Defiance by Lili St-Crow
Reading level: Young Adult
Published: April 19, 2011
Series: Strange Angels #4
Reviewed by: Tynga
Source: Review copy sent by Penguin Canada
The heart-stopping fourth novel in New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow's Strange Angels series.
Now that sixteen-year-old Dru's worst fears have come true and Sergej has kidnapped her best friend Graves, she'll have to go on a suicidal rescue mission to bring him back in one piece.
That is, if she can put all of Christophe's training to good use, defeat her mother's traitor, Anna, once and for all, and manage to survive another day . . .
After another svetocha tried to kill Dru, and her best friend disappears, life at the Prima schola is painful. She does her best to keep despair at bay and keep her body in motion but it’s hard. On top of it, weird events starts to happen and more attempts on her life are made. With the many betrayals she suffered, who can Dru really trust now? The only person she really trusted can’t be found…
I find it outstanding how each book in this series gets better and better every time. Defiance, the fourth installment in the Strange Angels series, raises the bar even higher.
Dru evolved so much this time around, it’s fabulous! She gets better and stronger, starts taking her own decisions and won’t take shit from anyone. She is more cautious than ever and even though people she trusted try to take advantage of her, she still has the upper hand because she gained confidence in her own abilities. Christophe will be between a rock and a hard place this time, and what happens might break it all. Dru finally gets a girl friend and I really like her, I hope we’ll see her again! Graves and Ash are amazing and stole the show from the other secondary characters. I’m anxious to see where their path will lead them.
Lilith’s writing is raw and vivid, as usual, and I really appreciate it. It’s as badass as her characters and she always keep us on our toes with her fast and furious plotting. One of the strongest aspect of this series are the fight scenes. Lilith has the amazing ability to make you feel like you’re watching an action movie. Every move is described with perfection, which allows you to have a very vivid image in your head and gets your heart pounding in your chest, leaving you breathless.
The final battle was truly epic, and so much happened so fast I was stunned. Not only the characters fight for their lives, but they take decisions that will change everything.
The Strange Angels series pictures our favorite paranormal creatures in such believable traits that you’ll find yourself wondering… And what if it’s Real?