Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Something Strange and Deadly
Susan Dennard
HarperTeen
[July 24, 2012]

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 really wanted to adore this book. But sadly it was missing something for me.

I liked Eleanor. I liked the inner struggle she had and everything she had to learn about herself. She was determined and brave and loyal. I really appreciated that, but she didn't stand out to me from other protagonists.

The story itself was definitely interesting. While there are plenty of zombie books out there, most of them aren't historical fiction and very few that I've read involve necromancy. There was also a very personal aspect to this that made it more intriguing. I was curious to see how it would turn out and I was impressed.

Honestly, the romance aspect was the most interesting. There was one real love interest and one character who had potential, but he was just too suspicious. However, I really liked both of them and wanted more of them. I wanted to know everything about them and found them fascinating. If the books were in one of their perspectives, I would be a very happy reader.

Something just didn't click for me, though. I think it might've been Eleanor. As interested as I was in the story and invested as I was in the love interest and...other, I was never really interested in her. To me, she just seemed like a vehicle for the story.

This was a really good story and it was well written. I enjoyed it for the most part, I just never connected with Eleanor as a protagonist. But that's probably a Me thing. I definitely recommend checking this one out, overall.

--Julie

4 comments:

  1. It's too bad when a book has everything you like on paper, but lacks that connection to make it amazing. This book does look interesting, though.

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  2. Sorry this one wasn't a win for you. I can't wait to read it and see what I think. Always love your nice, honest reviews. :)

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  3. Awww, that is sad that Something Strange And Deadly just did not cut it for you. Better luck next time, I guess. :-(

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  4. I've seen mixed thoughts about this one, I think I might check it out just for the romance. Thanks for the honest review!

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