Saturday, February 23, 2019

Review Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

Book Info:
Title: Strange & Ever After
Series: Something Strange & Deadly #3
392 pages
Published by HarperTeen
Release Date: July 22nd, 2014

In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.

With supernatural forces, epic romance, and a mysterious Egyptian city, Eleanor and her team are set for an adventure they will never forget.

It has been a tumultuous time for Eleanor Fitt since life, as she knew it in Philadelphia, came abruptly to an end. Although the Spirit-Hunters Joseph, Jie, and Daniel have helped her survive, Eleanor has lost just about everything.

And now, Jie is missing taken by the evil necromancer Marcus. Eleanor is determined not only to get her back but to finally end this nightmare. To do so, she must navigate the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt amid the rising Dead, her unresolved feelings for Daniel, and her volatile relationships with Joseph and Oliver, her demon. And it won't be easy. Because Allison, her friend from Philadelphia, has tagged along, becoming strangely entangled in Eleanor's mission.

It will take all of Eleanor's powers of black magic, and all of Daniel's and Joseph's trust, to succeed. But there will be a price.

My Review:
THAT ENDING!! WHY?!?!?!?! I am beyond wrecked right now and have no idea if I will recover.

Strange and Ever After is the final installment of the Strange and Deadly trilogy. Eleanor Fitt has taken us through her ups and downs and it’s been an amazing and wild ride.

Well, it’s the end and this book is one of the many reasons why I hate reading the end of my characters’ stories. Sure, they go to live on forever in my heart and yeah, I picture what happens to them when I close the final pages because to me they live on forever and they live on without the confines of a page. Endings to me can make or break a series and so I ALWAYS end up putting them off until the book gives me enough guilt about not finishing them. While this ending in Strange and Ever After didn’t ruin the series for me and can honestly say I can never pick up this series again with hope and joy in my heart.

I may be speaking for myself here, but when I read I want a happy ending for my characters. Except for the evils ones of course. For my heroines and heroes, I want growth and eternal happiness. I think that’s reasonable since the vast majority of my books always end up putting my characters through Hell and back, often times literally. It’s why I read YA because honestly my life sucks ass sometimes and when my characters are facing down a horde of Dead coming to life I can think “Whew my life isn’t that messed up,” and can go on living my life. Despite that, though I want them to have happy endings because again they just faced down an angry deadly horde of the undead and they deserve some freaking happiness, well let me just tell you now that there is no real happy ending in this book. My heart was crushed on the floor in a pile of sadness and yeah it hurt a whole heck of a lot.

Eleanor is hunting down Marcus to put an end to his evil plans. She’s just found out her mother dies (kind of a spoiler sorry) and now she wants revenge more than ever. Oliver is upset at her and the Spirit-Hunters are out of hope or ideas on how to bring Marcus and his horde of Dead down. It’s a crazy wild ride and I can honestly say after reading a couple of Susan Dennard’s books now she never gives me a story I expect. Great writing and imagination on her part.

Strange and Ever After was difficult for me to read for a couple of reasons not related to the ending. I was a bit annoyed at Eleanor for how she treated people and how she was so caught up in the dark magic to realize she was getting messed up. I get it she thought she was doing the right thing, but sometimes it was aggravating how much she would blame everyone else for her own stuff.

Then there’s Daniel. Oh, how I have grown to adore him over the past couple of books. He’s grown into an amazing character and was always a perfect match for Eleanor, even when neither of them saw it.

Strange and Ever After was beyond a doubt amazing. The characters are flawed but they continue to grow and that’s what matters. The writing is amazing and the story will leave you breathless and surprised for Susan Dennard doesn’t take the road most traveled at all. If you’re looking for a happy ending, this isn’t the book for you. If you’re looking for an amazing story, however, this series is amazing and if you haven’t checked it out yet….well maybe you shouldn’t be reading the review for the final book. ;D

I’ve come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, I got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (I’ll get to you yet, Asia!)—before I settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.

I’m the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, as well as the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series, I also host the popular newsletter for writers, the Misfits & Daydreamers. When not writing, I’m busy slaying darkspawn (on my PS4) or earning bruises at the dojo.

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