Thursday, June 2, 2011
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Strange Angels (Strange Angels, Book 1) by Lili St. Crow introduces us to Dru Anderson, a young woman already living a strange life, which is only going to get more strange. Raised by her grandmother in Appalachia after the death of her mother when she was five, Dru is taught the ways of folk magic. Dru is twelve when her grandmother dies and her father returns to take her with him on his travels. Her father is a hunter of supernatural beings and he and Dru travel the country killing supernatural baddies. During a harsh winter in the Dakotas, everything changes again. Her father is killed and Dru is being hunter herself by someone truly evil. Unsure of what to do or who to trust, she falls into a friendship with Graves, a boy from her school with issues of his own. Dru then meets Christoph, a very mysterious stranger with a lot of information about Dru, even more than Dru knows about herself.
Strange Angels (Strange Angels, Book 1) is a wonderful introduction to what holds the possibility of being an excellent series. Dru is a strong but vulnerable character, just coming into herself as a woman and she has no idea of what that will actually mean to her. She has unknowingly been existing on the edge of a world where the line between hunters and the supernatural becomes blurred, with not every supernatural creature a bad guy and not every human someone you can trust.
The book is full of action and suspense. You can feel the rush of adrenaline as Dru faces unknown baddies and taste her fear as her life gets turned upside down again. It is extremely well-written, with highly intriguing characters. There is definitely more beneath Graves' surface than just being a nice guy and Christoph has the mysterious bad boy vibe down strong. I can't wait to start Betrayals (Strange Angels, Book 2)--I'm actually glad that I came into this series well after the release since now I don't have to wait to find out what happens next :)