It’s the month of Halloween and if you’re looking to zombify your TBR, @stdennard has this amazing series called SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY that you should totally check out!

I actually have absolutely no interest in zombie stories, shows, anything zombie really EXCEPT these books which I loved but just look at their amazing author. I mean, you can’t go wrong!

Do you have any books you recommend for the spooky season?


Something Strange and Deadly By Susan Dennard

Book One:Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1) 


Synopsis: There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia… .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor … from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Book Two: A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)

Book Three: Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)

Goodreads: Here

Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard

“‘Miss Fit, you know curiosity gets men killed.’
I grinned. 'Then I daresay it’s good I’m a woman.’”

Year Read: 2017

Rating: 4/5

Context: I’m not really a fan of historical fiction, but throw some zombies in it, and I’m there.

About: When Eleanor Fitt goes to the train station to meet her brother and finds a zombie attack instead, she fears for Elijah’s safety. 1876 Philadelphia has suffered a number of these attacks, so Eleanor goes to the Spirit Hunters, the only people in the city trained to fight the supernatural, for help finding her brother. Conspiracies run deep in the wealthy families of Philadelphia though, and soon Eleanor uncovers evidence that her father’s death may not have been an accident, nor are the zombie attacks on some of the wealthiest politicians in the city.

Thoughts: In retrospect, it’s possible I rated this a little higher than it deserved, but the difference between a high three and a low four has always been negligible. The fact is, if it had not had zombies as the predominant supernatural creature, I wouldn’t have liked it so much. But it does, and I enjoy them and Dennard’s mythological twists on the genre. These are not Romero zombies who infect everyone they come across; they’re zombies raised by a necromancer and made to do his bidding. Except for when they get out of his control, and then they just eat people. The rules of Dennard’s magical world are interesting and properly limiting, so in that respect, the novel works really well.

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Remember everyone, random girls in prom dresses make the Negative Reader even more negative.

This story is set in an alternate turn of the century. While the dress does hint at that, the fact that it’s strapless just makes it confusing. Also, the book is about zombies and people who hunt them. Why can’t we at least hint at this? I promise you, zombies and steampunk zombie hunting will look good on a cover. Better than the vaguely holographic gears that you can’t actually see on the physical book at any rate.

I met Susan Dennard tonight.


I’ve never read her book, even though one of my really good friends love it (which is why we were at the YAGB Tour signing.)

But then I met her and talked with her.

I learned that not only is she an ATLA/Korra fan, SHE IS ALSO A ZUTARA SHIPPER