Something Strange & Deadly Releases TODAY!

So, I don’t even know where to begin this post. Because today is such a monumentally awesome day that beginning with “HOORAY! SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY BY SUSAN DENNARD IS NOW IN STORES!” seems…a little anticlimactic.

For those of us at PC who were originally Let The Words Flow members, today is the culmination of nearly two years of waiting and waiting. When we first met Sooz in Fall 2010, she was about to query a manuscript called The Spirit-Hunters. From the moment we received her membership application, we knew she was special…And then when we held a Skype interview with her, we all loved her immediately. She was funny and clever and warm—and brilliant.

So it was no surprise that a few weeks later, she nabbed an amazing agent (who is now a PC member!). And it was no surprise that, a few weeks after that, she sold that manuscript to HarperCollins. (Though holy moly, did we celebrate!!)

We’ve been celebrating each step of the journey since then, too—the title change to Something Strange & Deadly, the cover reveal, the release date reveal, the trailer reveal…So many milestones, all building up to today—to the moment when the rest of the world can finally see just how brilliant and talented Sooz is, when you can now all read the story of Eleanor Fitt and love her as much as we do.

Something Strange & Deadly is a rare kind of YA novel in that it manages to perfectly balance action, horror, romance, mystery, and a classic coming-of-age tale. It’s the story of 16 year-old Eleanor Fitt, a society girl living in 1876 Philadelphia. When a necromancer comes to town and starts raising the dead, and Eleanor’s older brother also happens to go missing, Eleanor finds herself seeking out the help of the Spirit-Hunters, a rag-tag group that has somehow become the only thing standing between Philadelphia and utter destruction. I’m not doing the story any justice right now, but check out the trailer (which gives you a perfect sense of how intense and badass this book is):

You can visit for more information and extra content, and order your copy at AmazonBarnes & NobleBook Depository (for FREE international shipping), or through your local indie.

I have read this book multiple times (in manuscript format, in ARC format, in the final, gorgeous version), and each time, Sooz swept me away with the strength of Eleanor’s voice, the beauty of her prose, and the bone-chilling action and intensity. If you are a fan of Garth Nix’s Sabriel, Libba Bray’s A Great & Terrible Beauty, Ghostbusters, and Indiana Jones (yes, I DID just mention Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones), then this is THE book for you.

Something Strange & Deadly Fan-Art by Lisseth Torres!

It has something for everyone—seriously. Over Thanksgiving, I gave an ARC to a family member who doesn’t read all that much YA (or any kind of book). I’m not exaggerating in the least when I say that I did NOT see her for the next 24 hours because she was got so lost in this book (I swear, she didn’t lift a finger to help prepare the meal. And DURING the meal, I think she rushed through the food JUST so she could get back to reading). It’s that addictive. (And, having read the first draft of Book 2, I can say that it gets even MORE incredible!!)

But today is about more than just an amazing, beautiful book. It’s also about an amazing, beautiful person.

I think I can speak for all of us at Pub Crawl when I say that Susan is the glue that holds us all together. This site literally would not be here without her. She works countless hours to keep PC running—she wakes up at the crack of dawn EVERY SINGLE MORNING to make sure that posts have gone up without a hitch. But more than that, she is always there for each and every one of us. Without fail.

I have never met anyone like her.

So, in honor of Something Strange & Deadly coming out, we’re doing two things:

  1. Today I am giving away a gorgeous finished copy of Something Strange & Deadly. The contest is US-only, and ends TONIGHT at midnight EST. To enter, fill out the rafflecopter form below!
  2. Erin Bowman and I are running the SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY OUTBREAK event! It’s a week-long celebration that ends on Tuesday, 7/31. Every day, we’re going to be giving away AMAZING prizes on various author blogs, as well as hosting a MEGA giveaway that runs throughout this week. For details about the full line-up of authors participating in the Outbreak event, check out Erin’s blog! And for details on how to enter the MEGA giveaway (and what the incredible grand prize is), check out my blog. (I also have another post about Sooz TODAY, if you want to see me make an emotional mess out of myself.)

