Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

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Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan DennardSomething Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Published by Harper Collins on July 24th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, SciFi, Historical
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Source: Library
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Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing. And when she discovers that the Dead are rising in Philadelphia and wreaking havoc throughout the city, she knows that her brother is involved.
So Eleanor enlists the help of the Spirit-Hunters. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses. Their skills can save her brother. But as Eleanor spends time with the Spirit-Hunters, and their handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. Now not only is her reputation at risk, but her very life may hang in the balance.

I wanted to put a zombie gif into this review, but after googling them, I freaked myself out. *shudders* HAHAHAH, so let’s not. But yes, this book is full of zombies, necromancy and whatnot. What was unique about this book was that it combined historical fiction with zombies. To me, that was plain different, because imagine the 1800s where adding on to the fact that there are Deads attacking the city, a girl has to care about petticoats and her reputation as well.

Eleanor never imagined herself being involved in all these, until she realized that her brother could have been captured by the Dead. So, she went to get the help of the Spirit-Hunters — Joseph, Jie and Daniel. Daniel Sheridan was of course the handsome, rugged, temperamental guy here (I might be a little bit biased because Daniel is also my boyfriend’s name AHAHA). I quite like Eleanor. I find her to be different from all the other girls in the book. Though, that’s not to say that she’s the typical special girl that all the guys fall for. It’s just that even though she’s scared shitless, she still managed to kick major ass, using a parasol.

The whole story line was pretty good to me. There were just enough details to summarize the background knowledge on the Dead and the necromancer behind them. This book seemed like the combination of horror and fantasy HAHA. The amusing scenes in this book were definitely the interactions between Daniel and Eleanor. It was definitely not insta-love. In fact, it’s more like annoyance at first sight! The romance in this book took a backseat, especially since the author probably wanted to focus on the Dead. Also, there were tons of plot twists in this book that I totally did not expect!

All in all, it was pretty amazing. My only concern was Eleanor’s relationship with her mother. It seemed pretty weird to me, like it was unconvincing. I think the fact that Eleanor do listen to her mother most of the times, made it awkward every time she rebelled. Maybe it’s just me HAHAHA. But woohoo, I honestly cannot wait for the next book!

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