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Defiance by Lili St.Crow

Defiance by Lili St.Crow (Strange Angels #4)


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 . . .

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 This is a very hard book to review. I am a huge fan of Lilith Saintcrow, and she always delivers her best, and there were parts of this book that is her signature - breathtaking chase, brutal fighting, explosive action.

But there was also a lot of teenage angst and plenty of confusion on Dru's part which was emotionally tiring.

This is a pivotal book is the series. Dru has to make a lot of decisions that would change her life greatly. She is very scarred psychologically, but she perseveres no matter what. The final battle was just perfect, the resolutions amazing.

However there are parts mainly concerning Christophe that made me extremely uncomfortable. There was something creepy in his attachment to Dru and her response to him. 

Otherwise, 2/3 of the book were great. I loved the scene in the baths and the end battle. No matter what, I feel relieved by how it all ended and can't wait for the next book to come out.

Favorite scene: Dru, Sergej and the lamp.

P.S. There is a great song which I think suits Dru very well: Die Another Day by Madonna.

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В общем-то, эта книга не самая удачная в серии. Дрю конечно даёт всем жару как обычно, но середина тянулась и тянулась, хотя начало было очень бодренькое. Кристоф меня вымораживал, что-то было очень непрятное в его отношениях с Дрю. Мне он совсем в этой книге не понравился. Грэйвс на самом деле смотрится с Дрю гораздо гармоничнее.

В четвёртой части Странных Ангелов Дрю бесконечно тренируется на малайках, страдает по захваченному Сергеем Грэйвсу, в полной растерянности из-за того, что чувствует к Кристофу и вообще чувствует, что задыхается под присмотром Совета в стенах Школы.

Книгу оживляли игра в "догони Светочу" вампирами, разрешение вопроса с Ашем, магическая схватка с желеобразным чудовищем, и безумная концовка с превосходными битвами на малайках, чем всегда хороша Лили. Но вот из-за перебора ангста десятки не выходит. Надеюсь, что следующая книжка вернётся на привычную для Лили колею.

Любимая сцена: Дрю, Сергей и лампа.


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