In Strange Angels, Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?
Dru and her father hunt evil paranormal beasts but Dru is about to face up to killing her dad when he is turned into a zombie after a mission goes wrong. Left alone in the world with something stalking her, Dru has to rely on herself and a school friend called Graves to survive.
Can I just point out that I liked the idea of the book and the basic plot. I liked the idea of a father and daughter fighting monsters together to keep their town safe. The thought that this teenage girl would have to fight the monsters alone after the tragedy sounded good. The writing style of the author was decent enough and the story was well put together. I liked the idea of the monster fighting. It sounded like this book had a lot of potential. But I did NOT like the way the characters were written, especially Dru.
Dru was a snotty, condescending cow that got on my nerves from the start with her attitude. She has the ability to see omens of death and in this she is NEVER wrong. So Dru, explain to me why the hell you did not warn your dad about the omen before he went monster hunting and got turned into a zombie??? You could have saved him by telling him what you saw. What does that say about Dru that she wouldn't try to save the person she loves most in the world? SURPRISE he ends up a zombie and yes Dru, it IS your fault!
She seems to feel superior to all the 'normal' girls who do normal things like look after their appearance and having fun, regarding them as deserving to be monster-nosh for those crimes. Dru cares little about her appearance which is her choice and you can understand that she feels she has more important things to worry about, but there is no need to say that girls deserve to die because they like shopping or brushing theur hair! Sounds like what you hear from people saying that girls who wear short skirts deserve to get raped. Nice Dru, you really are nasty. These girls are just living a life where they don't know about the monsters so it is pretty nasty to blame THEM for your crap life!
Then there is the way she continually puts Graves down. She says he'll be cute when he grows up, indicating that she thinks he is ugly now. This guy tries to be your friend and look out for you despite your attitude. He tries to help you fight the monsters and gives you a safe place to go. The guy has done everything to help you and you are such an ungrateful snot! Why the hell would he want to be her friend? Dru at one point comments that asians are half breeds and I found this very offensive.
I got so tired of her attitude that I didn't want to even see what happened next. Dru is a trully nasty character that I could not relate to in any way and I didn't care if she lived or died. This is not what I look for in my book heroines. This book had great potential to be a decent YA read but sadly I could not get past Dru's attitude.