The winner of today’s contest will be announced tomorrow on the next stop of the blog tour, so be sure to stop by! Here’s what’s still ahead (with amazing, don’t-want-to-miss daily prizes to be announced at each stop):

  • Wednesday 7/25: Kat Zhang will discuss SS&D and the theme of identity
  • Thursday 7/26: Leigh Bardugo dishes about SS&D and setting
  • Friday 7/27: Amie Kaufman chats about SS&D and love interests
  • Monday 7/30: Marie Lu takes a look at SS&D and action
  • Tuesday 7/31: Susan Dennard will announce the grand prize winner!

In the meantime, help us spread the word on Twitter with the #SSaDOutbreak hashtag. And don’t forget to enter the grand prize giveaway for a chance to snag some epic prizes! For details on how to enter, click here. Erin and I also created special Pinterest Board for the event, where we’ll be sharing the best pictures of you guys with the book (…or, if you don’t have a physical copy, send a pic with your Kindle and the title page, or do something super-creative)!

And, Sooz…In case it wasn’t obvious by this point…We love you. We don’t know what we’d do without you. And you deserve every bit of success and happiness that is coming your way!


Also! The winner of the 7/23 Giveaway (on Erin’s blog) of a finished e-copy of Something Strange & Deadly and the ARC of Tahereh Mafi’s Unravel Me is…

Gabby Matlock!

Shoot us an email at to receive your prize!!!

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69 Responses to Something Strange & Deadly Releases TODAY!

  1. Raven Jul 24 2012 at 4:08 am #

    Happy Release Day Susan! I really can’t wait to read Something Strange & Deadly! Not only is the title and the cover GORGEOUS but it sounds like it’s going to be a really great story. I hope you have a wonderful day and I can’t wait to read SS&D! <3

  2. Adrian Jul 24 2012 at 4:37 am #

    Happy release day Susan!! I’ve been waiting so long to read Something Strange & Deadly and I can’t believe the release date is already here!! I hope you enjoy this monumentous day and that you do well in all your future projects! Cuz I sure as heck will stick with you and read them. Happy SS&D Day!

  3. Ange/Libby Blog Jul 24 2012 at 5:54 am #

    I am so excited about this one! Woot woot! Congratulations Susan.

  4. Tim Jul 24 2012 at 7:56 am #

    Happy release day Susan!:O Hopefully it’ll be in my local bookstore.

  5. Erin Bowman Jul 24 2012 at 8:21 am #

    Sooz!!! This is such an exciting day. I’m not even kidding when I say the #1 thing on my to-do list is to head to my local B&N and purchase a copy of SS&D for my bookshelf. I can’t wait to see it in person. I hope you have a fabulous day, but more than anything, I hope you’ve had a fabulous ride. (And that the ride only continues from here.) I’m so glad to call you my friend, and so proud of you and this book. Eeee! (Okay, I’m stopping now before I start crying.)

    CONGRATULATIONS, lady!!! <3 <3 <3

  6. Sammy Jul 24 2012 at 8:27 am #

    Sooz! Where do I even begin? I am SO excited and SO proud of you! This day has been a long time coming, and it is SO well-deserved. I remember reading the manuscript way back when and fangirling about it on Twitter. Now I get to go to the store on my lunch break, fangirl some more. Congratulations to an amazing lady with the most amazing book <3


  7. galena Jul 24 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Yay I’m so excited it’s finally out!

  8. Katherine S Jul 24 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Happy release day, Susan! I’m so excited for you.


  9. Sydney Jul 24 2012 at 9:07 am #

    This is so amazing. I can’t wait to actually own a copy! Congrats, Sooz!!

  10. Kelley Jul 24 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Happy book birthday, Susan! I can’t WAIT to read this one! 😀

  11. C.Deer Jul 24 2012 at 9:12 am #

    I can’t wait to read this. Congrats on the release!!

  12. Ellie Jul 24 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Happy Release date! I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this book!!!

  13. Vanessa Di Gregorio Jul 24 2012 at 9:18 am #

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Congrats Sooz! I AM SO HAPPY/EXCITED/GIDDY FOR YOU! I feel like I’ve been waiting FOREVER to get to put SS&D on my shelves! <3 You have NO idea how amazing a feeling it is to have been able to watch your journey from LTWF to now. And seriously - I can't imagine this blog without you!


