Monday, November 26, 2012

Something Strange And Deadly
by Susan Dennard
Published: 6.24.12 by HarperTeen
Pages: 388
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.

Inky's Blurbings:
I went into this book expecting a novel, somewhat similar to Dearly Departed, in the whole Zombie-Steampunk factor. Let's just say, I came away from this book with a whole lot of different in it. It was a totally good different for that matter.

So. It's historical America, the time of debuts, corsets and courting. YUM. I mean..Fascinating! Haha, you don't eat corsets. Moving on. I really liked the portrayal that Susan gave of the society, but thinking back, I almost feel like some of it was just skimmed. We could have had a bit more into it. We got lots of looks at the exhibition and that was really fun, but I think something was missing. But then again, maybe since I've read a lot books with this area covered that I just wanted to dive into it more. BUT, nevertheless, Susan's writing and her historical accuracy were fabo. I had a good time reading it and it gave a very fun ride for historical lovers.

You know what makes this book totally rad? Z.O.M.B.I.E.S. Oh yes. This book is full of the Undead that have been rising. The question is WHO and WHY.  I was really interested in this aspect and I honestly did not see that answer coming. And I totally thought the Zombies were really interesting to read about. However. I was a little confused about them and also this Spirit that comes into the book fairly soon. I didn't understand WHAT THE HECK the Spirit had to do with zombies? That was actually quite confusing. I was like....WHAT? And then as things progressed it got clearer and I accepted it, if a little weird and out of place. I did really like where the plot with this went. It was clever and different from the other zombie books I've read. Which is basically Dearly Departed. Yeah, I don't read a lot of zombies.

So then we have Eleanor, or Empress and Daniel lovingly calls her. Personally I DIG that nickname. It's legit. Haha. And totally adorable. I really liked Eleanor. She was easy to follow, she had good emotions, narrated well and was! I can't say that she stood out in my mind in any special way but I can say that I really enjoyed the story as far as she goes. I would have liked to see some memories or reason s why she's so close to her brother, but that's okay. It was still wonderful.

Daniel. I. HEART. He has so much potential and from this book I already know he will have some great moments to come. Haha. I can't say I've fallen head over heels with him, but I already love his character and just really liked every scene he was in. Tehe! He's adorable!!!!!!

So honestly, I will have to claim this as a fun read. It was a really nice read and there wasn't anything I'm really complaining about, but there wasn't anything that just stuck with me enough to make it an all time favorite. I'm very excited to see how things play out with Daniel things.

Content: Mild
(A bit of language throughout (including 7 or 8 instances of the S-word.) A few kisses and mild innuendos)
4 Stars

Those are my thoughts? What about you? did you like this book? Do you like zombies? Historicals Do you want to read this one? Happy Monday!


  1. Aaah!! I've been waiting for this review for days, Inky. Oh, and your challenge is almost done! Anywho, back to your review-- "You can't eat corsets, moving on." That has got to be one of the most epic lines EVER.

    I also really, really lurve Daniel--and the "Empress" nickname! Ooh, love this book--and it's creepilicious zombies--the ghosties are a bit confusing, though. Love your review, darling! (:

  2. TEHE, I gotta agree with ya. I thought the society was a little skimmed but then again I might have been drooling over Daniel...ah...*in a haze* anyways, I LOVED this one, could it have been more awesome, yes, but then again there is a second & third book ;) GREAT Review Hannah!

    -Keep Rocking! ^_^

  3. Great review, girl! I have a copy of this one at home and I'm hoping to read it some point. I like the honesty in your review and I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes you read a book that has some great ideas but it just didn't rock your universe. I actually just read one of those.

    Oh and I LOVE the covers for both books in the series. *sighs contently*

    1. Yeah. Totally get it. YAY! Thanks Ashley. I hope you like this book so much too! Can't wait to see your thoughts! YES THE COVERS ARE DARLING. :D

  4. This cover is so freaking gorgeous! I was so excited for this book and then I never ended up picking it up. I think it's the historical element that is keeping me away, historicals and I don't tend to play well with eachother. I am happy you enjoyed it so much!

    1. IT IS! Just ADDICTING. Yeah you seem more of an action girl. Lol. :D You should still try it sometime!! Thanks!

  5. Yup! I felt much the same way you did about this book. I really, REALLY liked it but it was missing that extra something that would have made me give it 5 stars. I adored the historical element (JENNI BOO) and I thought the world-building was fabulous. Oh, and Daniel wasn't so bad either. Great review!

  6. I really like Daniel too-can't wait to read the sequel and see what comes next!


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