Apr 5, 2014
Title: Strange and Ever After
Author: Susan Dennard
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
Overall:5 out of 5 stars
Source: Edelweiss ARC
In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus…all before it’s too late.
Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.
Strange and Ever After definitely redeemed itself from the mediocrity of the second book. Eleanor was a lot more likeable here, and she really grew up in this book. Part of my dislike of A Darkness Strange and Lovely was that Eleanor regressed, she became childish and petty. I was so glad to see that she really came into her own in this book.
Eleanor really started thinking about things in this book, and while I didn’t always agree with her hot-headedness I could also understand her burning desire for revenge. Marcus had utterly destroyed her in so many ways, and Eleanor was fighting to keep her head up. I absolutely enjoyed how she began thinking about how she pushed others away, and actually thought about how she didn’t want to be alone.
Her relationship with Daniel really grew in this book, and it was wonderful to see these two actually start to communicate. There were so many beautiful moments in this book that I can’t even describe how much this book took the characters where I wanted them to go.
Oliver was an odd character for me, because I didn’t particularly like him at all in the last book. However, in this book he really redeemed himself, and I”m glad that we got to see a little bit ore from his perspective. Oliver had such a unique take on what was happening, and it was nice to have an explanation as to why he could be so petty.
The writing was outstanding, and the character development was amazing. The ending was very bittersweet for me, but I think it ended exactly as it needed too. I really debated on giving it 4 stars instead of 5 stars, but the only reason I could think of was because the ending wasn’t exactly what I wanted. However, it was a good ending and one that I think was appropriate given where these characters were coming from, so I’m going to stick with a 5 out of 5 star rating. And yes, this book definitely redeemed the lackluster quality of the second. I look forward to seeing what else Susan Dennard comes out with.
5/5 – MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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