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Jealousy: A Strange Angels Novel - Lili St.Crow

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Genre: Horror / Author: Lili St.Crow / 304 pages / Book published 2010-07-29 by Quercus Publishing

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      16.06.2011 09:30
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      A great third book in a series

      Jealousy is the third book in the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow. It was released by Quercus on 29th July 2010 and the book is 304 pages long.

      Plot
      Finally at the Prima Schola, Dru and werewolf best friend Graves think things could finally begin to settle down. The couldn't have been more wrong!

      Someone is still out to get Dru, because of who she is and what she can do but nobody seems to be doing anything about it. It's all well and good being hidden away but if people are still able to get to her, what is the point? Graves is the only person Dru knows she can trust 100% but as they begin to grow closer, he pulls further away from her and she has no idea why. Then there is Christophe. Ever since Dru met him, she has felt a certain pull towards him but she doubts if she is able to trust him like she wants to. With two guys fighting for Dru's affection, will she be able to pay attention long enough to survive?

      What I thought
      The Strange Angels series has quickly become a favourite of mine. Since reading the first book, I was hooked and I couldn't wait to read more from Lili St. Crow. The first two books in the series were amazing so I had high hopes for this third book, Jealousy.

      Dru does not disappoint again in Jealousy. I loved how much of a strong character she has been so far and didn't want anything to come in the way of that. She is just as kick ass and determined as ever in Jealousy, if not more. Dru has been through an awful lot in the series so far but things don't get any easier this time around, they only get worse. While trying to deal with Anna, Dru does her best to keep her mouth shut and stay out of trouble but the little remarks she says to herself are really funny and I found myself laughing a lot, which I wasn't really expecting to do. In this book, we get to see a different side to Dru which makes her a lot more relatable. Dru shows a much more vulnerable side which hasn't been shown before. This book shows that Dru has the same problems as any other teenager but she just has a lot more to deal with at the same time.

      Graves really confused me. As much as I love him as a character, I don't get what he is doing in this book. It has been obvious for the first two books just how much he likes Dru but then he gets a chance to take their relationship to another level, to have something amazing with her and he backs off. What the hell is that all about? I really wanted to give him a quick smack around the head and knock some sense into him because Dru is one girl he should be fighting to be with. On the other hand though, he is still the incredibly sweet and sensitive guy that I grew to love before and I was glad to see that being at this new Schola hadn't changed him.

      As much as I love Graves, I was bloody happy to finally see Christophe show up. I was awaiting his arrival throughout the whole book but it just didn't come quick enough. I love the presence that Christophe has brought to the series so far but it was severely lacking in Jealousy. He usually provides some hot chemistry as well as witty banter between him and Dru and I really missed it this time. His absence was justified but that still didn't make me very happy. I will be extremely sad if he isn't around as much in the next book either! Christophe is one of my favourite characters in this series and I only want to see more from him.

      The world that Lili St. Crow is unlike any other that I have read about. Although it is full of vampires and werewolves, among other creatures, it is also very real. Something which kind of bugs me a little bit is the fact that no one is ever completely normal in books, especially in the paranormal/ fantasy genre. What makes St. Crow's characters more real than others I have read about is the fact that they do extremely normal things (in between combat training of course!). In this book, we see some characters going clothes shopping and buying things like underwear. Have you ever seen that in a book before? Also, the characters have really normal habits like doing things they shouldn't at their age.

      Due to the build up of relationships between Dru and Graves/ Christophe, I really thought that the title of the book was all about this. I couldn't have been more wrong though. I loved the fact that even before I opened the book, the title threw me off a bit and this really isn't what the majority of the book is about. Yes, that element is in there too but the Jealousy goes much further than a love triangle. The whole plot is fast paced with a massive amount of mystery. Although I did kind of figure out what was going on after a while, it wasn't immediately and Jealousy really did keep me guessing. Jealousy was not my favourite book in the series but it was still damn good!

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