Monday, December 16, 2013

Book Review: A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2) by: Susan Dennard

Release Date: July 23, 2013
from Harper TEEN
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"Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone."

My Thoughts:

When I read Something Strange and Deadly last year, I immediately fell in love with the story. I then waited an agonizing year to get my hands on the next book. When I finally made time to read A Darkness Strange and Lovely, I was ecstatic. I was so excited for this book. I wanted more Eleanor and this world. I also wanted more Daniel because I loves that boy to pieces. So to say I was disappointed when I was 180 pages in and there had been no Daniel and no zombies is a bit of an understatement. I just wasn’t as drawn into the second book in the series as I was with the first book. 

A Darkness Strange and Lovely definitely gets off to a bit of a slow start. I honestly had a very hard time getting invested in the beginning. The good news though is once the book gets going it really gets going. The second half of the book brings back everything I loved about the first book. Daniel included. Once I got to about the midway point I could not and would not put the book down. Now I’m left dying for the final installment. 

Eleanor, for me, was a great heroine in Something Strange and Deadly. She was so strong and smart and thought her actions through. I felt like she lost that a bit in this one. Some of her decisions had me shaking my head. I just knew they would turn out badly. She keeps a lot of secrets and I hate when heroines keep secrets that don’t need to be kept. I still love her, but I questioned some of her decisions. 

Daniel is still one of my favorite characters. He made me crazy at times and there were moments I was really mad at him, but in the end I got it. I understood his actions even if I didn’t always like them. In A Darkness Strange and Lovely we get a new character in Oliver. I’m not sure what to really make of him. There are times I really like him and then there are times I really hate him. In the end I think he is very very selfish.

While I was able to guess some of the plot twists in this one, there was still a good amount that took me by surprise. The mystery had me turning pages and wondering where the story would go. This one added a lot more necromancy and spirit energy which I found interesting. Although I did miss the zombies. They were there, but they were not as prominent in this one. 

All in all, A Darkness Strange and Lovely is a good addition to the series. I had very high expectations for this one and while I did have my issues, I can still say that I am very happy with this addition.


  1. I was underwhelemed by the first one because it didn't have much "steampunk" for me so I skipped the series altogether. It sounds like the story's getting better and glad you still enjoyed it despite the slow start and semi-predictable plot. Happy holidays!

  2. I never really got into the first book, but remember you loving it. I'm sorry this one was a bit of a let-down.
    Great review!

  3. Aw, that stinks. 180 pages in and no Daniel???? I hate when books start really slow because I read multiple books at once. If one is going slow, it ends up on the back burner for quite a while :(

    YA Sisterhood

  4. I skimmed over this bc I still haven't read the 1st book yet, but I've been hearing great things about this series. It's good to know that even though it's not as awesome as the 1st book, it's still pretty good. I'll have to move this series up the list. Great review!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  5. Someone AWESOME lent me their copy of book one, and I adored it. The cover of this sequel is gorgeous, but I admit I'm a bit scared to begin it. I'm so glad the second half was amazing and saved the story... but to not have Daniel for 180 pages?? I don't know, wifey! Honest and lovely review, sweets *smoosh*


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