Thursday, March 8, 2012

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

I honestly feel super bad. I really wanted to love Strange Angels, but for some reason I could not get into it. I could tell the author tried hard to make it appealing, but I just did not like it. 2 out of 5 pitiful stars.

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
2 out of 5 stars
Published in 2009
Summary from 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?

I usually read most books because I can't help not reading it. With Strange Angels, however, I read it just to say I read it and could not get into it. For me, the writing was extremely bland and boring. It was as if there was nothing interesting, even though Dru had a really dark sense of humor. I feel really bad now because I know the author tried. It's just that the writing's not for me.

I really did not understand why there were so many swear words. There was at least one per page, and that's not including how many times Jesus' name was taken in vain. I usually try not to get too offended with how many swear words there are, but this was overboard. It seemed kind of out of place how she kept how using them over and over again in even the least annoying situations. I was surprised at how Strange Angels was aimed at a younger audience.

The other thing was how Dru described Graves. I thought it was really racist of her to just call him a half-breed and then think he'd be a "real looker" one day. While only once would not have me so worked up, she mentioned it constantly. What also confused me was how she actually called him kid as well even though they were they same age...

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I thought the plot was boring or anything, it's just that I thought it was a little unsettling. There were all these really weird things going on, and I was more than a little weirded out...
I was kind of surprised by the reactions of the characters. There reactions were totally not relatable or plausible at all. I could not imagine myself in this situation. (Hence the 2 stars....)

Dru was totally mean. While I like characters who are snarky and all, she was just plain mean. I did not like how terribly she treated Graves in the beginning and how she was so ungrateful. I was shocked by overall how she was okay with just being one of the most selfish characters. I hated how she acted, but that's just me.

All in all, you might like this book. It's just that for some reason I didn't. Maybe I didn't have the patience or something, but I could not get into it. However, I did finish it to make the review fair and honest. So go ahead and try Strange Angels out. I hope you like it.

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