Sunday, May 22, 2011

Betrayals Review

Betrayals by Lili St. Crow
4 Stars
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 Schola 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?
The second book in the Strange Angels series stays true to the characters introduced in the first book.  This one picks right up after Dru and Graves have been in Schola, a boarding school of sorts for dhampirs, svetocha and werwulfen, for about a week.  They should be safe there, but when was the last time that was true?  And it isn’t going to be now either.  Because Dru is supposedly the only svetocha, she is precious and very valuable, and everyone is sworn to protect her.  Except that doesn’t seem to be the case.  Guards don’t show up when they’re supposed to and she’s being fed lies by the people that should be trusted.  
There seemed to be a lot of redundancy in this book.  The same lines, almost word for word, show up chapter after chapter.  The romance aspect of the story doesn’t show up yet, although you can see the twinkling of something starting up.  (I love love stories and wish there was more of it in here)  The characters stay true to themselves and I enjoyed their growth.  Graves goes from nerdy Goth boy to something quite different.  Dru is still the tough girl, but clinging to memories and feeling of the past.  She is more vulnerable than she would like, but she accepts it better than most would.  A new cast of characters are introduced and I immediately adored werwulf cutie, Dibs and knew Shanks would grow on me.  Luckily, Christophe is back and just as cryptic and swoon worthy as ever.
I read this back to back with Jealousy, the 3rd book, as though they were one book.  And I would recommend that for anyone else.  These two books really could have been combined into one.  

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