I don’t read many zombie books… Okay, that’s out in the open! I am the first to admit that I love The Walking Dead, I mean that show is just badass, but somehow I’ve never been really interested in reading zombie-ish books… Boy have I been missing out!
The characters in this book—especially Eleanor—were top-notch. Of course they have their flaws, but aside from that they were strong, extremely likable and (yes I am throwing this word out there) amazing. I realised right of the bat that I would like Eleanor. She’s strong, witty, extremely stubborn and she grows so much through the course of the story! She’s not afraid to go for what she wants -as is proved by her drive to save her brother.
Then we have Daniel -Eleanors love-interest- and he’s, there just are no words to describe that guy, but I can tell you that I developed a serious crush that’s considered serious competition to my crush on Mr. Darcy! That’s says a lot! I loved how they didn’t fall in love right of the bat. It takes time and slowly it develops into something. In the book club, we discussed their relationship in Week 3, if you wish to read it, just click on the link above!
The ending of the book is perfection! That scene also perfectly describes why I love Daniel so much! From ‘the’ nickname to the unique relationship Daniel and Eleanor share.
Aside from all of this, I think what I loved most was the tons of themes that appeared while reading Something Strange and Deadly. This book takes place during the Victorian Era, which makes all those themes so much more meaningful. Zombies, romance, having choices, ignorance, duties and so much more!
This book is a must read! If you haven’t read it yet, I highly encourage you to do so. In a short time, it became on of my favourite reads!
This is a fantastic read, and I'd recommend it to just about anyone. If you're not sure whether or not you'll like this, go for it and try it out. I can almost promise you that you won't be disappointed.
I'm going to start off by saying that I was not expecting to love this book as much as I do. It's probably something I'd pick up to read, but not one I'd like so much.
All of the characters are extremely complex and thought out. They all have complicated (in a good way) backgrounds that leave you wanting to know more. And although the situation is a little less than real, unless you've seen the Dead walking around, the characters feel so tangible and real. You actively cheer them on, you cry with them, you feel their frustrations, and you maybe even hate them.
The plot is also riveting and exciting. While there are some slower parts, that's only to be expected, and it gives you a slight break from all the movement. Even if you're not a fan of historical fiction or of zombie books or whatever, this book is so much more than just that. It's also about relationships and society and how we're led to make decisions we would never want to.
Another aspect that I loved was that I found the book to be less descriptive and more character and plot driven. I'm the type of reader that hates to be bogged down by description unless it's really important. Susan Dennard does a fantastic job of describing the important things so that you get a sense of the setting without it being overwhelming. I found that many parts also had more telling than showing. Perhaps you don't view this as a good thing (although there's plenty of showing as well, don't worry), but as someone that struggles with the concept of "show not tell," I really enjoyed the bluntness of some of the statements and facts. It didn't take away from the story, and it didn't leave you hung over on what it means so that it would slow you down.