A cool sarcastic ride of the paranormal… shades of Buffy.
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
No. of pages: 293
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?
I was pleasantly surprised by ‘Strange Angels,’ it starts off with a bang and takes one surprising road after another. There is an ancient twist to the monsters and mythology in this novel that kept me engaged. It did not feel like every other YA paranormal in this genre.
I was engaged throughout and found myself investing in our protagonist Dru, and even began to ‘ship her and Graves. Dru is a gritty independent heroine, but also a teen girl with hopes of normality. I was really rooting for her, and forever trying to work out what was going on.
Christophe was introduced too late in the novel for me to care about. But Graves, the only other male was Asian geeky deliciousness. Easy going and loyal to a fault. And thank goodness it did not feel like a love triangle, or instalove even though it had all the ingredients for this trope.
There are some spoony moments and this has a heavy ‘Supernatural‘ (the television show) vibe, except it’s a female lead instead of the Winchester brothers.
Lili St. Crow has a wonderful writing style. Her wording was so unexpected yet flourishing and edgy, complementing the tone of ‘Strange Angels.’ It’s a dark horror comedy that definitely entertained and I have become an instant fangirl.
I don’t feel like there was a whole lot of resolution – in fact very little – but it has asked a whole lot of questions that I can see stretching out over the four novels to follow. I’m intrigued to find out what happens in ‘Betrayals.’ And discover even more about the mythology of the real world and Dru’s heritage.
Definitely recommend this to lovers of the YA horror/fantasy genre. A quick punchy read.
Overall feeling: Holding on to my socks!
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