Monday, April 11, 2011

Review: Betrayals by. Lili St. Crow

 Title: Betrayals (Strange Angels #2)
Author: Lili St. Crow
Publication Date: November 17, 2009
Pages: 296 
Genre: Paranormal
 Rating: image

Synopsis from Goodreads: She’s no angel . . .Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she’s just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn’t entirely human. (So what else is new?) Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England School for other teens like her, and there’s a big problem— she’s the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn’t be so bad, but Dru’s killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide. . . Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust—and maybe even her heart?
Review: First order of business: Team Graves! Now that that is out of the way I can get on with the review. To put it simply, this book is a bone-fide work of awesomeness. Seriously, I find it amazing what Lili St. Crow is able to do with the plot and the different characters she throws into the mix. And not to mention fit in not only a romance but a love triangle!

Yes, of course the plot and the mystery is what makes up every great paranormal read, and this book was no exception by far. It was one of those books that doesn't need to have a million different directions and things going on for you to be totally engaged. Dru goes from the whole "life on my own take no prisoners lifestyle" to something completely different learning that you are the only ultra special svetocha  in the world. Yep, imagine being told that you are and have been all your life a part of the very group of night crawlers that you have been hunting and killing since you were 3. But oh wait, you're precious, that's what they keep on telling her. Well, Dru doesn't feel very precious being thrown into an all boys delinquent school and being followed and told NOTHING at all about her circumstances. But that's okay, apparently everybody thinks Dru is a little too precious to know why she is so precious, why she is wanted dead, and why no one wants to tell her anything. But then again, if you were stuck in a delinquent male boarding school in hiding from a deranged 1 million year old vampire who wants your blood for power while the only two people in the world that you trust seem to be deserting you, you wouldn't want the details either would you...oh wait, of course you would!

Best part by far was the great range and distinctness of the characters. The new characters mixed in great with the book. But of course I couldn't forget my favorite character good o' Graves. All of my favorite parts of the books are the parts when he's featured. Though I was annoyed by him in the beginning when it seemed he and Dru were drifting apart, he quickly made up for it. And then there's Christopher, some exciting news about him is revealed and he still remains the mystery he was in the first book, but Dru has a few more leads into her getting to know what he's really all about!

I have to give Ms. Lili St. Crow props for busting out an engaging and exciting sequel to her equally fantastic Strange Angels. I can't wait for what the series has in store next!!!

Recommendations: If you read the first book do not do what I did I keep this book collecting dust in that TBR pile. It is an immediate must read!!!

Overall: 5/5 Stars!

Characters: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Originality: 4/5
Entertainment: 5/5
Ending: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Cover:  4/5

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday's Question of the Day: Female vs. Male Perspective

Do you prefer Female or Male Perspective?

I am really 50 50 on this one. I mean a large large majority (95%) of the books I read are written from a female point of view (with the exception of the books that are written in both perspectives). And its not like perspective is really something that is going to make me choose one book over another but I think there is just something different about reading a book from a girls POV. Maybe its because I feel like I can relate more to the characters, but I sort of think it is because (this is just my opinion of course) girls in general have a very different way of seeing certain topics and adjusting their heads accordingly to different situations (if that makes sense?). The way a girl would see a situation in a book can be a 180 degree turn from the way a guy would see it. I mean I have yet to even come close to deciphering the male mind and though great books like Beautiful Creatures that are written in male POV makes me want to check out some more books like that, books with a a girls POV have me questioning the judgment of the character a little less since I guess I "know where they are coming from". The female mind spectrum is light-years away from the males, but really I think I like both perspectives equally...almost!

What do you guys think about the two perspectives? Do you have a preference, or are you indifferent to the whole discussion lol? Let us know!!!  

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