  14. Temre Beltz Jul 24 2012 at 9:23 am #

    Happy book birthday, Susan! I have been very excited to read this story for a long time (and, whoa, the cover is incredible)! I loved hearing too about all the work you do on this blog – thank you! My day wouldn’t be complete without stopping by here 🙂 And wow, how awesome to see that not only are you an amazingly talented writer, but you have touched so many hearts – I can’t think of anything better to celebrate. Enjoy your day!!

  15. DB Graves Jul 24 2012 at 9:46 am #

    WOOOT!!!! Happy Book B-Day Sooz!!! So happy for you and I cannot wait to get my greedy little fingers on this puppy. Come to mama my wee precious book…

  16. Peggy Eddleman Jul 24 2012 at 9:51 am #

    I loved when Sooz joined LTWF! And I am so excited that her book is out. I’ve been SO excited to read it!! Happy book birthday, Susan!

  17. Sarah S Jul 24 2012 at 9:54 am #

    Hi Susan — congratulations! I’m so excited and happy for you. I’ll be looking for your book at my bookstore. =)

  18. Megan Duff Jul 24 2012 at 9:56 am #

    YAY!!! I am so excited for Sooz <3

    My copy is in the mail right now! I can't wait!

    *whistles* *twiddles thumbs*

    It will be here soon…

    *taps foot* *eye twitches*

    Any minute now…

  19. Jennifleur Jul 24 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Eeee I’m so excited and happy for you, Susan! It’s been wonderful watching the all-too-slow countdown to the book being REAL and OUT THERE in the world. Sadly, I live in Scotland so I remain desperate to get my hands on a real live copy. I hope you’re celebrating the day with cake and jumping up and down, but especially cake. Congratulations! xx

  20. Katelyn Larson Jul 24 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Happy release day, Sooz!!! I am so incredibly happy for you! 🙂 I’m totally going to the bookstore this weekend just so I can see SS&D on the shelves. Congratulations!!!

  21. Christa @ Hooked on Jul 24 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Happy Release Day Susan!! Something Strange and Deadly is an absolutely fabulous read and I can’t wait for everyone else to fall in love with it too!

  22. Dani Nguyen Jul 24 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Happy pub day Susan! Can’t wait to read Something Strange and Deadly!

  23. Hannah Jul 24 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Happy Pub Day!!!!

  24. stephanie garber Jul 24 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Congrats Susan! This sounds exactly like the type of book I would love to read!

  25. andrea b Jul 24 2012 at 11:32 am #

    very excited about this one! Happy Book-Birthday Susan!! 😀

  26. Carl Jul 24 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Absolutely! Congrats on the release of SSaD!

  27. Krispy Jul 24 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Happy Book Birthday, Susan!!! Excited to read Something Strange & Deadly!

  28. Vivien Jul 24 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Congrats on the book release!!! I’m so excited for everyone who hasn’t read it. They’ll just love it!

  29. Adriana Jul 24 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    HAPPY BOOK HIRTHDAY, SOOZ!!!!! You’re awesome and great and ahdhskdjandh CONGRATULATIONS

  30. Kairee-Anne Cooley Jul 24 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Happy book birthday! I hope you’ll have a fantastic time enjoying the fame of your book! 🙂 Congrats and continue on writing!!!

  31. Caitlin Jul 24 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Happy Book Birthday to Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. I hope you are having a fun celebration. I was lucky to have won an ARC earlier this year and loved every second of reading it. I can’t even say how much I want the next book now lol. Congratulations and I hope everyone loves this book because it is truly great.

  32. Heather@ The Flyleaf Jul 24 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Happy, Happy Birthday! So looking forward to reading the book:)

  33. Danielle P Jul 24 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Happy Release Day Susan! Can’t wait to read your book!! WOOO!!

