Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Dru moves around with her dad, an ex-army guy who hunts “nasties”, as she puts it. Suckers, Zombies, Ghosts and Poltergeists, and Werwulfen pop up anywhere, and it’s his job to exterminate them. Dru has what her Grandmother called “the touch”, the ability to see them. As such her father has been training her all her life to be able to handle herself in supernatural situations. But when she has to take him out after he becomes a zombie Dru must call on her training to be able to handle herself in the Real World.
Having befriended a young loner man named Graves, Dru is trying to figure out what to do with herself now. When one of her dad’s former contacts, Christophe Reynard, shows up trying to tell her what to do now Dru’s instant mistrust complicates the situation and neartly gets her, and her only friend, in some serious trouble.
I expected after the popularity of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” saga that more books of a similar nature would flood the market. It’s no surprise to see the shelves of bookstores teeming with new werewolf and vampire titles, for younger and older readers alike. But what is worth reading and what is more of the same? This book flies high above the crest of Twilight wannabes. Imagine Resident Evil crossed with Vanhelsing, crossed with Men in Black, and put a teenager in the main heroine’s role and you have a good start. Dru is so much less of a damsel in distress than Bella is, even in her weakest moments. There are a few times when Christophe or Graves steps in to lend a hand, but Dru proves again and again to be able to hold her own in the bleakest, and freakiest, of moments.
“Strange Angels” is lots of fun, the beginning of a promising new Young Adult series that I enjoyed immensely. I am curious to read another one. I’m even more curious to read Ms. St. Crow’s adult books (The Dante Valentine books and the Jill Kismet series). By having a 16 year old as the story’s primary focus this book is automatically going to get categorized as YA. But I do think her adult fans will appreciate this new direction because this book feels more like it’s written more for adults than a younger audience.
-Krys Tourtois, Schuler Books and Music Eastwood