Friday, October 23, 2009

Book Inspection: Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Plot Sketch: Dru Anderson has known about the Real World for as long as she can remember. She and her dad travel around from place to place hunting things that you and I as people unaware of the Real World think only exist in fiction, like suckers and werewulfen(pronounced with a v sound). After spending a lot of time in Florida with gator spirits, Dru and her dad have come to NoDak pursuing something, but Dru's not sure what it is. After her dad leaves a fifty on the counter for her and doesn't come home one night, Dru's worst nighmare is realized when a zombie, or one of the reanimated as St. Crow puts it, who used to be her dad breaks into her house. After being forced to kill the zombie by shooting it in the head, Dru leaves and meets up with Graves who she had met at school. Graves lives on his own, and takes Dru in. Then things heat up even more with some werewulfen and some semi-suckers, and the story starts happening.

Verdict: No Love. I had a lot of beefs with this book. For a girl who supposedly grew up as a hunter, and supposedly had a dad that was a Marine, they sure made a lot of tactical errors. St. Crow's gun references had me laughing (I'm no expert, but I am related to one, and have an above-average understanding of all things handgun and tactical), and I still can't figure out where Dru's dad got his money. I mean, if he was a "jarhead from the sticks" then how did he earn money to fight suckers and werewulfen and giant roach spirit nests? DON'T READ PAST HERE IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK. Also, his affiliation with the Order perplexed me. If Dru's mom was a member, then he was fully aware of it. It was mentioned that he didn't trust them, but he did trust August who was a member of the Order? It all makes no sense to me. YOU CAN START HERE AGAIN IF YOU WANT. Pair all of that with the punctuation and grammatical errors throughout and you have the reason I won't be reading any more Dru Anderson, even if things could get interesting romantically for her. It's too bad, because I think that with some better editing and better research, Dru Anderson could have become a YA fiction powerhouse. The character definitely has the potential, just lacks execution. Plus, there's a lot of swearing too, which you guys know I don't like.

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
North Dakota

What is the main character's name?
Dru Anderson

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
Eh. I think she cries too much.

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
almost three weeks.

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
I constantly got stuck. St. Crow's style was more descriptive than I like and more fragmented than I'm used to. I found myself having to reread entire pages for the one morsel I missed somewhere because what I was reading now made no sense.

Is this a good read for Monster?
No, he'd be even more upset about the things that I am upset about than I am, if that makes sense.

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
A more straightforward storyteller and the resolution of my beefs above.

What was I Heart Monster's favorite line?
"They still burn people in some places. Even here in the good ol' US of A. There was that one town--"

How many chapters were in the book?
28. And I did like that the last page of the book is the last page of the last chapter. No fluff pages.

Stats:

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: May 14, 2009
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595142517

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Notes:
  • Try out Lili's webpage for more info.
  • There is a sequel to this book that comes out November 17, called Betrayals
  • Check out the book trailer too:

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