Okay. Another book has captured my brain and held it hostage. I know that I said I wouldn't do reviews all the time, but I refuse to take the blame for this. I'm holding Susan Dennard completely responsible for creating such an phenomenal world and characters. It's her fault that I can't get Something Strange and Deadly out of my head.
First of all, look at that cover. It's gorgeous. The colors. The model. The gears behind her. The font. Everything about this cover makes me happy.
I had heard the buzz about Something Strange and Deadly right from the beginning. I put it on my "to buy" list and figured I'd buy it eventually. And then I saw Susan tweet something about how it was going to be on sale at CC before it was officially released. Annnnnd, I'm not one to skip that sort of opportunity.
But, let's get down to business. Here are the reasons I'm horribly in love with this book.
I'm a sucker for a smart girl. I love love love when authors write their heroines as witty and charming instead of needing to rely on a boy. And my ideal heroine is one who delivers snarky retorts and proves how awesome she is without changing a damn thing about herself.
Eleanor is all of those things. And more.
She fights the Dead with a parasol. She gets into the thick of things right from the beginning and never wants to leave. She's the younger sister to an older brother who can't come home for some reason. The family is almost out of money and the responsibility to marry quickly falls on Eleanor's shoulders. And does she falter? Nope. Not at all.
Daniel is swoony without even knowing it. He's smart and gruff and so delicious in his not acting properly around a society lady. Even better, he knows how he's supposed to act and does the exact opposite. He calls Eleanor "Empress". He buys her a parasol when she loses hers.
At the same time, you can tell he doesn't know what to do with Eleanor. And it's absolutely amazing to watch it all unfold and see the interactions between them.
3. The promise of more in Book 2
Eleanor. Daniel. Paris. The end.
Something Strange and Deadly takes place in Philadelphia. There are zombies. Smart zombies who are being controlled by a necromancer. And some pretty awesome steampunk-like science experiments that help destroy the zombies.
Go buy it.
As I said in my epic Comic-Con recap, I briefly met Susan. She's adorable and charming and I absolutely want to meet her again so I can fangirl on her the way she properly deserves.