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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-02-29 23:36
Strange and Ever After

I thought that this was a strong conclusion to the series. I really took me until the end of this book to really love the main character. I think it is important to remember that in his series "magic" is  drug and that has negative effect on the character in many ways. I loved the unexpected twists this this book threw at me and it really shocked me where this book went. It was fast pace adventure with limited time to sit and catch your breath. I was so upset but the unexpected death at the end because i did not see that coming and it was very sad.

 

I thought that three locations that we went to over the course of the series so so well- written and it was like i was on this adventure with her. I have never read a book about zombie before and it was welcome take on them.  The book world building was strong as well and that was something I always liked about his novel.

 

Check it my video Spoiler review below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3xkxThLiNs

 

 

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review 2014-08-25 17:34
NICOLE'S REVIEW: Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard
Strange and Ever After - Susan Dennard

This is it, the final battle, the moment that will decide whether Eleanor manages to win against the evil that took her mother, her brother and now her friend Jie or ultimately lose everyone dear to her. Eleanor travels all over the place in this installment, from Paris to Marseilles and then to Egpyt, if I'm not mistaken, trying to stop Marcus and hoping to save the life of her friend.

 

The final installment of this series is...I can't. It's killer. As in when I read...THAT PART (no spoilers) I had to do a reread because why why why why why. Cue ugly crying people. Ugh. On to the review.

 

Eleanor's control of her powers is getting better but her powers and her demon companion still cause strife between her and the Spirit Hunters seeing as how they're totally against her necromancy. I'm glad that Daniel and Eleanor's relationship actually progresses in this installment and Eleanor does grow as a character. I mean sure sometimes her decisions leave me baffled but Eleanor's a smart girl and fearless too and she always manages to push through. Sometimes I wonder why Eleanor's so afraid of her magic but then I realize it's not exactly unicorns and rainbows when it comes to raising the dead. Dead is dead and zombies aren't pretty.

 

If you've read the second book you'll know that Eleanor and Oliver are not on good terms but I like how their friendship doesn't just disappear and they manage to bridge the gap between them. He's the one who always urges Eleanor to hone her powers and free him from their contract. And despite his anger and hurt he still cares. 


Strange and Ever After is hard to put down, Eleanor encounters trouble every which way she turns to the point that it looks like she just can't win. And when all was said and done, the ending was terribly poignant. It's one of the more conclusive endings I've read, with all the loose ends tied up. It was sad but Dennard managed to make it hopeful so while I might have thrown a little tantrum I got over it quickly enough. I'm satisfied and I will definitely read the next book the author releases. 


Thank you for this series Susan Dennard, it was wonderful.

Source: thetwinsread.blogspot.com/2014/08/nicoles-review-strange-and-ever-after.html
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review 2014-08-11 21:21
Strange and Ever After
Strange and Ever After - Susan Dennard

As the last book in this trilogy, Strange and Ever After neatly wrapped all of the loose ends with a conclusion that was largely satisfying, although unexpected. The pace was picked up in this book, with all kinds of twists and turns that took the story into new and uncharted territory.

 

The book begins in Paris, but soon Eleanor, Ollie, and the Spirit Hunters find themselves in Marseille and finally Egypt. The book opens with sad news for Eleanor from Allison, who has come to France from Philadelphia. She quickly attaches herself to the group, despite Eleanor's every effort to leave her behind. Eleanor is feeling very alone at the moment, estranged from not only Allison, but from Ollie and the Spirit Hunters, too. Ollie no longer trusts her and the Hunters are still completely against Eleanor's use of her abilities. It has made her rather irritable and tired of having to constantly justify and explain herself.

 

While the romance was definitely kicked up a notch between Daniel and Eleanor, the relationship between Eleanor and Ollie was also a big focus of the story. His anger is almost palpable and he is downright exasperating. But as the story unfolds, we start to really understand him and why he is the way he is. By the end, after distrusting him for most of the series, I grew to love his character.

 

I think the only criticism I really have was the unexpected turn of events for a particular character. There is always loss in a novel, especially a concluding novel, but there are some losses that are more heart wrenching then others and that create a bittersweet and beautiful ending, more than a HEA.

 

My Recommendation

 

This a great series and I am sad to see it end! The steampunk theme is a big part of it and I love the mix of that and zombies! Unique and fun! I gave it 4.5 mugs!

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review 2014-08-08 00:00
Strange and Ever After
Strange and Ever After - Susan Dennard

tl;dr - | ✭✭✭✭✩ | THIS BOOK! Oh my goodness. The ending. Sigh. I enjoyed this book, it was better than the second in my opinion. I loved the setting (Egypt, hurray!), the character development. 


Description - In this finale to the trilogy, Eleanor, Oliver, and the Spirit Hunters are in pursuit of Marcus who is heading to Egypt. Marcus took her brother, her mother, and now Jie and Eleanor knows she must be the one to stop Marcus for good, even if it means using her powers that Daniel and Joseph despise. But that is easier said than done, as Eleanor's old friend Allison has shown up and inserted herself right in the middle of this mess. Not only does Eleanor have to figure out her feelings for Daniel, what she's going to do about Oliver, rescue Jie, but now she must make sure Allison remains safe and ignorant to the events going on as well. The only way to beat Marcus is to face him head on, a battle to the end. 


Oh man. Oh man, oh man. So this is the end to the series. And what an ending it is. Eleanor has become essentially power hungry. She is a very different Eleanor from when the series started. She is willing to do whatever she needs to do defeat Marcus, even it means destroying herself in the process. 


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Her relationships with everyone she knows are straining. She doesn't know how she feels about Daniel or how to interact with him, especially since he doesn't approve of her powers. Joseph is continually disappointed when she uses her powers, and Oliver wants her to use them for his own selfish reasons. She doesn't know how to navigate the waters of these stormy relationships. She is desperate to keep Allison ignorant to details of their journey, but is finding that a harder task than she originally imagined. And Jie! Poor, kidnapped Jie. Forced to wear gowns and her hair all fancy like a true lady... 


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Anyways. This story definitely didn't have the ending I anticipated. Even though it was kind of hinting towards what would happen... There is just kind of a notion that YA can't be ruthless. And the ending was. It was definitely and ending that was so sad and hurt, but - as much as I hate to admit it - it was the right ending. Actions have consequences, and you have to live with them. And this ending follows that. As hard as the ending was, it was a wonderful ending to the series. I really, really enjoyed my time in this world. I've definitely bought the books and will read them again! 

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review 2014-08-06 22:22
Review: Strange and Everafter
Strange and Ever After - Susan Dennard

Well I finish the book. But not without tears. Yes, the author made me cry.

 

Plot: The plot follows where the last book left off so if you have not read this series go and read it. It is awesome. Eleanor is dealing with what her brother started. It gets even more dangerous and with every chapter, Eleanor loses more of what she loves. Throughout this story Eleanor, is doing her best to save everyone. With much drama occurring in-between, its hard for Eleanor to trust anyone. The plot moves at a fast pace. There is much going on so the reader doesn’t ever feel bored or lost.

 

Action/Places: One thing I really enjoyed in this story is Eleanor’s travels. She goes to places and of course they are always on the run from someone or something. The description of the places as well as Eleanor’s epic battles totally captures me in the book.

Ending: I don’t want to say much to ruin anything but gosh the author made me cry!! I just could not believe it. So much struggle with emotions and the loss hit me hard. I wanted to fight for Eleanor. It just wasn’t fair. But I understood. *TEARS*

 

Strange and Ever After gives the reader an epic ending! Flowing with much action and drama, the story carries the reader through the last pages heartbroken yet happy.

 

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