Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

iconiconI had never heard of this book,but I found it browsing through my library's impressive OverDrive catalog for library ebooks to read on my iPhone.  It seemed very much like the other dark fantasy YA novels I have gotten into reading lately, so I decided to try it out.

I was glad I did!  The book is about a teenage girl named Dru, who has spent her life helping her dad hunt the things that go bump in the night.  She has what her grandmother called the Touch, which means she can sense supernatural creatures when they are nearby.

The book takes about 30 pages to really kick into high gear, but it is pretty suspenseful after that.  There was one thing I didn't like about the narration: It was a little meandering and circuitous.  Dru narrates in first person, and a lot of the narration is her reflecting on things... and she tends to spend a lot of time (and words) on the same topics, coming back to them after already having hashed them out.  It reminds me a little bit of how NaNoWriMo writers write when they are trying to eat up word count.  Perhaps the book was too short for her publisher otherwise?

Other than that small beef, I enjoyed the book immensely.  During the last third of it, I could hardly put it down, even though I had a neck cramp from the way I was sitting, not to mention a lot of work I should have been doing instead of reading.  A great book and worth checking out, if you enjoy the YA dark fantasy books that are currently popular in YA fiction!

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