What a busy week it has been! How time flies This week on the Sunday Review it’s the Strange Angels series by Lili St Crow.
Title: Strange Angels; Betrayals
Author: Lili St. Crow
Series: Strange Angels #1; Strange Angels #2
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy, Horror
Summary (from Goodreads)
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?
This is ‘Teen Girl Fights the Paranormal’ Urban Fantasy at its absolute best. Scary, horrific, fast paced, and with the sort of characters you connect with, putting you right in the action and terror.
With so many ‘paranormal creatures are actually cute and squishy’ stories out there, it’s also nice to have a real sense of danger injected into this sort of book. Yes there are the ‘good guy’ paranormals, but the vast majority are bloodthirsty nasties who want nothing more than to snack on anyone who gets in their way. I’m not saying that I don’t like a bit of ‘I’m a vampire, but I’m denying my demonic side, want to make out?’ but having something different can be very refreshing. And Strange Angels is just that.
I don’t get on with Lili St Crow’s adult novels (written as Lilith Saintcrow – seriously, if that’s not a pseudonym, then the woman was destined to write this sort of thing. What an awesome name!) as well as I get on with this series. I think her teen protagonist is better. She writes angsty teen so well.
There’s a lot of swearing. Never innapropriately (I’d swear a lot worse than Dru if I was being chased by a zombie) but I realise that some people prefer YA books to keep the langauge clean.
Why Should Writers Read It
To study the balance of horror and developing teen relationships – there is a bit of romance in these novels, developing as the series does, and it’s spot on realistic while never detracting from the building sense of horror and helplessness. It turns the pages for you!