A Darkness Strange and Lovely [NOOK Book]

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Darkness has come to the City of Light. . . .

With her brother dead and her mother on the verge of insanity, Eleanor Fitt is utterly alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and the handsome, enigmatic Daniel—have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor begins to hear the vicious barking of hounds and see images of haunting yellow eyes, she fears the worst—that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are coming for her.

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Overview

Darkness has come to the City of Light. . . .

With her brother dead and her mother on the verge of insanity, Eleanor Fitt is utterly alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and the handsome, enigmatic Daniel—have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor begins to hear the vicious barking of hounds and see images of haunting yellow eyes, she fears the worst—that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are coming for her.

To escape and search out the Spirit-Hunters, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. Though friendly, Oliver entices Eleanor with necromancy and black magic, yet as long as she can resist his powerful temptation, she'll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over the city . . . and there's a whole new evil lurking. With the body count rising, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.

In Paris, there's a price for this darkness strange and lovely . . . and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.

In this spellbinding sequel to Something Strange and Deadly, Susan Dennard delivers a thrilling mix of intrigue, romance, and revenge, all set against the wonderfully enchanting backdrop of nineteenth-century Paris.

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Editorial Reviews

Sara J. Mass
“A dark, glittering world, full of unforgettable characters, swashbuckling action, and heart-stopping romance. Susan Dennard’s books now have a permanent place on my All-Time Favorites shelf!”
Sarah J. Maas
“A dark, glittering world, full of unforgettable characters, swashbuckling action, and heart-stopping romance. Susan Dennard’s books now have a permanent place on my All-Time Favorites shelf!”
bookseller at Mysteries on Mainstreet Melissa
Oh. My. God. IN LOVE! This book takes the walking dead to a whole new level! This whole book keeps you on the edge of your seat… chewing your nails waiting to see what is going to happen next…This book is a MUST read.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
praise for Something Strange and Deadly: A wonderfully brisk pace sweeps readers into an intriguing mystery. Eleanor serves as a highly entertaining guide and readers will find themselves settling in among the undead just fine.
Melissa - Mysteries on Mainstreet
Oh. My. God. IN LOVE! This book takes the walking dead to a whole new level! This whole book keeps you on the edge of your seat… chewing your nails waiting to see what is going to happen next…This book is a MUST read.
Shelf Awareness
praise for SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY: “From the first page, readers will be awakened to an 1876 Philadelphia replete with animated corpses, irresistible romance and a game of intrigue. Those who enjoy Cassandra Clare’s the Infernal Devices series will be spellbound by Dennard’s macabre and impressive debut.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
praise for Something Strange and Deadly: A wonderfully brisk pace sweeps readers into an intriguing mystery. Eleanor serves as a highly entertaining guide and readers will find themselves settling in among the undead just fine.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
praise for Something Strange and Deadly: A wonderfully brisk pace sweeps readers into an intriguing mystery. Eleanor serves as a highly entertaining guide and readers will find themselves settling in among the undead just fine.
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

praise for Something Strange and Deadly: A wonderfully brisk pace sweeps readers into an intriguing mystery. Eleanor serves as a highly entertaining guide and readers will find themselves settling in among the undead just fine.

