When murderous vampires start showing up and the body count begins rising, Dru has to figure out who to trust and when to run. Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust—and maybe even her heart?
What attracted me to this series in the first place was the fact that Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy series (with the spin-off series Bloodlines coming out on the 23rd this month), commented on the cover of the book: “Dark, dangerous, and sexy!” Now, I totally love Richelle Mead’s books, so when I Saw Strange Angels in my local library, I figured, what the heck, might as well give this series a chance.
Best. Decision. Ever.
It might have something to do with the fact that I immensely dislike female protagonists who are completely helpless and/or useless in a series and can’t get a grip on their own life. But Dru Anderson… man, she’s as tough as they come!
To be blunt, her life sucks. Her mother was murdered, her father turned into a zombie (who she had to shoot to death; traumatizing, eh?), her best and only friend got bitten by a werwulf, AND she found out she’s an extremely rare svetocha, a female half human-half vampire hybrid who is deadly to the evil nosferat vampires. A little confusing, yes, but once you read the books it’s not too hard to follow the plot. *winkwinknudgenudge*
For a girl whose life is a complete mess, Dru handles it in the best way she can. She isn’t SO tough that she doesn’t scream like a girl or puke her guts out when faced with danger; she does have her moments of weakness. And that, in my opinion, makes her totally relatable as a character, not to mention adding much-needed humour to serious situations. She has admirable strength and courage when it comes to dealing with the paranormal, and, well, she's just awesome in general. =)
And, of course, the romance in this book is ADDICTING. There’s Graves, a half-Asian boy with glowing green eyes, dyed black hair, and Dru’s best friend. He’s also, as mentioned before, a loup-garou. Then there’s Christophe, a guy with cold, winter-blue eyes, brown-blonde hair, and Dru’s “guardian angel” of sorts. He is a djamphir; half-vampire, half-human. Dru trusts and feels safe with Graves, but she also has some intense chemistry with Christophe, even though she doesn’t trust him. At all. That much is obvious, even after the 4th book. I, personally, cannot choose between them. Graves is awesome, and Christophe is HOT. I guess we’ll just have to wait until the 5th book comes out this fall/winter before finding out who Dru ends up with!! ;D
Overall, an amazing series. I strongly caution readers that there is a fair amount of profanity in these books. Also, some of the terms in these books are a little strange – wampyr, nosferat, djamphir – you get used to it when you read the books, though. This series is jam-packed with action, romance, suspense, and all things paranormal; I strongly suggest you get your hands on it soon!!!
OUT OF 5 STARS!!!!