Friday, July 26, 2013

A Darkness Strange and Lovely Blog Tour: Review of A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2) by Susan Dennard & GIVEAWAY

I'm so ecstatic to be a part of this blog tour and I'm so sorry this post is late. I thought my date was the day after the tour actually ends. Hopefully you guys understand, and hopefully you enjoy my review of the book. Check out all the other blogs on the tour HERE.

Goodreads rating: 4.47
ARC, 406 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by HarperTeen

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.

Possible spoilers from book 1!

I remember completely falling in love with the first book of this series, and that was mostly for two reasons. One is that I'm inevitably drawn to zombieness, even though I hate them and am deathly afraid of them. Even tonight, I watched Shaun of the Dead, which is hilarious (who doesn't love British satire) but still zombies really creep me out. Yet I've loved almost every book they've been in. The other reason has to do with a certain hot inventor that has now not only left Eleanor but the Spirit Hunters he rides with have had to go to France where they're needed more. They're still fugitives from the American government, but for now they're doing the work they're set out to. And, at first, Eleanor accepts that. She has her mother to take care of, who has basically been committed to an insane asylum, and now crazy necromancer Marcus is walking around in her dead brother's body. Oh, and her brother's dead. OH, and she's missing her right hand. But other than that, she's right as rain! But it gets worse when she realize that not only does Marcus mean to confront her in Philadelphia, but he's also shown up to see Eleanor's mother, pretending to be Elijah and basically making Eleanor's mom disown her. Now that El really has nothing left, she knows the only thing she can do is go to Paris and see the Spirit Hunters. Easier said than done.

There is a new character in this novel, and his name is Oliver. I see no harm in telling you this because we meet him pretty early on in the book, but he's a demon. More specifically he is--was--Elijah's demon. Apparently Elijah called him, bound the demon to him, and they were good friends. That doesn't exactly make Eleanor happy, but what makes it worse is that he's still tied in a way to Elijah's blood relatives, meaning Eleanor. But I loved this new character because he wasn't introduced as a love interest (not to say he wasn't handsome, but then again, aren't all demons). He helped as much as he hurt, and it added a completely new and complicated element to the plot. He also brings out the powers Eleanor inherently possesses. Without Oliver, she would be dead, but he also puts her in great danger. I was glad when Daniel finally showed up, though. There wasn't a doubt in my mind that nothing would happen between Eleanor and Oliver, but the demon was getting on my nerves! Not that Daniel was any better at some points. Boys are always so confusing. One minute they act like they like you and the next they scorn you for what you are, and it's always the same with these tortured inventors. Lucky for Daniel, Eleanor has such an intense reaction to his nearness that I can't hate him for long, though this book gave me some good reasons to.

I think what makes a good book is a certain perilous situation and the unfairness of how the main character ended up in the situation and how they're now stuck in it. And that happened a good amount. But I really loved the character development in this sequel. We get to see a lot more of Eleanor, and while I think that sometimes there was too much effort spent on Oliver, it was good to see so much of a new face and a bunch of other new faces, and old ones. This sequel really brought out the question of humanity, and that the characters with more human characteristics were the ones that weren't actually human. There's a level of insensitivity on both ends, but it took some of the less human characters to bring out the truly ugly and monstrous sides of the actual human beings. Though Eleanor eventually begins walking the line between human and not. I was glad to read about more inventions; some were invented only for this novel, but others were inventions that really came out during the time period, and I feel like that's what really keeps this series grounded in reality, no matter how unreal it seemed at times. While some parts of this book moved slow, they were few and far between, and never dragged very long. I loved this book just as much as the first!

Young adult readers that love steampunk, zombies, and confusing teenage love. Also, you'll probably enjoy more if you've already read the first one.


Susan Dennard is a writer, reader, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. She used to be a marine biologist, but now she writes novels. And not novels about fish either, but novels about kick-butt heroines and swoon-worthy rogues (she really likes swoon-worthy rogues).
She lives in the Midwest with her French husband and Irish setter, and her debut, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY, is now available from HarperTeen.

There will be 10 winners total and the prizes are…..
5 Winners will receive A Hardcovers of A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY and a paperback of SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY, and signed swag [US ONLY].
 5 winners will receive an e-novella of A DAWN MOST WICKED and signed swag [INTERNATIONAL].


  1. Ms. Dennard tirelessly helped me slap my first five pages in shape and I would love the chance to have hard copies of her books!

  2. i haven't read the first book yet but it's sitting on my shelf looking at me and begging to be read. love the covers to this series and now that book 2 is out i think it will motivate me to read the first book.

  3. wuahahahahh i love it !!! :D and the cover is soo awesome .. ijijij
    by almendra


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