Friday, May 24, 2019

Book Review: "Something Strange and Deadly" by Susan Dennard

Title: Something Strange and Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard
Series: "Something Strange and Deadly" #1
Genre: YA Supernatural/Paranormal
Page Length: 544 pages
Publication Date: July 24, 2012
Date Started: May 21, 2019
Date Finished: May 22, 2019
Rating: 4.5 // 5 stars

I first discovered Susan Dennard through her Witchlands series. I binged every released book in that series earlier this year and absolutely loved them. I knew Susan had written a previous trilogy, but I'd never seen much about it. When I looked it up, the synopsis sounded right up my alley. Historical fiction/paranormal? Yes please! I was really lucky to find the entire trilogy on Book Outlet for super cheap last month and I knew I wanted to start reading as soon as I got them.

I really enjoyed this book. I thought that the plot was really interesting, the characters were realistic, and the dead rising proved to be an exciting addition. I will say that I spotted the major plot twist from almost the beginning, but I didn't care because I still was able to enjoy this book.

I think the main thing for me about this book was the main character, Eleanor. She's not in the best of situations yet she still tries her hardest to fight through. She makes mistakes and she struggles through tough decisions. Yet her heart is in the right place and she's not afraid to fight for what she believes in. I absolutely cannot wait to read more of her in the next book.

I thought we were going to get more of the Spirit-Hunters than we did so I was a tad disappointed by that BUT I still really loved them. I hope that their backstories are explored in even more depth in the next two books because they really are such complex and interesting characters.

The plot was definitely interesting. I found myself unable to put this book down because I was so interested in how things were going to play out. I think the different magical versus scientific aspects were pretty cool in how they interacted together. There were a few things mentioned here and there in the book that I think will set up an exciting tension point in the next books.

Lastly, Susan's writing style was just great in this book. It was so easy to fall into and stay engrossed in. I loved her writing in Witchlands and I found that, though different, her writing in this book was still amazing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't perfect or overly complex but it was enjoyable, fun, and definitely one that kept me up late reading. I'm super excited to read the next one and see where the story goes next.

Thanks for reading!

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