Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard

16159252From Goodreads:

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.


Something Strange and Deadly is definitely a surprising book. 

Its setting alone gives it an advantage, since 1846 is such a vivid time period in America. Petticoats, carriages, escorts, servants, and steampunk are just some of the things that you’ll find in the book.

It’s also written spectacularly well. Eleanor’s voice is easy to follow and relate to, and you’ll love to piece apart the mystery just like she does.

I think my favorite part of the book was by far the paranormal bits. The zombie aspect was so well done! It was even explained in a great way. It was so deliciously scary and heart-pounding. They were written so amzingly and it spared no detail!

Time stopped as my mind took in the creature before me. Lidless eyes with creamy, decomposed irises. Half a mouth revealing yellow teeth. The tatters of a brown, wool suit hanging loosely over waxy skin. Brittle, gray hair. And now the corpse lifting his arm.

I also loved the romance. It never took precedence over the actual story and it was so cute! I liked how it built up and loved that they only bickered with each other at first.

Blazes, he was cocky. And entirely too dashing for his own good- or my own good, rather.

The plot itself was nicely structured. While the undead were indeed an important part of the story, there was something else brewing… and it was really good (albeit a bit predictable).

My only issue with the book was the pacing. Sometimes it seemed like it dragged or gave you details you really didn’t want to read about because you wanted more action.

Nevertheless, this is a great start-off to a series; it’s highly engrossing and will leave you wanting more once you finish reading.






  1. says

    Can you believe I’ve never read anything that’s classified as steampunk? Amazon has this book classified like that but I’m not sure I can do a cute love story (even if it doesn’t take center stage). If it’s not stressing me out completely…then I get distracted! *snickers* That’s so sad because it’s not like the stressful factor isn’t missing from my life! ;)​

  2. Tricia says

    Great review! Glad you liked this one! I’ve seen it around & wondered if it was worth it. I’ve read some other “steampunk” books & enjoyed them. Very intriguing!


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