Original Title: Something Strange and Deadly
Year Published: 2012
Published by: Harper Teen
Number of Pages: 388
First Sentence: “Dead!’ a woman screamed.”
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
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 absolutely loved this book. I was a little apprehensive due to the zombie thing, I don’t like zombies, but it was brilliant.
Eleanor is an amazing main character and very easy to like. She is shown to handle a difficult situation in a very realistic and human way. Yes, she is the heroine but she doesn’t go all badass when first confronted with the walking dead. Sure, she does find an inner strength later on (spoilers) but guess what? She is still terrified of what has been previously unknown to her and that is such a relief. She still gets the job done, though, which makes her an honest and believable heroine.
The Spirit-Hunters are such lovely trio of characters. The leader, Joseph, is a proper gentleman that will quickly endear himself to you. Jie is such a great characters with layers you’ll just love, but I’m saying no more because of spoilers. And Daniel, oh what to say about Daniel. I can see why Eleanor has such a hard time resisting him. What an infuriating yet heart melting lad he is. He is also quite sassy which is lovely.
The plot is grand and will keep you very entertained. I could never have predicted the ending if I’m to be honest. It was written beautifully and the tempo was perfect. It was balanced so that you had time to catch your breath between the action-packed parts but it never got slow enough to be boring. I loved how Dennard had mixed the ideas of necromancy, souls and zombies together to create a new and fresh take on it. I also loved that it was set in the 1800s instead of modern times. It gave a nice twist to the story.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I really do.