Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Defiance by Lili StCrow

Title: Defiance
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Publisher:  Penguin (Imprint: Razorbill)  
Publication Date:  28th March 2011 
ISBN: 9781921518935
Stand alone or series: Book 4 in Strange Angels Series
Pages: 300 pages
Book Received from: Penguin Books Australia
First Lines:  Stick to the plan, Christophe had said.  Stick to the plan and everything will be fine. 

Possible spoilers if you haven't read the previous books

Hey Sucker. It's showtime.

The Real World is a frighting place. Just ask sixteen-year-old orphan Dru Anderson, a tough girl who has taken on her fair share of bad guys. She's armed, dangerous, and not going down with a fight. So it's gonna take her a while to figure out who she can trust . .

Dru Anderson has always been a good listener. She listened to her dad, but had to gun him down when he turned zombie. She listened to the Order, but got nothing but lied to in return. She listened to Christophe, but still lost the only friend she had left.
Time to buckle up, boys and girls. Dru Anderson is done listening. From here on out, she'll face the King of the Vampires on her own terms. And if the Order has a problem with that, they can kiss their sweet little svetocha goodbye. 



My Thoughts:
Defiance is the fourth book in Lili St.Crow's Strange Angel series, and once again she has brought us an action packed read!

In the fourth installment we are faced with the fact that Grave's has been missing for a while, Ash still hasn't changed, Christophe being his usual full on self and Dru who still hasn't 'bloomed!

Right from the very first book in this series I've liked reading from Dru's point of view.  She's a strong character that shows her vulnerability and naivety at times but is also willing to do whatever it takes to up the ante on her skills. While not alot happens at the beginning in terms of Dru being involved in finding Graves, we do see Dru begin to take charge of her life and start acting more Svetocha than in the previous books.

One thing that I both love and hate is the mention of the taste of rotting waxen oranges (danger candy)!  I find myself wondering what that would taste like but at the same time repulsed by the thought Lol and it does get mentioned a fair bit in the book.  I can understand it would be hard to describe that taste any other way though.  On another note I loved how Lili has used Gran's owl/aspect in animal form when Dru needs it most.  I found througout the book whenever Dru was in trouble I was hoping the owl would turn up!

Overall, Defiance was a great read!  I look forward to when Reckoning comes out in November of this year!

Fave Line:' His other term for it started with "cluster" and ended up rhyming with "duck". '

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