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Lili St Crow
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3 Sep 2009 Strange Angels

Dru Anderson: Night Hunter. Knife Wielder. Heart Breaker. Dru can sense evil, which helps when she and her Dad are tracking down ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional reanimated corpse. It's a dangerous life, but it's the only one she knows. Then Dru's dad turns up dead and she suddenly finds herself in the middle of a deadly game where every move she makes could be her last. Dru is more special than she realizes - and whatever killed her dad could be coming for her next. Can Dru stay alive long enough to fall for one - or both - of the guys hungry for her affections? Find out in the heart-stopping first book in a thrilling series.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; First GB edition (3 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849161259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849161251
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A supernatural thriller. A very good one … if you prefer supernatural thrillers with a side of romance, as opposed to romance with a side of supernatural thrillers, Strange Angels is the perfect book for you. Fast-paced, intense and genuinely quite scary, it's the exciting start to what will hopefully prove to be an excellent series' BookBag.

'This cracking read is one for youngsters and adults alike' The Sun.

'Dark, dangerous, and sexy! Dru Anderson is a tough new heroine whose story you won't be able to put down' Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy series.

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If Dru can't survive until sunrise, the game's over… Dru knows that The Real World - peopled with ghosts, suckers and zombies - is a frightening place. She's ready to kill first and ask questions later, so it's going to take her a while to work out just who she can trust. Dru Anderson has been 'strange' for as long as she can remember, travelling from town to town with her father to hunt down things that go bump in the night. It's a weird life, but a good one - until in an icy, broken-down town, a hungry zombie bursts through her kitchen door. Dru is going to have to use every inch of her wit and training. Can she stay alive long enough to fall for one - or both - of the guys hungry for her affections? Find out in this heart-stopping first book in a thrilling series.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buffy meets Supernatural 8 Sep 2009
By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Strange Angels is like Buffy and Supernatural thrown together, which, for me, is a very good mix indeed. Dru is a fast-talking, hard-hitting girl, with a knowledge of what's really out there. The real world is a dangerous place full of vampires and werewolves, and Dru navigates her way through it with the help of Graves -- a boy eager and capable of being her knight in shining armour.

The wulfen and suckers are different enough to stand out in the sea of vampire fiction, and the inclusion of zombies rounds out the creature count nicely. St. Crow's writing is sharp and contemporary, with enough sarcasm to make even the snarkiest teen appreciate Dru's voice. Graves is an unlikely hero, with more bravery than I originally gave him credit for, and a loyalty to Dru that even she can't bear to leave behind. Christophe is also a good addition to the character list, and I hope he returns in later books in the series.

The plot is nothing out of the ordinary in the supernatural genre, though it still works well. It does get a bit slow at times, until the next wulfen attack hits, or Dru gets a visit from someone who has all the answers. At a time when YA fiction is completely saturated with vampires and werewolves, new books have to offer something different, and I think St. Crow has managed to do that with Strange Angels. She's tried to stand out from the crowd, and it shows through in her memorable characters and interesting mythology. I'm looking forward to reading Betrayals, and hope Dru will eventually find the answers she's looking for.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Quality 21 Dec 2009
By Rachel VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Strange Angels is a treat. This is totally pedal to the metal adrenaline and you will want to devour it quickly. Although billed as YA fiction this will appeal to anyone with a taste for supernatural action over about 15. I love Ms Saintcrows adult fiction too and this has all the quality hallmarks of her Jill Kismett or Danny Valentine novels but with a younger protagonist, no bad language and no sex. But the action is there in spades and so is the gore, peril and brutality.

Dru and her father live a nomadic existence, moving from town to town every few months while they rid local neighbourhoods of nasty things. Unlike Ms Saintcrow's other more recent fiction though, this isn't a world where ordinary people are aware of the supernatural. dru and her dad are pretty much on their own in this fight and managing normal life with supernatural shenannigans is hard.

