Friday, August 8, 2014

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard [Review]

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)4 out of 5 Robots!

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange and Deadly #3
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Paranormal
Release: July 22, 2014
Hardcover:  400 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.

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.

Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Strange and Ever After is a satisfying, if heartbreaking, conclusion to the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy.  The book picks up in the immediate events of the second book, starting the story off with a bang.  Things get increasingly sticky for the Spirit Hunters as they race to beat Marcus at his game.  Marcus proves to be an admirable foe, seemingly always one step ahead. 

If you are a fan of the first two book, then you will also like this one since it is really more of the same.  I don't mean that in a bad way though!  I think this series is a lot of fun.  I really wasn't sure how I was going to feel about a zombie-steampunk-historical fiction-ish book, but it really exceeded my expectations.  It has a fun, zippy feel and there is action at every turn.  The final book is really no exception.  My only small complaint is that I wished Daniel/Eleanor and Oliver/Eleanor worked out their differences a lot sooner.  After three novels, I get a little tired of the constant bickering.  But I was ultimately happy about how those relationships panned out. Although I think some readers will be a little heartbroken getting there.

Disclosure:  I reviewed a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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