Something Strange and Deadly - Susan Dennard

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Something Strange and Deadly - Susan Dennard

"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."

Eleanor Fitt is alone. Her brother has disappeared and she fears he has been taken by whoever is controlling the Dead. Her mother only cares about marrying her off to any rich man that will have her and save their families' name. She goes to the Spirit-Hunters for help and gets drawn into their world, fighting the Dead.

I really loved this book! People are calling it a 'zombie' book, but I don't really think of it that way. Corpses are walking, yes, but it's magic that makes it happen. That's the way I viewed it. Magical.

Eleanor is a great character. She isn't scared and puts up a fight when necessary. Except when it's her mother. That annoyed me, but I suppose it makes sense for that time period. Daniel. Oh Daniel, my heart does swoon for thee! What a nerdy but lovable character. Plus a bit of a bad boy? Perfect! As for Joseph and Jie, the other Spirit-Hunters, they both had spunk. I want to be a Spirit-Hunter too, and be part of that cool club!

The plot line, while sometimes predictable, was full of action and fun. There was some romance, just to take you away from the thought of the Dead. I was enthralled from the very beginning, desperately flying through pages to find out what happened next. I can't wait to read the sequel and continue my amazing journey.

Team Daniel, FTW! <3

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  1. Wonderful review!

    Thank you for participating on the tour.

  2. Thank you SO much for taking the time to read and review my book. I appreciate it loads, and I'm just THRILLED you enjoyed it!! :D :D

  3. I'm glad to hear that this was good. I love zombies and this sounds like the perfect read!

    Thanks for the review. :)


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