Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Book Info
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
©2009 Razorbill, New York, NY
ISBN 978-1595145211

Plot Summary
Dru Anderson knows all too well that the world can be a very scary place and by the age of 16 has already taken down an ample amount of dangerous and scary creatures including ghosts, vampires, werewolves and zombies. She grew up traveling from town to town with her dad to kill monsters. Somewhat of an expert in slaying, her father passed on his experience to her, learning to often kill first and ask questions later, but when her father returns from a solo mission as a zombie, Dru is forced to orphan herself and continue the fight alone. Her life was strange but it was happy and good, until one day when a zombie bursts through her kitchen door. The monsters have decided to hunt back, and of course, Dru is at the top of their list. How long can she last?

Reader’s Annotation
For Dru Anderson, things like the boogeyman aren’t just scary stories, monsters are her life, and slaying them is her job. But when the monsters decide to fight back, will she be strong enough to survive?

Critical Evaluation
When I was first suggested this book by a colleague, I was told that the whole series was such a good read that once I opened the first book, I would not be able to stop until I had read them all. While I was unable to read the entire series right away due to the needs of my blog project, I can attest that the prediction was accurate and I will fly through the rest of them as soon as I am able. St. Crow is incredible at keeping things fast paced and packed to the brim with action, keeping you wanting to know what happens next. It’s rare that I find a book that I simply cannot put down, and am always pleased if and when I do. The only major downfall that I found with this book is that the main character can come across as kind of irritating from time to time, but the overall storyline and pacing make it not to difficult to overlook.

Information about the Author
Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. Lili lives in Vancouver, WA with her children, a houseful of cats, and assorted other strays.

Also writes under the pseudonym Anna Beguine.

Visit the author’s website.

Genre
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Curriculum Ties
N/A

Booktalking Ideas
When Dru’s father becomes a zombie, she is forced to kill him. Discuss how you would feel if faced with a similar situation.

Discuss the relationship between Dru and Graves.

Reading Level/ Interest Age
15+

Challenge Issues

  • Foul language
  • Violence
  • Sexuality
  • Paranormal

Defense options

  • Be aware of your library’s collection development policy.
  • Be familiar with the material in question, and the context of the questionable content.
  • Assert the principles of the ALA Library Bill of Rights, and standards of intellectual freedom.
  • Consult online book reviews, and others who have read the book.
    • Feature elements of paranormal, violence and monsters. Compare challenges and defenses for this novel to others like it for ideas.

Why Included?
This series came highly recommended from a colleague, so I decided to use this project as an excuse to check it out.

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