Series: Something Strange and Deadly #1
Published by HarperTeen on July 24th 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.
The last month I have participated in Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly Book club, as you all have probably noticed. If you haven’t noticed, you can check them out by clicking on the following links:
- Discussion Question Week 1
- Discussion Question Week 2
- Discussion Question Week 3
- Discussion Question Week 4
Now, I noticed that in all that excitement over the Book Club I actually forgot to post my own review of this book *shame on me.* and of course we can’t have that, so here we go.
I don’t read many zombie books… Okay, that’s out in the open! I am the first to admit that I love The Walking Dead, I mean that show is just badass, but somehow I’ve never been really interested in reading zombie-ish books… Boy have I been missing out!
The characters in this book—especially Eleanor—were top-notch. Of course they have their flaws, but aside from that they were strong, extremely likable and (yes I am throwing this word out there) amazing. I realised right of the bat that I would like Eleanor. She’s strong, witty, extremely stubborn and she grows so much through the course of the story! She’s not afraid to go for what she wants -as is proved by her drive to save her brother.
Then we have Daniel -Eleanors love-interest- and he’s, there just are no words to describe that guy, but I can tell you that I developed a serious crush that’s considered serious competition to my crush on Mr. Darcy! That’s says a lot! I loved how they didn’t fall in love right of the bat. It takes time and slowly it develops into something. In the book club, we discussed their relationship in Week 3, if you wish to read it, just click on the link above!
The ending of the book is perfection! I shared part of the scene actually in my Monthly Recap, if you want to check it out, you’re free to click on the link but I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read the book yet! That scene also perfectly describes why I love Daniel so much! From ‘the’ nickname to the unique relationship Daniel and Eleanor share.
Aside from all of this, I think what I loved most was the tons of themes that appeared while reading Something Strange and Deadly. This book takes place during the Victorian Era, which makes all those themes so much more meaningful. Zombies, romance, having choices, ignorance, duties and so much more!
This book is a must read! If you haven’t read it yet, I highly encourage you to do so. In a short time, it became on of my favourite reads!
-Oh! and don’t forget to aim for the knees!