Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard Review

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Published HarperTeen 2012
Genre: Young Adult Steampunk
Format: Hardback from the library
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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 had very high hopes for this book. It had an amazing summary with some unique points and a gorgeous cover! I went in hoping for big things, and that is exactly what I got. This book is fun and action packed all the way through. What may seem like a crazy premise is executed beautifully and makes the entire reading experience interesting. 
Eleanor was a great leading lady. She lives at a time when women are not considered important, but she stands up for herself as an independent woman. Eleanor also has a lot of sass, but it isn’t used to cover up anything or in case of bad dialogue. Her decisions are all logical and good. Sure, she does have many problems, but they are all relatable. Eleanor is a very interesting character and I cannot wait to see her develop. I loved her relationship with all the Spirit-Hunters, especially Daniel. 
The action, with all the zombies, had to be a central part of the book. There actually are not that many fight scenes, but they are described beautifully. The historical aspects are thrown throughout that really tie everything together. There is very obvious plot twist towards the end of the book, but the way everything falls into place is interesting. 
The book is perfectly paced and there really are not any boring parts. Overall, I can just not wait to pick up the second book in this series! I have big hopes for the next two books! 


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