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Cover Strange Angels Strange Angels 1 by Lili St CrowWow This book has a chokehold on me and would not let me beathe Fast paced, insanely good world building, believable characters, dialogue between characters often sprinkled with humor and tears, heart pounding suspense, situations no sane person should ever have to be in, and I loved all anxiety induced moments Our gal and her dad are hunters, but they don t hunt what the Real world knows about They hunt the nightmares But dad doesn t come home This is our gal s story that takes us into their world, buckle up It is full of things unseen, things with teeth, and things that hunt back This book is going in my favorite folder. Dru Anderson s life is deeply entangled with the paranormal She s got a bit of the touch from her father s side of the family, which amounts to a sixth sense for supernatural creatures and a little bit of something extra from her mom s side of the family as well She uses these gifts as her father s helper in hunting and killing supernatural creatures that prey on humans Dru is also pushing a midlife crisis even though she is technically written as a teenage girl She called every human being her age kid as often as she could This was meant to sound jaded and world fatigued but it made me agonizingly aware this was written by an adult who saw all teenagers as being one step out of their diapers I really do understand the intent here Dru has seen shit than you have, kid Unfortunately, I didn t feel like I was reading about a world weary teenager It didn t work and it should ve been edited out or tempered with other teenage moments, of which there are few unless you count the ZITS The author goes through great pains to let you know that Dru is not extremely attractive She s got zits and greasy hair so she is totally not a Mary Sue but that s where the line begins and ends Dru is borderline too stupid too live and she s one of very few supernatural girls in Saintcrow s mythos Frankly, I almost preferred Bella Swan stumbling around in a world she was too small to play in to Dru s condescending look at anyone who didn t know about the real world Yeah, the supernatural world real world and the rest of us live in the normal world I found the character annoying, which sucks because I really wanted to like her, but I couldn t Dru doesn t give a crap about how she looks, because that s for normal girls I really hate how Dru kept equating girls who gave a crap about their appearance as food for the things who bump in the night There s a line between vanity and using zit cream or running a brush through your hair It s a huge line I don t know who the author was at Dru s age, but I wasn t one of the girls who had a mirror in their lockers and watched every calorie they consumed and still managed to run a brush through my hair without feeling shallow Beyond Dru, there were some writing quirks that annoyed me For instance every fucking thing halfway mentioned in the novel had a smell Okay, we get an explanation for why Dru s sense of smell is on overdrive sort of , but it was still totally distracting There was less scene setting so much as olfactory torture setting and if I had a nickel for every time she mentions how one of the boys in her love triangle smelled like pastries I could get the next three novels without dipping into my own pocket The minor characters were okay, although there weren t a lot It was really just the love triangle There were a lot of borderline racist comments made about the appearance of one half Asian character Who really calls people of mixed race half breeds Like, where is that socially acceptable Every time she talked about his half breed skin color I kind of wanted to strangle Dru I have a cousin who is half Chinese and half Irish from my uncle As a baby he had beautiful copper colored hair and green eyes with an Asian slant Saintcrow s description of Graves make all half one race and half another race children sound slapped together with broken bits and pieces rather than anything that could possibly be genuinely attractive although she does say Graves might be pretty someday when he s 40 like she is okay she didn t say 40 but it s so effing distracting for her to keep saying when he grows up he ll be cute NOTE FOR THE AUTHOR SOMETIMES TEENAGERS ARE ATTRACTED TO PEOPLE THEIR OWN AGE OH THE CRAZINESS I say all half and half very specifically because while it was Graves being described it was still done in such a BROAD way that it came out as racist Also, some of the world building and character outlines are sloppy I know this from reading the second book I won t include the details here, but seriously sloppy world building I suspect Dru having the touch on her father s side is something that ought to have been edited out when the direction of the store changed, but then the writer decided what the hell, I ll make her super special on both sides What fucking ever I m so over the Supernatural Supermagical Vaginas Listen, Paranormal authors, having magic breasticles had been done before Rachel Vincent s Faythe, Kelly Armstrong s Elena, etc If your character can t be special without being the ONLY ONE OF THEIR GENDER then perhaps your character just fucking sucks nuts. Strange Angels really grabbed me because it sounded like Supernatural the show a girl and her father out to hunt evil beings of the night Unfortunately, what resulted instead was nothing like Supernatural but aligned with the Buffy vibe, only with a whole lot of other creatures of the night While there s no doubt that this book is written quite well, I quite a few gripes with the book that prevented me from enjoying it too much 1 A bunch of teenagers who keep calling each other kid 2 Double thought processes some would be in normal font, and others would be in italics with no form of differentiation whatsoever 3 Weird pronunciation for werewolves, calling them werewulven Also present when referring to vampires as nosferatu 4 Unlikable heroine who is annoying and living in a different world to everyone else She s the only woman and an all important heroine which is the only reason that makes her special 5 A suggestion of racism with constant slights towards Graves, the half asian guy with a big beak like nose and who can get really white even though he isn t a white boy Not to mention that she refers to him as a half breed and always brings up his asian features when describing him.That s probably enough to put me off reading the rest of the series Check out Happy Indulgence for reviews Goodreads SummaryIn 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 My Thoughts I realize that I cannot keep doing this to myself, that is, reading books I do not like, for the pure sake of getting it done Doing so has proven time and time again to be a complete waste of effort It has taken me forever just to get 70 pgs into this I started another book after dumping this entirely, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and it is brilliant At 70 pgs with Mafi s book, I never wanted to stop With Strange Angels I always wanted it to end And make no mistake, I m not