Something Strange and Deadly

Something Strange and Deadly

3.74 (13,667 ratings by Goodreads)
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Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt's brother is missing. And when she discovers that the Dead are rising in Philadelphia and wreaking havoc throughout the city, she knows that her brother is involved.

So Eleanor enlists the help of the Spirit-Hunters. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses. Their skills can save her brother. But as Eleanor spends time with the Spirit-Hunters, and their handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. Now not only is her reputation at risk, but her very life may hang in the balance.

In Something Strange and Deadly, the first book in a trilogy, Susan Dennard weaves together vividly imagined scenes of action, adventure, and gorgeous Victorian fashion to create an entertaining steampunk tapestry of humor, horror, and romance. Readers who love Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series will be intrigued from the start.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 24mm | 310g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062083279
  • 9780062083272
  • 131,468

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The Dead are on her heels. Her life is on the line. And time is running out.

After her father dies and her brother mysteriously goes missing, Eleanor Fitt is left to deal with her family's declining financial state. And with her controlling mother trying to marry her off, sixteen-year-old Eleanor doesn't think life could get more complicated.

But then the Dead start walking.

Desperate to solve the mystery of her brother's disappearance, Eleanor ventures into the private lab of the elusive Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. Always a social misfit, Eleanor finally feels at home among the intelligent Joseph, feisty Jie, and extremely stubborn yet gorgeous Daniel. But the more time she spends with them, the more dangerous her life becomes.
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"Thrilling, charming, and dark, Something Strange and Deadly is a delicious sandwich of harmonious flavors. I fell for Daniel, I soaked in the zombie mayhem with glee, I delighted in the steampunk fashion and gadgetry. If you enjoyed The Clockwork Angel, you'll love this. Fantastical fun." -- Marie Lu, author of the LEGEND trilogy

"This debut novel is quite compelling and features a plot that moves at breakneck speed. The plot is full of action, betrayal, and romance." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

"Mystery, romance, humor, action, a sure-fire setting: Dennard delivers." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Debut author Dennard deftly weaves together a vast plot blending historical fiction, horror, romance, and mystery. A roaring-and addictive-gothic world." -- Publishers Weekly

"From the first page, readers will be awakened to an 1876 Philadelphia replete with animated corpses, irresistible romance and a game of intrigue. Those who enjoy Cassandra Clare's the Infernal Devices series will be spellbound by Dennard's macabre and impressive debut." -- Shelf Awareness

A wonderfully brisk pace sweeps readers into an intriguing mystery. Eleanor serves as a highly entertaining guide and readers will find themselves settling in among the undead just fine. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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13,667 ratings
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5 28% (3,852)
4 33% (4,487)
3 27% (3,691)
2 9% (1,167)
1 3% (470)

Our customer reviews

I bought this novel because I wanted to see what Harper Teen was publishing, and because the front cover endorsement says "If you enjoyed Clockwork Angel, you'll love this." Well, no. I didn't love it. I liked it. The world building is fabulous, but the romance was nowhere near as vivid and believable as Clockwork Angel. I could certainly smell the muslin and hear the click of parasols opening, so the setting was amazingly realistic, but I just didn't feel any chemistry between Eleanor and Daniel. Comparing it to Clockwork Angel was a good marketing device to make you buy the book, but it's nowhere near as swoon-worthy. Eleanor herself is a fabulous character and I was right there with her during all her trials and dramas. So if you love lots of gristly undead action, and are more interested in "stop the bad guys" than you are in the romance, this book would suit you really well. It's beautifully written, Eleanor's emotions are so well conveyed, and her growth as a character is more
by Louise Cusack
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