Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Harper Teen, 388 pages
Publication Date: July 24, 2012
The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…
Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—
The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.
And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.
Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.
I really liked this book. Zombies controlled by a Necromancer, Spirit-Hunters, people getting their heads chopped off. And then you have Eleanor, who is independent (or at least wants to be), speaks her mind when she shouldn't (she's pretty feisty), and is sick of wearing corsets and listening to her mother talk about parties, dresses, and marrying someone. So when her brother is taken, she enters the world of the Spirit-Hunters, and realizes that there is a whole world out there where reputation isn't everything.
I liked Daniel, but I didn't feel as if I got to know him as much as I wanted to. There was some good bantering between he and Eleanor, but still...just wasn't feeling it too much. By the end, I was really starting to feel more of a connection with his character, so I think I will enjoy the next book even more.
Eleanor's mother really annoyed me. Her priorities were so mixed up; it was nice to see Eleanor finally standing up to her. Loved Jie and Joseph.
Clarence...oh, I was really starting to like him and then...(cannot say anymore).
The story was fast-paced and interesting. The big reveal isn't really a surprise, you could see that from way back, but it didn't really keep me from enjoying the book.
The end surprised me in two different ways. One, what happens to Eleanor physically (I can't remember another book where something like that happens). Two, what Daniel says (or doesn't say). I'm just not sure about how I feel about that yet.
I will be reading the next one, which comes out soon (so not too much waiting--yay!)
Posted by: Pam