hating without a reason, I wanted to like this, I really did, it just never worked out that way because I.Hate.Dru She s egotistic, boring as heck, generally ungrateful and CONDESCENDING Ah, Dru, let me count the ways I hate thee 1 How dare you prance around acting above everyone What makes you so great, kid NOTHING I don t care if you could out barter me when it comes to arguing in the secret underworld black market for canned leprechaun feet As far as I m concerned, You Are A Tool It s great that some people really liked this, I get that some readers will disagree, but this definitely wasn t for me The action was slow moving and the characters far too over thought to provide natural or even enjoyable reading The author tried hard to make Dru so, so, so B.A And all through I kept getting these obvious and weird Rose Hathaway nudges of similarity like, look here She s B.A doesn t give a f and does whatever she wants Isn t she familiar But not overly so, so that I could possibly go to prison for attempted plagiarismYou re a teen, right Love her, love this shit Please, I d love to hunt her down, effectively now 2 This bothered me to no end One thing I will never get over is how she describes Graves her only friend so far and with the attitude this girl has, I don t blame anyone for keeping their distance So Graves basically takes her in, and yet she persists in making him out to be some circus freak St Crow even writes him as a, half breed because of his mixed race Whatt De Frickson Racers When did we start talking about dogs here or are people from mixed coupling not considered human She makes him pathetically self conscious, gangly and just an oddity As is mentioned many times throughout the book, Graves does not know what to do with himself Ever It s told from first person, whatever, but do I honestly need minute by minute detail on how awkwardly the boy sits handles himself or how all of his strange complexities can somehow be linked to the fact that he s mixed GET OVER YOURSELF Children from interracial couples are so freaking adorable How dare you point a hand at that, St Crow At this point, around pg 40 ish I was already frustrated beyond belief You know when you stick a book down and want to go back to it I never did, on the contrary I was relieved whenever the opportunity arose to get as far away from Dru as possible 3 As a protagonist, Dru sucks She is stale, uninspiring and just there to act obnoxious Sorry, but future installments having pretty covers aside this is the real reason I ever picked Strange Angels I cannot deal with Dru and since she is the main character here, I thought it might be best to cut my losses I never grieved for her.I never rooted for her.Heck, I never even liked her Poor Graves, he did though, too much if you ask me That girl makes Bella Swan and Luce from Fallen look like freaking optimists She treated him as well as St Crow implies of him, like a dog Sigh To wrap things up because I really do not want to be meanerany honest about this, 1.5 stars is all this book is getting from me, nothing and if possible a lot less If it wasn t for the wasted potential The whole real world deal is pretty sweet, it just sucks that Dru tries to make it exclusive to a fault I m sure St Crow isn t a bad writer she just has very poor characters. I m not really much of a romance reader but Strange Angels is much than that A captivating story including everything from ghosts to magic, it follows the life of a hunter of sorts, Dru, who lives a life of travel with her father It s not for everyone while most people her age are busy worrying about grades, she worries about survival and the supernatural When things turn dire and she winds up alone, things begin to take an even stranger turn Sometimes the story felt oddly paced and some of the characters seemed like they were just sort of there without much development, but overall this is a powerful paranormal tale and the main character offers readers a resourceful heroine whose talents and wit make her easy to follow along with. |Download Book ⚖ Strange Angels ⚖ 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 This is the first book I ve read about vampires It wasn t as bad as I thought it would be I did enjoy reading it perhaps because it is not solely about the steroetypical sort of vampires or called in this book as suckers The concept of half vampire and half human and other classifications of vampires sort of intrigued me. TBR Reduce Challenge 3 2011 Lora Hmmm, not bad Not bad at all.Not the best book I ve read in the past few years, but it was enough to keep me interested One of my friends here asked me if it reminded me of Supernatural the show and it really did The mom getting killed, the absentee dad hunting things that go bump in the night and a kid that grows up knowing there is a whole other world out there.But it felt kinda weird because Graves has been living on his own since he was 12 or something, I don t get how he did that without getting caught, and having just enough money to keep himself fed, clothed and in school On a side note It always surprises me that so called normal people, never seem to have any idea what s going on in a world where zombies, vampires, werewolves sorry, werwulven, cause that just sounds fancier are taking over as soon as the sun goes down Why would they stay hidden deliberately They are stronger faster crazier than the average human It doesn t make sense, none of them seem to get power hungry enough to try to take over the world I mean come on If I was a badass vamp, I would let the world know Notable things I liked Graves I suspect there must be a reason why we don t know his first name yet.Notable things I disliked The French Djamphir guy, although I did laugh when I found out what his last name was Good one.I heard the sequel is crap, so I don t know yet if I m going to continue this series or not. I wanted this to be something other than it was What I really wanted was Supernatural the show but with a teen girl Dru grew up hunting the big bad thing in the dark Her dad allowed her to be put into those situations but in a half hearted way Care, one way or the other I d prefer the scary way The revenge angle was watered down Dru s motives were boring old inherited Dru summed up I m gonna do what I wanna so buzzzz off It could have been girl versus un nature Struggle with than destiny What about outside what has been decided Not special teen girl again Her home life should have been than flashbacks Where were the overriding influences It felt too textbook explanation like point a is b rather than a real person Pity parties for the sake of the pity Dru never formed much in my mind Also, the love triangle Graves is in permanent puppy dog position and Christophe He is so cliche that I almost named the similar Ash from Julie Kagawa s series I dislike love triangles cause they remind me of when I two timed Usher and R Kelley luckily my twin helped me out Too bad Usher did the same trick with Justin Bieber I dislike same as everything else without using the good stuff Another school story More bad vamps Mythology rammed down our throats to swallow I spit.