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Chill and Thrills: A Review of SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY by Susan Dennard

Posted by on July 7, 2012
Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) 
Something Strange and Deadly
Susan Dennard
400 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 24th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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.

   Infused with the romantic period of the 1800’s and the apocalypse, Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly is a thrilling read. It’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth meets the Victorian era. It’s perfect.

   Eleanor Fitt of the Philadelphia Fitts is a witty, strong-headed main character readers will love to love. Her sarcastic comebacks and unfailing love for her older brother make her an all-too-relatable protagonist and one readers will root for till the end.

   While Eleanor strongly impacts the story, what really defines Something Strange and Deadly is Susan Dennard’s plot. The plot winds and weaves. Chills and thrills. You’ll hear creaks in your empty house, leave the lights on as long as you can, and still never put it down. Because it’s impossible to shut the book until it’s done. And even then, the debut will linger in your mind, as concluding as the ending is.

   Something Strange and Deadly is unputdownable at its best. It’s unpredictable, though I figured out a major plot twist long before Eleanor did. The characters are a dynamic bunch, each with their own set of unique characteristics, and with their own story to tell.

   Something Strange and Deadly is a must-read. If there is one novel to look out for this July, it’s Susan Dennard’s debut. Trust me. It won’t disappoint.

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19 comments

  1. I do love unpredictable. With reading so many book, it's hard to surprise me with plots sometimes–guess I appreciate books that have those twists even more now. Definitely going to have to read this one!

  2. Wow! What a great review Hafsah! I'm convinced this is a book I must try! I really love the idea of the setting and the plot. On my pile it goes…

  3. The Forest of Hands and Teeth meets the Victorian era? Okay, I'm absolutely sold! x) Wow, I was never thinking of reading this book before, but after everyone's raving reviews for it, I can't wait to give it a shot! I love steampunkish books and I'm starting to really love zombies too, so I think that mixing the two together is nothing short of genius! :)

    Amazing review, Hafsah! <3

  4. I was very impressed with Something Strange and Deadly. This was my official first zombie book and it didn't disappoint. I seriously couldn't put this down and it only took me three nights to read. I am very much looking forward to A Darkness Strange and Lovely.

  5. LOOOOVVVEEEEDDDDD This book and your review!!! I actually participated in the blog tour a few days ago, and Susan wrote a kick ass and really long scene from Daniel's POV it was awesome :D

    -Jaime

  6. Sooo, I have a copy of this book, this means that I should read it, right?! I have been putting it off (along with quite a few others), because I know that I own them and that they are not going anywhere! I will read this one soon! Great review!

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