Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Posted June 30, 2014 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 2 Comments

Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan DennardSomething Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange and Deadly
Published by HarperTeen on July 24, 2012
Genres: Historical, Romance, Steampunk, Young Adult, Zombie
Pages: 388
Format: eBook
Source: Own
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Also in this series: A Darkness Strange and Lovely, Strange and Ever After
Also by this author: A Darkness Strange and Lovely, Strange and Ever After

1876 Philadelphia. The dead are rising. A zombie delivers a letter from her missing brother to narrator Eleanor Fitt. Whoever controls the army has Elijah. With Spirit Hunters, inventors Daniel, Joseph, and martial arts expert girl Jie, Eleanor seeks to save both her family and her city.


Oh, how I love me some zombie novels, and this one is even better because it takes place in the early years of the US.

Eleanor is exactly the sort of person that I think I would have been in that time period.  She isn’t the type to sit around and let others tell her what to do.  She asks questions, and seeks the truth.  She doesn’t show fear when obstacles are put in front of her.

There’s action and a bit of romance wrapped up in this novel.  Eleanor and the spirit hunters are trying to find a way to stop the zombies for good, especially when there are rabid zombies among the group that move faster than thought possible.  I love the mix of science and magic.  It makes the events seem sort of whimsical even though zombies are scary-ish.

I’m glad the romance didn’t overpower the plot.  There are sublte hints at flirtation, but the story still stands on trying to figure out the zombie problem, and finding Eleanor’s brother.

I loved everything about this book, and can’t wait to continue this series!

About Susan Dennard

I am a writer, reader, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. I used to be a marine biologist, but now I write novels. And not novels about fish either, but novels about kick-butt heroines and swoon-worthy rogues (I really like swoon-worthy rogues).

I live in the Midwest with my husband and two dogs (Asimov and Princess Leia), and you can learn more about my crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on my blog or twitter.

My debut, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY is now available from HarperTeen along with the prequel, A DAWN MOST WICKED, and the sequel A DARKNESS STRANGE & LOVELY.

Look for STRANGE & EVER AFTER in summer 2014 and TRUTHWITCH in fall 2015!

Note: I am on Goodreads to READ. So, if you want to discuss books and the joys of literature, add me as a friend

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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