Monday, January 28, 2019

Book Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Title: Something Strange & Deadly
Series: Something Strange & Deadly #1
388 pages
Published by HarperTeen
Release Date: June 25th, 2013

There's something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she's just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she'll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

My Review:
Susan Dennard’s work in new to me. I believe I got grabbed this book last time I was at RT and was a little excited since a lot of people seemed to enjoy this book a whole lot. Something Strange and Deadly was a beautiful book that I enjoyed from start to finish.

Eleanor Fitt is an amazing heroine. She’s strong and fast and when she makes a mistake she works her hardest to fix it. Eleanor struggles with taking care of her mother and finding out what happened to her brother. Meanwhile, the dead are rising and she doesn’t know who to turn to. When Eleanor meets Daniel and the Spirit-Hunters things begin to change for her. Now Eleanor has a way to discover why her brother is being used by a necromancer.

Daniel is an interesting character, to say the least. He gives Eleanor a hard time from their first meeting, trying to put her in a snooty spoiled brat box. That doesn’t really work out for him much. Daniel is super smart and an amazing inventor, but he’s very broody and mostly not a people person. He’s got a dark past that puts him on the wanted list and I adored him.

If you’re looking for a hot and steamy romance you won’t find it here. Eleanor and Daniel have that slow building romance that’s very discrete and half the time you aren’t sure they even like each other. Seriously though their romance is adorable and I think the romance was perfect for the story. There’s a lot going on and Eleanor isn’t the type of girl to sit back and give in to romantic notions.

Something Strange and Deadly is definitely a book you need to pay attention to the details in. A lot goes on throughout this story and if you aren’t paying attention you may have to go back and re-read the story like I did a couple of times.

Also, I’m not super up on the lingo for the Victorian era so sometimes the things that were going on confused me a bit. Thankfully that didn’t stop me from fully engaging in the story, I would just have to stop and look up terms from time to time.

This story was amazing. The storyline was wonderful and kept me guessing the whole time. I was constantly surprised and going “holy smokes did that really just happen?” After reading so many books all the time sometimes that feeling of surprise begins to fade, but that does not pertain to this book. There are social class struggles where Eleanor’s mother tries to marry her off because they’re poor. There are a lot of issues dealing with how the idea of friendship works because people only want to be your friend if it gets them something.

If you haven’t been on my blog long then you don’t know this but I am not into zombies, at all. I can’t stand them, and I rarely read about them. Something Strange and Deadly has zombies all over this book and the fact that I still enjoyed this book is telling because seriously I can’t stand zombies.

Loved this book and I cannot wait to get the next one and start reading. Susan Dennard is definitely on my watch list.

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.

She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands as well as the Something Strange & Deadly series. When not writing, she can be found slaying Darkspawn on her Xbox or earning bruises at the dojo.

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