Coming home from school, Dru starts the novel having to kill her own father, who has returned from his job hunting the evils that lurk in the 'Real World' as a zombie. From there, Dru hurtles from incident to incident trying to find out who zombiefied her dad, what happened to her mum who died many years ago and why exactly all manner of supernatural beasties are chasing her with intent to kill.

There are some amazing set pieces in this novel- such as the most brutal and thrilling trip to the mall since Dawn of the Dead. The winter setting adds to the tension and bleakness of Dru's situation. and Dru makes a friend along the way. Abandoned teen Graves, local Goth Boy, finds himself in deep water once he tries to help Dru. No Twilightesque love story this though- more a genuine, honest friendship with a few sexual sparks that feels more real because of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 5 May 2010
Format:Paperback
It's an amazing book, it's like Buffy, but still orginal! I love it and give it 5/5. It's about a girl who lives with her dad, fighting zombies, ghosts and the like, but one day her dad disappears, and a zombie appears at her door the next day...
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Since the death of her mother, Dru Anderson and her dad have been hunting things from The Real World like ghosts, vampires and zombies. Arriving in a small town in the Dakotas, Dru knows that this hunt is different. She's having dreams about a snowy owl that warns her something bad will happen and her dad won't tell her what he's looking for. When he returns late one night as a zombie that's under something or someone's control, Dru's life spirals out of control.

Hunted by supernatural creatures and uncertain what to do, she finds herself having to trust local loner, Graves, a half-Asian kid who lives off the grid in the back of a mall. Together they need to work out what Dru's dad was hunting and why if they're to survive but then a dark, mysterious djamphir called Christophe turns up with information about Dru's past that changes everything ...

Lili St Crow's first YA novel is the first in an urban fantasy series but it suffers by containing a lot of set-up that won't really pay off until the later books.

Dru's strong first person voice slowly describes her family background, her psychic abilities and the differences between our world and The Real World, where supernatural creatures hang out. However, while she's been trained by her father to shoot, fight and hunt, she dithers over key decisions, so events happen to her rather than her driving events. She's also slow on the uptake and engages in pointless arguments - including 3 pages of bickering over who drives her truck. The revelation of her secret past takes her dangerously close to Mary-Sue territory.

Graves is more interesting. Keen to help Dru because he genuinely likes her, he's a survivor with plans for a future that get thrown into disarray by events beyond his control.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story line canny wait to read next book
Great book for young or old. love, suspense and adventure with a little bit of the dark side. love it a must read.
Published 3 months ago by avril irvine
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Angels
Fast paced and action packed story complete with gritty characters that you can't help wanting to get more acquainted with.
Published 6 months ago by Alison Davies
1.0 out of 5 stars No....
Really poor writing. I had so much trouble getting through the book. The physical book is good enough. Fine paperback, but the story is really awful.
Published 11 months ago by Katharina
5.0 out of 5 stars Review: Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
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This is `Teen Girl Fights the Paranormal' Urban Fantasy at its absolute best. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Liberty Gilmore
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
its all about killing zombies. well actually its more than that which you will find out when you read it. great book for teenagers. great read
Published 17 months ago by terry beer
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Angels
So first thoughts were, "ooooo that sounds interesting, could be good." Having read it now, i have to revise my opnion to say that it's very very good among many other things. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Leanne Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Dru the monster slayer.
Interesting and I love Dru character, tough but still vulnerable and a bit fearful as she's still a teen, but she doesn't let that fear stop her. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Nurrie
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Angels indeed!
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Lili St Crow is a new author to me, picked up in Goodreads. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jackie
4.0 out of 5 stars Review from The Word Fiend
Strange Angels didn't blow me away, but the world that Lili St. Crow has created did interest me enough that I will give the next book in the series a try. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by Shelagh
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic book! Keeps you on the edge of your seat (or bed)...
I've read all of the series so far and I am impatiently waiting for Reckoning to come out. I bought the first one when it was just released and after reading it I could not wait... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2011 by Amberley
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