Book Review: “Strange Angels” (Strange Angels #1) by Lili St.Crow

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“Strange Angels” by Lili St.Crow (2009)

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Book Length: 293 pages (paperback edition)

Synopsis:

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? (description from Goodreads)

Review:

So before I even start my review, I just want to state how bad I feel that I am now just beginning this awesome series. I bought the book the year it came out (2009) and picked out of my “I really need to read this” TBR pile. This only makes me realize that I need to do a better job of reading more of the books I’m buying. That is all.

And now the review part! “Strange Angels” is a fantastic book and a great starter to the series. Set in the modern world mixed with fantasy, it makes for a fun and enjoyable read. I love the different supernatural creatures featured; from wulfen (werewolves), to zombies, and even dhampir. Right off the bat we are thrown into action (about three chapters in) when a zombie busts into Dru’s, our main protagonist’s, house.

Crow’s writing is done well. She lays out the setting, characters, and the plot line smoothly so that it’s easy to follow. She gives back stories or references to the supernatural creatures that featured in the novel. The action is fast-paced and you will never be bored while reading it.

The characters are a cool cast as well, and are now immediately added to my list of favorite characters (of the many series that I read). I love Dru, she comes off as strong and standoff-ish, but on the inside she’s as unsure of what to do as the next person. I also admire that even though all these new obstacles are thrown her way, she tries to handle them as best as she can. Graves, Dru’s new acquaintance, helps out as much as he can even though the “real world” (world full of vampires, etc) is completely new to him. He becomes a great friend.

Final Verdict:

A great start to the “Strange Angels” series! I  really wish I had started this book sooner. I loved the action and the paranormal characters and aspects. Recommended for fans of fantasy. I’ll give the book a 5 out of 5 stars.I can’t wait to read the next book!

 

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