Daniel Sheridan is an engineer's apprentice on a haunted Mississippi steamer known as the Sadie Queen. His best friend–the apprentice pilot, Cassidy Cochran–also happens to be the girl he's pining for … and the captain's daughter. But when it looks like the Sadie Queen might get taken off the river, Daniel and Cassidy have to do whatever they can to stop the ghosts that plague the ship.
Fortunately, there happens to be a Creole gentleman on board by the name of Joseph Boyer–and he just might be able to help them …
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.
Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there's more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone.
He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.
With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie's life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.
My first review of Something Strange and Deadly, A Darkness Strange and Lovely
I really enjoyed these books, even when they were breaking my heart! We get the story of Daniel being in love for the first time, and meeting the group that would become the Spirit Hunters, to Something, Darkness, and then Strange, the ending to the series, the one that broke my heart!
Loved the Daniel story, where we got to see Daniel before he met up with Joseph and Jie, and how he actually met up with him, a story that we were told, but this, reading it as it was happening? That was just pretty epic, and funny! The only question I have is, what was the bad thing that happened that made Daniel and his mom leave that job that she had? I know she was screaming, but I'd really like to know why!
I had actually forgot most of what happened in Something, which was pretty bad, because what happened was so awesome! I mean, it's where Eleanor and Daniel meet (side note, my granny's name is Eleanor, and my dad, her son, is name is Daniel, though he goes by Dan) and why he calls her Empress, and the stealing the dynamite scene, and her brother, and her magic, and her hand! Such a great book, with pain and suffering, but a wonderful mystery and romance, too!!!
And Strange! How you broke my heart with betrayals, and the results of those betrayals! Though really, it was one big betrayal, that happened slowly over the series! Starting with her mom being dead, to their travels to Egypt, to giving up Ollie and their connection, to the ending? Broken heart town, here I come! I really enjoyed the building of the world that we got in this book, that expanded on Darkness, with the Jackal and how he's an Egyptian god and all.
But that ending! So sad, but then also, a good ending, they defeated the bad guys, and they're going to open up a school to teach the strange things that are their skills! But it was sad too, because they took hits, the above betrayal and results of it, that hit hardest! But I'm not saying what happened, because spoiler, and writing it down makes it more real!
Yeah, I really loved this series, it was so good, and I can't wait for Truthwitch to come out!!!
Author: Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange and Deadly #0.5, 1, 2, 3
First Read: October 14th, 2012, November 17th, 2013
Read: May 25th, 25th, 27th, 27th, 2014
Source: Tuebl, Edelweiss
Reason Why: Rereading, and they're Historical Fiction 2014 Book, and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books! And it's a End of Series 2014 Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: June 4th 2013, July 24th 2012, July 23rd 2013,
Expected Publication: July 22nd 2014
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