Monday, July 22, 2013

BLOG TOUR: A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard [ARC Review + Giveaway!]


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Publication Date: July 23rd 2013
Published by: Harper Teen
Pages: 416
Source: Publisher via tour host
Organized by: Rockstar Book Tours
Summary from Goodreads (here):
Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath.
But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again.
When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone.

MY THOUGHTS:

A Darkness Strange and LOVELY was a great sequel. It was an intense, action packed, mystery; filled with more ZOMBIES, and NEW Characters! I LOVED Something Strange and Deadly and had been waiting for this book anxiously, so when I got this I DEVOURED it. I can never get enough of these character and there crazy adventures! I NEED book #3 like NOW! WHY MUST I WAIT ANOTHER YEAR ;_; *now moving on from my book desperation*
I love how Susan Dennard can pull me back in time. Just like in book one I can imagine the inventions, the gowns, the zombies and the era. In this book we also move to PARIS! The City of Lights has never felt more mysterious to me and alive as it was in this book :) It makes for the perfect place to create mischief and for evil plots to occur }:)
Okay, Eleanor needs the Spirit Hunters now and goes in search for them and that's when things go from bad to crazy. And YES things get more dangerous and deadly O.O She not only has to deal with Marcus but she has to deal with HELLHOUNDS and DEMONS! On her way to the Spirit Hunters Eleanor meets Oliver and Laurel. Whom turned out to be my favorite new additions to the series. Oliver has some DEEP secrets and i wanted to KNOW MORE about him but i loved his humor, honesty, and wit. In this book Eleanor gets tougher. She goes through lots of difficult things; like dealing with people mocking her, hating her, and trying to kill her. I liked watching her grow and also learning to cope with her new powers.
Ah, Daniel *Swoon* I STILL LOVE YOU! So eventually Eleanor & Daniel reunite after the awkward scene back in P.A. Is Eleanor heartbroken? YES. She tries so hard to forget Daniel but it's no use she loves him! AND OMG IT WAS SO CUTE :3 Watching Daniel try to be a gentleman for El and how he blushed and stuttered was so endearing. In this book Eleanor & Daniels roles have switched. He's living the life in Paris while she's turned into a carefree determined woman. While he's out at parties she's out investigating.
So I don't wanna spill all the beans but there is a ball, there are several attacks by the living dead, and there is this huge mysterious diabolical plot that slowly gives us clues and by the end it ALL MAKES SENSE. There are some emotional, gut wrenching, and stress increasing scenes too! I cried a bit too XP just warning ya.
THE ENDING was like BAM! I didn't think things could get even more crazy but they did and OMG U MUST READ IT. It was amazing. There's a kinda-kidnapping, a kinda - sacrifice attempt, and a STEAMY KISSING SCENE! No cliffhanger but definitely need to read more to see where all the clues are pointing at and where it's all going to go down.

OVERALL RATING:

A MUST READ for lover's of the first book. Perfect series to start with for those venturing into steampunk or zombies. Has the perfect amount of action, danger, mystery, and romance! I'm giving it 4.5 out of 5 STARS!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Susan Dennard is a writer, reader, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. She used to be a marine biologist, but now she writes novels.
And not novels about fish either, but novels about kick-butt heroines and swoon-worthy rogues (she really likes swoon-worthy rogues).
She lives in the Midwest with her French husband and Irish setter, and her debut, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY, is now available from HarperTeen.
Find and Follow her on: Twitter|Goodreads | Facebook | Blog | Website

THE GIVEAWAY!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
NEXT STOPS ON THE TOUR:

7/23/2013 - IceyBooks
7/24/2013 - Working for the Mandroid
7/25/2013 - The Reader's Antidote
7/26/2013 - Two Chicks on Books

THAT'S IT! HAVE U READ IT? SOUND INTERESTING? LEAVE A COMMENT & ENTER :)

34 comments:

  1. This is so cool :) I adored the first book!

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    1. :D so glad to hear you adored the first book! Thanks for stopping by Rachel, MUCH <333!

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  2. Wonderful giveaway! We're dying to read this amazing book! =)

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    1. And the waiting was SO WORTH IT Rose! It was amazing :) thanks for stopping by Rose, MUCH <33!

