Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Review: Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #3) by: Susan Dennard

Release Date: July 22, 2014
from Harper TEEN
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.

He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.

With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride."

My Thoughts:

Strange and Ever After was a strong conclusion to the series and answers all of the questions you have. It was a very enjoyable read and I had a very hard time putting it down. I read through it in one sitting because I just wanted to get my answers. Also worth noting, this book shattered me and left me sobbing, which is always a good sign of how invested I became in the characters.

Eleanor can be a trying heroine at times, but at the end of the day I really do love her. She is a strong character and she is determined. However, sometimes her determination for revenge can cloud her judgment and lead her to make mistakes. My biggest issue with Eleanor is that she seems to make the same mistakes over and over. She continually keeps things to herself that should be shared with others. I try not to judge characters too harshly because I realize they are human, but I get so frustrated when they continue to make the same mistakes. At the end of the day though, I do love Eleanor and I do admire her strength and courage and her resilience.

Daniel stole my heart a little bit more in this one, which I didn’t think was possible. I absolutely love him. Even though he has a tendency to let his temper get away with him, he really has a wonderful heart and is such a great person. I could gush about him all day. I just love how he brings out the fight in Eleanor.

Speaking of fight though, those two go at it constantly. Sometimes I felt like every conversation they had ended in an argument. But what I loved in this one is that they didn’t let the arguments blow out of control. At the end of the day they had finally realized that they loved one another; even before they said the words to one another.

I also want to discuss some of the secondary characters. I still had my misgivings about Oliver, but he is definitely an interesting character. There were moments where I loved him and moments where I hated him. He gave me whiplash. Joseph and Jie are also great and I love how those two along with Daniel formed a little rag tag family.

While I enjoyed the book overall there was one thing about the ending that was tough for me. And if you’ve read the book I’m sure you know what I’m referring to. I honestly don’t know how I feel about it. Part of me gets it but then another part of me rejects it and demands an alternative. This is always the difficulty with conclusions.

All in all, Strange and Ever After is a good conclusion to the series and wraps everything up and doesn’t leave the reader with any questions, but it will probably crush your soul- so just a warning.


  1. I never finished the first book, but I think it's just a personal preference issue. I'm really glad the series ended so well for you. Thanks for the review!

  2. This is one of those series I'm planning to read but somehow I never have time for that. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one and that it was a nice conclusion to the series. Great review, Teresa :)

  3. I have this love/hate relationship with books that shatter me. Yes I'm so happy to be invested in those characters because that means the book/story are GOOD. But then there's the pit in my stomach the whole time I read it. Definitely one sitting kinda books. Glad you mostly enjoyed this one.

  4. I just love the cover for this book. It's so pretty and the colors just go with it so well! Sorry to hear about the ending, being a conflicting conclusion. I do hate when that happens. The characters do sound like ones I would also get invested in if I started the series :)

    Lovely review!

    1. it's a really good series Magen and I think you would really enjoy it--- the conclusion was conflicting but the more I think about it the more I love it =]

  5. Your first paragraph alone has me bumping this one up. Amazing review! I am so happy to hear this had such a great and strong conclusion and that you couldn't put it down -- but I HAVE to know what happens in the ending that was so hard to accept!! Aaaaah! Anyway, this fabulous person I know and love loaned me her copy of the first book and I adored it! I had to buy all the copies for my shelf (MOST BEAUTIFUL COVERS EVER) and can't wait to continue the series! Beautiful review, Wifey!! xoxoxo


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