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