Series: Something Strange and Deadly #1
Genre: Historical Fiction, Horror, Young Adult
Published by HarperTeen (7.24.2012)
eARC, 400 pages
Source: For Tour
The year is 1876, and 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 their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.
Eleanor was a pretty good lead. She had her moments where she was a bit naive, even petulant sometimes, but she fit the bill for a typical 16-year-old. She didn’t overly annoy me, and she didn’t easily give up. She fought for what she believed in, which I liked. All of the characters were fairly well written with their own individual personalities. A major bonus for me? The romance wasn’t front and center and developed slowly.
I was a little confused with the world building. I didn’t really understand how the machines and electricity worked, or exactly what spiritual energy entailed. I would have like much more of an explanations for all of that. Also, I wish it had delved deeper into Eleanor’s ‘ability’ – I’m not exactly sure what that was – with a bit more depth than just the sensations she was feeling.
A bit dry.