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Series: Strange Angels #1
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
In Strange Angels, 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?
So, Strange Angels was my first venture into the Audible.com realm (aside from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which I never really began, much less finished).
I didn’t expect much at first impression. Dru’s first-person narrative voice sounded really forced–she is really biting and teenaged, and she had a knack for cursing on an inconsistent basis and a way of talking about Graves as if she were superior to him. The fact that she’s white and he’s Asian–and that she kept calling him a “half-breed kid”–really turned me off for those first few chapters. But I persevered because of the one thing that had gotten me to that point in the first place.
The promise of the world.
Dru mentions early on that she and her father, a former servicemember, hunt things that go bump in the night. As such, she has been brought up with some strategy, knowledge and skill… and the Touch — a sixth sense kind of deal to know when something bad’s around. So I want to know what the fuck’s out there! And it was awesome how St. Crow introduced all these different parts of “the real world” (as Dru deems it). Demon rats, lugaru (that’s an interesting one), zombies, voodoo, dream stealers, etc., and last but not least… even in a story filled with other creatures… somehow it still boils down to… vampires and werewolves. Though the mythology isn’t all that original, it is taken from a different angle than usual, so I appreciated that.
I am wary, however, of the sequel, Betrayals. It seems to take everything I loved about Strange Angels and rip it all from under my feet. Dru and Graves sticking it out together. Christophe enlightening them both on “the real world,” and their role so far in it. The imaginative descriptions of the heavy-snow winter. Dru’s discovery of her bloodline and everything…
I mean, really? She’s going to a fuckin’ school. I can just see it turning into an insipid mess. And, really, she’s the only girl?!
…taking deep breaths…
Anyway, that’s for Betrayals. As for Strange Angels,
4.5 5 fuckin’ stars. Only because I know it’s only gonna go downhill from here. I may just buy a print copy of it, too.
EDIT: From the Goodreads blurb 08112012:
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.
What the fuck is this? I understand that Graves called Dru his girlfriend as a confused teenage wannabe Goth kid, but Christophe? THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A LOVE TRIANGLE?! GIVE ME A BREAK! If I’d’ve read that shitty blurb back when I first saw this book, I would’ve never given it the time of day. God. Now I’m dreading Betrayals even more if it’s gonna turn into a romantic thing… especially between Dru and Graves and Christophe… Spare me, please. Ugh.