Saturday, February 5, 2011

Review: Strange Angels (Strange Angels #1) by Lilith Saintcrow

Synopsis (via 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?
My Thoughts:  This book didn't grab me right away.  I had to sort of work my way into it but once it hit, it hit hard.  The turning point came, I think, when the zombie appears and Dru has her little emotional breakdown.  She went from a cardboard character to someone who had dimension and depth.  Her decision to trust Graves, regardless if it was the only thing she could do under the circumstances, and allow him to help her when she was at her lowest point was well-written and made you feel the fog of denial and disbelief she was in.  She had no one to turn to at that point until he offered her his (metaphorical) hand.

Probably my only raised eyebrow moment came when the author was talking about how she went to the bathroom and wiped herself.  For me, it was one of those things that could have been left unsaid and I would have been more than happy filling in the blanks in my mind.  Yes, I'm totally aware that it was a throwaway line and I probably shouldn't let it get all frowny but I can't help myself.  I like bathroom humor (boy, do I like bathroom humor!), I don't care for having some things spelled out for me.  It's a quirk that I've learned to live with.

I know I say this often when I read the first book in a series, but there were a lot of plot threads laid out for future books.  All in a good way, mind you, because I really want to know the extent of Dru's power after the little tastes we've been given.  With the way this book ended, it would seem that she's going to be put through her paces and allowed to learn what she can do in upcoming books.  Which is cool and awesome and all sorts of other fun stuff.

Overall, it was an interesting read.  I loved both Graves and Christophe.  Dru ended up growing on me.  I'll be checking out the other books in the series at some point.

More books by Lilith Saintcrow

Reading challenges: The Morbid Romantica Challenge, The Horror & Urban Fantasy Challenge, The YA Reading Challenge, The Zombies! Challenge

1 comment:

  1. I'll have to add this to my list. That's actually kind of funny about the bathroom thing, but I agree, that stuff can usually go unsaid.