by Lili St. Crow
I gathered the first four of the books in this series and decided to jump finally in. Anyway, it is paranormal YA with a world-weary 16 year old. So, certain things work, some things didn’t work so much for me. She calls everyone “kid” and she is kind of racist (though I think it is meant to be matter-of-fact but whatever). Also, there is a ton of repetition.
Many YA books have a ton of repeated phrases, ideas, issues or something. But in some books the repetition sticks out at me more and annoys me, this one had things that annoyed me. I guess it would have been better not to read it all in two days because I swear I would feel like I just read about something and she nearly repeats the phrase or idea. Hoping the books will get a bit better in that regard as we move on.
However, the story is pretty fun and like I said, I read the thing in two days. Dru is having a majorly bad time. She has moved a ton, mom died when she was young and she doesn’t know who to trust, who to turn to and doesn’t know nearly as much about the paranormal word as she thinks she does. She gets REALLY annoying at one part and loses herself in pity (which her military-type father would not have tolerated). It is understandable, but surprising considering how she grew up. Anyway, Dru figures out tons of stuff about herself and the world in this first book. She fights a lot and doesn’t trust so everything is an issue and you wonder why people stick with her. She has tons more to learn in the next one, so that should be fun, maybe she will learn a little humility! Ha!
The action is pretty wild and crazy. These paranormal rules are a little different than some other paranormal worlds I have seen so it is mixed up a bit that way which kept me guessing. If you like paranormal YA and lots of action, this series seems promising. You just have to overlook a few things to swallow the story. 3 stars stapled to the head of a zombie sent to deliver a crushing message.