Title: Jealousy (Book 3 of Strange Angels)
Author: Lili St. Crow
Publisher: Razorbill – Penguin
Release Date: July 29, 2010
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…
The third book is infinitely better than the second. Everything is much clearer, there are specific details to focus on instead of vague confusion, and most of all, there is more of everything. More action, more romance, more story!
Dru and Graves’ relationship grows significantly, and I love the change between them. However, Dru’s confusion between Graves and Christophe, plus the awkward encounters that she has with both, added to the concrete feelings each of the boys have towards her and each other, will make for a VERY interesting explosion in the next book – I can’t wait to see how Dru handles it all!
The plot is enhanced in this book by the addition of a new character, Anna. I love the intrigue that she adds to the story; without her, this third book would be just another filler, but she keeps the plot interesting. Dru is always on her toes, and I really enjoyed the way the tension forced Dru to grow up a little and become a little more independent. Just as the second book was written so Dru could grieve, I think that this third book was written so that Dru could be more of her own person, make better decisions, and be more reliable as a tough, rough-and-tumble heroine who can take care of herself. I like her vulnerability, but I’m glad she’s growing up at the point that she did, or else the book could have been a lot more boring.
My favorite part of this book is Ash. A Broken werwulf, it seems as though he is the only one that Dru can trust completely who won’t leave her. I love his apparent loyalty and how he’s willing to rescue her despite his inability to change back to human form or to fully communicate with Dru. I also like how they have their own relationship outside of everyone else and that she is the one who is able to calm him down when he goes a bit psycho. I really can’t wait to see what happens in the next book with all of the characters, but especially Ash and Dru.
Looking forward to reading the next book, Defiance, as well as Alias Dragonfly from an ebook. Keep your eyes out for the reviews!