The spooky book reviews for Halloween continue with two more reviews.
Title: Strange Angels
Author: Lili St. Crow
Page Count: 293
Format Read: Paperback
Keywords: Hunters, Zombies, Vampires
Kid Appropriate: Teens and older
Honestly, teenage me was devastated when this series ended after five books. Not only is there a touch of angsty YA romance complete with a love triangle throughout the series but this is also a delightful mix of elements from Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Vampire Academy.
Dru is a strong female lead with occasionally questionable morals as she interacts with the supernatural world in which she is a hunter and reminds me fairly heavily of a cocky teenage girl version of Dean from Supernatural. I remember just loving reading about her snark.
Action is always at high levels throughout and the fight sequences are fun to read. There is also a great deal of travel and adventure happening throughout the series. Do not worry about it becoming too dark though as there is also a good amount of humor.
For anyone that likes the school setting like we see in Nevernight, Vampire Academy or Harry Potter then this might be the series for you.
Up next for the “spooky” theme is our next review:
Title: The War of the Worlds
Author: H.G. Wells
Page Count: 192
Keywords: Aliens, Mars, War
Genre: Science Fiction
Narrator: Simon Vance
Duration: 5 hours and 43 minutes
Younger Readers: This is a horror tale but does not have any sexual content or language.
In an effort to read more classics this year I decided to give this audiobook a chance. IT IS NOTHING LIKE THE 2005 TOM CRUISE AND DAKOTA FANNING MOVIE. I absolutely could not stand that movie and was worried I would have similar feelings for this book. Luckily, my worries were proven ridiculous.
This was far more entertaining than I had ever expected. It is a fun recount of Martians attacking England, these insane mechanical creatures and their creeping red vines are straight out of a nightmare. Our main character’s attempts to survive as he roams across England provide peril, exciting events, and peculiar characters that keep the reader wondering.
The language is older sounding, like many classic novels I have read for school, but not so much so that it was difficult to follow or felt unnatural. It reads a bit like Dr. John Watson’s recounts of his and Sherlock Holmes’ adventures. This was clearly a point in favor of this book. I look forward to reading more from H.G. Wells in the future.
Simon Vance is a great narrator. His voice is surprisingly calming and clear, carrying the reader along in this tale of invasion without distracting from the events unfolding. There is a dramatic and classic quality to his voice that increase the epic feeling. I have already downloaded another audiobook he has read. Hopefully, it is just as wonderful.
If you are looking for a fun classic or enjoy science fiction this is a great read. Older grade school students would definitely enjoy this book, whether listening or reading it.
About the Author
Ms. Winkle is an author and book blogger. Bleeding Heart is the first installment in her Guardian Chronicles series and her first novel. She has a BA in Anthropology from University of Montana, an MA in International Security from University of Arizona. When she isn’t studying she can usually be found with a dog and a book.