something strange and deadlyTitle: Something Strange and Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard
Rating: 4.5/5
Pages: 388 (Hardcover)

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 absolutely loved this book! It went by far too fast but it was thoroughly satisfying, gory, and heartwrenching. This book…. is exactly what the book doctor perscribed for my reading slump that I’ve bee experiencing. It was exciting, thrilling to feel an author wholly enjoy writing the story. You dont come across many authors that can do that.

The characters…. were amazing. None of them white or black but a dizzing array of greys I absolutely loved them all. At first I was skeptical as to what Eleanor saw in Daniel Sheridan but boy, I was head over heels along with Eleanor. Dennard wrote some intense moments between the two that had me grinning.

The plot itself was winding like Philadelphia’s streets (or I imagine they are so) but it developed Eleanor’s relationships quite well even though i found her reactions a bit over the top, I still enjoyed her. The ending was intense, bitter, bittersweet, and still has me reeling from it all. Absolutely. Can. Not. Wait. For. The. Next. Book. And its coming out soon!

~Tally

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