books: strange angels series

Thursday, September 15, 2011

this is a series with 5 books and written by Lili St Crow.

strange angels (book 1)

plot:  Dru Anderson has been “strange” for as long as she can remember. She travels from town to town with her father, hunting the things that go bump in the night and eat the unwary. It’s a weird life, but a good one–until it all explodes and a zombie busts into her new house.

Alone, terrified, and trapped in an icy town, Dru’s going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. Can she trust the boy who is just a little too adult–and just happens to get bit by a werwulf? Or the strange blue-eyed boy who tells her she’s heir to a long-forgotten power? Can she even trust her own instincts?

Because Dru is not the first in her family to be killed by the darkness of the Real World. The monsters have decided to hunt back–and now Dru has to figure out who to trust, who to fight, and when to run. And not incidentally, she has to figure out how she’s going to get out of this alive.

And she has to do it by sundown, or it’s all over…

betrayals (book 2)

plot:  Dru Anderson’s parents are long gone, her best friend is a werwulf, 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 half-vampire 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.

When murderous vampires start showing up and the body count begins rising, Dru has to figure out who to trust and when to run–or tonight might be her last…

jealousy (book 3)

plot:  Dru Anderson might finally be safe. She’s at the largest Schola on the continent, and beginning to learn what it means to besvetocha–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. The only person who can save him is Dru.

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

defiance (book 4)

plot:  Dru Anderson has always been a good listener. She listened to her dad, but had to gun him down herself when he turned zombie. She listened to the Order, but got nothing but lied to in return. She listened to Christophe, and lost the only friend she had left.

Time to buckle up, boys and girls. Dru Anderson is done listening. From here on out, she’ll face the King of the Vampires on her own terms. And if the Order has a problem with it, they can kiss their sweet little svetocha goodbye…

reckoning (book 5)

plot:  The fifth and final Strange Angels book arrives in November 2011!  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 full-fledged 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.

my review:  the reason i started reading this series was because of the comparisons to one of my favourite tv shows supernatural.  to clarify, this is NOTHING like supernatural. 

the plot is a bit slow even with all the action (trying to kill dru).  the reason i think this is because certain parts went on forever and some went by too fast, so that you don’t really get the action scenes. 

dru, for me, is a bit annoying.  her inner dialogues irritated me sometimes, especially how se repeats things OVER and OVER.  an example of this is how good looking graves is becoming.  oh my word, i read that MILLIONS of times, especially in the first book.  there is also way too much description of things rather than dialogue. 

i am currently still busy with jealousy (book 3) but it is already better than the first one.  the over all plot of the books are actually good and i think the books have potential but the author got a bit lost in the repetitive and annoyingly long dialogue from the main character, dru.   most of her conversations take place with herself in her head and like i mentioned before it makes her a tad annoying. 

let’s hope the rest of the books get better.

UPDATE:  (16 Sep 2011):  i’ve just finished book 4 (defiance) of this series.  and i’m either stupid or a sucker for reading this far in the series.  like i said above, the idea of the story isn’t bad at all it’s just the writing that is HORRIBLE.  and i personally think it’s getting worse.  for a character who is meant to have been hunting with her dad since she was little she’s very fragile, she cries a lot and she overthinks EVERYTHING. the author keeps referring back to feelings that was mentioned in chapter 1,2,3 etc etc. you feel like saying ok we get the picture!  no need to tell us another ten times that you miss graves sleeping on the floor for example. there is also no need to go over already covered things. Its like the author thinks that we need to be told 100s of times as we are so stupid not to take it in. if you go through this book you will notice there is not a lot of talking between the characters just dru thinking about things and feeling sorry for herself, even when christophe talks to her directly you get about 10 paragraphs of thinking before she reply's. for example when anna sends her a note you had to wait a page and a half before you actually got to see what was in the note.  stop over analysing everything.  the only positive thing in this book is that she stood up for herself & there is also more fighting scenes in here.  

unfortunately i’m the type of person that once i picked up a book, i HAVE to finish the book even if it is bad.  i was  actually wishing the pages away.

but all moaning aside, it would be a great book if it had more dialogue & character interaction so that we could actually get to know the characters. will I be buying book number 5? yes of course I will, I need to find out what’s going to happen – but that’s the ONLY reason.

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  1. the plots of the books sounds awesome, but I get bored easily with books, it has to capture me from the 3rd chapter or I just stop reading the damn book... overall the plot of the books sound really great, but I don't know if I'll like it though, maybe I should try and read the first one and see what I think!? :)

    love you loads

  2. kay, so correction, these books sounds horrible! :) hahaha, can't believe you kept on reading, I get bored way to easily and sounds like this books would do just that... :)

    the plots sound amazing, but that's about it... I'll let you tell me what happened in the books, so that I don't have to read them, hah! :)

    love you always


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