Author: Lili St. Crow
Series: Strange Angels #1
Date: May 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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In Strange Angels, Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)
Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever—is hunting her?
Dru Anderson lives with her Dad. They travel from town to town hunting down things that ‘go bump in the night’…. vampires, wulfen, zombies, mutant rats and various other nasties. Dru calls this ‘the real world’. She is quite content living in ‘the real world’ with her dad until one day it all goes wrong… very very wrong. Her dad fails to come home from a hunt one night, something that has never happened before. Dru gets so worried that she doesn’t even go to school the next day, instead waiting anxiously in the house for her Dad to come home. When he does come home however, he’s not exactly himself… he’s a zombie!! And having to shoot her zombie dad (who is trying to eat her) isn’t exactly what she had planned for her evening!
This is just a description of the first chapter of Strange Angels.. and believe me – the rest is just as awesome! Dru Anderson certainly knows how to kick ass! And she sure as hell has to do a lot of it throughout Strange Angels so its a good job really.
In her quest to discover who turned her Dad into a zombie (and no – this is NOT a zombie book and the zombies in this book are not your average zombies), she begins to discover that she is not who she thought she was. Her Dad has been protecting her from a lot more than mutant rats her whole life and now she is left alone trying to fight off someone who has been hunting her kind for a very long time. There are a couple of great characters she picks up along the way, Graves and Christophe (choose your team ladies). Both characters provide for some great scenes. Graves, or Goth Boy as Dru refers to him becomes Dru’s faithful friend and somehow gets caught up in the madness himself. And Christophe, who knows who and what Dru is but is reluctant to give her all the information she wants. However, don’t be thinking there’s a lot of mushy ‘twilight’ romance in this book because with all the action going on there certainly isn’t time for it.
And that’s what I loved most about this book – the unbelievable action. The author has a brilliant talent for describing rather complex vampire fighting scenes and slowing down the madness for us so that we can really take in everything that happens. And I found this really refreshing because I sometimes find when reading action scenes in YA books that they get ‘glossed over’ a bit. But Lili St Crow has really put a lot of effort into detailing these scenes and I just loved this!
Overall this is a fantastic start to a very different type of fantasy series and I thoroughly recommend to all YA urban fantasy fans…. note – unlike a lot of other YA books, this contains quite a bit of swearing (mostly on Dru’s part – but who can blame her!)