This week I have selected Something Strange and Deadly because this book has one of the most wicked covers around (always a plus) and the synopsis sucked me in immediately (but reminded me of another recent read). Zombies are always a welcome subject to read about and then include some corsets and I am totally there. So, now that you know my WOW, what is yours?
SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY
by Susan Dennard
Parasols, corsets, and…zombies?! The Luxe meets The Forest of Hands and Teeth in this compelling and witty debut novel—the first in a trilogy that will thrill fans of A Clockwork Angel and lovers of romance, things Victorian, and the macabre.
When her brother is kidnapped, Eleanor Fitt – a sixteen-year-old with a weakness for buttered toast and Shakespeare quotes – must leave the confines of corsets and courtesy to get him back.
It’s 1876, and Philadelphia is hosting the first American World Fair, the Centennial Exhibition. It’s also hosting rancid corpses that refuse to stay dead. When one of those decomposing bodies brings Eleanor a hostage note for her brother, she resolves to do anything to rescue him. But to face the armies of Dead that have him, she’ll need a little help from the Spirit-Hunters.
The Spirit-Hunters, a three-man team hired to protect the Exhibition, have a single goal: return the Dead to their graves. Yet, what began as a handful of shambling bodies has escalated beyond the team’s abilities, and time is running out. Whoever rules the Dead is losing control, and when the leash finally snaps, Philadelphia will be overrun with ravenous corpses.
Now Eleanor must battle the walking Dead and deal with her growing attraction to the team’s inventor, Daniel, an exasperating but gorgeous ex-con. From the steampunk lab of the Spirit-Hunters to the grand halls of the Exhibition, Eleanor must follow the clues – and the bodies – to find her brother and stop the Dead before it’s too late.