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Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly Trilogy Series #3)

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly Trilogy Series #3)

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by Susan Dennard

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Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices series, this is the explosive conclusion to Susan Dennard's trilogy, which started with Something Strange and Deadly and continued with A Darkness Strange and Lovely. With supernatural forces, epic romance, and a mysterious Egyptian city, Eleanor and her team are set for an


Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices series, this is the explosive conclusion to Susan Dennard's trilogy, which started with Something Strange and Deadly and continued with A Darkness Strange and Lovely. With supernatural forces, epic romance, and a mysterious Egyptian city, Eleanor and her team are set for an adventure they will never forget.

It has been a tumultuous time for Eleanor Fitt since life as she knew it in Philadelphia came abruptly to an end. Although the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and Daniel—have helped her survive, Eleanor has lost just about everything.

And now, Jie is missing—taken by the evil necromancer Marcus. Eleanor is determined not only to get her back but to finally end this nightmare. To do so, she must navigate the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt amid the rising Dead, her unresolved feelings for Daniel, and her volatile relationships with Joseph and Oliver, her demon. And it won't be easy. Because Allison, her friend from Philadelphia, has tagged along, becoming strangely entangled in Eleanor's mission.

It will take all of Eleanor's powers of black magic, and all of Daniel's and Joseph's trust, to succeed. But there will be a price.

Editorial Reviews

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.”
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.”
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.”—Shelf Awareness
VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Sharon Martin
Strange And Ever After concludes the story of Eleanor Fitt. When readers last left Eleanor, things were pretty grim. Events pick up right where they left off. With Daniel, Joseph, and Oliver, she goes to Paris in Daniel’s airship, fights the Dead, and carries the fight to Marseilles and then to Egypt. Along the way, her relationships with Daniel and Oliver vacillate between better and worse. She is determined to destroy Marcus, who is still occupying Elijah’s body and has taken Jie hostage. When Allison Wilcox hitches a ride on the airship, Eleanor realizes that their previous animosity had been unnecessary. Eleanor comes to understand her demon, Oliver, a bit more, but is it too late? The action here, as in the other titles, is fast and nonstop, while Eleanor’s relationships with those around her are constantly in flux as she barrels her way through any situation. The conclusion is satisfyingly extensive, dramatic, and multilayered. Highlights include a resolution for her lost hand, a traitor in their midst exposed, and the death of a character. By the end of the trilogy, Eleanor has become seasoned, mature, and less impulsive, and she has learned to accept what she cannot change. She embraces her uniqueness and glories in being “Miss Fitt.” Fans of the first two books will absolutely want to read this. This series will also appeal to fans of light horror, and there is enough of a steampunk flavor to satisfy those readers as well. Reviewer: Sharon Martin; Ages 15 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
Eleanor Fitt, the Spirit-Hunters, her demon and her newly arrived frenemy from Philadelphia take to the skies in an airship in pursuit of the evil necromancer Marcus.They head first to Marseille, where they hope to learn the secret location of the fabled, wealth-and-immortality-granting monster known as the Black Pullet and to rescue their friend Jie, under a compulsion spell and in the clutches of Marcus. From there, they speed on to Egypt in hopes of beating Marcus to the Black Pullet and putting an end to him once and for all. Readers of the series will not be surprised to find that the doughty heroes are beset by the Dead at nearly every turn; the Egyptian setting, at the height of the 19th-century invasion of Western archaeologists, makes especially fertile ground. (All those mummies!) Less satisfying is Eleanor's constant struggle between the allure of her magic and the disapproval of everyone around her, including inventor love interest Daniel and, remarkably, her own demon, Oliver. Dissolute Oliver has easily become the most intriguing character in the series, with unplumbed depths, a deliciously snarky sense of humor and a singular sense of morality. Almost despite herself (it gets quite complicated there toward the end), Dennard wraps it all up with a satisfyingly apocalyptic conclusion.An emotionally honest, well-earned denouement brings this lively historical zombie trilogy to an honorable end. (Paranormal historical fiction. 12 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This final installment concludes the gothic zombie tale set in 19th-century Paris. Eleanor Fitt and the three eclectic Demon Hunters were able to stop the rising tide of "les Morts," the reanimated dead who were overwhelming the city, by killing a demon named Madame Marineaus. However, their nemesis Marcus escaped in the process and kidnapped one of their own. Strange and Ever After chronicles the Demon Hunters' disaster-riddled pursuit of Marcus from Paris to Egypt. He always seems one step ahead of them as they all try to be the first to uncover the secret behind The Black Pullet, a legendary bird said to hold the secrets to immense power, endless wealth, and immortality. While some of the skirmishes with zombies do seem redundant, the hunt for the mystical bird and the rich Egyptian backdrop inject enough thrills to make this an exciting, quick read. The author adds dimension to and deepens the characterization of several of the protagonists while exploring the nature of the soul and the human capacity for change. Some readers may be disappointed by the unexpected twist in the romantic subplot, but overall, fans of the series will enjoy it immensely.—Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Something Strange and Deadly Trilogy Series , #3
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5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 14 Years

