May 27, 2012 by thebookslayer
Release Date : July 24th 2012
I’d heard of corpses awakening-hungry and dangerous though still quite dead. The purpose of bells in coffins was, after all, to warn us; but if the word on the street was true, then in the last week more than a few bodies had escaped their graves.”
Yes, a Zombie walks up to the check out window and drops a crumpled piece of paper and leaves. This alone is odd behavior because everyone knows that Zombies hunt endlessly until they are laid to rest or destoryed. After the Zombie leaves and the alarm turns off Eleanor snatches the note.
Elenor and Clarence were the only ones who could tell that something was off and wrong about the spirit. At this point my stomach dropped just like when the Ringwraiths showed up in The Lord of the Rings. This spirit does not bode well for things to come.
To make matters worse Eleanor sneaks out to see what Clarence is up to and finds a secret meeting with him and a mysterious man. She is caught before she could get back to the party. In order to keep Eleanor quiet he feels the need to “court” her. This attention from him causes discomfort between her and a few other girls. Which leaves her to once again stand on her own feet while finding help.
The help comes in an unlikely package in the Machinery Hall at the International Centennial Exhibition.
“The Spirit Hunters. Hired to protect. That was my answer!”
Meet and Greet Time!
“You’re an empress with grit and brains…”
“Please forgive Mr. Sheridan. I am afraid he works better with machines than with people.”
I always think of his hair sticking up everywhere and his clothing un-tucked in some places. Daniel and Eleanor can’t seem to decide if they annoy each other or like each other. I enjoyed his character throughout. I thought that his rough around the edges appearance and personality were endearing.
He would be Alison’s rich, very eligible brother. He has just come home from 2 years of college. He is around Eleanor’s brother, Elijah’s age. He seems to be tied up in his fathers past and is trying to break free. Due to Eleanor spying on him they team up to find answers under the disguise of courting. I really didn’t like him at first but as time went on I found he had some redeeming qualities.
* I know there are more characters but I just wanted to give you a taste. If you want more you must read it!
We see that things are becoming more then Eleanor can handle; lack of money, lost brother, and scary spirit. We also get to see the Steampunk twist come into play with the Spirit Hunters.
My final thoughts on Something Strange and Deadly would be to give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised to find out that when dealing with zombies always…
“Aim for the knees.”
Thank you to H.D. Dodson for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.