The Compulsive Reader: Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Dru Anderson and her father live an unconventional life; they travel across the continent, tracking and killing dangerous supernatural things. Thanks to her father, Dru is a physically strong, and due to her time spent with her superstitious grandmother, psychically strong as well.

At first, this new town in the Midwest is nothing new, and her father's unwillingness to allow Dru accompany him on his hunts familiar. But when he doesn't come home alive, Dru is forced to face reality. She's not as capable as she once thought, nor as smart. There are things about the night and the Real World that her father never revealed to her. And if she hopes to make it until morning, she'll have to draw upon everything her father and grandmother ever taught her and learn to trust.

Strange Angels is a fresh take on a popular subject in YA literature, showcasing a heroine that is strong, gutsy, and fallible. Fans of the TV show Supernatural will be happy to dig into this fearful bunch of creepy-crawlies, blood-suckers, werwulfen, hexes, and many other assorted paranormal creatures and enchantments. Each supernatural creature possesses its own unique characteristics within the novel which makes Strange Angels stand apart from the mundane. St. Crow's writing is solid and wonderfully descriptive, and she skillfully balances out the novel with action-filled scenes and memories from Dru's past, transforming her world into a tangible and comprehensive one. Though she has a tendency to repeat herself in suspenseful scenes, St. Crow does an admirable job creating and building fear and apprehension. Her characters are well-rounded, the setting vivid, and the action scenes suspenseful: the perfect makings for a stellar new series that will spellbind readers and leave them begging for more.

Strange Angels will be available from Razorbill May 14th, 2009.

Cover Comments: I like this cover art because it's very noticable and memorable--the glower the model is giving lets you know this is going to be a scary, action-y read, even if it doesn't depict what Dru looks like exactly. I also really like the font used for the title--it enforces the intense and edgy feel. Overall, kudos to Razorbill. This is a great cover!


Alea said...

I agree, it's a great cover!

Kelsey said...

I just finished this last night! It was fantastic! I loved the cover too. The eyes of the girl is great and it had this metallic shine to it. I loved it.

Awesome review!

Bookgeek said...

Just got this arc. Looking forward to starting it.

Diana Dang said...

It sounds like it could be a pretty cool manga! I might look into it. :3