Betrayals by Lili St. Crow
Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she’s just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn’t entirely human. (So what else is new?) Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England School for other teens like her, and there’s a big problem— she’s the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn’t be so bad, but Dru’s killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide. . . …
---I liked Strange Angels, and was excited to jump back into Dru’s world. Betrayals starts exactly where Strange leaves off. The pages flew by, no dull moments and the story was just as good, if not better than the first book. I think Ms. Crow found her style of writing and the plot seemed to be sharper the second time around.
Dru finds herself stuck in a Schola, a school for the paranormally challenged…well at least challenged until their trained. Being stuck in a school where you’re the only girl can have some issues attached. Nothing’s happening though and that’s the problem. No one will train her, teach her and frankly even talk to her. Graves the one exception, and her best friend continues to be her only support system. Something is creeping on the outside, Dru can’t see it but she knows someone is betraying her.
Dru learns about hidden secrets and more of Christophe’s past that leave her confused and scared. Why is it in these paranormal stories that the guy the character is secretly attracted to scares the daylights outta her? Fear and loneliness start looming in on Dru and depression nearly drags her under but stubborn and set in her ways – Dru is bound to get some answers or escape the school altogether. I liked that Dru’s character really grew in this book; she basically comes to terms that her father is gone, and finally is able to deal with the grief. I think she grows up a lot and is ready to become what she needs to be.
Readers get to see more of Christophe as well. I’m pretty sure this hottie is my favorite…I mean come on he smells like apple pie!!! I like Graves too, as the nice wolfy friend..(not Jake, I promise) but its always the mysterious, tortured guy I want the girl with.....(and Christophe is so not Edward....a-hem.....) both of the books in this series focus more on danger and plot rather than romance and love. Lots of fights and scary stuff has no room for roses and kisses. So if your looking for the typical romance wolf and vampire thing- this series is not that! Im hoping book three will have a bit more spice in the romance department.
My one negative was the language- swearing doesn’t bother me, but when you have so much swearing it starts taking over the story it’s no longer relevant…its annoying!! It's off the charts for a YA novel. Almost every paragraph had a demeaning reference to God or another tasty curse. The characters, especially Dru- would thank God in one sentence and curse Him in the next. It got to be double minded after awhile and to the extreme where I as a reader thought it took a lot away from the plot and the integrity of the characters. Dru is a smart tough gal, not a double minded ignorant sailor……Swearing aside, it was a good story and I’d recommend it to the mature teen or adult paranormal fan!
4/5 YA, paranormal, mystery