Title: Betrayals (Book 2 of Strange Angels)
Author: Lili St. Crow
Publisher: Razorbill – Penguin
Release Date: November 17, 2009
Dru Anderson’s parents are long gone, her best friend is a werwulf, 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 half-vampire 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.
When murderous vampires start showing up and the body count begins rising, Dru has to figure out who to trust and when to run–or tonight might be her last…
I haven’t read Strange Angels in a while, but this book was definitely a refresher course in the danger that is Dru’s life. I thought Betrayals was very well-written, for the most part. Dru’s voice came through extremely well throughout the story. However, there were some confusing parts because of how Dru was feeling, which isn’t completely terrible, but still made me think rather than enjoy the story. Dru was very confused in this book, which made it a bit harder to understand what was going on, but at the same time put me in the shoes of the main character. I loved trying to figure out what Dru was thinking and what was going to happen to her next, despite the first person point of view that let me inside her head. Her caution really came through in this book because of the way she tried to shield herself from her thoughts.
The majority of the book was really about her grieving over her dad, since she really didn’t get a chance to in the first book. However, she doesn’t get much a chance in this book either, what with all intrigue she was trying to deal with at the school. She was faced with question after question, not allowed to rest or attempt to put her mind and heart to rest about her dad. I really liked how Dru developed as a person and grew as a character in this book because of all the disasters that are thrown into her life. Even though the action is cool to read, I really felt bad for Dru throughout the story.
There only a little bit of awkward romance in this installment, which honestly, until the very end, I thought Dru could do without, but I still enjoyed it. And even though I think this book was very much of a filler for the series, there was still a lot of action and thoughts that Dru experienced that hopefully become important later in the series. My next review will be book 3, Jealousy!
**There is a lot of language in this book**