Review: A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard

Posted July 8, 2014 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 2 Comments

Review: A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan DennardA Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange and Deadly
Published by HarperTeen on july 23, 2013
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Magic, Romance, Steampunk, Young Adult, Zombie
Pages: 406
Format: eBook
Source: Own
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Also in this series: Something Strange and Deadly, Strange and Ever After
Also by this author: Something Strange and Deadly, Strange and Ever After

Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone.

bookreviewA Darkness Strange and Lovely is full of surprises and new characters.

I was worried about Eleanor’s choices throughout this book.  She’s still struggling with the deaths of Elijah and Clarence.  She also has to constantly watch over her shoulder for Marcus to show up.  I absolutely love Oliver.  We meet him pretty early on.  He’s sarcastic, and doesn’t let Eleanor push him around.

I really enjoyed Eleanor’s time in Paris.  She’s got things she’s trying to hide, and is also scared of losing her friends.  The dynamics of all the relationships (friend/romantic) worked really well.  I also feel like you can learn to overcome preconceived notions by reading Eleanor’s story.  Not everything is black and white.

I really enjoyed this book.  We learn about love, loss, and what friendship means.

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.

2 responses to “Review: A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard

  1. Oh! I’ve seen this author before! She does writing segments and answers aspiring writer’s questions for Camp NaNoWriMo! Glad the novel lived up to the name- thanks for the review!

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