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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Genre: YA Paranormal

Copyright: 2009

Pages: 293


Book Blurb:
Dad? Zombie.
Mom? Long gone.
Me? Well, that's the scary part.

The Real World is a frightening place. Just ask sixteen-year-old orphan Dru Anderson, a tough girl who has taken down her fair share of bad guys. She's armed, dangerous, and ready to kill first and ask questions later. So it's gonna take her a while to figure out who she can trust . . .

Dru Anderson has been 'strange' for as long as she can remember, travelling from town to town with her father to hunt the things that go bump in the night. It's a weird life, but a good one – until it all explodes in an icy, broken-down Dakota town, when a hungry zombie busts through her kitchen door. Alone, terrified, and trapped, Dru's going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. The monsters have decided to hunt back – and this time, Dru's on their menu. Chances of survival? Slim to none.

If she can't last until sunup, it's game over . . .


Well, I swore I'd never do it but I'm here today to eat my words. Thanks to Lili St. Crow, I've now read my first ever zombie novel. It happened by default - I bought this book solely for the cover and found out what it was about after I bought it home. Yes, that should teach me a valuable lesson however lucky for me it worked out really well!

I loved this book!

The things that the main character, Dru, experiences at the start of the novel are enough to make anyone curl into the fetal position. However like the truly admirable kind of heroine she is, she picks herself up, dusts herself off and keeps going. Yes, the world has become a frightening place for her but she's not ready to give up yet! Lili St. Crow weaves a plot full of suspense that will propel you through this YA at breakneck speed (and if you're a major wuss like me, it may even get your heart beating a little faster.)

For those of you who are turned off reading this book because it has zombies, I have to put in a little zombie disclaimer. The re-animated undead (the PC term for zombies) do not feature heavily in this novel. Dru has a brief encounter with one at the start which I have to admit is as equally gross as it is thrilling (dead body smell...ewww....) however there is nothing to say you can't skim read those few paragraphs if this creeps you out! This isn't a book about a zombie war; it's a book about a young woman trying to fight the darkness back out of our world.

Strange Angels is an edgy and thoroughly contemporary YA novel. Give it to your more mature teenager or hoard its goodness all to yourself - either way, you'll be busting for the release of the next book, Betrayals (due for publication November 2009).

Zombie-novels are a rising fad in the horror sub-genres currently and although I still refuse to classify myself as a fan of zombie fiction, I am certainly a fan of Strange Angels.

Has anyone else read this or Lilly Saint Crow's adult novels? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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Patti said...

I'd never guess this was a zombie book either! Nice review; I'm not much for zombie books either but it actually sounds good.

Erica said...

I absolutely LOVED Strange Angels - It's one of my favorites. I can't wait for Betrayals.

And I just thought you should know, there's a spam email going around using your blog link as a signature after their name... Just wanted to let you know.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Annie

Haven't read Lilith Saint Crows adult novels, but she blogs on Deadline Dames, and you might be able to get a feel for her books there.

I have read Strange Angels and loved the zombies, vampires, and werewolves worlds created. Waiting patiently for Betrayals.

Dottie :)