Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Book Club: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard Week Three

Welcome to week three of the Something Strange and Deadly Book Club! Next week I'll receive the final discussion question from the author, Susan Dennard. Read on for this week's question!

Eleanor finds herself more and more intrigued by (perhaps even attracted to) Daniel Sheridan, the inventor of the Spirit-Hunters. What is it about him that appeals to her? And vice versa, what do you think attracts Daniel to Eleanor?

Then there’s Clarence Wilcox, the seemingly perfect eligible bachelor. Why do you think Eleanor doesn’t like Clarence?

I think there are many reasons why Eleanor is attracted to Daniel by not Clarence. Reasons that revolve around all three of them. Note, that I haven't read the book in a while, so my details may be a little fuzzy.

I'll start with Eleanor. She is a very strong-willed person and is ahead of her time as far as feminism goes. Remember, the story takes place in the 19th century. Women haven't yet won their rights and are expected to be married off to the highest bidder. Eleanor wants more for herself and her abilities, and so she's not just going to go with the flow. While being with Clarence is what's expected of her, she wants to stand out, if only subconsciously. Whereas Daniel provides the perfect fit. Along with the fact that his personality matches hers perfectly (even if they don't realize it), Daniel embodies the forbidden aspect. He's the guy her mother would not approve of and therefor means that she's not complying with the rules and expectations. Daniel treats Eleanor as more than a piece of furniture and doesn't only ask her, but expects her to be able to take care of herself.

Daniel is also attracted to Eleanor. Why? Because Eleanor is a strong-willed female who doesn't take smack from no one. He likes that he can't push her around, even if he doesn't realize it. In a time when men are still viewed as the largely superior gender, Daniel wants an equal. Eleanor also embodies the forbidden aspect to him. No matter how broke her family is, Eleanor is still a part of high society. Daniel is much lower down on the food chain and many view him as a fool for messing around with the Dead. Eleanor simply isn't like the other women he knows, namely Jie, and so the fact that she's different draws him in. While she's not physically strong, Eleanor is, as stated before, extremely strong-willed and has a fiery temper.

The two of them are ahead of the times. They don't take smack-talk from anyone, they are anything but ignorant, face problems head-on, and view the other as an equal-despite social and gender differences. Eleanor doesn't look down on him and Daniel doesn't treat her like snob. The two are strong apart, but are even better together.

Author Bio:
I’m a 28-year-old reader, writer, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. I used to be a marine biologist, but now I write novels. And not novels about fish either, but novels about kick-butt heroines and swoon-worthy rogues (I really like swoon-worthy rogues).

I live in the Midwestern US with my French husband and Irish setter, and you can learn more about my crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on twitter, facebook, or Goodreads.

My debut, Something Strange and Deadly, is now available from HarperTeen, and you will never believe how happy this makes me!

Something Strange and Deadly:
There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

The year is 1876 and Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

A Darkness Strange and Lovely:

With her brother dead and her mother insane, Eleanor Fitt is alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and the handsome Daniel—have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor hears the vicious barking of hounds and see haunting yellow eyes, she fears that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are after her.

To escape, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. But Oliver harbors a dangerous secret involving necromancy and black magic that entices Eleanor beyond words. If she can resist him, she’ll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over, and there’s a whole new evil lurking. And she is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.

In Paris, there’s a price for this darkness strange and lovely, and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.

Perfect for readers Libba Bray’s The Diviners and Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel series, this spellbinding sequel to Something Strange and Deadly delivers a mix of intrigue, supernatural forces, intense romance, and revenge, all set against the enchanting backdrop of nineteenth-century Paris.

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