Something Strange and Deadly

9859436by Susan Dennard
YA Fantasy / Historical Fantasy
4 of 5 stars
Debut novel: July 24, 2012

This is such a fun read! I loved Dennard’s Truthwitch, and I had to check out her first series. It’s completely different, except for the incredible action-packed pace. I read this in just over two days!

Eleanor is Elizabeth Bennet with no fear! Her family is out of money and she must make a suitable match soon. It would be nice to do that before all of the Dead leave Philadelphia’s cemeteries to invade the town.

When her brother goes missing, Eleanor enlists the help of the Spirit-Hunters to find him because she fears his research caught the interest of a necromancer. Of course, chaos ensues.

My favorite part of this book is never quite knowing who are the “good guys.” I mean sure, the Spirit-Hunters are there to help, but how selfish are they? They have some secrets! Almost every character has two sides presented and it was fun wondering how their motives would intersect. The pace of this book is flawless, and I loved the near-constant adventure and mystery. Eleanor holds her own with the Spirit-Hunters, and although some of her swearing struck me as over-bold, her spunky attitude towards her problems is endearing. She’s quite alone but makes the best of it!

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Similar reads:

  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – Mary has lived all her life within the confines of the fences. The Sisterhood knows what’s best, and the Unconsecrated will never relent. But then a girl arrives from outside the fence–from a world that’s supposedly devoid of humans and overrun with the undead. See my review here.
  • Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis – Maren’s birthday present is her mother’s abandonment. Maren understands–she has this unfortunate habit of eating anyone she is close to. See my review here.
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – Meet R, a zombie conflicted about being undead and eating people. He’s about to meet Julie–a beautiful girl that he wants to protect instead of eat. This is a quirky and charming retelling of Romeo and Juliet.
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – Her new series is set in a fantasy world where certain people have witcheries–useful skills like being able to tell truth from lies, or summoning wind. Safi’s truth-telling abilities have her and her best friend being hunted by three different parties in this action-packed story! See my review here.

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