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.
So, I heard about this book and thought zombies aren’t really my thing. But I bought and read it anyways. This is the one of the most amazing books I have ever read. Even now, over a month after I finished it, I am still obsessed. Seriously, its kind of creepy how obsessed I am with this book. I am a steampunk fan, and though this isn’t full out steampunk, it still has some steampunk elements in it (which I really enjoyed) Also, Ms.Dennard did a wonderful job keeping the book historically accurate. Which, when you’re throwing zombies into 1876 Philadelphia, can be hard. I enjoyed Eleanor’s stubbornness (probably because I am a little stubborn my self. Just a little 😉 ) and her love of food, which you don’t see that often in female YA protagonists. And, there is Daniel. I mean, who doesn’t love him. Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who loves strong heroines, parasols, food and zombies.
I give Something Strange and Deadly 5 out of 5 stars! Now, excuse me while I go find my parasol.
Aim for the knees!