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
praise for Something Strange and Deadly: This debut novel is quite compelling and features a plot that moves at breakneck speed. The plot is full of action, betrayal, and romance.
VOYA - Sarah Flowers
In this sequel to Something Strange And Deadly (HarperCollins, 2012/Voya April 2012), Eleanor Fitt is still struggling with the death of her brother, Elijah, and the realization that he was a necromancer, as well as the loss of her own hand. When strange things start to happen, Eleanor resolves to leave Philadelphia to rejoin her Spirit-Hunter friends, who are now in Paris. On the way, she meets Oliver, her brother's demon, who begins to teach Eleanor how to use her own latent powers. Although she suspects that this is wrong, she finds it tantalizing and difficult to resist. When she meets her old friends in Paris, she finds herself hiding things from them, while they all try to discover what it was that Elijah had been doing. This book suffers somewhat from being the middle book in a trilogy—readers need to understand what went on in the first book, and many issues are left unresolved for the conclusion. Still, it is fast paced and entertaining. Eleanor, Jie, Joseph, Daniel, and Oliver are all interesting characters, and fans of the first book will want to follow up with their doings. Reviewer: Sarah Flowers
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—In this zombie thriller set in 19th-century Paris, 17-year-old Eleanor Fitt is left behind in Philadelphia to take care of her mentally fragile mother while the three "Spirit-Hunters" she met in Something Strange and Deadly (HarperCollins, 2012) move on to their next job of protecting Paris from the reanimated dead. However, when hellhounds and the yellow eyes of a dangerous necromancer appear to her, Eleanor quickly boards a steamer to find the Spirit-Hunters, knowing she can't fight Marcus on her own. Along the way she meets a demon named Oliver and begins to discover the depths of her own power. Upon arriving in Paris, these experiences clash with the Spirit-Hunters' adamant stance that all magic is dark and corrupting. While they battle reanimated corpses, Eleanor must also battle within herself to either embrace or deny her burgeoning powers. Eleanor is a strong female protagonist forgoing corsets, fighting dark forces, and finding her own way in the world. At the same time, she battles insecurities about her looks, her family, and her crush. Her sassy dialogue will further endear her to teens. Dennard describes amputations, mutilations, and corpses with stomach-churning realism. In addition, she does a great job of reminding readers what happened in the first book without boring those who have read it recently. Darkness is enjoyable as a stand-alone, but will especially thrill fans of Something Strange and Deadly.—Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Still reeling from the zombie cataclysm that took her hand and left her necromancer brother dead and his body possessed (Something Strange and Deadly, 2012), Eleanor Fitt sets her sights on Paris, where the Spirit-Hunters who had helped her are now battling its Dead. Strange occurrences--the sound of howling dogs, yellow eyes glittering in the darkness and, most disturbingly, the on-again, off-again reappearance of her hand--and the knowledge that the evil spirit who took over Elijah's body is after the letters he sent to her hasten her departure from Philadelphia. On the boat, she meets Elijah's demon, Oliver, a charismatic, haunted young man who begins to teach her necromancy, which she finds intensely pleasurable--almost addictive. Unsurprisingly, her reunion with the necromancy-hating Spirit-Hunters is fraught, and it is further complicated by her ambivalent feelings toward Daniel, whom she fell hard for in Philadelphia. This outing lacks its predecessor's focus, sending Eleanor hither and thither across Paris after the Dead and clues to Elijah's necromantic research. A rotating cast of characters--Oliver, the various Spirit-Hunters, new French friends and acquaintances--keeps both Eleanor and readers busy, and plot transitions come thick, fast and often clunky. But pastry-loving Eleanor remains an appealing character, and Oliver is an intriguing new addition. Fans will likely give weaknesses the benefit of the doubt and look forward to the third volume; here's hoping it repays their faith. (Paranormal historical fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062083319
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 137,597
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 466 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Dennard is a writer turned marine biologist turned writer again. Strange and Ever After is the conclusion to her trilogy, which includes A Darkness Strange and Lovely and Something Strange and Deadly. Among the traits she shares with her heroine Eleanor are a weakness for Shakespeare quotes, a healthy appetite for baked goods, and an insatiable curiosity. Sadly, Susan does not get to wear a corset or wave a parasol on a daily basis.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    Eleanor and Daniel. *key swoon-worthy music* I think what I love

    Eleanor and Daniel. *key swoon-worthy music*
    I think what I love most about these books are the complicated relationships. Though I dub Eleanor and Daniel to be a swoon-worthy romance, it's not the focus of the book at all. And for them, romance does NOT come easy. I mean, how can it when the living dead are about to overrun Paris?
    But even beyond them, the friends and even enemies relationships are really well-layered, too.
    Throw in action, lush description of Paris in the late 1800s, and a strong-yet-flawed heroine, and I'm sold.

    I loved it. You should totally read this. And the first book (Something Strange & Deadly). And the prequel novella (A Dawn Most Wicked).
    Susan Dennard is an awesome writer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2014

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    This is the second full-length novel in the Something Strange an

    This is the second full-length novel in the Something Strange and Deadly series.  The Spirit Hunters have left Philadelphia and Eleanor is thrust into a new life without anyone but herself to depend on.  So much has changed for her, and yet Eleanor proves herself to be as strong as ever as she faces it all alone.  There are some other new characters in this book, ones that I hope come back to play bigger roles in the next book.

