Defiance is the fourth book in the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow. It was published on 31st March by Quercus and the book is 304 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.
Everything that Dru feared has now come true. Sergej has kidnapped her best friend and only person she can fully trust, the werewulfen Graves. Without him, Dru has no idea how to cope with all of the madness going on around her and she knows she has to do something to save him, before it’s too late, no matter what everyone keeps telling her to do. The training she needs in order to be able to save Graves is supposed to take years but time is the one thing that Dru doesn’t have.
No one but Dru seems to care about what is happening and people are keeping secrets. People who she thought she could trust and people who should be caring for her aren’t looking like the best people to listen to anymore. Dru knows if she is going to save Graves, she is going to have to do it herself and defy the Order!
What I thought
Strange Angels is one of my favourite YA series and I am always excited about the next release and with Defiance, that was no exception. After how Jealousy left us with a huge cliff-hanger, I was dying to know what was going to happen.
I have said in previous reviews of this series just how much I love Dru. There are very few female characters in YA novels who kick ass as much as she does and I hope this never stops with her. In each book, Dru gets stronger and more confident in herself and I love seeing her progress each time and to watch how she deals with the bad situations she finds herself in all of the time. Unlike in the other books though, Dru opens a lot in regards to her feelings for Graves and Christophe. She has been quite closed off up until now so it was good to see a change in her and for her to finally look as though she can make a decision about one of them.
Graves has been a fantastic character throughout the series so far and he has come to one that I love. Unfortunately, due to the plot for Defiance, he isn’t around very much at all and although the plot was great, I was quite sad about this. Having Graves missing for the most part took much of the comedy out of the story and there wasn’t much more put in place of this. Because of this, Defiance has a more serious feel compared to the other books in the series and I hope the next one is lightened up a bit somehow.
Secondary characters were great in Defiance and I was very happy to see more female characters. This series, apart from Dru of course, has been quite dominated by the boys but Defiance gives a new character in Nathalie, a female werewulfen. Dru doesn’t get much company in the form of other girls so seeing the banter and friendship grow between the two was fantastic. I hope that Nathalie is someone who is going to be sticking around for the rest of the series. Also, we get to see a bit more from the Order this time around, due to Dru taking her place as leader and having to talk to them about certain decisions.
Jealousy (book 3) had a little less action that previous books but I can happily say that it is back and better than ever in Defiance. The plot is very quickly paced and there are things happening all over the place. I never really knew what was going to happen next and I couldn’t guess where the story was going half of the time. I really liked being kept guessing and having to try to figure things out every couple of chapters. Lili St. Crow writes great mystery aspects in her book and that is one of the things that I love the most about the Strange Angels series. Defiance is, by far, the best book in this series to date.