by Lili St. Crow
Review by Gayle Surrette
Razorbill Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781595142511
Date: 14 May 2009 List Price $9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Dru Anderson is not your typical teenager. She travels with her father from town to town killing monsters. Her father has been training her to use guns, plan operations, and how to make the proper connections when they get to a new area. He also makes her attend school wherever they stop. She's learned to keep her distance because it's not worth the trouble when you move so much. Dru's also got a touch of the sight, as her grandmother calls it, and it's telling her that her father is up to something that's worse than usual, and that's got her worried. He leaves one night and when he comes back he's a zombie. Dru has to kill him to survive.
What do you do after you kill your zombie father? Well, you try to keep it together long enough to make plans to find his car, track the monster, and get revenge. Only somehow in this town, Dru managed to make a friend, Graves. He's the kind of friend that watches your back and refuses to walk away. She also learns that not everything she's learned is as accurate as she thought. And, she hasn't got time to plan her attack because the monster is coming after her and Graves.
Strange Angels starts off with the set up and within 50 pages, you've learned that Dru has the "sight" and just what life has been like for Dru. You see the world through her and it's a dark and dangerous place. When her father returns from his mission dead and Dru kills him as he's trying to kill her--you know that this is a no holds barred type of story. All bets are off because after this, you don't know what to expect, but you do know that you want Dru to come through this experience without losing herself.
Some stories are flashy with fights, action, adventure, and non-stop action and Strange Angels can certainly fit into that description. But it's also a story of a young girl who has lost everyone she's ever cared about, and who has kept the world at arm's length in order to keep from being hurt. Yet somehow she's managed to make a friend who accepts her as she is and stands by her even when it might cost him his life. Nothing will ever be the same for these two young people.
The book has an ending but it is one that doesn't eliminate the possibility of a sequel. I'd like to know what happens next because you know this is not a happy ever after type of world.