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Reviews By A Real Teen: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
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Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
I got meet Susan at the Fierce Reads signing, and she was incredibly sweet. She was there supporting Leigh Bardgugo because she’s actually doing signings with Leigh and Veronica Roth. I got to talk to her and I got my picture with her. She also gave me a business-like card for her book: Something Strange and Deadly. I told her I would read and I finished it yesterday, August 8, 2012.
This book takes place in Philadelphia, in the era where girl’s wore corsets and carried parasols. It’s about a young girl named Eleanor Fitt and she is on a, journey, you could call it. She lives with her mother. Her brother, Elijah, lives in New York for because that is where he works. When Elijah doesn’t come home from New York when he’s supposed to, Eleanor gets frightened. When the walking Dead start to rise, Eleanor gets worried that her brother has been captured by them. Her suspicion only grows when a Dead brings her a note from Elijah, telling her that he’s not coming back and not to tell mother. She asks the Spirit-Hunters if they can help her find Elijah. They agree and along the way, even though she is trying hard to find Elijah, she gets distracted when she’s around Daniel, a member of the Spirit-Hunters. So, Eleanor, Daniel, Joseph (the creator and leader of the Spirit-Hunters), and Jie, the other member of the Spirit-Hunters have to do some life-risking decisions.
I LOVED this book!! It was fun reading it because Susan used all the language that they used back in that era. She probably had to do a lot of research for this book. It was very different from any of the other books I read, and I mean different in a good way. I’ve only read like one or two books about zombies/walking Dead and this was one of my favorites. And don’t even get me started on Daniel!!
Something’s I didn’t like…her mom didn’t care about Eleanor all that much. She wanted Eleanor to date Clarence because he was wealthy and her mom was all about the money. Since Eleanor’s dad died, her reputation had been smashed and then it was smothered into the ground further when Elijah didn’t come home. There’s one part where Eleanor gets hurt and her mom’s talking to her about how they’ll make it when she’s injured and the “thing” happened to Clarence and she was worried about her relationship with him more than her actual life. Being alive and all.
5 out of 5. No doubt about it. Amazing!!