The Strange Angels Series. Strange Angels Book Strange Angels logo. Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called "the touch." (Comes in handy when. Razorbill Books | A division of Penguin Young Readers Group | © Penguin Group (USA), All rights reserved | Contact [email protected] Grade 9 Up–Sixteen-year-old Dru Anderson has grown up traveling the country with her demon-hunter father. When he tries to tackle a powerful sucker named.
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Series also known as:* Il diario degli angeli [Italian] Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1), Betrayals (Strange The first two books in Lili St. Crow's New York T . Strange Angels book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In Strange Angels, Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “. Reckoning book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Nobody expected Dru Anderson to survive this long. Not Graves. Not Chris.
Shelves: disappearing-parent-syndrome , young-adult , paranormal , gloomy , wasn-t-for-me , romance , coming-of-age Dru Anderson's life is deeply entangled with the paranormal. She's got a bit of the 'touch' from her father's side of the family, which amounts to a sixth sense for supernatural creatures and a little bit of something extra from her mom's side of the family as well. She uses these gifts as her father's helper in hunting and killing supernatural creatures that prey on humans. Dru is also pushing a midlife crisis even though she is technically written as a teenage girl. She called every human bein Dru Anderson's life is deeply entangled with the paranormal.
This was meant to sound jaded and world fatigued but it made me agonizingly aware this was written by an adult who saw all teenagers as being one step out of their diapers. I really do understand the intent here. Dru has seen more shit than you have, kid.
Unfortunately, I didn't feel like I was reading about a world-weary teenager. It didn't work and it should've been edited out or tempered with other more teenage moments, of which there are few unless you count the ZITS.
The author goes through great pains to let you know that Dru is not extremely attractive. She's got zits and greasy hair -- so she is totally not a Mary Sue Dru is borderline too stupid too live and she's one of very few supernatural girls in Saintcrow's mythos.
Frankly, I almost preferred Bella Swan stumbling around in a world she was too small to play in to Dru's condescending look at anyone who didn't know about the 'real' world.
I found the character annoying, which sucks because I really wanted to like her, but I couldn't. Dru doesn't give a crap about how she looks, because that's for normal girls.
I really hate how Dru kept equating girls who gave a crap about their appearance as food for the things who bump in the night. There's a line between vanity and using zit cream or running a brush through your hair.
It's a huge line! I don't know who the author was at Dru's age, but I wasn't one of the girls who had a mirror in their lockers and watched every calorie they consumed and still managed to run a brush through my hair without feeling shallow. Beyond Dru, there were some writing quirks that annoyed me. For instance every fucking thing halfway mentioned in the novel had a smell. Okay, we get an explanation for why Dru's sense of smell is on overdrive sort of , but it was still totally distracting.
There was less scene setting so much as olfactory torture setting and if I had a nickel for every time she mentions how one of the boys in her love triangle smelled like pastries I could get the next three novels without dipping into my own pocket. Unfortunately the blurb doesn't really do it justice.
Keen to attract the insatiable teen supernatural romance market, it closes with Can she stay alive long enough to fall for one — or both — of the guys hungry for her affection? Girls reading this may be disappointed to find this isn't a love triangle parading as a supernatural thriller. It actually is a supernatural thriller.
A very good one. That's not to say that there isn't a bit of romance.
Saintcrow perfectly captures that awkward teenage attraction, and Dru is never short on observations about how Graves is going to be a real looker in a couple of years. The second boy, Cristophe, doesn't turn up until the second half of the novel, which I imagine will again annoy those looking for love triangles, but he is a compelling and attractive character who will definitely fit well into the 'love rival' role later on.
I get the feeling the blurb refers to the series as a whole, as there is certainly potential for things to get romantically complicated, but like a good first book in a series, Strange Angels is more concerned with building the characters and establishing the basis on which romantic relationships can be built. If you prefer supernatural thrillers with a side of romance, as opposed to romance with a side of supernatural thrillers, Strange Angels is the perfect book for you.
Fast paced, intense, and genuinely quite scary, it's the exciting start to what will hopefully prove to be an excellent series.
My thanks to the publishers for sending a copy.