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Jealousy: A Strange Angels Novel Paperback – Jul 29 2010
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About the Author
Lili Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. Lili lives in Vancouver, WA with her children, a houseful of cats, and assorted other strays.
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Lili touches upon quite a few topics in this book that she doesn't in the others (or she tries to in the other books, but you know, characters get in the way, interrupting one another and everything... Ugh, darn characters!) and she fully explains these topics/ ideas, unlike in the other books, and therefore we aren't left questioning as much as we usually are *does happy dance*, especially from page 130 onwards. Combined with the pace of this story (which is super fast), I think what we might just have the best book in the series (even if it totally breaks your heart)!
In my review of "Betrayals" I said that I believed Ash to be the most intriguing character of the series and that still rings true. I just really, really, REALLY, want to know what his endgame is! In this book I thought that it was really nice to see him being able to communicate more and more (like when he kept pointing at the door and pointing at Dru meaning "Missy, you have got to get out of this room before the suckers decide to snack on you!"). Also, towards the very end of the book when he was in the informatory and his body kept shifting back and forth? My heart was so happy!
And like I mentioned earlier, this book will totally break your heart. For a number of reasons. If you are team one boy and read what happens between Dru and that boy, you will be totally happy, but then all of a sudden BAM!Read more ›
Jealousy picked up a bit slowly for me, but once the action started, you were in for quite a ride! The series is all about secrets, treachery, betrayals and what fuels most of those "situations"? Jealousy. This round gave many answers to questions left open in the previous books. Through many flashbacks, we learn more about Christophe's relation with Dru's mother, Elizabeth's relation with Anna, August's past, why are there so few svetocha, why is Dru hunted that way. While all those questions were answered, many more remains and Dru is not out of trouble just yet.
I really love the characters on that series, Dru is always trying to be strong and fight off the world, but at some point she will break down, and she will have to relay on her very few friends to help her get out of some nasty situations. Graves is as lovely and all the while sarcastic as ever which is totally cute if you ask me. He likes Dru very much but is very awkward about it, it's quite charming. On the other hand Christophe is experienced and level-headed, and while we know he cares for Dru we can't quite grasp what his feelings really are and how deep they are.Read more ›
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In the book Dru is finally brought to the main schola where she will supposedly be safe. Unfortunately for Dru there simply isn't anywhere that is safe for her. The series continues to examine the complexities in the relationships between Dru , Christophe and Graves. I wish there was some resolution there but that will be for later books. Additionally, Lili brings more discussion Ash into the book. Dru brought Ash to the main schola and has a very maternal instinct toward him. Dru needs to be needed and Ash is the only one that truly seems to need her. Be ready for some interesting plot twists in this book because it will not end in the way you expect it to.
Jealousy is by far my favorite book so far in this series (see the Archives for a review of the first book in the series Strange Angels). It was so much faster than the other two books. Furthermore, as a reader you really feel the process of Dru blooming or going through a second puberty. She is very unsure of herself but is still trying to figure out who she is without everyone else. She has her moments where she seems weak or stubbornly strong. I believe that these traits will allow all readers to connect with her and understand the story in a first person manner. I give jealousy a 5 out of 5.
+Dru shops at Target! Knew I loved her for a reason.
+Dru's inner monologues are sharp and witty, often funny. Rather more reminiscent of the first book, which was nice.
+Christophe returns...halfway through the book, but it's still a plus.
+Graves showing some of his classic snark, and acting less like an alpha and more like the witty dork we all love. (Case in point: his scene with Anna had me in stitches and in serious need of a 'Team Graves' t-shirt.)
+Also, we learn Graves' first name.
+Dru kicking ass again was a welcome surprise.
-WAY too many flashbacks
-Christophe sure took his sweet time getting back, didn't he? What the hell was he doing, sunbathing?
-Christophe and Dru. That's just creepy and disturbing on so many levels. Ick.
-Anna. Come on, we knew she was bad news in 'Betrayals'. Plus she's one-dimensional and uninteresting, making me not care one way or the other whether Dru beat her ass or not. Sergej is a worthy adversary. Anna is just badly written and lame. (It's almost like the author was picked on in high school by cheerleader and/or hates pretty girls.)
-Related to the above. There are NO female characters that are not a) evil or b) dead. I can't help but feel that if Dru had some sensible girlfriends, she wouldn't be such a mess all the time. Send for some of the wulfen girls we saw in the second book. ANYTHING. Lots of guys = one girl only works in shojo manga.
-Graves acting like an alpha. I LOATHE it. He acts as though he just drank a Big Gulp full of testosterone. Newsflash: Graves was awesome before he got all wolfish, he doesn't NEED to act like a macho jerk to get his point across.
-Nobody wondering about Graves until almost the end. *headdesk*
I await the next book with a due sense of wariness and hope. I hope Dru gets her stuff together and does what she needs to do, rather than angsting over boys. Svetocha or not, there's more to life.
My main complaint is that Dru cries. CONSTANTLY. Enough. already. While totally understandable in the first book, for her to continually dissolve in tears is getting old.
My last complaint is probably just a personal one. I am heartily sick of the ever-present love triangle that appears in far too many of these novels. Not speaking just of this series, but the "who will the heroine chose" scenario just feels totally overdone. I was disappointed that this seems to be headed that direction.
Still a highly entertaining read, and bring on the next book!
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