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Review, Young Adult / April 2, 2012
Reckoning by Lili St. CrowReckoning
Author: Lili St. Crow
Series: Strange Angels #5
Publisher: Razorbill
Date: November 2011
307 pages
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Nobody expected Dru Anderson to survive this long. Not Graves. Not Christophe. Not even Dru. She’s battled killer zombies, jealous djamphirs, and bloodthirsty suckers straight out of her worst nightmares. But now that Dru has bloomed into a fullfledged svetocha—rare, beautiful, and toxic to all vampires—the worst is yet to come. Because getting out alive is going to cost more than she’s ever imagined. And in the end, is survival really worth the sacrifice?

Dru Anderson’s not afraid of the dark.

But she should be.

WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS FROM BOOKS 1 TO 4

Firstly can I just say how much I like this series. For YA, it’s really different. There’s nothing held back and I think it’s actually very, very close to becoming adult sometimes. There are wulfen and vampires and half vampires and super strength female half vampires and magic and the odd zombie and it’s just one whirlwind adventure after the next.

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By: Alison
Review, Young Adult / February 10, 2012
Defiance by Lili St. CrowDefiance
Author: Lili St. Crow
Series: Strange Angels #4
Publisher: Razorbill
Date: April 2011
304 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Now that sixteen-year-old Dru's worst fears have come true and Sergej has kidnapped her best friend Graves, she'll have to go on a suicidal rescue mission to bring him back in one piece.

That is, if she can put all of Christophe's training to good use, defeat her mother's traitor, Anna, once and for all, and manage to survive another day...

WARNING: SPOILERS FROM BOOK 3

And I thought this series couldn’t get any better! Man was I wrong. This is now my new favourite. There’s more action (especially from Dru), suspense and more twists and turns than ever with the most explosive ending yet!

At the end of Jealousy, Dru was nearly killed by Anna (the other Svetocha) and subsequently found out that Sergej had captured her best friend (and kind of love interest) Graves and was planning to make him into a ‘broken’–like Ash.

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By: Alison
Review, Young Adult / January 22, 2012
Jealousy by Lili St CrowJealousy
Author: Lili St. Crow
Series: Strange Angels #3
Publisher: Razorbill
Date: July 2010
316 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Dru Anderson might finally be safe. She’s at the largest Schola on the continent, and beginning to learn what it means to be svetocha—half vampire, half human, and all deadly. If she survives her training, she will be able to take her place in the Order, holding back the vampires and protecting the oblivious normal people.

But a web of lies and betrayals is still closing around her, just when she thinks she can relax a little. Her mentor Christophe is missing, her almost-boyfriend is acting weird, and the bodyguards she’s been assigned seem to know much more than they should. And then there’s the vampire attacks, the strange nightly visits, and the looks everyone keeps giving her. As if she should know something.

Or as if she’s in danger.

Someone high up in the Order is a traitor. They want Dru dead—but first, they want to know what she remembers of the night her mother died. Dru doesn’t want to remember, but it looks like she might have to—especially since once Christophe returns, he’ll be on trial for his life, and the only person who can save him is Dru.

The problem is, once she remembers everything, she may not want to...

Jealousy is the third book in the Strange Angels series. And I just loved it! It has all the amazing action of the first book, a lot of questions are answered (thank goodness – I hate it when I don’t know what’s going on!) and there is finally some romance – but I shall not spoil as to whom the romance is with!

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By: Alison
Review, Young Adult / January 14, 2012
Betrayals by Lili St CrowBetrayals
Author: Lili St. Crow
Series: Strange Angels #2
Publisher: Razorbill
Date: November 2009
296 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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?

Betrayals is the second book in the Strange Angels series and picks the story up about a week after Strange Angels left off. Dru and Graves have arrived at the Schola that Christophe sent them to but Dru is not happy. She is not being trained to use her powers as a Svetocha, she is not being given the information she wants and needs and Christoph has dumped her there and done a disappearing act himself. And it doesn’t help that Graves is making lots of new friends and learning how to use his loup garou powers to his advantage, leaving Dru feeling even more lost, alone, and also just a little bit jealous.

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By: Alison
Review, Young Adult / January 5, 2012
Strange Angels by Lili St CrowStrange Angels
Author: Lili St. Crow
Series: Strange Angels #1
Publisher: Razorbill
Date: May 2009
304 pages
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!

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By: Alison