Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1)
Release Date: July 24 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Genre: Steampunk/YA/Fiction
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Synopsis:
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.

My Thoughts:
I adored this book. This was such a great debut novel from Susan. I honestly did not think that I was going to like it as much as I did. I am not usually a fan of books written in the 1800's but this one was great. The character's were great, the plot was amazing and unique and it was overall a really enjoyable read.

The cover of this book is just gorgeous. It is extremely eye catching and HarperTeen did an amazing job with the design. This is a book that I would have bought just for the cover alone. 

The premise of this book was enjoyable. It has a great balance of supernatural and romance. Now the romance was not predominant but it's there. I have a feeling the book 2 is where we will get a better glimpse of the relationship between Elenore and Daniel. 

I am not a huge fan of Steampunk but like I said this one is definitely a great read. To me it felt like a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel.

For those of you who love Steampunk and even for those of you who don't, Something Strange and Deadly is definitely a debut novel that you will want to have on your shelves.

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