Saturday, 19 July 2014

Review & Giveaway: Strange & Ever After by Susan Dennard

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #3)
by Susan Dennard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 22nd 2014


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.

Warning: If you have not read Something Strange & Deadly, A Darkness Strange & Lovely and A Dawn Most Wicked then proceed with caution as there may be spoilers below!

From Philadelphia to Paris, Marseilles to Egypt, the Something Strange & Deadly series has been a whirlwind of magic, mayhem and the walking dead. Add in the perfect amount of romance and you have a rollercoaster ride that keeps you turning the page until the very last word! I originally read the first two books - and the novella, as they came out but I wanted to reread them altogether so when reading the final book in the trilogy everything was fresh in my mind. And oh what a wonderful thing that was! Reading them back to back totally immersed me in Ms Dennard's beautiful writing and made me feel like I was there, with Eleanor, Daniel, Oliver, Allison, Joseph and Jie. Even Marcus/Elijah... and that's saying something!

After facing the Dead in Philadelphia and Paris the Spirit Hunters are heading to Marseilles, with Allison Wilcox in tow after she arrives with news for Eleanor and refuses to leave. From then on it's a never-ending, fast paced journey to finally stop Marcus once and forever. There are tender moments between Daniel & Eleanor and also Eleanor & Oliver as she finally begins to see who he is. I was hooked and didn't stop reading until I turned the last page, there were mummies, Pharaohs, the Pyramids of Giza and all manner of creepy reanimated creatures and it was good to finally discover what the Black Pullet actually was. Not everything in Eleanor's life is good though, there are some gut-wrenching moments in this book where you know what's coming and you're powerless to do anything about it. More than one character makes a huge personal sacrifice which just about broke my heart and I'm not ashamed to say I finished reading with tears in my eyes.
From the very beginning Eleanor Fitt has been one of my favorite characters, I have alternately either wanted to slap her or hug her. She's stubborn, strong-minded, rebellious and vulnerable all at the same time and will stick in my mind for a long time. This series has been one of my favorites, one that I will more than likely reread and recommend! If you like your steampunk, zombie romance novels with a slightly darker outlook then the Something Strange & Deadly books are perfect, I absolutely love Ms Dennard's writing and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of Truthwitch!

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I am a writer, reader, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. I used to be a marine biologist, but now I write novels. And not novels about fish either, but novels about kick-butt heroines and swoon-worthy rogues (I reallylike swoon-worthy rogues).

I live in the Midwest with my husband and two dogs (Asimov and Princess Leia), and you can learn more about my crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on my blog or twitter.

My debut, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY is now available from HarperTeen along with the prequel, A DAWN MOST WICKED, and the sequel A DARKNESS STRANGE & LOVELY.

Look for STRANGE & EVER AFTER in summer 2014 and TRUTHWITCH in fall 2015!

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