The Compulsive Reader: Supernatural July: Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow and Interview

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Supernatural July: Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow and Interview

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.

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!

And be sure to look for the sequel to Strange Angels, Betrayals, hitting stores November 17th!

She’s no angel . . .

Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she’s just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn’t entirely human. (So what else is new?)

Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England Schola for other teens like her, and there’s a big problem— she’s the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn’t be so bad, but Dru’s killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide. . .

Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust—and maybe even her heart?

And now, Lili St. Crow!

What three words would you use to describe Strange Angels?

Creepy. Dangerous. Mysterious.

What element(s) make(s) Strange Angels unique?

I think every book is unique just by virtue of coming through a unique human being. But Strange Angels in particular, well...I was so tired of pretty, good-guy vampires. I wanted nasty-bad vampires and I wanted them not to be the only supernatural thing going on. I also wanted a teenage heroine who wasn't looking exclusively for love--when I was that age, I was looking for survival and the focus on romantic love to the exclusion of all else in a lot of YA turned me off. It still does today. I like YA books with complex themes and issues. Romantic love can be a component, sure. But it's not the only thing.

If you could have any supernatural power, which would it be and why?

I wouldn't mind flight or superstrength--who would? But the most useful ability would be the ability to cram a few more hours into the day. I'm positively swamped most of the time, and constantly wishing for a few more hours at the end of the day.

What supernatural books (or books) have influenced you the most?

I think the single most important and influential supernatural scene in a novel for me is in Jane Eyre. During St. John's last attempt to convince Jane to marry him, Jane hears Rochester's disembodied voice calling her. It is such a tremendously empowering and genuinely creepy and overwrought moment. I love it, Jane Eyre is quite possibly my favorite book.

Other than that, I love Stephen King's treatment of the supernatural, and Robin McKinley and Patricia McKillip's treatment of the fantastical. There's such a rich vein of fantasy and supernatural themes in fiction right now, it's amazing and wonderful.

What supernatural read are you itching to read?

Right now I have The Society of S by Susan Hubbard in my To Be Read pile. It concerns, as far as I can tell, vampires and synaesthesia. I'm intrigued and really looking forward to it. If I can just find some more time in the day...

Thanks, Lili, for the great interview and kick butt new series! Strange Angels totally brought me out of my reading slump two months ago!


DeNiSe said...

I love this book cant waite for betrayel great interview


I put Strange Angels down. Maybe I should give it another try..

Anonymous said...

Oh, I want it!

Anonymous said...

I haven't read Strange Angels, but the series looks interesting.

I agree with Lili. I wish there were more hours in a day. :P