Title: A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2)
Author: Susan Dennard
Format: Hardback (HarperTeen | Borrowed)
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.
OMG I don’t know what to say but the plot is soooo rich like butter. It is way better than the first and in this book we get to know more about necromancy and it was so intriguing I could not stop reading. There was a portion that creped the hell out of me. That part really matched the title so well. While reading there were parts where I was not happy with Eleanor’s decisions and I was like screaming in my mind why doesn’t she see/ realize it.
We have new characters we have a new enemy and a new friend — Oliver who is the demon that served Eleanor’s brother. It’s like Eleanor is always stuck in a situation where she finds it very difficult to choose side between the Spirit Hunters and Oliver. As we know the Spirit Hunters are very against the idea of dark magic and since Oliver is dark magic they don’t seem to trust Eleanor thinking that she has already given herself to black magic which is not the case and all these arises because Eleanor chose not to tell the full truth when she first met them in France until things went out of control. It pains me when Jie refuses to listen to her. Or even Daniel who thinks that she’s changed or she’s become someone like her brother. This is one of the few books which made me feel for each every one of them.
There’s something about the way she writes which draws me to her books. It somehow gels with the plot and the characters and everything seems interconnected to each other. I guess it was her writing that evoked such strong emotions while reading it.