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Meet the Author

Susan Dennard is a writer turned marine biologist turned writer again. The Something Strange and Deadly trilogy is her debut. 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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Strange and Ever After 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
As the last book in this trilogy, Strange and Ever After neatly wrapped all of the loose ends with a conclusion that was largely satisfying, although unexpected.  The pace was picked up in this book, with all kinds of twists and turns that took the story into new and uncharted territory.   The book begins in Paris, but soon Eleanor, Ollie, and the Spirit Hunters find themselves in Marseille and finally Egypt.  The book opens with sad news for Eleanor from Allison, who has come to France from Philadelphia.  She quickly attaches  herself to the group, despite Eleanor's every effort to leave her behind.  Eleanor is feeling very alone at the moment, estranged from not only Allison, but from Ollie and the Spirit Hunters, too.  Ollie no longer trusts her and the Hunters are still completely against Eleanor's use of her abilities.  It has made her rather irritable and tired of having to constantly justify and explain herself. While the romance was definitely kicked up a notch between Daniel and Eleanor, the relationship between Eleanor and Ollie was also a big focus of the story.  His anger is almost palpable and he is downright exasperating.  But as the story unfolds, we start to really understand him and why he is the way he is.  By the end, after distrusting him for most of the series, I grew to love his character. I think the only criticism I really have was the unexpected turn of events for a particular character.  There is always loss in a novel, especially a concluding novel, but there are some losses that are more heart wrenching then others and that create a bittersweet and beautiful ending, more than a HEA. My Recommendation:  This a great series and I am sad to see it end!  The steampunk theme is a big part of it and I love the mix of that and zombies!  Unique and fun!  I gave it 4.5 mugs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved every page of these books. It was so dark, deadly, and romantic. I just finished this book today during my drama class and i started crying when i finished it(inside my mind of course) it had me wanting it to never end. I do think Eleanor could have been less emotional at times but otherwise the plot and twists were fantastic!!!!! Must read!
CJListro More than 1 year ago
Read more: http://www.sarcasmandlemons.com/2015/06/review-strange-and-ever-after-by-susan.html in short This book and I have a complicated relationship. On one hand, I loved it to little glittery pieces. On the other hand, a certain event *hem* destroyed me. But I suppose it's a testament to Dennard's skill that I love her world enough to be destroyed. Strange and Ever After is a breakneck finale, taking place immediately after the shocking events of the previous book. The Spirit Hunters and Eleanor are drawn back together by the fervor of their mission, their revenge and their fear for what might come if they don't succeed. Tensions over Eleanor's magic ease into an uneasy acceptance; with Marcus bearing down on them, they need all the power they can get, dark or electric. Oh, and they freaking go to Egypt. The tension is stifling. The stakes are high. The battles are more terrifying and more epic. All the heartbreak and chaos clashes together into a final, shattering ending. And all I wanted, at that final page, was more. in depth eleanor must contend with stranger magic than ever I won't gush overly much about Susan's fabulous bending of genres. I've done so here and here already. This book has all the charm and strangeness of the first two, but now the world of magic is expanded and even more mysterious than before. I viciously geeked out at the first mention of Egyptian mythology. Now that we're closer to the Old Man in the Pyramids and the mysterious, powerful Black Pullet, we're given a view to magic more ancient. There are pyramids, sphinxes, armies of mummified animals buried beneath the sand, as well as odes to the Egyptian gods. Dennard manages to intermingle her magical cultures in a way that feels exciting and mystical rather than forced. in the final clash against marcus. Of course, because we are in Egypt, that means that the final battle is near. Marcus aims to find the Black Pullet and use its powers of immortality and wealth. The Spirit Hunters want revenge for his crimes, true, but they also know the devastation he could wreak with such power. Allison has now joined the crew, bent on killing the man that destroyed her family. Daniel doesn't trust her or Oliver, Joseph is worn ragged with exertion, Jie is fighting off Marcus' powerful influence, and Eleanor is caught violently between the real and spirit worlds. I thought it a little contrived that Allison happened to know a man in Cairo who owed her family money, but I can forgive it. The hijinks that follow are worth the bit of hand waving. this finale strikes like lightning, With everyone in turmoil, this is a tense and emotional book. Eleanor is in crisis. She struggles to navigate her relationships in the wake of recent tragedies--her terrifying love for Daniel, her deeply personal connection with Oliver, the apprehension she sees from Joseph and Jie, the puzzle of Allison. Every page is an emotional struggle, made more devastating because there's no room for flights of emotion. It's breakneck and absolutely thrilling. Marcus always seems to be one step ahead, so there's never room to breath or get comfortable. There were so many moments that stopped my heart, had me gasping or actually crying out--but also sweet scenes, moments of love ("Too.") and friendship. It all leads into the gut-wrenching final battle, a clash that threatens to shred the boundaries between reality and spirit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this trilogy but overall this is my favorite one in the trilogy. I think it has a lot of sacrifice but also a lot of romance. its Really good.
