Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Book Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062083260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062083265
  • Buy the book: Amazon

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 the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome 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 no idea what to expect from this book when Andye gave it to me. I love the cover, but then I'm getting very tired of seeing a girl in a dress. From the very first page, this book starts out fast, with vampires and intense action. From the moment I started reading Something Strange and Deadly I could not put it down. I loved the story, the era, the steampunk aspect, it just all around is a great story.

Eleanor Fitt has been very troubled ever since her brother has gone missing. She and her mother are almost out of money and now her mother wants Eleanor to marry, just so they don't starve to death. Eleanor has a lot of pressure on her shoulders. She thinks The Dead has something to do with her brothers dissapearence. Eleanor seeks help from the Spirit-Hunters, Joseph and Daniel. Daniel and Eleanor have wonderful chemistry from the get go. What I mean is, is that they butt heads and get in each others way. They are frustrated with each other, yet also drawn to each other. While being drawn to Daniel, Eleanor's mother wants her to court Clarence. Clarence is very handsome and very wealthy. So naturally, Eleanor's mother thinks this would be a perfect match. Daniel is poor but Eleanor doesn't care, he is a mind-blowing genius. All of Eleanor's boy troubles doesn't match what is going on with The Dead. Daniel makes cool gadgets to seek and destroy the vampires. While looking for her brother, Eleanor and the Spirit-Hunters get into death defying situations. This book will have you biting your nails for sure.

If you like the Clockwork Series by Cassandra Claire or The Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross, then you will most definitely love this book.

5 out of 6 chess pieces

Violence: Moderate
Profanity: Minor
Sexual: None


  1. I do! I do! Lady Cross's series is FAVORITE ever! Thank you for this review Amy! Good stuff. I love the covers on this series too, they are gorgeous!

  2. I have this book and need to read it still! Fabulous review. I love a book that keeps me on edge!!

  3. This sounds like a fun book, I'll have to keep an eye for this one in the store. Great review Amy :)

  4. I liked this story a lot too-love anything even remotely steampunk. Now I can't wait for the sequel!

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