Friday, 15 May 2009
YA REVIEW: Strange Angels - Lili Saintcrow
Dru Anderson has been “strange” for as long as she can remember. She travels from town to town with her father, hunting the things that go bump in the night and eat the unwary. It’s a weird life, but a good one–until it all explodes and a zombie busts into her new house.
Alone, terrified, and trapped in an icy town, Dru’s going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. Can she trust the boy who is just a little too adult–and just happens to get bit by a werwulf? Or the strange blue-eyed boy who tells her she’s heir to a long-forgotten power? Can she even trust her own instincts?
Because Dru is not the first in her family to be killed by the darkness of the Real World. The monsters have decided to hunt back–and now Dru has to figure out who to trust, who to fight, and when to run. And not incidentally, she has to figure out how she’s going to get out of this alive.
And she has to do it in the next 24 hours, or it’s all over…
When an established author takes a crack at a YA you have to wonder why they fancied writing outside their usual comfort zone and exactly how their writing will translate to a new audience.
Here Lili’s tale unfolds as an epic adventure with hints as to the otherness of the principle protagonist giving the reader not only a tale to keep them on the edge of their seats but also a story that has identifiable characters along with emotional context to give them an overall rounder appearance than a lot of other characters within YA books.
It’s well written, will appeal to both genders and presents a cracking start to a new supernatural series that has huge potential for a myriad of jumping off points. Add to the mix Vamps, Zombies and Werewolves along with a touch of Warner’s Supernatural and you’ve really got a sure fire smash. We’ll have to wait to see which way Lili will take this but I for one will be waiting its follow on with baited breath.
Epic adventure, fantastical characters with an adrenaline fuelled writing style…. Perfect.