Mon, December 16, 2013

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard Review

Something Strange and Deadly book cover

Something Strange and Deadly book cover

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1)
By Susan Dennard
Publication date: July 24, 2012
HarperTeen, 388 pages
Source: Publisher

The year is 1876, and 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 their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

— Goodreads.com description

Ooh, I waited far too long to read this one!

The title and look of the cover made me think it was steampunk, which turned me off. But it isn’t quite — phew. But I guess there’s still something about the Victorian era that just doesn’t do it for me. Not sure why those genres don’t interest me — I’ve tried to pinpoint it, but can’t!

Still, I totally devoured Something Strange and Deadly and its sequel, A Darkness Strange and Lovely, back-to-back in just a few sittings.

The action was intense, the plot twists interesting and the grittiness of it all quite fun (it is a zombie story, after all).

I enjoyed it, and definitely look forward to the third in the series, Strange and Ever After, coming out next summer. Susan Dennard’s writing impressed me!

Again, the setting just isn’t my jam, so it wasn’t a favorite, but for those of you who gobble that up in your YA, you should definitely check it out.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: family, paranormal, romance, susan dennard, zombies
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  1. Anna said:

    Just dawned on me that maybe you don’t call it the Victorian era when the first book is set in the U.S.? Is that British only? Ahh, forgive my lack of history knowledge. Either way, you know what I mean!

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  2. Melody said:

    So glad you loved both SSaD and ADSaL! I devoured those too!

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  3. Jamie said:

    Ah I definitely loved the setting which is why I probably loved this one more than you! But I’m so happy you liked it! I could NOT put them down either!

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  4. Alwyn said:

    I realy loved this one! I used to be a much bigger fan of the Victorian setting but I think I OD’ed on it at some point after Clockwork Angel and stopped making an effort to pick it up. But having this one set in the US instead of London totally refreshed it for me. I also love love love anything with an inventor boy and a bickery love relationship so this kind of did me in. Also the fact that the Zombies were magic related and not science…basically I didn’t stand a chance against this book. As a side note you should check out the short prequel “A Dawn Most Wicked” featuring Daniel on a Mississippi steamboat and the formation of the Spirit hunters. It’s really fun too!

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  5. Judith said:

    I can totally relate to what you said about a certain genre/time period not working for you. I actually don’t really like zombie novels, but this book has been forced on me by multiple bloggers, so I will check it out anyway. Glad you still enjoyed it. 🙂

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  6. Liz said:

    I do love a Victorian setting, and I’ve heard many wonderful things about this one. I need to just pick it up already.

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  7. Alexa Y. said:

    I read this book earlier in the year, and fell in love with it! I think Susan’s done a great job writing Eleanor’s story and I can’t wait to find out what happens in Strange & Ever After.

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