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Strange and Ever After

(Something Strange and Deadly #3)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,275 ratings  ·  532 reviews
In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.

With supernatural forces, epic romance, and a mysterious Egyptian city, Eleanor and her team are set for an adventure they will n
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by HarperTeen
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shady boots

It was absolutely beautiful, but goddammit WHYYYYY. I WAS SOBBING.

I just cannot express how much I straight-up clicked with this series. The characters were all absolutely wonderful, and goddammit, Susan Dennard knows how to fucking write, man. I was never bored for a second. The amount of action was satisfying and none of the books ever dragged during the slow moments.

Operation finish-a-trilogy-in-one-week complete. And man, what a delightfu
Well, kids. This is the first book I have ever cried at. The feels are overwhelming and I won't say another word about it.

Thank you, Sooz, for this amazing journey.
High Lady of The Night Court
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal-read
I've had a great run with this series and as much fun as I had I will miss these characters. The ending of this book has left me feeling both very proud of the characters and extremely heartbroken. I have grown to love these characters and I really enjoyed seeing how these characters have evolved and grown over the span of these 3 books.

All 3 books follow the main concept of necromancy, the undead, and the spirit hunters. This book starts off with our characters boarding the Airship to find Mar
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 Stars

From the first moment we met parasol-wielding Eleanor in Something Strange and Deadly, I've been a fan of this series. While A Darkness Strange and Lovely clearly suffered from Middle Book Syndrome, Strange and Ever After most definitely did not. Out of all the conclusions I've read lately, this installment feels the most conclusive. Dennard not only notches up the pace of this final novel, but she also heightens the risk and danger. As such, Strange and Ever After is a non-stop
5 stars because honestly, this was a splendid book and I'm so sad that it's over.
The characters in this book grew a lot, especially Eleanor. I'm glad of that. Though it's not the ending I would have wanted, I felt as if there were no unanswered questions left behind. Everything fit.

oh good lord that cover is beyond gorgeous and deserves 5 stars just for that alone.

now Egypt. oh my gosh why must I wait a full year?
oh, dear Eleanor and Daniel.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard
Book Three of the Something Strange and Deadly series
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
Rating: 2 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too l
Erin Arkin
This is all I can provide right now....

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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 th
This book was everything I wanted in the finale to this series. I wanted to savour the book so much, and one of the things I remember the most while reading this was how much I didn't want the book to end, but I knew I needed to get to the ending, and my god, did that ending kill me!

In Strange and Ever After, our gang of heroes are still searching for the Necromancer at the heart of the zombie uprising, Marcus. Jie has been kidnapped, and they are heading to Egypt to stop Marcus from gaining eve
What I love most about this trilogy is that you could really see how much it's grown with each book. I remember the first novel in the trilogy being solely a fun and entertaining zombie read, but when I think of it now, that's really all I remember it as; then, when I read the second book and Strange and Ever After back-to-back, I saw a noticeable change in tone, and I loved that. Novels that are just fun for the sake of being fun are perfectly fine by me, as evidenced by the high rating I gave ...more
Sarah Mac
What the heck happened to this series?

I quite enjoyed Book 1. It was a tight story -- close location, small cast of normal-ish characters with identifiable problems, & an overhanging conflict that demanded immediate action in a believable context (or as believable as zombies get). I didn't even mind the tinge of electrical magic hooking into the zombie problem, as the explanation -- i.e., ties to voodoo -- seemed natural enough, given the understated steampunkish fantasy of the story.

Even thou
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Don't hate me but I didn't love this as much as the other books. Maybe I was just ready for it to be over or there was just too much going on... whatever it was, it didn't grab me like the others.

I am glad I have finished this series. :)
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
4.5 Stars. Okay let's be serious...5 stars!!

** I received an advanced copy from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.**

First Impression
Something Strange and Deadly was a series I'd hear people talk about often but in all honesty I really had no idea that they were talking about. So I finally did my research, read the synopsis and I knew this would be a good series!! How often do you come across the combination of zombies in an historical setting? Never. While I did reall
Erin Bowman
Santa sent me an ARC of this, and it was everything I wanted it to be and more. In full disclosure, I am good friends and critique partners with Susan, but I promise you my love for this story is genuine. I'd read the first two thirds of this book in word doc form, and loved it. I read the ending in bound ARC form and cried happy, bittersweet tears.

