Thursday, December 4, 2014

Review: Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard


In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.

He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.

With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.

Publication Date: July 22, 2014

Something Strange and Deadly was one of the first steampunk novels I ever read. I never thought I’d enjoy the genre and the book proved me wrong. I enjoyed how Dennard ended her series (mostly), but I think the first book will remain my favorite in the trilogy.

Eleanor has grown through the series and has remained strong despite suffering tragedy after tragedy. I liked her relationships with the secondary characters and I was glad to see more romance between her and Daniel. Daniel was by far my favorite in the series.

I was very invested in the romance plot, probably more so than the actual tracking down Marcus parts of the novel. But I stuck with it and I was glad to see the book pick up steam in the second half.

Spolierish*** But then the ending happened and I was like: WHY???? I know not every book has to have a HEA but the book is called Strange and Ever After. I felt cheated by the end and I’m so frustrated with YA books with endings that leave you feeling like you wasted your time on a series. Like why even introduce a romantic element? Just keep the story about Eleanor discovering her powers and seeking revenge against Marcus***End of Spoilers

Overall, I liked the book, but disliked the ending. So, I’m going to settle on a 3.5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the book for review!    

1 comment:

  1. Great review :) Sorry the ending didn't turn out so well. Hate when that happens. Gah! Misleading titles! WRITE ON!