Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1), by Susan Dennard
Publish Date: July 24, 2012
Published by: HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 388 (Audiobook about 10 hours 42 min)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing. After discovering the Dead are rising and wreaking havoc in Philadelphia, 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. Yet 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 hangs in the balance.
I mostly ended up listening to this one while reading a little bit here and there. The narrator was unfortunately a little whispery at times and at others felt a bit over-dramatic, but otherwise the story was fun and interesting. I was a little annoyed at how easy it was to figure out who the necromancer was and how ignorant Eleanor was of it, despite all the clues being right in front of her face. But I can also understand why she wouldn’t want to believe it and probably never even consider it.
I liked Eleanor as a character. She didn’t start off as strong, but rather grew into it. It was a nice growth to watch progress of the story as she went from being scared and sometimes meek to standing up for herself and for doing what is right and facing down the walking dead while doing it. It makes me really interested to see where things go with her.
I liked the romance, although it was also one of those that I would have loved to have seen been drawn out longer. I’m kind of pleased that the story didn’t end on a completely happy note in that respect, but it definitely gives something to look forward to in the next novels.
Not a bad book, overall. A little predictable – okay, a lot predictable – but still with some fun surprises and interesting characters along the way.