Wednesday, 28 May 2014

A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2) by Susan Dennard

A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone.

A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Eleanor has recovered somewhat from her ordeal, but her mother has ended up in a mental hospital. When Eleanor sees Marcus, she’s scared though, and knows she must follow the spirit hunters to Paris to get help.
Can Eleanor find the spirit hunters in time? And should she really be using her innate necromancer powers?

This was a really good second book in the series, and even though it had its slow moments, the ending was awesome!

I liked Eleanor again in this book. She really took the bull by the horns, and continually tried to help, even when she was misguided! That was a real problem for her – knowing who to trust, knowing what was real, knowing who was a bad guy and who was a good guy, and I really couldn’t fault her too much at times, because she really was under really powerful magics.

The storyline in this was pretty good. I will admit that this book had a real slow patch, from the 40% to the 60% marks it was hard to keep reading, but thankfully it really picked up again after that, and the ending was just brilliant!
There were once again several things going on in this book, with both Marcus, and the dead in Paris being big issues, add to that the addition of Oliver (who I’m still unsure about), and the kidnapping of an important person, and the mystery was just wonderful. The tension really ramped up towards the end, and I just couldn’t believe the turns this book made!
The ending when it came was really good! And I was so excited to find out what would happen! I’m really looking forward to reading the final book in the series now! Yay!
Overall; had its slow moments, but also had a nail-biting finish!
8 out of 10.

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