    While this was a good read, I didn't absolutely love it as much as I had anticipated after the first book.  Some time has passed since the end of the first book and the beginning of this one.  A lot has happened in that time with Eleanor and her mother and that time clearly changed a lot for Eleanor.  I almost feel as if a lot of that time was a series of defining moments for her, moments that we as readers missed, missing some development and change to Eleanor's character.

    Because of that missing time, I felt like I didn't really know Eleanor any more, at least not as well as in the first book.  So much about her has changed.  She is as headstrong as ever, which I love about her, but she is very different.  Her relationship with Ollie, a new character that was initially close to her brother, was a bit odd.  There were a lot of inferences and innuendos there that made you wonder about the nature of his relationship with her brother, but it was part of the mystery of his character that was never clearly explained.  He blew hot and cold with Eleanor, often seemingly expecting her to know things about the world of magic that she couldn't possibly know, blaming her when she acted in ways he didn't like.

    This is a book about choices and being torn.  Ollie is from the world of her brother, who lived his life in ways that went against everything Eleanor believed in, that the Spirit Hunters believed in.  The Spirit Hunters viewed that world as dark and evil and eschewed everything that came from that side of magic.  Eleanor's feelings for Daniel are as strong as ever, despite his rejection.  And the Daniel she sees again in Paris isn't the Daniel she fell in love with.  It is a new world for her and one in which she is torn.

    That conflict between who she is and who the Hunters want her to be is a big one.  I think that the Hunter's reactions to her were a part of why this book lost a little of the glow for me.  There was so much self-righteousness on their parts, the feeling that their way was the only way.  While I understand their feelings, I hated that they refused to consider Eleanor's reasons and the circumstances behind her choices.  They dismissed her without ever listening to her and that drove me insane!

    My Recommendation:  All in all, this was a good read, despite a bit of disconnection with Eleanor.  It definitely moved the story forward and added so many new layers to the ongoing saga with the Dead!

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  • Posted September 11, 2013

    The Dead are back! A Darkness Strange and Lovely was full of mor

    The Dead are back! A Darkness Strange and Lovely was full of more zombie goodness and even a little magic, demons and steampunk. If you love paranormal even a little, you have to admit that sounds awesome, right?

    Eleanor has hit rock bottom in Philly after the epic battle at the end of Something Strange and Deadly. She gets evidence that Marcus - the big bad - is back, so she hops a ship bound for France to hook back up with the Spirit Hunters. On the way there, she meets Oliver, a mysterious friend of her brother's. Once in France, Eleanor finds that it's not as easy as she thought to just pick up where things were left. Things are weird with Daniel, Oliver's presence only complicates things, and her own necromancer abilities are rising to the surface whether she wants them to or not.

    I loved seeing how much Eleanor has changed since the beginning of Something Strange and Deadly. She's shirked the corsets, willingly taken up with the riff-raff and embraced her own magical abilities, station and sex be damned. In that respect, I say, "You go girl!" I wish she would've transferred some of that enthusiasm to her relationship with Daniel. She can admit that she loves him to herself, but she can't admit it to him. Not only that, but she can't even bring herself to break down the rest of her walls of propriety to even act like she likes him. That was one of the most infuriating parts of this book.

    Oliver was a really interesting new character to the story. He brings a lot of humor to an otherwise humorless situation. He also bring a lot more angst as he tries to pull Eleanor in a direction that is opposite from where she would normally go. He tries to encourage her to develop her powers, while the Spirit-Hunters are trying to convince her to NOT use them. There are still many facets of Oliver that we haven't seen yet, and I'm looking forward to exploring them further.

    A Darkness Strange and Lovely was much more action-packed than the first book in the series. While there is the fight against the Dead, there is also a search for the necromancer in France and trying to find out the motives behind the attacks this time around. The mystery was exciting and even more curious this time around. I liked it better, actually.

    Susan Dennard has set up an epic final battle in Egypt, as well as an unfulfilled love story and a good friend in mortal peril. The path to get there has been amazingly exciting so far - I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Review: A Darkness Strange & Lovely

    I have been waiting on this book and while at BEA almost jumped over the guard rail to grab a copy off of Susan Dennard’s table when I saw it…alas, I held back and was rewarded when my lovely friend Stacee (@bookjunkee) told me she found a copy in some magical bookstore near her. Of course, I dropped everything once I received it in the mail and OH MY GOD am I glad I did!

