Something Strange and Deadly


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


The year is 1876, and 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 their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, 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 wasn’t sure what to make of this book, but I knew it was a series that I wanted to get to this year. Partly because I’d read everyone raving about it and it intrigued me. It usually would’ve been a genre I steered clear of, but when so many of my fellow bloggers were chatting about it, I wanted to get in on the action. Luna picked it as one of the selections for me to read this month (Luna’s Picks) and I decided this was the book that I’d pick to read.

Something Strange And Deadly was a really fun read. I don’t want to say too much about the plot, because I don’t want to ruin it for those that haven’t read it yet. I did think it was a completely different book to what I had anticipated. It’s a mix of humour, weirdness, zombies, creepiness and a touch of what feels like period drama. A very unusual mix. But for me, it worked. There were great characters, a good storyline and a nice pace. It’s almost 400 pages long, but I read it in next to no time at all. I was utterly gripped.

Eleanor is an amazing character. I liked her immediately. She’s funny, stubborn, smart and brave all wrapped up in one awesome character. She’s not a pushover, and I think she’ll become one of my favourite female characters. I loved her interactions with Daniel, who is also a very memorable character. I also have to applaud Something Strange And Deadly for not having insta-love. I prefer relationships to build over time. It really adds to the intensity of the story, if done well, like it is in this book.

I really love the world-building in this story, it’s imaginative, descriptive and just damn well done! Thank you to Luna for recommending this brilliant book! I can’t wait to continue with the series.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
A Room Full of Chocolate- Jane Elson

17 thoughts on “Something Strange and Deadly

  1. I really want to read Something Strange and Deadly. I’ve been following Susan Dennard’s blog and it’s amazing, she seems like a really cool lady. Anyway, there is something about Something Strange and Deadly that seems like it would remind me of The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. Have you read it?

  2. I’ve been thinking about reading this series too. It’s definitely OUT of my comfort zone, but I’m trying to broaden my horizons and stuff 🙂 It sounds like a super odd mix of things, but so does Cinder and everyone loves that series too, so maybe there is something too all the mixing!!

  3. Pingback: Something Strange and Deadly #LunasPicks | Luna’s Little Library

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