I found myself reading HP to get out of it.

I already own the second book in this series, (Betrayals), so I will be continuing this series; I just hope that the second book is better than this one. I'd give Strange Angels 3/5 stars.
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