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Gr 8 Up-This novel is a cool mixture of Victorian mystery/romance and zombie story. It makes for a sort of steampunk feel. It has suspense and is a mystery in the lightest sense of the word but the fun is in its blending of genres with the cosseted elite mixing with the zombie hordes. Eleanor Fitt is in a troublesome spot. Her brother is missing, her mother refuses to acknowledge the sorry state of their finances and is trying to marry her off to the highest bidder, and the dead are walking. She goes to the Spirit-Hunters determined to find out what really happened to her brother. Instead of answers she finds more questions: Why are the Spirit-Hunters here? Are they causing the trouble with the dead, or are they simply patsies? And, more importantly, why is everyone associated with her brother dying in such a dramatic way? Eleanor is strong willed and inquiring, and the situations mirror the Victorian sensibilities well. Give this novel to anyone who likes a light zombie story with a pinch of romance.-Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Oh. My. God. IN LOVE! This book takes the walking dead to a whole new level! This whole book keeps you on the edge of your seat… chewing your nails waiting to see what is going to happen next…This book is a MUST read. (Melissa, bookseller at Mysteries on Mainstreet)

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))

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)

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)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1349 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (July 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073FU1MM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world--six out of seven continents, to be exact (she'll get to Asia one of these days!)--before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.

She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series (from HarperTeen) as well as the forthcoming Witchlands Series (Tor, 2015). When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, exploring tidal pools, or earning bruises at the dojo.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on September 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Right from the start Eleanor grabbed me and pulled me into the story, so much so that I was actually able to ignore my sister's dogs while they barked. There was no waiting to get into the story, right off the bat you have mystery and intrigue that you don't want to put the book down. Luckily the book keeps up with the jump-out-of-your-skin action.

As much as I loved Eleanor, I disliked her mother who was almost comical the way that she tried to push Eleanor into a relationship and a marriage. I could see how she meant well, but it was through her mothers own faults that the family was in the financial ruin that they were. I admired that although her mother seemed to care more of marrying her off than she did of Eleanor, she still seemed to want to make her mother happy.

Lastly, I don't even know how to find words to talk about Daniel. I loved that as many times as he came to her rescue, she came to his as well. I thought it was interesting how their lives intersected and how Eleanor gave him the chance to explain his side. But I'm not telling you more because you have to find out for yourself.

I loved this book so much that I went out and bought the hardcover the day after it came out. When my mom asked me why I needed to buy the book when I had the ARC, I told her that I wanted to start supporting my favorite authors because the more books they sell, the more books we get.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on July 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
O to live in a world where those fences around the cemeteries are to keep the dead in. Eleanor lives in a world where sometimes the dead don't stay that way. But now instead of the occasional dead rising out of its grave. They have an entire cemetery to deal with. When this book began I thought it was going to be on the funny side. As Eleanor is delivered a letter by non other than a Zombie. I just thought that sounded funny. But, this story is far from humorous. It tells the tale of a girl who doesn't act like a lady, Zombies are running a muck, and a brother who has gone missing. Toss in some light romance, a few more zombies, and some magic and you have this book summed up pretty well.

I have to say that I did love this one. Its one of those books that almost anything can happen to the main cast. And that makes the book even more real! So don't think that just because there are zombies and magic that you won't be drawn into this dark, mysterious read!

I have to say that I really did love the characters. Eleanor, Daniel, Jia, and Joseph were great! I did think that the plot was a little predictable no matter how much the author tried to make it not. The world building was AWESOME! Taking a time when it was common knowledge that sometimes live people get buried and turning it into a zombie book was great! It was one of those things that makes you think. Wow why didn't I think of that?!

Dont worry about getting lost in this one as the writing is very straight forward and easy to follow. You won't get lost! The POV is all in one person so there is no jumping around. The ending was unexpected and I have to say I didn't see it coming.

This was a perfect blend of fantasy, steampunk, and well the dead!

Go Into This One Knowing
Go into this one knowing that Teams will not be necessary. Also know that you will learn how to take out a zombie. Go for the knees!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert on July 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I got a copy of this book to review through the Amazon Vine program. This was an absolutely wonderful book; I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a wonderful blend of horror/historical fantasy/steampunk/walking undead with a little romance thrown in. The heroine is absolutely wonderful and I loved reading about her. The world is creative and interesting and the plot incredibly well done. The second book, A Darkness Strange and Lovely, is due out in 2013.

Eleanor Fitt has more to worry about than your average Victorian young lady; her brother has gone missing, her family is nearly destitute, and her mother wants to solve the problem by marrying her off to a rich young man. This is nothing though compared to the problems plaguing the city; the dead have started rising and they are hungry. When Eleanor suspects that her brother is somehow involved with the Dead she hunts down the group of Spirit Hunters for help.

I loved this book. It was fast-moving, had a wonderful plot, wonderful characters, and was very creative. There is witty banter and humor woven throughout the story that made it a lot of fun to read. The walking dead in this novel aren't the result of a strange infection but are instead the result of necromancy. They don't spread infection but they are still incredibly hungry for human flesh.

Eleanor is an absolutely wonderful character. She tries to be a proper lady and even goes along with her mother trying to hook her up with the rich Clarence. Still she is determined to find her brother (who is also her best friend) and she will stop at nothing to find him. She ends up sneaking in visits to the Spirit Hunters in between her normal errands and house calls.
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Format: Hardcover
I love the dress in the cover, but when you look closely, the model's face looks slightly sour. There are also clockwork gears in the background if you noticed, which I thought was a nice touch. What I love the most though has to be the spine.

I loved the dialogue, really suited the Victorian Era setting (I think I'm falling in love with books set in the Victorian Era).

Set in 1876 Philadelphia, it was a sort of steampunk in the Victorian Era (but isn't steampunk usually in the Victorian Era?). I loved the setting, it had to be one of my favourite things about the book. The events of the story are set in the time of the Centennial Exposition (the first official World's Fair in the United Sates). And I really enjoyed hearing about all the exhibitions, like the Women's Pavilion (the first exhibition showcasing women's work at an international exhibition) and then finding out it's actually all based off the actual Centennial Exposition and all the places mentioned did exist. People also knew about the existence of zombies and that added more feeling to the world.

I was so caught up in the beginning of the book and could not put it down. Although one or two things were predictable, overall I did not predict many of the twists and turns and revelations that occurred.

Main Character:
Eleanor (love her name by the way!) was raised in high society and her mother has many expectations of her, their family fortunate has perished and it's up to Eleanor, with her brother being missing, to marry a rich suitor to save their family. Eleanor has always listened to everything her mother tells her but when she starts to see what's truly important she starts to have second thoughts.
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