Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Darkness Strange & Lovely by Susan Dennard Review

A Darkness Strange & Lovely by Susan Dennard ReviewA Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange & Deadly #2
Published by HarperCollins on 2013-07-23
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Source: Purchased

Perfect for readers Libba Bray’s The Diviners and Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel series, this spellbinding sequel to Something Strange and Deadly delivers a mix of intrigue, supernatural forces, intense romance, and revenge, all set against the enchanting backdrop of nineteenth-century Paris.With her brother dead and her mother insane, Eleanor Fitt is alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and the handsome Daniel—have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor hears the vicious barking of hounds and see haunting yellow eyes, she fears that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are after her.To escape, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. But Oliver harbors a dangerous secret involving necromancy and black magic that entices Eleanor beyond words. If she can resist him, she’ll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over, and there’s a whole new evil lurking. And she is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.In Paris, there’s a price for this darkness strange and lovely, and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.

I am officially in love with this series and the main character Eleanor. She is so fierce and such a fighter that you are drawn to her and hope for the best for her. As we get back into this story we learn that Eleanor is dealing with the fallout from the last book which means adjusting to no longer having her hand and her mom is now in the mental hospital. I have to say that this book continued to show the growth that Eleanor has especially with all she has to deal with this time around. She also soon learns that the Spirit Hunters are in Paris to deal with the zombie problem over there and she soon decides to go there to try to flee from Marcus who is still after her. Eleanor soon sets a plan into motion to get Paris and in her true fashion it is an interesting one.


As the story continues we get to meet a new character by the name of Oliver. We learn who he is and what he is and I have to say that I was a little leery of him in the beginning because I figured he was up to no good and out to get Eleanor but we soon learn that he will become an ally. I liked the banter between the two of them from the start and was hoping that the author wasn’t going to try to through them into a love triangle because I still love Daniel for her. Eleanor finally meets  up with the Spirit Hunters again and I was o happy as I love seeing them all work together and this time around it will take all of them to take down this new villain and source of evil. I have to say that I figured something was up early on with the patrons that the Spirit Hunters had as there were subtle clues along the way that tipped me off. They all work so well together as a team but I have to say one thing that bothered me was how quick they were to judge El on using her necromancy skills. I would think that regardless of her using them they knew her as a person and should have trusted her that she would be able to handle it all and not automatically right her off as evil and bad.


Overall this book was full of action and the setting in Paris was amazing. The descriptions were phenomenal and it was the perfect backdrop for this story especially once we get to the scenes with El; and Daniel and they finally get to the amazing kiss that happens.; I love these two together and can’t wait to see what happens next with them. The author has created characters that I love and I am even interested in seeing what becomes of Oliver too and how he will factor into it all.  I am really looking forward to the next book in the series to see how it all ends and just what will become of all of them. I highly recommend this series to those looking for romance,mystery,suspense and plenty of action rolled into one terrific thrill ride of a read.


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