Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
So Eleanor enlists the help of the Spirit-Hunters. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses. Their skills can save her brother. But as Eleanor spends time with the Spirit-Hunters, and their handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. Now not only is her reputation at risk, but her very life may hang in the balance.
In Something Strange and Deadly, the first book in a trilogy, Susan Dennard weaves together vividly imagined scenes of action, adventure, and gorgeous Victorian fashion to create an entertaining steampunk tapestry of humor, horror, and romance. Readers who love Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series will be intrigued from the start.
My Review: I really enjoyed this book. If you’re not a fan of steampunk please don’t be put off by the use of the word steampunk in the book description. This isn’t steampunk like how the Romulus Buckle books are steampunk. This has steampunk elements. And I think I just won something for using steampunk in every sentence in this paragraph.
My favorite thing about this story was Eleanor. She isn’t exactly unique but she is strong willed with a mind of her own. That made me like her. It made her interesting. Since the story is told in first person that was important. Eleanor defies convention on numerous occasions to obtain information about her brother who is missing. He not actually missing but you’ll have to read the book to find out about that. She and her brother share a bond. He treated her like a real person and in 1800’s anywhere that was a big deal. So she’s motivated.
I really liked Daniel. He had me at the moment he took a fainted Eleanor home and bought her a replacement parasol. I really liked him and then I didn’t. The relationship between Eleanor and Daniel was tense. And it just goes to show that you never really know someone and love does not conquer all.
The last third of this book was action packed and crazy things happen. There are terrible consequences for Eleanor. Her faith in her brother and Daniel prove to be her undoing. And I just have to vent for a second and say that little fealty stunt that Eleanor laughed at wasn’t funny to me and I have never so badly wanted to reach in a book and slap a character. Deep breath. I’m better now.
I’ll definitely read A Darkness Strange and Lovely. I need to know how Eleanor rebuilds her life. Poor Eleanor and her bold yet bad choices. This book is about choices and the consequences of those choices. I just wish that there had been something that did go Eleanor’s way. From the moment we meet Eleanor her life starts falling apart. It doesn’t get any better through the book. This is one of those situations where for once I wanted a happy ending. Okay maybe not skipping through a field of daisies happy ending but I guess that meant that I rooted for Eleanor and she survived to pick up her battered and broken life. Maybe Eleanor was unique after all.
Zombies!!! Okay they’re called “The Dead” but they’re zombies. Zombies and it’s almost Christmas! I chose wisely with this book.
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