Friday, May 22, 2009

strange angels

I was very excited to learn that one of my favorite urban fantasy authors, Lilith Saintcrow, was picked up by Razorbill for a YA series. Her YA name, Lili St. Crow, sort of matches her YA style....a little less gritty, less sexy, but still all Lili.

I enjoyed "Strange Angels" for a number of reasons, but the main one being is she didn't compromise her storytelling even though she is aiming this story at a different audience. She tells a tough story; the protag, Dru Anderson, has to kill her father in the first few pages after he is unsuccessful in a mission and shows back up at their rental house as a zombie.

St. Crow isn't afraid of getting her characters dirty, of exploring tough/hard feelings and keeping it very emotionally real. The action keeps coming, Dru keeps learning, and the plot leaves you flipping pages as quick as you can.

I've handed the book off to the oldest to read and look forward to the fall when the next book about Dru Anderson is published.

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