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  3. I love the first book it's a perfect mix of zombies to story. I can't wait to read the next one.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Right!?! These books are just a perfect balance with the zombies in them :) Cant wait for you to read the awesome in book 2! Thanks for stopping by Mandy, MUCH <333!

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  4. So glad it doesn't endi n a cliffhanger after all the action crazyness! I'm so excited for this book!!

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    1. Lol, so am I. If there had been a cliffhanger I would have been pulling my hair out XP Hope you enjoy it when its out! Thanks for stopping by Ellie *awesome name* MUCH bloggy <333!

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  5. Awesome giveaway, can't wait to read it!

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    1. Thanks and hope you love it when it comes out Brittany. Thanks for stopping by, MUCH <3!

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  6. I read SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY and I'm very excited for this one!

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    1. COOL. Hope you enjoy it when you read it too. Thanks for stopping by Elisabeth, MUCH bloggy <33 and HUGS!! :D

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  7. I haven't read Something Strange and Deadly, yet, though it is actually in my Amazon shopping cart. waiting to be ordered. It looks so fantastic and I'm glad that the sequel was rockin. It's always so disappointing when sequels don't hold up to book number 1.

    Brynna

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    1. @_@ poor little book waiting to come home. IT SO WAS FANTASTIC :) and yeah the sequel rocked. RIGHT!?! I hats it when sequels don't hold up like the first book but thankfully not the case here XP Thanks for stoppping by Brynna, MUCH <33!

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  8. This has been sitting on my TBR for awhile. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

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    1. Lol, it was on my TBR too but now I cross it off and say I loved it :) hope you enjoy it as much as me when you get ur hands on one! Thanks for stopping by Jillyn, MUCH <333!

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  9. Great review! I'm so glad you're loving this series as I really want to read it! It sounds SO good and really unique! ^.^

    Pity the first giveaway isn't international. :( Good luck to everyone who enters though! :)

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    1. :3 Thanks Rachel and I SO AM LOVING this series! Yeah sorry about that but I didn't make the rules XP Thanks for stopping by though & commenting! MUCH <333!

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  10. Awesome! I haven't read the first one yet, but I'm definitely planning to. Good luck everyone! :D

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    1. :D Glad to hear your going to read the first one because it was Amazing! Thanks for stopping by January *cool name*, MUCH <3!

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  11. I loved loved loved Something Strange and Deadly! I sped through that book so fast because it was just too good to put down. It was interesting and a good amount of action and suspense. I am super excited to read A Darkness Strange and Lovely. And seriously these covers are just so amazingly pretty. I love the dresses and the colors. :D

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    1. OMG RIGHT?! Those covers are EPICLY GORGEOUS. SO happy to hear you LOVED LOVED LOVED Something strange and deadly :D You will LOVE A Darkness Strange and Lovely too! Thanks for stopping by Evette, MUCH <3!

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  12. Great giveaway. The comments make me think this would be an interesting read.

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    1. And the comments are right ;) Thanks for stopping by Sherry :D

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  13. I absolutely love the covers for this series. Story sounds good, too.

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    1. I LOVE the covers too XD And the story is rocking :) Thanks for stopping by Holly, MUCH <3!

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  14. I loved the first one and cannot wait to read more!! I'm so glad to hear A Darkness Strange and Lovely is just as good!!

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    1. YAY, glad you loved the first book and YOU HAVE TO READ the second one too! And it so is :D Thanks for stopping by Alicia, MUCH <33!

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  15. I havent read these books,yet. i have them on my wish list to get and cant wait to read them!!! thanks for the giveaway!!!

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    1. YAY! Can't wait for you to start this epic adventure with these books :D Thanks for stopping by Sarah, MUCH <33!

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  16. I've been meaning to read these books for a long time now. They sound amazing! Thanks for the chance to win :D

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    1. THEY SO ARE AMAZING!!! You have to read them :D Thanks for stopping by Kayla, MUCH <33!

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  17. I completely loved the first book. I can't wait to read book two. <3 Plus, the covers are so insanely wonderful!

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    1. YAYAYAY!!! SO happy to hear you LOVED the first book. Can't wait for you to read book #2 too and the covers SO ARE! Thanks for stopping by Taylor, MUCH <3!!

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