Strange and Ever After

August 3, 2015 Book Review 0

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

Strange and Ever AfterStrange and Ever After by Susan Dennard
Published by Harper Collins on July 22nd 2014
Pages: 416

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.

My Thoughts:

Holy crap. That was emotional!!! I was a wreck after finishing this book and I’m only now feeling able to write about it. This will be brief since I don’t want to spoil the story!

As I said in my review of Something Strange and Deadly (and A Darkness Strange and Lovely!) the undead freak me out and I can’t usually handle stories with them.  However, this series has such an interesting story, strong characters, and captivating settings that it’s totally worth being creeped out! That remained true in Strange and Ever After.

Each book takes the reader to a new place. In this final book we head to Egypt. It’s as amazing as it sounds. Just imagine all the creepy cool things that can happen with necromancy and Egypt!! So. Many. Dead. Things.

And then there’s Eleanor Fitt. She is such a fascinating character. Seeing her learn more about her power and try to figure out who she is kept me reading. And watching her navigate the relationships with all the different people in her life? That was my favorite part. I’m always interested in seeing how people interact. I loved that that didn’t get lost in this story, even with all the action and mystery.

I highly recommend this series for those looking for something a little different. Especially if you love great storytelling and engaging characters.

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