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
Strange And Ever After is the final book in the Something Sweet And Deadly Trilogy, set in a historical time period, combining steampunk and zombies which gives every one of the books a gothic feel, and will send you on a journey across the world. This book mainly takes place in Egypt, as Eleanor, the spirit-hunters and Oliver trek down Marcus to destroy him once and for all. Without giving too much away, the power that Eleanor possesses is gradually increasing as is her hatred and fury for Marcus, still trying to keep away from the hellhounds that are after her, and also her will they-won't they relationship with Daniel will finally be resolved. All questions are answered by the time the book comes to a close, but not everybody makes it out alive, and it's because of this that I disliked the end so much, after everything that all of these characters have suffered and been put through, I would expect all of them together to receive their well deserved happily ever afters, but instead we end up suffering the loss of a character that just ruined the whole series for me. However I have enjoyed Susan's writing and imagery throughout the trilogy, and  I will certainly keep an eye out for her next release.
erinlee20 More than 1 year ago
Ok – anyone who knows me knows of my love for the Something Strange and Deadly series. Ever since I finished book two, I have been patiently waiting for the final book of the series and imagine my extreme reaction when my lovely friend @book_junkee says “Hey, I just happen to have a copy…do you want to read it?” (I am paraphrasing here but it went something like that.) Anyway….OF COURSE I wanted to read it and dropped everything the second it came in the mail. Sadly, I have to give it back so….I do have to write my review. I will leave you with my images and spoiler tag the rest of it as it doesn’t come out until July and I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone. Please know that if you do unhide this review, you might read something that gives something away. Consider yourself warned. [So…Eleanor is with the Spirit Hunters and knows she will need to face Marcus to defeat him. In addition to that challenge, she needs to figure out how to control her powers. She still thinks her magic is something that will help her and the Spirit Hunters tend to disagree. They continue to butt heads because of her use of the magic and of course, Oliver’s presence.  A lot happens in this final book…so much, I don’t know if I can talk about it all. Jie is taken by Marcus, the group heads to Egypt to prevent Marcus from raising the Black Pullet, and Eleanor and Daniel’s relationship definitely takes a step in the right direction (in my opinion). Although I will talk about some things here, I refuse to give anything away. Eleanor is still a great character. Like anyone, she has her good qualities and her bad qualities but I think what I really like about her is that she isn’t afraid to face anything head on – regardless of whether she is afraid of it or not and she is smart. Don’t get me wrong, there are times where if I were her friend I would have asked her what the heck she was doing but in the whole scheme of things, she still came through. There is definitely some growth with her as well. She faces some tough decisions. She also grows into her magic and finally figures out her relationships with everyone around her.  Oliver….Ollie….he continues to push Eleanor to help him and then release him. Despite this, and whether he likes it or not, he continues to develop a friendship with Eleanor. He is there for her through everything and not just because she commands it. He absolutely changes through this book and I loved seeing the growth of his character and that is all I can say about him. Just so you can see how, I will leave you with this image of him. I looked up to Oliver with a smile. “You survived, “ I said. He stepped to me and brushed a light, almost casual kiss over my forehead. “As did you.” Now…Daniel. You know how much I love him right? If not, please see my other reviews. I had a lot of stickies in this book and about 95% of them are parts related to Daniel….and I’m not ashamed. There is soooo much I love about him. He is willing to do whatever it takes to protect those he loves – especially Jie, Joseph, and Eleanor. When he and Eleanor are finally up front about their feelings and what they want, it all starts to come together. With Marcus still out there, Daniel knows things are dangerous for everyone. Because of that, he wants to be honest and up front with Eleanor. When she finally comes to her senses…it was the BEST! Despite the fact that this is a galley and may not even have all the same content as the final copy, I will still include some swoon from Daniel. ”We don’t need music.” Narrowing the space between us, he slid one arm tentatively around my waist. When I didn’t pull away, he grew braver and tugged me close. Then his left hand gently clasped my right. “The last time we danced,” he said, “at that ball in Paris, you were bewitched. I want you to have a new memory of dancin’ with me.” He eased into a slow one-two-three, one-two-three. “And” – he briefly touched his forehead to mine – “I want to have a new memory too.”  Ok, ok…I don’t think I really gave anything away but hopefully this review also doesn't come across as too vague. Just trust me when I say, if you have not started this series you should probably do that now. This one has everything – zombies, swoony boys, action, demons….I could go on and on here. You can bet that no matter what Susan Dennard writes next, it will be on my to read shelf immediately and I applaud her on a wonderful close to this series. There were so many feels and I’m not ashamed to admit it…a few tears but I loved it and wish I could continue reading about these characters and their stories. I will leave you with the thought that I just have a lot of feelings about this story!