    A Darkness Strange and Lovely picks up right where Something Strange and Deadly left off and this book dives right into everything. First, let me say that I love everything about this series…zombies, a great heroine, and a swoony boy. Second, if you haven’t started this series, I encourage you to get started.

    Overall this was a great second book and a great lead in to the next chapter in Eleanor’s adventures. I look forward to the next book and am willing to offer up something in exchange for an early copy….cookies or whatever. Seriously….whatever.

    If you haven’t started this series, definitely check it out. You have time to get and read book one AND the novella (which happens to be about Daniel…just in case you needed to be convinced) before this book comes out in July.

    You can find this review on my blog - Fic Fare.

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    Posted August 18, 2013

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

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    Since falling in love with the first book, I knew I adore this o

    Since falling in love with the first book, I knew I adore this one as well.

    Plot: I loved the way the plot flowed. The reader is back in Eleanor shoes, in which she is once again on the run to trying to fix what her brother started. Every chapter leads Eleanor further into more conspiracies as well as a power struggle. I really loved how well Eleanor took everything in. She managed not to break down but to become stronger..harder. Oh and the ending is super cool!

    Love: While this area didn’t really grow much, I’m disappointed with Daniel. I mean, when you love someone, you LOVE them no matter what. It was difficult to face what is happening between these two. Once friends, they are now frenemies. I really hope that circumstances can change this.

    Characters: Did I mention that Eleanor is a kick-butt chick? Cause she is! She has some fantastic sarcastic lines down and not to mention some new moves. Since the first book, Eleanor’s heart and psychical appearance has grown hard. She does what she needs to do and hardly trusts anyone. And you know what? I feel the same way. Eleanor has been left out of the loop for far too long cause no one thinks she should be involved. I think thats crap. She was already involved the minute her brother lured everything back to her. I just hope that Eleanor will learn to balance it all instead of taking it all in.

    Entertaining and fun, A Darkness Strange and Lovely gives the reader a whole new adventure. The bundles of action and great world-building leaves the reader with a awesome picture in their head. A perfect blend of charm, action and original plot, A Darkness Strange and Lovely is thrilling!

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

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    There are some books out there that deserve much, much more prai

    There are some books out there that deserve much, much more praise than what they receive. 




    Susan Dennard's books - SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY, and its recently released sequel, A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY - pretty much top that list. 




    Eleanor Fitt, or Miss Fitt (yes, misfit is a good word to describe her), is back and as mouthy as ever in the second installment to Susan Dennard's steampunk, historical YA debut. This time around, it's not just the motly Shadow Hunters crew we loved in book one - there's a new character. Someone who reminds her very much of her beloved brother, maybe even too much. With newfound abilities and an insatiable hunger (the girl can eat), Eleanor is a breath of fresh air amongst quiet, meek protagonists. She's all about action. 




    And though I love Eleanor, my favorite character just has to be Daniel. The former fugitive is hilarious as he tries to mask his slang and become a real 'gentleman'. But his struggle to understand Eleanor and his subtle sweetness only made me fall for him more. 




    From a bird's eye view, A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY holds betrayal, a whodunnit mystery plot, a masquerade ball (which I always love), and some massive hounds. Down to a closer level, the plot pacing was sound, and the new characters - Oliver, Laure, and even Ms Brown - were fleshed out and whole in no time. It takes skill for a writer to combine a great plot with equally great characters. 




    We're far from Philadelphia this time, where Eleanor is surrounded by heartbreak and sullen truths. Though the story does begin in America, we're quickly swept onto a ship chugging its way to Paris. I could pretty much see the bustling streets and magnificent structures, lurking with decay and dead. 




    All in all, A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY was a sequel that rivals with its prequel - in the world, characterization, and plot. It's a gripping, thrilling must-read, and if you haven't read the first installment, the fact that you need to is an understatement. Though I was able to figure out the mystery long before it unraveled, I enjoyed seeing how it all unfolded - even if it was a little gruesome. But in a world where zombies roam the streets, what more can you expect? 

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