Goodreads Book Description: The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…
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.
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.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
My Review: This book has been very hyped so I knew I had to eventually read it.
Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard stars Eleanor, a once higher class
girl, who has fallen in society's ranks because of the ravings of her
now dead father. Not only that her brother Eli has gone missing and the
Dead are rising from a nearby graveyard. Eleanor meets some unexpected
friends who have spent their time trying to put the Dead back to rest
and saving others from being attacked. There may be a love interest or
two. But who can Eleanor trust?
There's actually a lot to like
about this book, especially in the last third of the book. There are
some great reveals and plot twists that keep things going.
biggest issue is how the world building starts. In the first few pages
of the book, we are in Eleanor's head as she tries to get in the mail
room to see if there was a telegraph from her missing brother. We get
kind of a sense that it's older times, but we don't get a year reference
until later on. I also got the sense that we were in the South, but
instead we were in Philadelphia. Again, not mentioned until halfway
through the book. I found myself floundering to get oriented. (Note: The fact that the year and location of the book are stated in the back cover doesn't make it okay to not put it in the actual book) Also, I
couldn't get myself to like the main character. She whines and acts all
prissy, and it takes her over half the book to get over herself. Lastly,
I thought the "Dead" were zombies, but they didn't act like zombies and
I guess aren't really zombies, so that also took some time to get
Overall, the last half is much stronger than the
first half, but I haven't decided if I'm going to pick up the next
entry. Dennard definitely has some good ideas though, so I just may.
What did you guys think about this book?