Friday, June 11, 2010

Review: Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

    * Reading level: Young Adult
    * Paperback: 293 pages
    * Publisher: Razorbill (2009)
    * Language: English
    * ISBN-10: 1595142517
    * ISBN-13:     9781595142511 

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?(summary via

Most all orphans and foster kids build emotional walls as a means of self-preservation, and Dru Anderson is no different in this regard. She is different, however, in that she has grown up always aware of the “Real World”. Knowledge of the “Real World” means that you are aware of the true freakish and evil things out there co-existing alongside humans; things like vampires and werewolves.

After a lifetime of living (and often hiding) on the road with a dad that is a “hunter” of all things evil, Dru can only really see life through the narrow lens of basic survival. And this only gets worse when she’s later forced to figure things out on her own. All her fears and trust issues escalate into an almost paranoid state that causes her to question every situation, and every person she meets. But unlike your average person, she really does have monsters to be afraid of, and they’re coming for her. 

I loved this book’s gut-wrenching moments of tension as Dru confronts one bad situation after another, all fraught with evil spirits, suckers, and determined zombies. Though I hadn’t read any of St. Crow’s previous works, I definitely look forward to checking them out.


  1. Great review! I thought it was really interesting to see how Dru thought in terms of survival, and then had to adjust when Graves got involved. Particularly because he had no knowledge of monsters, etc.

  2. @Lizzy- true; I liked how at first he was a liability and then later a comfort to her, once his company grew on her and she began to trust a bit.