Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Review: Defiance by Lili St. Crow

*This is a review I wrote for Chicklish, which can also be seen here.

Defiance (Strange Angels #4) by Lili St. Crow
Publisher: Quercus
Released: March 31st 2011
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

The heart-stopping fourth novel in New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow's Strange Angels series.

Now that sixteen-year-old Dru's worst fears have come true and Sergej has kidnapped her best friend Graves, she'll have to go on a suicidal rescue mission to bring him back in one piece.

That is, if she can put all of Christophe's training to good use, defeat her mother's traitor, Anna, once and for all, and manage to survive another day . . .
(from Goodreads)

Dru has been training with Christophe, desperately trying to become strong enough to find her best friend Graves and bring him back. But no-one has any idea where Graves is, or if he’s even still alive. Dru won’t give up, though – nothing is going to stop her from finding Graves: not her stupid curfews, not the Council, and certainly not Christophe. But lately, Dru has been thinking of Christophe in ways that she shouldn’t be, especially since she’s still not a hundred percent sure whether she can trust him. Dru’s sick of being lied to and kept in the dark – but when you’re one of the only svetocha in the world, keeping safe seems to be more important that hearing the truth. Even with blooming so close by, Dru knows she’s not ready to take on the immensely powerful Sergej to get Graves back. Sometimes, Dru wishes she never knew about the Real World...

Defiance was a great addition to the Strange Angels series, and probably one of my favourites so far. I really liked the fact that we got to see more of Christophe in this one – I felt we barely got to know him at all in the previous books, so I liked getting the chance to learn more about him, and I loved how his relationship with Dru was explored. He seemed more likeable in this book as well, as opposed to his usual distant and aloof self, though of course, there was still that air of mystery that kept his character exciting and intriguing. One thing I did notice was that Dru seemed more reliant on him (and other people in general) than she did to begin with, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it showed she was opening up to people, but I do have to admit; I kind of missed the no funny business bad girl attitude we saw in book one.

Another thing I liked about this book is the way the plot developed. Whilst searching for Graves, Dru found out a lot of stuff people had been hiding from her, which answered half the questions I had and posed several more. I did like seeing Anna again, especially in such a different situation than before, as it showed a different side to her character that not a lot of people would have expected to see. Plus, Ash is a character that has really grown on me throughout the series. I started off not liking him and now, even in his Broken state, I really do think he’s a good guy, and I like him a lot more than before. One thing however is that the plot does move very quickly so it’s easy to miss things; I found myself re-reading a few passages just to keep up with it. So keep in mind that this book is very fast-paced, and requires a lot of concentration while reading.

The only thing that annoyed me about Defiance is the same thing that’s annoyed me in all of the books: waxed oranges and mother’s locket. The amount of times Dru mentions the orange wax taste she gets ever time she’s in danger, and the amount of times she refers to the coolness or warmth of her mother’s locket – I swear, it increases with every book! This repetition is something the books could really do without, because I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds this frustrating. I just wanted to tell her to shut up and get on with it half the time. But like I said, it was the only part of the book I didn’t like; the story itself was very engaging and enjoyable. The ending was especially good and not what I expected, and has me anticipating the next book already!

In conclusion, Defiance was probably the best Strange Angels book so far for me, and I hope the next one, Reckoning, will be just as good! This is a must read for anyone who likes the series, and for anyone who wants a heroine with a bit more pluck than you’d usually find in your typical YA.


  1. I haven't read this series nor have I heard much about it but I like what I hear so far :) Another few books to add to my never-ending TBR list, I suppose. Great review!

  2. Great review! I posted one on my blog this week too. I love Christophe so much so yeah I enjoyed learning more about him too. I REALLY want to know why he smells like apple pies though?? I'm sad the next book will be the last =/

  3. Ahhh! I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive. But reading your review makes me extra excited for it.


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