Monday, August 19, 2013


Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)Book Review:  Something Strange and Deadly

Author:  Susan Dennard
Published:  2012
Series:  Something Strange and Deadly #1
Genre:  YA Sci-Fi

The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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.

My Two Cents
I really didn't know what to expect with Something Strange and Deadly.  The cover is super awesome, but you really can't judge a book by its' cover...except for maybe this one.  I think the thing I enjoyed the most from Something Strange and Deadly was the setting and the different types of zombies or spirits.  The uncertainty of the Dead always kept me on my toes!  Like mentioned in the introduction, the story takes place in 1876 Philadelphia, which adds a very vintage flair to the plot and the characters.  Eleanor Fitt was my absolute favorite!  From the start, she knew who she was and was willing to go out of her comfort zone in a crisis or fight for her cause.  These strong heroines don't come along every day in YA literature!  But perhaps the most shocking part of this book was the romance.  I really didn't see it coming for Eleanor.  And by the end of the book, Dennard is going to make you squirm and want to throw a full-out tantrum because of the way the love interest is going.  I love it!  Very few YA authors will go this route with the main characters.  I'm trying not to give anything away!  The only bad thing about this book was the predictability aspect with respect to the identity of the necromancer.  I totally saw it coming!  Overall, a highly original and enjoyable read though, 4.5 out of 5 stars!  I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment!  

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