Review: A Darkness Strange and Lovely

Aug •  9 •  2013

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Review: A Darkness Strange and LovelyA Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
Published by HarperTeen on July 23rd 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Steampunk/Fantasy
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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.

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!

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Aug 9, 2013

    There were definitely times when I wanted to shake Daniel in this one too Savy! All the Spirit Hunters really, I felt like they could have given Eleanor a little more benefit of the doubt before they jumped all over her case and were downright cruel to her at times. Still, I loved this book and I can’t wait to see where things are going to go next!

    • Savannah
      Aug 9, 2013

      Jenny, I agree! It was like every time something went wrong they blamed it all on her! Or if nothing went wrong, they still found ways to blame her. UGH!

  2. Giselle
    Aug 9, 2013

    I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book but I still liked it enough to want to read this one. And not just bc the cover is gorgeous. Ok yeah maybe >.<

  3. Candace
    Aug 9, 2013

    I just skimmed your review. I have the first one and I hope to read it really soon, these book sound right up my alley!

  4. I still need to read the first book. This does seem right up my alley so why haven’t I read it? Love kick arse chicks. 😀