27 January 2010

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

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?
Unfortunately, constraining urban fantasies are becoming dime a dozen.  All urban fantasies have an "underground network" where the things that go bump in the night are hidden, with their own set of laws, a council perhaps, etc.  This network is poorly developed so that you're stuck with whatever situation the character is in.  You're left no details to expand the situation with.

My big issue with Strange Angels was the language.  I'm not a fan of heavy swearing and I nearly stopped reading this book because of it.  But if you don't mind the swearing, by all means.  But if you're a stickler for cleaner novels, this probably won't satisfy you.

I did like Dru, but you'd think she'd be more hard-core with all the crap and training she went through.  But I liked the character dynamic between Dru, Graves, and Christophe. 

It was a fast read--I finished it in twenty-four hours--but it was funny and as honest as you can get with urban fantasy things-flying-everywhere urban fantasies.  But it's not enough for me to read the sequel.  The language and the fact that it was too undeveloped.

Book Info:

  • pages - paperback, 293
  • publisher - Razorbill
  • genre - urban fantasy
  • rating - 3/5