Something Strange and Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard
Published by: HarperTeen; Reprint edition
Publication date: June 25, 2013
Genres: Historical Fiction, Steampunk, Horror
Summary from Goodreads:
Philadelphia 1876. The Dead are rising. A zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor Fitt. Whoever controls the Dead Army has her brother. She avoids her mother's choice of husband for the lab of Spirit Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel. The situation threatens her reputation, and the lives of everyone in the city.
Welcome to a whole different kind of zombie book. Something Strange and Deadly is great for those of you who like historical fiction and steampunk. Throw in a little voodoo and necromancing and - KAPOW - you've got the perfect niche Halloween series for Zombie Week.
Eleanor is a brave heroine, who has a sense of humor about herself and can fight off a zombie with her parasol (with no combat-parasol training at all!). She's determined to find her missing brother and faithful in her pursuit, no matter what social rules she might break. Her pursuit leads her to the Spirit Hunters, who are trying their best to rid the city of supernatural danger.
If voodoo themes and reanimating the dead are not your thing, than this series is not for you. I only read the first book. I think I just wasn't in the right mood. However, besides some violence against zombies (nothing graphic), this book is nice and clean.
Age recommendation: 13
Language – Mild to none (maybe an old-fashioned Damn)
Drugs & Alcohol – none
Sex – It's been a while since I've read it. There might be a kiss.
Violence – They fight zombies, but it's not gory
My Goodreads rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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