Book Review: Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1)

Posted July 20, 2013 in 3 Star Ratings, Book Reviews / Leave a comment!

Book Review: Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1)Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange and Deadly #1
Published On: July 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Zombies, Steampunk
3 Stars
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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.


This book was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a zombie book set in a steampunk setting. Sounds pretty cool right? Nope, because that’s not at all what this was. It was an urban fantasy with a little romance,some zombies and a small dash of mystery. Now, the title is something STRANGE and DEADLY but there wasn’t enough strange or deadly in this book. It wasn’t a bad book, I know I’m being a little harsh, but it just wasn’t up to my standards of a zombie book. Last time I checked zombies were scary and the zombies in this book weren’t scary enough.

I did really like the characters however. Eleanor was a great heroine, very smart and easy to like. The others were a little mysterious at the start which made it interesting. I’d recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t like anything too scary. This was more of a cutsy zombie book without going over the top.

3 out of 5

“Can’t say I’m surprised you were here. You have the curiosity of a cat and the common sense of a goldfish.”

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