Monday, June 17, 2013

Minis: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins & Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Source: Public library

Embrace the Forbidden.

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels. Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?
Mini Review: The first few pages had me iffy but after two or three chapters, I was SO hooked.  I loved Anna's character, and I thought it was really cool that the author explored the world of deadly sins and had them personified into Duke who then spawned children to cause worldwide mayhem. What was also surprising and rather touching was the emphasis on Anna's origins and how her parents--a fallen angel and a guardian angel--continue to affect her everyday life. Her adoptive mother was also a sweet, constant presence that always grounded Anna to reality. I also have to mention the development of Anna's character: as she becomes more and more tangled with the darker side of her heritage, the lines get blurry but she still manages to hold on to the goodness that was instilled in her since birth. Anna's an awesome character, and I'm excited to see where her journey leads. Also, there are hot boys in this book. Yes, boys. PLURAL. Ayyyy. *fans self*  
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: May 14th, 2009
Source: Public library
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?
Mini Review: That bit about the "two guys hungry for her affections" is a little misleading, but otherwise I really enjoyed St. Crow's Strange Angels. It has a Supernatural-feel to it that immediately appealed to me. Dru was about as cuddly as a blanket of nails :P BUT girl had her own brand of charm that I warmed up to--after being raised by a hunter and exposed to all the things that go bump in the night, it's rather unrealistic to be upbeat and cheerful. Anyway, I really liked Dru's blunt narration and even though she's extremely rough around the edges, she has a good heart buried underneath that gruffness. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so be warned: once you start, you can't stop! PS--one of the guys mentioned in the summary is SO ADORBZ. I love Graves. He's the sweet to Dru's sour and YAY I can't wait to read about where these two go. They start out as friends but there is a spark there I CAN SEE IT.

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