Author: Lili St. Crow
Release date: UK 3rd September 2009
Genre: Paranormal Thriller / Urban Fantasy
Target audience: 12+
UK Publisher: Quercus Books
Summary from Amazon:
Dru Anderson: Night Hunter. Knife Wielder. Heart Breaker. Dru can sense evil, which helps when she and her Dad are tracking down ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional reanimated corpse. It's a dangerous life, but it's the only one she knows. Then Dru's dad turns up dead and she suddenly finds herself in the middle of a deadly game where every move she makes could be her last. Dru is more special than she realizes - and whatever killed her dad could be coming for her next. Can Dru stay alive long enough to fall for one - or both - of the guys hungry for her affections? Find out in the heart-stopping first book in a thrilling series.
I feel like a need to invent a new genre just for Strange Angels. It is so unlike any other paranormal book that I’ve ever read. It’s like extreme reading of the paranormal persuasion or something.
Dru Anderson is a girl who has spent her life travelling light. She has moved with her dad from place to place seeking out things that go bump in the night. She was his right hand woman. At the beginning of the novel, Dru is not exactly settling into her current place of abode in Dakota, when her dad goes out on a mission and doesn’t come back. She is alone and she is scared because she feels unprepared to deal with whatever killed her father.
Then there is Graves who sits in front of Dru in class and basically keeps his head down and tries to live under the radar. But the feisty Dru catches his attention and he cuts class just to be with her.
The plot of the story follows Dru as she tries to evade the supernatural forces that keep coming for her. She discovers that her knowledge of the Real World isn’t as comprehensive as she previously thought. And thus, she begins a painful, kick-butt education with Graves tagging along.
When I first started this book, I thought I would absolutely hate it. There is a zombie scene really early on and it completely grossed me out. I do not do gruesome, no sir. I also thought the book started in the wrong place. I’m reading a non-fiction book for my writing at the moment and it talks about novels starting in the wrong place and I really felt like this was what it meant. There was too much exposition. There is the dream, there is the prologue and then there is the scene at school. It made me lose interest.
However, something kept me reading even through the zombie scene and I guess that came down to character. Dru Anderson is crude, raw and uncompromising and I loved her. She kept me intrigued. Her voice was compelling because it was so different to other female characters in the paranormal genre. She was strong and a tactician. Her phrasing was blunt and to the point. It was so refreshing. She was the one in control and I couldn’t stop reading this raw account of life fighting the supernatural.
Usually I feel so frustrated reading paranormal books because they are all so similar and I think there is a certain amount of "dumbing down". But while I was reading this, I was wowed by the fresh approach, the unpredictable plot, the barely tangible love story that may or may not come to the for in future books and the challenging language.
Overall, I think it is pretty brilliant (zombies and all). I cannot wait to start Betrayals. I am so glad I already have a copy sitting on my shelf. If you are a fan of the paranormal but are a bit bored with the usual predictable storyline, then get your hands on a copy of Strange Angels. This is one novel that will leave you gasping for more.