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strange angels

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?


 

Rating: 2/5

CAUTION: RAGE AHEAD. SWEARING AND SPOILERS TO BE EXPECTED.

FUCK. ME. THIS WAS SO BAD. I WAS BOILING WITH RAGE AND FRUSTRATION THROUGHOUT 50% OF THE BOOK. Also, I WAS DUPED INTO READING THIS BOOK, BECAUSE THE BLURB ON THE ACTUAL BOOK DID NOT MENTION NO GODDAMN LOVE TRIANGLE (OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T READ THE GOODREADS BLURB DAMMIT).

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(HERE’S PROOF JUST IN CASE)

THEY MENTIONED ‘HEART BREAKER’ ON THE FRONT COVER, BUT I ASSUMED IT WAS ONLY ONE HEART GODDAMMIT ALL TO HELL. URGH. But it’s not the romance that got me the most worked up, because the romance is, in fact, hardly there (apart from the MC casually checking the guys out). Ohmygod where do I even begin.

I guess I can start with HOW THE BLURB (OR MAYBE BOTH THE BLURBS) FUCKING LIED. I WAS PROMISED A “FIERCELY INDEPENDENT” “TOUGH GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN DOWN HER FAIR SHARE OF BAD GUYS”, AND APPARENTLY SHE’S “ARMED, DANGEROUS, AND READY TO KILL FIRST AND ASK QUESTIONS LATER.” INSTEAD, I GOT A CRYBABY WHO CAN’T DO JACKSHIT WITHOUT SCREAMING AND KNOWS ABSOLUTELY ZILCH ABOUT HUNTING.

OHMYFUCKINGGOD. I SWEAR TO FUCKING GOD, SHE SCREAMED EVERY TIME SHE FIRED A SHOT, AND SHE CRIED AT LEAST ONCE EVERY 5O. FUCKING. PAGES. And oh ya, HUNTER? WHAT HUNTER? She has a closer relationship to plants than a fucking hunter. Although, to be fair, she did manage to defend herself a little at times. But considering how badass she was supposed to be, the little amount of “hunting skills” that she portrayed was DEFINITELY not enough.

Oh yes, yes, and one other thing that bothered me about the whole hunting shit. NOBODY FUCKING HUNTS DEADLY SHIT WITHOUT DOING THEIR RESEARCH FIRST, DUMBASS. Normal hunters (i.e. hunters in other books) spend YEARS reading up on ALL their monsters and making sure that they know EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT ALL OF THEM BEFORE THEY GO OUT TO HUNT THEM. YOU KNOW WHY? CAUSE THEY’LL FUCKING DIE IF THEY DON’T, THAT’S WHY. YOU CAN’T BE A FUCKING HUNTER AND NOT KNOW WHAT A FUCKING DJAMPIR IS, OR WHAT A LOUP-GAROU IS. WHAT IF YOU MEET ONE AND GOTTA KILL IT? WHATCHU GONNA DO THEN, HUH??? It’s literally sheer dumb luck that both Dru and her father managed to survive that long.

The blurb needs to be changed to “Daft father and teenage daughter hunted monsters using their incompetent skills and survived for a long time through sheer dumb luck, until one day, he turned into a zombie. Daughter tries to find out why, but her general lack of skills and her river of tears prevent her from being anywhere near productive. She might end up dying, but she probably won’t because she has two handsome men to save her. Also, she’s supposed to save the world or something.”

Now that my general rage about the blurb is done, I am going to proceed to raging about the plot, more accurately, certain parts of the plot.

First up, WHAT THE HELL IS WITH THE VIRGIN SHIT??? Apparently, if you’re a virgin, you don’t get turned into a werewolf??????? What the hell??? What kind of lousy ass “praise the virgins, damn the others” bull is this? And they gave some half-assed explanation of the whole virgin thing too -.- Like if you’re a virgin then certain chemicals are not activated blah blah blah or something like that. That makes… Zero sense. I don’t even know what to say.

Next up, let’s just listen to this sentence.

A lady the size of a pickup truck in a massive blue parka – so large she looked practically square from the back – manhandled her kid up to the counter.

Way to add to the stereotypes about overweight people in society *rolls eyes so hard*

Also, this book is like borderline racist.

His cheekbones were going to come out and he was going to be one of those pretty half-Asians.

For the record, there are a shit ton of half-Asians in my country, and they are ALL GORGEOUS. WHAT DO YOU MEAN “ONE OF THOSE PRETTY HALF-ASIANS”. And let’s not discount the number of times I read “ethnic colouring/skin”, like what is that?????? Asians are not all one colour, you know that right? I’m Chinese, so I’m pale as fuck, and I look like a goddamn ghost. My best friend is Bengali, so she’s dark as fuck and she looks like chocolate. We have friends who are Malay, and their skin tones range between hers and mine. WE ARE ALL ASIANS. So no, “ethnic colouring/skin” doesn’t cut it.

OKAY, RANT OVER. I’M DONE. THE ONLY REASON I’M NOT GIVING THIS BOOK 1 STAR WAS BECAUSE I HAVE READ WORSE BOOKS AND BECAUSE THERE WERE OCCASIONAL MOMENTS WHERE SHE KICKED ASS. I NEED TO STOP BEFORE I GIVE MYSELF AN ANEURYSM.

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