Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)

First Lines: I was not supposed to be here.  Oliver would be furious.  Joseph even more so.

You know, every now and then it’s fun to read a zombie book.  It’s a nice change of pace.  Though I think zombies may be losing their favor in the book realm.  I seem to be running across fewer and fewer of them.  But…zombies!  And the Victorian era!  What a combination!

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Marcus has taken almost everything from Eleanor. Her brother, her mother, Jie.  Determined to get her revenge, Eleanor and her friends end up in Egypt as they follow Marcus.  But things are tense between the Spirit-Hunters.  Eleanor’s relationship with Daniel is uncertain, and Eleanor’s demon, Oliver, isn’t making things easier with anyone.  Top it off with Allison, Eleanor’s old friend who hitched along for the ride, and you could cut the tension with a knife.  The Dead wait for no one, and the consequences are higher now.  Eleanor’s magic comes with a price, and only some will have their ever after.

I hope that was satisfyingly tantalizing.  I tried to make it interesting.

As a little bit of background, I rated the previous book in this series 3 roses.  I was a bit leery about this book for that reason, since I wasn’t sure whether I would love it (like the first book) or sorta like it (like the second book).

As it turned out, this was a much better book than the previous.  I really liked it.  Everything from the settings to the characters seemed better.

Let me break it down.  I’ll start with Eleanor.  I disliked her in the previous book because she seemed like a snot who didn’t realize she was hurting those around her.  (Which was the point, but it was terribly difficult for me to find anything redeeming about her.)  Thankfully, this time around, she was much better.  She still had moments where she accidentally hurt those around her, but she at least realized that she had done wrong.  And I could accept that.

The other characters were great as well.  The two characters that really seemed to grow the most were Daniel and Oliver.  I loved watching both of them change.  Stories are so much more entertaining when they grow throughout the story.  I ❤ Character Development.  I should get that on a T-shirt.

I also adored the setting.  It’s not very often I get to see Egypt in a story, but I’m fairly certain I’ve never seen Victorian-era Egypt in a story ever.  So that was fun and exciting.  Plus, because we’re talking about zombies and the afterlife, a decent portion of the story was devoted to Egyptian mythology.  Yay!  Something else new!

There was a nice amount of action in the story as well.  Plenty of zombie attacks as well as suspenseful situations.  These were nicely balanced with tender moments between Eleanor and her friends as well as with Eleanor’s internal conflicts where she’s pensive and brooding.  Also, there were a handful of really good twists in the plot.  Many of them I saw coming, I admit, but there were a few I was in serious denial about and it still hurt, even though I saw them coming.

Still, I had some issues with the story.  There were some plot twists that seemed to blip up for their scene and then were never seen or talked about again.  Some scenes seemed drawn out or weren’t described in a way so I could picture what was really going on.  Obviously, these aren’t exactly deal breakers here, but they hurt my reading experience.

Overall, it was a great end to this series.  Well, for some characters, it was.  (I said nothing!)

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One thought on “Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)

  1. I haven’t read the rest of this series, but I’m really intrigued by the premise and by the setting for this book. I think I’ll have to pick these up 🙂

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