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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Review: Betrayals

Author: Lili St Crow

Release date: UK 4th November 2009
Genre: Paranormal Thriller / Urban Fantasy
Target audience: 12+
UK Publisher: Quercus Books

Summary from Amazon:
Dru Anderson's not afraid of the dark. But she should be.

Poor Dru. Her parents are long gone. Her best friend Graves has been bitten by a werewolf. And she just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn't entirely human. Now Dru's strange and handsome savior, Christophe, has her hidden away at a secret Schola for djamphir and wulfen teens. Trouble is, she's the only girl in the place. The really bad news? Dru's killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead.

With all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide...
Betrayals is yet another kick-butt book from the awesome Lili St. Crow. Yes, it is true; I am becoming quite a fan of this series.

The prologue of Betrayals reminds us how Strange Angels ended. This is definitely a series to read in the correct order. You’ll miss out on so much action-packed fun if you skip ahead. And indeed, if you read this review you will give yourself gigantic spoilers for the first book. You have been warned.

For those of you still with me, we meet Dru again as she takes up enforced residence at the Schola. She still has the feisty, crude and determined edge that defines her voice and character. So needless to say, she is far from happy when she gets put in the baby classes at the Schola, is prevented from training and is left out of all the supernatural action. Dru is miserable and the novel is structured around her being placed in a situation which is beyond her control. She spends hours in her room alone and brooding on her predicament and waiting for the impending doom to come.

Graves is perhaps even more adorable in this book. He doesn’t always keep Dru in the loop. Hey, do you like the pun? He is loup-garou...get it?! Anyway, he is such a dopey wolf-boy, almost like an obedient puppy except for the killer instinct (obviously) and he commands his supernatural abilities in this book. I also loved meeting other wulfen, their individuality really stood out and the affectionate relationship between them endeared them to me.

Christophe on the other hand is not my favourite character but he certainly adds an ever present sense of mystery and tension to the story.

I notice I have told you nothing of the plot. I think you can probably guess that Dru isn’t safe in the Schola though, right? So what more do you need to know? There is butt-kicking. It is exceedingly refreshing and fun.

I was reading Betrayals expecting not to like it as much as Strange Angels. You had all left me comments saying it wasn’t quite on a par. But you know, I have no idea what you lovely people were on about. I really enjoyed this book in equal measure to my love of the first. I can only assume that you didn’t like the fact that Dru wasn’t calling the shots in this book but please correct me if I’m wrong. I am certainly intrigued because I thought it was gripping, adrenalin-fuelled, angsty and high on melodrama. The only thing I would say is that all the different groupings are starting to confuse me a little bit: djamphir, Nosferatu, wampyr, wolfen, broken. I could do with a baby class on the breeding habits of the supernatural. That little niggle aside, I thought this was fabulous. I am so excited to start Jealously. A definite series addiction is developing here!

Thanks to Quercus Books for sending me the book for review.


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

I only skimmed through the review to avoid spoilers, although you're good at avoiding them. I did check out Strange Angels and it sounds great. I haven't read a true werewolf novel, as in werewolves are the main species, so I'm gathering information on werewolf books and Strange Angels is coming on my list.;)

asamum said...

I was one of those people that didnt like this book. I have been told that Jealousy brings it back on track and have it in my TBR pile :D

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I didn't read this due to the spoiler warning, but you made me want to did out my copy of Starnge Angels nonetheless!

I Want To Read That said...

Yay! Glad you enjoyed this one. I loved Betrayals - possibly more than the Strange Angels - and I love the series! It's definitely one of my favourites:) I do think a glossary might be in order though because I also got a bit confused sometimes over the different types of supernatural beings - had to go back a few times to remind myself what they were:)

Clover said...

Lots of people told me that they didn't enjoy this as much as Strange Angels as well, but I really liked it. And I thought Jealousy was brilliant!

Lauren said...

You've pretty much confirmed my suspicion that I made an error in skipping straight to book three in this series. I'm strongly tempted to go back and read the previous two, from everything you've said about them. But, as someone who read Jealousy alone and still managed to think it was pretty damn good, I think you're going to love it!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Breeding habits of supernaturals? LOL Nice. Fab review as usual dear friend.

Becky said...

Irena, yes, really beware of the spoilers. You really need to give the awesome Dru a try.

Emma, but why didn't you enjoy it? What was not to enjoy? There was Dru. There was Graves. It was great!

Sophie, pick up that book!

Sammee, yay you loved the second book too. Now that is what I am talking about. YEAH.

Clover, yay, yay! So I cannot wait to read book 3.

Lauren, oooh! Exciting. Why not go back to the beginning. It sure is a fun series.

Juju, did I actually write that?! I write some crazy stuff sometimes. I like to forget about it LOL. Cannot believe I wrote that!