Sunday, September 5, 2010

Review: Jealousy

Book: Jealousy (Lili St. Crow)
Stand-Alone or Series:  Series, Strange Angels #3
Pages: 316
Genre: Young Adult
Description (From Goodreads):
Dru Anderson might finally be safe. She’s at the largest Schola on the continent, and beginning to learn what it means to be svetocha–half vampire, half human, and all deadly. If she survives her training, she will be able to take her place in the Order, holding back the vampires and protecting the oblivious normal people.

But a web of lies and betrayals is still closing around her, just when she thinks she can relax a little. Her mentor Christophe is missing, her almost-boyfriend is acting weird, and the bodyguards she’s been assigned seem to know much more than they should. And then there’s the vampire attacks, the strange nightly visits, and the looks everyone keeps giving her. As if she should know something.

Or as if she’s in danger.

Someone high up in the Order is a traitor. They want Dru dead–but first, they want to know what she remembers of the night her mother died. Dru doesn’t want to remember, but it looks like she might have to–especially since once Christophe returns, he’ll be on trial for his life. The only person who can save him is Dru.

The problem is, once she remembers everything, she may not want to…
I am going to have to say, Jealousy was a great installment to the Strange Angels series; in fact it is my favorite of the series so far. All of your favorite characters are back; Graves, Christophe, Dru and all of the Wulfen from Betrayals. Anna is more of a main focus in Jealousy and you meet the Council, which consists mainly of stuffy old dudes. My favorite addition to the series would have to be Leon; a member of Dru's group of bodyguards. He is a lot of fun and lightens up the mood of the book. My particular favorite scene with Leon was when Dru took everyone shopping at target. He loves those slushies!
Dru also comes into her own more throughout the book. Her abilities and "enhancements" sporadically come out to play - often just in the nick of time. I was hoping that she would fully bloom in this book, but it looks like it is going to happen in book 4. At least, I hope it is book 4 and not 5 or 6!

As far as plot goes this book answered a lot of questions left open from the first two books. That being said, I felt like there was a lot of back story. Once again, like in Betrayals, there was a lot of repeated storyline. I mean, instead of paraphrasing, complete paragraphs were lifted from the first two books. This slowed the book down a great deal and was extremely frustrated because I was re-reading complete sequences. However, the story line made great leaps with the plot and when new things were happening it was always intense and intriguing.

It is still unclear who Dru will chose though, Christophe or Graves. I am 100% team Graves and I am really pulling for more of a Dru/Graves romance. There are a few moments between both Graves and Dru and Christophe and Dru in Jealousy, so she could still go either way. I personally just feel like Graves is a better fit for her and Christophe kind of creeps me out. Especially since he was all hot on her mother. That is just weird. 

The ending of Jealousy was absolutley out of left field and it was utterly fabulous. It leaves you on the edge of your seat and completely begging for book 4. My hopes for the next book are that we see more of our tried and true characters (Dru, Christophe & Graves) as well as my newer favorites, Leon (from Jealousy) and Shanks (from Betrayals). I am also pulling for a full on Graves/Dru relationship! Keep those fingers crossed everyone!

1 comment:

Michelle Greathouse said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this one - love the series. :)


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