Title: Defiance (Book 4 of Strange Angels)
Author: Lili St. Crow
Publisher: Razorbill – Penguin
Release Date: April 19, 2011

Dru Anderson has always been a good listener. She listened to her dad, but had to gun him down herself when he turned zombie.  She listened to the Order, but got nothing but lied to in return. She listened to Christophe, and 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 it, they can kiss their sweet little svetocha goodbye…

There’s really only one thing to do after finishing this book- harass my library until they get next book, Reckoning! The cover is amazing, the details captivating, and the ending was such a cliff-hanger! There was so much action and emotion in just the last half of the book.

Not only was there a huge cliffhanger as to what Dru is going to do now, if certain characters are alive or dead, and even who is on which side, which I thought had already been cleared up in Betrayals and Jealousy. The uncertainty Dru experiences, as well as the frustration, is great to read and I totally understand; any teenager would understand – imagine trying to be taught to kill vampires while you’re supposed to be in high school. Now multiply that fear and frustration times 10, with the added factors of being part vampire, the only girl, plus one spoiled queen bee. All that emotion that Dru was feeling translated into words and into how I felt as I read the book.

Plus, my favorite character is still Ash. I’m not sure how I stand on the whole romance issue, except that if I were Dru, I’d just leave boys for other, non-svetocha girls, as painful as that might be for some people. Ash, however, really seems to understand her, and something huge happens with Ash and Dru in this book, though I can’t tell you what it is! Also, Nathalie is introduced, and I love her. As a best friend in a weird, weird place, she definitely makes the cut. As a female werwulf, even though she doesn’t completely understand the stuff Dru goes through, she makes it a lot easier for Dru to handle. She helps Dru de-stress perfectly, understanding exactly how much Dru wants to talk and when she wants to be left alone.

All in all, great book, and I’m going to request that my library get Reckoning NOW!!

~Yours Truly

**There is some language in this book**


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