Something Strange and Deadly
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge, 2012 Historical Fiction Challenge
Rating: 4 stars
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.
Something Strange and Deadly was a fabulous debut from Susan Dennard. This was one of those books that you can’t help but to read it all in one sitting. From the first page, Susan Dennard captivated me with her gorgeous prose and bewitching story.
I loved the plot of Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. It was enticing and really intriguing. I loved the whole science aspect of it with the Spirit Hunters – all the different inventions were SO COOL. Susan Dennard‘s zombies are really cool. They are different from your typical zombies, which I enjoyed as I’m not super crazy about the whole zombie thing.
The one thing that kept me from absolutely loving this one was the predictability in terms of the villain. I thought I guessed it early on, but thought, no, that is WAY too obvious. Then it turns out I did.
The characters were marvelous. I am very excited to see how their relationships develop in book 2, A Darkness Strange and Lovely. I really enjoyed Eleanor or rather “Miss Fit”. She was such a strong and quirky character. I also loved the play on Eleanore’s formal name of “Miss Fit” which shows how she isn’t the ideal women in the Victorian era. I loved it! Daniel and Jie are two more awesome characters. I love how diverse they were. They both had such interesting stories to tell.
Fans of Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle Trilogy and Marissa Doyle’s books will devour this one. It was such a joy to read. I am very excited for more from Susan Dennard in the future!