Hello, all! Today’s post is a review on the third, and final book in the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy, Strange Ever After by Susan Dennard. The synopsis will be included in this posts, like in all of my other reviews. And the book description does contain spoilers, so you’ve now been officially warned!
It has been a tumultuous time for Eleanor Fitt since life as she knew it in Philadelphia came abruptly to an end. Although the Spirit-Hunters Joseph, Jie, and Daniel have helped her survive, Eleanor has lost just about everything.
And now, Jie is missing taken by the evil necromancer Marcus. Eleanor is determined not only to get her back but to finally end this nightmare. To do so, she must navigate the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt amid the rising Dead, her unresolved feelings for Daniel, and her volatile relationships with Joseph and Oliver, her demon. And it won’t be easy. Because Allison, her friend from Philadelphia, has tagged along, becoming strangely entangled in Eleanor’s mission.
It will take all of Eleanor’s powers of black magic, and all of Daniel’s and Joseph’s trust, to succeed. But there will be a price.”
Strange and Ever After may be my favourite instalment out of the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy. And I’m not saying that because Strange and Ever After is the last book.. I’m saying that purely because this book out of the entire trilogy evoked feelings that I didn’t think I would associate with Eleanor’s story.
In this last story, we see Eleanor overcome quite a few things. I won’t get specific, just that Eleanor proves to herself and to the other characters, that she is just as strong as the rest of her friends.
Strange and Ever After ended in a manner that I didn’t and couldn’t expect at all. I’ll say that the ending feels like it was rushed, but at the time everything seemed to fall into place in a way that I didn’t expect with this series. The ending feels rushed because one scene pretty much lead the story to the end of the series, and I know that’s how endings are supposed to happen, but really?? I totally think that what happened could have been avoided. What happened just felt so incredibly rushed; even though I find the ending was written very well.
What happened in this story is nothing short of phenomenal. There were twists and turns that I didn’t expect; but completely suited the needs of the story development. — Strange and Ever After was such an action packed novel from the beginning, middle, and end – that when the story and the overall events of the whole trilogy were finally laid to rest…the ending feels bittersweet.
I can see in my mind where the story would lead, if Susan Dennard would chose to write more of Eleanor’s story. And even though I so desperately want more of this story, —words I’d never thought I’d put out into the world!— I know that this story has been officially ended. It’s nice -and comforting- that these character’s stories have ended with them being at peace with some of the things that have happened in their lives.
Overall, I ended up being way more invested in Strange and Ever After than I hoped to believe I would. I ended up liking a lot of the characters, and have I said yet, that my heart still breaks every time I remember a scene? I can feel my heart break into little, itty bitty pieces.
So you should totally read the series if you haven’t! If you’ve read these books already, you can find my review of Something Strange and Deadly, here; and my review of the second book, A Darkness Strange and Lovely, here.
Thank you so much for reading my review of Strange and Ever After!