There is so much to love about this book. Pyramids! Necromancy! Mummies and magic and flying airships! Susan brought 1876 Philadelphia and Paris to l
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
So... that happened. For all that this has its fair share of action and surprises... it was a fairly boring and unnecessarily convoluted trip to get to the end. I'm sad that a series that started with such fun and potential ended with a lackluster third novel.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the best conclusions I've ever read. EVER.

Review to come.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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THIS is how you end a trilogy, my friends. Like a freaking BAMF. Seriously, I had my doubts going in after a favorite trilogy went down in a fiery mess of plotberg, but Dennard’s ending is more than I could have dreamed. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful and sassy and perfection. Also, Dennard is a recap queen. I’m going to be honest and say that I didn’t remember book two super well, but Dennard got me up to speed in no time and
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
eleanor started annoying me in book two and it continued till the first half of book 3. she was being selfish, ungrateful, unsympathetic and bratty. she had a mindset that she wasn't in the fault, and that everyone else were pushing her into a corner. as if she had no part in play in where she was heading to. but her character development was gradual and fulfilling. when eleanor started to view in other people's perspectives, understand where they were coming from and acknowledging that she was ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars: A shocking conclusion to an exciting trilogy.

Eleanor and the Spirit Hunters are headed to Marseille, France to hunt down Marcus and recover Jie. As their air ship hovers over the city, the gang realizes that something is terribly wrong. A sea of hungry corpses assault them, and the Spirit Hunters are in the fight for their lives. Once they turn back the undead, and gain the much needed information they need to help destroy Marcus, they head to Egypt. In Egypt they hope to find the ke
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
This is the third and final book in the ‘Something Strange and Deadly’ series, and picks up where book 2 leaves off.

I really liked the first two books in this series, but this was a disappointment.

Eleanor did what Eleanor wanted in this book, to the detriment of everyone else, and I actually started to get a bit annoyed with her. I didn’t even feel sorry for her over what ha
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm just... I can't. I'm...sobbing. I feel betrayed. Utterly betrayed. This book's almost perfect. Except the fact that...that... he died. I can't.

How could you do this to me, Sooz?
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it

colleen the convivial curmudgeon

(Ranting ahead. You've been warned.)

(And it's probably not what you think it might be (if you've read it).)


I liked the first book of this series. I mean, it wasn't mind blowing or anything, but it was a fun little gothic sort of adventure with an anachronistically spunky heroine, which I appreciate.

I forgave many of the foibles of the second book figuring that it was mostly middle book syndrome. Yes, it took an already loosely defined magic and added to it, but not deepening it, and it
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-arc
I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect the outcome of my opinion in any way.

I have to admit this is one of those series that belongs on that “why haven’t I started this yet” list. So, when I got the opportunity to review Strange & Ever After, I jumped at the chance. I read all four books in three days — I was obsessed and couldn’t do anything else until I had finished reading.

I love the way this series grew — the first book in Phila
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Amazing finish to a phenomenal series! While I didn’t love the bittersweet ending, I did enjoy the story overall and would highly recommend this to any YA paranormal fans!

Opening Sentence: I was not supposed to be here.

The Review:

Eleanor Fitts has lost everything; her brother, her mother, and now her best friend, Jie. The person responsible for all her loss is the evil necromancer, Marcus. Now Eleanor is out for revenge and she will stop at noth
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What I Thought: Strange and Ever After is a stunning, tragic yet beautiful conclusion to the Something Strange and Deadly series. For three books now, we have grown to love these characters, considering friends and most definitely developing crushes on certain people *ahem* Daniel *ahem* but now it is time to say goodbye.

Strange and Ever After takes from France to Egypt this time and the whirlwind adventure continues. Marcus is still one step ahead, but Eleanor, Joseph, Daniel and Oliver are det
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.

After reading the first two books of this trilogy, I was eager and excited to leap into this concluding chapter. I am delighted to report that this volume continued the excellence from the previous installments.

Picking up only hours after the end of A Darkness Strange and Lovely, we see our heroes journeying by airship from Paris to Marseille in pursuit of the evil necromancer Marcus and his captive, Jie. Magic and action increase as the
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this final installment quite a few months ago and never wrote anything here. But you should all know this book, like the rest in the series, is brilliant. I can't help buy sigh and maybe even tear up a little bit just thinking about the feels. So incredibly fantastic, this book haunts me and makes me think about everything - whether I want to or not.

Longer review to come...
Wendy kind of in a shock right now after finishing. umm full series review to come. but really with that ending (?!?)
Tara Higgins
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5. i did not like the ending.
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Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.

She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange & Deadly series.

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Something Strange and Deadly (3 books)
  • Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)
  • A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)

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