April 19, 2010

Strange Angels - Lili St. Crow

Young Adult
Pages: 304
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: May 14, 2009

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 had a constant battle with myself attempting to read this one. Never before had I encountered a book so filled with description that it left me positively exasperated. It's as if the poor book suffers some rare kind of disease, an "obsessive descriptive disorder". Every page felt as if it had an adjective overdose. It was distracting, to say the least, and it made the action slow down so much it left me frustrated. Right in the middle of the danger she still keeps describing the objects, the setting, the weather, the feelings... everything.

I felt a constant impulse to stop reading but... the plot was quite interesting. It was so odd, wanting to know what happens while wishing the writing to just get to the freaking point. I liked the characters and the action and probably everything else. I might be wrong, but I think that if you take out the excessive description the book would be like 90 pages long.

I think I made my point. Anyway, the rest was fine. I will try to read the second one because I'm curious. At least now I know what to expect. If you think you can get through the writing problem bit, you could actually enjoy it.


  1. "Obsessive descriptive disorder." I like it. I got an ARC of this awhile back but never read it. I passed it along to one of my teen book club members for her to read and review. I'll have to ask her how she liked it

  2. LOL! I hate when a book goes into overkill with description and I think "obsessive descriptive disorder" is the best thing to call it! I haven't read this one, but I might wait a bit. (I somehow got an ARC for the second one.) Thanks for the review, dude!

  3. I had a similar problem when I read it. Betrayals is better though, so give it a try if you can.

    And love your new layout! :)

  4. Umm, okay, first off...LOVE the new layout! Just..WOW! How did I miss this?

    Second...sorry to hear about the book's disorder, I hear it's quite contagious (have read a few like that)....I actually purchased this one not too long ago. Will still give it a go, but better prepared (will bring extra patience when reading it, just in case). Thanks for sharing...and happy reading!

  5. I'm sorry to hear you didn't like this one - I absoutely loved it! :)


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