Saturday, February 15, 2014

Something Strange and Deadly

Happy post Valentine's Day, everyone! You know what that means? Chocolate is on sale today! YAY! Ahem. Anyways. I hope ya'll had a great VD. Mine was exceptionally laid back, especially compared to last year (went to SF to hide from all the happy couples in my life. Seriously, they were everywhere). The SO and I waited too long to make dinner reservations, so instead we took the money we would have spent on dinner and got books instead. Needless to say, best VD ever! Also, yesterday I finished reading Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. It took longer than normal because Cress came out after I started it.

Retrieved from Goodreads
Eleanor Fitt desperately wants her brother Elijah to come home. She hasn't seen him for three years, and the Fitts, a respectable family in 1876 Philadelphia, are out of money. And something worse is on the loose. A necromancer has arisen, and now the Dead are walking in Philadelphia. Eleanor quickly gets wrapped up in a deadly game of intrigue with Clarence, a man her mother wants her to marry to save the family's reputation, and the Spirit-Hunters, the people charged with protecting the city from the Dead. Among the Spirit-Hunters are Joseph, a charming gentleman with the power to stop the dead, Jie, a young Chinese girl who hides as a boy to avoid be treated wrongly, and Daniel, a handsome inventor.

I heard so many great things about these books. And I was so excited to read a book about post-Civil War Philadelphia. And zombies. I haven't read any zombie books yet, which is my bad because there are apparently a ton of good ones out there. But honestly, I think this is one of the books that fell short of the hype for me. The setting wasn't as vivid as I would have liked, being a history nerd. Eleanor's relationships with all the characters seemed rushed and a little forced to me, especially with Clarence. Eleanor herself vacillated between being a proper young woman who blanched at shaking a man's hand without a proper escort, and swearing to maids and people of high society. It just wasn't what I was hoping for. I guessed the twist by the end of like 50 pages, which normally I don't care about but this time I did. But I can get over all of this. When books take place over the course of only a few weeks it's hard for the characters to get so invested in each other and make it look reasonable. The one thing that truly bugged me was the zombies. They were not scary. I wanted to be scared of them. I just wasn't. I've heard great things about the sequel though, so I shall forge on.

Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars
Up Next: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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