Monday, August 6, 2012
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Hardcover, 388 pages
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Published by: HarperTeen
Description (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.
I usually don't like books that are historical fiction, I don't know why, but I just have never been able to get into them. I am happy to tell you that I had no problem getting into Something Strange and Deadly, it was completely amazing!
The setting was great, I really enjoyed reading all about the horse drawn carriages, and the lovely fashion. It was also cool to hear about all of the Spirit-Hunters inventions, like Daniel's goggles that make you able to see if a spirit is around.
Eleanor was a good main character. She had to live by societies rules that made women second class citizens and had to abide by so many dumb rules. But then Eleanor seriously impressed me and sort of rebelled, she fought the Dead, and she did this wearing a long gown and corset, that is a pretty tough thing to do I would imagine!
Daniel was kind of a jerk sometimes, especially to Eleanor, but as he got to know Eleanor, and learned that she isn't a princess, he was actually very sweet and I actually liked him. I was so glad to see that he and Eleanor didn't have that whole instant love thing that happens quite a bit in young adult fiction.
The whole take on zombies was completely different in the story as well, a necromancer was raising the dead right from there graves, instead of a disease or something making someone turn. It was nice to see something different.
Something Strange and Deadly was a captivating, exciting tale that will make you hungry (hee hee, zombies being hungry, get it?) for the next book in the series!