22 October 2012

Review: Something Strange and Deadly

Something Strange and Deadly
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Zombie Steampunk Adventure! Throw in some sparkly vampires and we might be winning young adult bingo!

In yet another YA book where concept leaps well ahead of execution, we have Something Strange and Deadly, where Eleanor has to balance between the life her mother (and society) expects of her against trying to save her brother who may or may not have been turned by "the Dead," who are rising in Philadelphia and are causing all sorts of problems.

The book has a ton going for it - I love the Victorian setting, the steampunk elements are clear but subtle, and it's truly a zombie book for the ladies. The problem is that there are so many great parts to the book, and yet the whole just felt lacking. It's not quite the problem we get with so many steampunk/Victorian books where the plot acts as a vehicle to serve the setting, but it's honestly a strange mix (zombie and steampunk) that has some fantasy/sci-fi thrown in for good measure that things just...don't add up.

This is a good book. It's not a great book, even if it had flashes. I'll likely seek out the sequel, it's just a book with some problems.

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