I have seen so many people loving this book! I have also seen all types of Robin Hood movies and read a few books about him as well, so I really do ad...moreI have seen so many people loving this book! I have also seen all types of Robin Hood movies and read a few books about him as well, so I really do adore him. I mean come on he steals from the rich to help the poor! He turns a bad deed into a good one. That’s an honorable man. And even though he’s a character in this book, the story focuses more on Will Scarlet, who is just Scarlet to most, and who’s a girl!
I love historical fiction with girls as the main lead. I just can’t help it. When I was studying history, there were only a few mentions of strong women in the past. Heroes were always mentioned left to right. I do love heroes but when I read a book nowadays about strong women in the past, my heart gets all fluttery.
Scarlet is such fantastic character. She was strong, but she was also weak. Qualities every person has. She could protect herself, and she was able to get out of tough situations, but even the best thief needs back-up. When you are part of Robin Hood’s band of thieves, you fight for the people but you also fight to protect each other.
At first, you don’t know much about Scarlet. Things you do know her at first is… she is pretending to be a boy, she keeps everything to herself, and she tries not to get close to anyone. You figure out she has a bad past, that led her to becoming a thief. When her past does come into revelation, I was shocked. Even though I know a lot of things about Robin Hood, I did not see Scarlet’s past becoming such a shocker to me. I should have pieced it together earlier.
The writing went well with the setting. With a voice likes Scarlet, it takes you back into the past and you experience everything along with her.
Fantastic read! The life of a thief is not a boring one, every day is an adventure! A life that is even more adventurous when you’re a girl. I am now a fan of A. C. Gaughen, and I will be watching for her next novel.
Susan Dennard's writing caught my attention from the first page. Something Strange and Deadly is about a girl named Eleanor Fitt, who recently finds o...moreSusan Dennard's writing caught my attention from the first page. Something Strange and Deadly is about a girl named Eleanor Fitt, who recently finds out that her brother was taken from the Dead. She attends to find her brother and searches for help from the Spirit-Hunters. In this book, there is mystery surrounding the necromancer, the Spirit-Hunters, and even people, Eleanor thought she knew.
You go in circles with this book because the main character, Eleanor is trying to figure out who she can trust and the secrets behind everything. You think you can trust one person, then someone comes in and tells you they’re bad. Ah, it was so frustrating but in a good way. I figured most of it out before Eleanor but it was still fun and shocking when she finds things out.
Eleanor was such a strong, likable character. Everything she did, she did to help her family. I was surprised how much she could keep away from her mother without breaking down. So many horrible secrets. This being a historical novel, you expect Eleanor to be a respectful lady, listening to her mother, and trying to find a suitable, wealthy man. While she is some of those things, I really liked it when she didn’t act like composed lady. I loved her little outbursts and how she surprises the men around her. She does make a few dangerous choices that could have end up killing her, but in the end, you knew she did the right thing.
As for the love interest, ah I wish there was more. Daniel, you stubborn man. You can see the chemistry between the two of them. I especially loved it when Daniel teased Eleanor.
You really get hooked into the story because of all the twists that Susan throws at you. And the ending was a killer. As for the zombies being part of history, I really think Susan did excellent job writing it. I only read a few other undead/historical fiction novels, and this one made it on my top 3 list.
I recommend this novel to anyone who has read Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel or The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges. Those are a few I have read. If you like historical fiction with a dark twist, then you will like this book.