Book Review: Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

November 26, 2014 Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★

Book Review: Strange and Ever After by Susan DennardTitle: Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange & Deadly #3
Published by: HarperTeen on July 22, 2014
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: YABC
Format: ARC
Pages: 400
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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.

I received this book for free from YABC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: Not as thrilling and exciting as I was hoping, but okay.

I finally got around to finishing this series and I read it straight through, for the most part. It did take me quite awhile to get through the whole series though as it wasn’t as interesting as I was hoping. I liked that the first and second books dealt with the zombies and I enjoyed visualizing the locales, especially during that era. I do feel like this series could have been condensed into a duology as opposed to a trilogy, because as much as I liked the third book, and I did like it much better than the other two, the series overall dragged so much and included so much frivolous and repetitive stuff. I did like Dennard’s writing, the world she created, and the plot wasn’t too bad, I just think it didn’t have to go on as long as it did.

The characters had their ups and downs as far as likability. Eleanor grew on me. She was very naive and weak in the beginning, kind of narrow-minded and selfish in the second book, but she grew a lot and matured in her way of thinking in the third book and I definitely liked her more in the end. Daniel and Oliver had their moments where they really pissed me off and moments where they tugged at my heart. I didn’t really care for the romance because, like the characters themselves, there was just too much back and forth, hot and cold, calm and explosiveness with it all. I didn’t like how Daniel and Eleanor could be so affectionate one minute, then condemning each other for their actions and arguing the next. The same thing with Oliver. He really cared for Eleanor and stood by her side through it all, but the way he treated her and spoke to her some of the time really grated on my nerves.

If I had to choose a favorite character, it would have to be Jie. She was very feisty, outgoing, and I liked that she didn’t adhere to what was expected of girls like her at that time. She was definitely a fun character.

I was pretty upset about the ending, a particular incident, to be exact. Granted, I understood the logic in it and it fit with a certain character, but still. It was not what I was hoping for. I would say this series was just okay for me overall, with the last book being the better of the three, despite the upsetting ending. I know a lot of other readers loved this series, and it does have a unique feel to it, what with the Egyptian mythology and all.

*This review was first published on YABC.*

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