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October 2010

Book Lust Have: Strange Angels

I read this book in a weekend and am desperate now for the next one. It was totally addictive and kept me up and eyeballing the page until the wee small hours.

Lili St Crow has created a fantastic, believable heroine in sixteen year old Dru Anderson who finds herself alone and facing terrifying odds after her demon hunter dad is zombiefied. Assisted by Graves, a gangly boy with his own share of problems, Dru is on the hunt to figure out what happened to her dad before she becomes the next victim. 

Involving werwulf (werewolves) and suckers (vampires), psychic powers and demonic forces, Lili St Crow has created a world that is wholly familiar but also wholly entertaining. Yes we’ve seen demon hunters, supernaturally strong and gorgeous vampires and powerful werewolves before but St Crow’s take is tweaked to be that little bit different and the reactions and character of her lead, Dru, anchor the story so well that you won’t care. The writing is polished and slick and St Crow has a wonderful turn of phrase when it comes to setting a scene and creating atmosphere.

The only criticism I have is the occasional overuse of interior monologue at the very beginning which cuts through some conversations between Dru and Graves. There were some passages which appeared to be there to further define Dru’s character, but which were actually unnecessary. I had to re-read some passages to get back into the flow of the scene which was irritating.  but happily this fades quickly as the story progressed and I am so glad I persevered  as the story really picked up pace.  Can’t wait to read the next installment.

Interview at

Great online mag Girl has an interview with me on their site

Blog Tour Bus at the end of the road

Well the tour has wound up and we are all exhausted! Big thanks and virtual flowers to everyone involved. If there was anything you missed, most of the posts are still out there in cyberspace of course, so check the Blog Tour schedule above for what was on where and visit those lovely bloggers who took part.

Up next on this fantabulous blog: Interview with YA adventure writer extraordinnaire Brian Falkner

Blog Tour Oct 20 The Last Day

It’s the very last day of the Genesis Blog Tour today – what a great time I’ve had. Here’s what I’m up to……

Our glitch is unhitched and we’ve got lift off for my visist to The PhantomParagrapher where I’m talking about the boys in YA fiction. I’m sure you can name a few of your favourites.

Go to to have your say

Plus I’m also over at fellow, and award winning, author, Sally Murphy where I’m chatting about the differences between writing for young adults and adults.

Go to

Check them out and thanks to everyone for getting involved. You can still win a copy of Genesis though until November 30, just go to the Freebies tab and comment.

Blog Tour update…..

Okay so the glitch is still glitching but we’ve frog jumped to the next stop on the tour, an interview at lovely author Mabel Kaplan’s blog, so check it out here:

Glitch in the Blog Tour Matrix!

Oops, we’ve had a technical problem with the tour – who knew that could happen in cyberspace! – my visit to The Phantom Paragrapher has been delayed but Stay Tuned I’m sure we can work it out.

In the meantime please enjoy this video while you wait….

The Boy in This Story, Blog Tour Post Oct 19,2010

Today I’m dropping by The Phantom Paragrapher blog to chat about the challenge of creating a male character in heroine driven YA, let me know your thoughts on male YA characters at the end of it, go here to comment:

Blog Tour Monday Oct 18, 2010

I’m talking about heroines in young adults fiction today over at YA Reads lovely blog so shoot over there and have a look at:

The Weekend Blog Tour visits

Here’s a run down of where the blog tour is rolling to this weekend.

Saturday – Oct  16 – I’m at the Book Gryffin

Sunday – Oct 17 – Rhiannon Hart is hosting me and I’m talking about writing sci fi for YA

find that here:

Happy Blogging and don’t forget to enter the Book Giveaway competition under the Freebies tab

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