Greetings, friends! I'm here with my stop for the Strange and Ever After tour, based off the release of the paperback of Strange and Ever After! YOU CAN NOW HAVE THE WHOLE TRILOGY FOR LESS THAN $30. GO FORTH AND BINGE READ. Please.
Today, I'm here to do a little throwback to my review of the first book in the trilogy!
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Published: July 24th, 2012 by HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss! (I think. I know it was an eARC.)
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.
So, here's what I had to say back then . . . With some commentary! Of course.
Something Strange and Deadly can be a little scary. It can be funny. It can even be sexy.
Okay, I can't even believe that I wrote that. I guess I was actually 16 when I read this (I thought I was so young in 2012, but apparently not THAT young...) but still! I was an innocent child then.While I was expecting more zombies, Something Strange and Deadly definitely didn't disappoint me. It's a book that you can easily immerse yourself in. I don't usually tend to read books set in the 1800s because they feel too formal and stiff to me. But SS&D isn't. At all. The setting is perfect the way Dennard portrays it. There's gossip, there's handsome men vying for women's hands, but behind it all, someone is raising the dead.
I DIDN'T EVEN MENTION THE STEAMPUNK ASPECT? WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME? Because that part ROCKS. Susan Dennard writes it beautifully and so believably with plenty of details.Eleanor is one of my favorite female characters. Period. She's just so likable. She's not full of herself, but at the same time she doesn't spend all her time worrying about trivial things like looks. She's not a genius, she's not the strongest girl you'll ever meet, but that's why I love her. And her relationship with Daniel. There's always a little bit of tension between them. (Also no insta!love. And you all know how I feel about that.) The chemistry between the two of them practically leaps off the page.
Okay, so I could have said this much more eloquently, but I still agree with all of it, besides WHY I liked Eleanor. (There's nothing wrong with worrying about looks! I worry about them constantly. And when I said she's not the strongest girl you'll ever meet...I clearly wasn't thinking about the fact that there are SO MANY WAYS a character can be strong besides physical badassery.) Eleanor is so fun, and my love for her only grows throughout the series.The plot, while slightly predictable, is still enjoyable. This book starts with a bang in the form of a zombie attack, but the zombies kind of fizzle out after that. The story is more centered around Eleanor's experiences with the Spirit-Hunters and her search for her brother. To be honest, I think the best part about the plot is the way Susan Dennard writes it. It's so easy to get caught up in.
I mean, I don't remember it being at all predictable, but then this was also three years ago, soooo . . . Anyway. Yes. SUSAN'S WRITING. I'M OBSESSED. SO OBSESSED. She so easily immerses you in the world!My only complaint is that I felt like there were a few scenes that were entirely pointless. They seemed to have no real use in the plot.
Um . . . why did I say this? Who even knows? I think that now that I'm older and wiser (ha. hahahahahaha.) I have a lot of different thoughts about stuff like this. There are probably always scenes in novels that, to me, don't feel like they're moving the plot forward much. That doesn't mean that's true. And these scenes can actually be a really great reprieve from the constant intensity or mystery of the plotOverall: Something Strange and Deadly is a surprising novel in more ways than one. With characters that are almost impossible to hate, a setting described perfectly, and an author who knows exactly what she's doing, this is a book you don't want to miss out on. 4 stars.
I think that these days, SS&D is more of a 4.5 star read for me. It's funny, because this is actually the first time I've really read through one of my old reviews. I think I was a lot more clear on my thoughts and to-the-point, but I didn't go into much detail. A lot of my opinions and thoughts back then have changed A LOT as my mind has opened up to different things and as I've become more educated on certain topics and started learning to disregard those internalized thoughts that have been ingrained in me by the media and the rest of the world, etc.And there you have it! Be sure to follow along with the rest of this little tour, and even more importantly. . . ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! Courtesy of the incredible Empress Sooz, we have a signed set of the entire SS&D trilogy up for grabs! US only, sorry! The giveaway ends July 10th!
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