  34. Marina Jul 24 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    This is so exciting!! Congrats Susan!!

  35. Violette Jul 24 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Happy, happy release day! I can’t even imagine how exciting it must be. Congrats!! 😀

  36. Sara A. Jul 24 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Congratulations Susan! This is super exciting =]

  37. HollyB Jul 24 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Happy, happy, HAPPY debut release day!!!! I’m super excited to read this book, even more excited to see this amazing group of women authors who are supporting each other beyond belief! It warms my heart to see that our desire to help each other succeed hasn’t completely gone by the wayside. And I’m really excited to read about this kick-butt heroine you’ve created in Eleanor Fitt! (In fact, had I had a girl four years ago, ELEANOR was my first choice name for her! (instead I was blessed with a little boy and we named him Silas :)) CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  38. Heather Jul 24 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Congratulations!! I agree with Sarah, PC wouldn’t be the same without Sooz. I have just LOVED watching all the writers from LTWF come closer and closer to publishing their masterpieces….today is such a happy day!!! Congratulations, Susan! I can’t wait to read it! =D

  39. Crystal Schubert Jul 24 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Happy release day!! 🙂 Congratulations! I’m very excited to read this. It looks amazing!

  40. Desiree Jul 24 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Happy Release day! I was super stoked when my ebook copy arrived late last night! I can’t wait to get started.

  41. Laura Wardle Jul 24 2012 at 5:30 pm #


    So incredibly excited for you! Can't wait for my copy to get here–damn, that later UK release date. Anyway, congratulations, girl! <3

  42. Lori T. Jul 24 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    Congrats, Susan! You definitely deserve it! I was so happy to go pick up a copy today 😀

  43. ashelynn hetland Jul 24 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    happy release day, Sooz! <3 I can't wait to read Something Strange and Deadly! I hope your day is awesome. 🙂

  44. Jill Marie Jul 24 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Happy release day!!!
    This is so exciting!
    I have had my eye on this book for awhile!
    Can’t wait to read it!
    Have a glorious book birthday 😀

  45. Kimmie Jul 24 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    After tonight I will have six days off to read SS&D! Although I only really NEED one 😉 Can’t wait!!! Congrats Susan!!! Happy Book B-Day! 🙂

  46. Brittany Jul 24 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Happy release day, Susan! I’ve heard nothing but good things about the book and look forward to reading it!! 🙂

  47. Ashley Ferguson Jul 24 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    Happy release day, Susan! Can’t wait to read SS&D!

  48. Cassie Jul 24 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    I’ve already said this over twitter and your blog, but happy book birthday! I am SO EXCITED that Something Strange and Deadly is finally released out into the world. <333 It is the beginning of something amazing!

  49. Aly Jul 24 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Happy Release Day Susan! Congratulations 🙂

  50. alicia marie Jul 24 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Happy happy book birthday!! I have heard so many awesome things about your book and I cannot wait to read it!!

  51. Kitty Jul 24 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    You had me at “Sabriel”!! That’s my favorite book ever.

  52. Shelver506 Jul 24 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Happy Release Day, Susan! I don’t even know you, but I’ve gotten so caught up in your friends’ excitement that I feel like it’s my own book being released! *blows noisemaker*

  53. Natalie Aguirre Jul 24 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    So excited for your release Susan!

  54. Sara M Jul 24 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Happy release day!

  55. Markella Jul 24 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Happy release day! I’m sure you’re relieved and excited. What a great accomplishment!

  56. Ari Jul 24 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    HAPPY RELEASE DAY, Susan! I’m so excited to read this!!!

  57. Megan Jul 24 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Looks like a great read! And a gorgeous cover too!

  58. Valeria Andrea Jul 24 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    I’ll proceed to say CONGRATULATIONS in 3 different languages;

    Er, well, Congratulations!!
    Feliz Cumplean*os Literario, Felicidades!
    Felicitations~ Joyeux Livren Aniversaire

  59. John Leavitt Jul 24 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    Happy release day!

  60. Paige Firth Jul 24 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    Happy release day Susan and congratulations! Can’t wait to read this. ^_^

  61. Charlie Jul 24 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    Congrats! Cannot wait to read our book!

  62. Charlie Jul 24 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    *your book not our. Sorry for the typo.

  63. Caitlin Vanasse Jul 24 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    Susan! I know I’ve already said this but happy happy happy happy happy happy release day. Now I have to go read some more.

  64. Erin Jul 24 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    Congrats Susan! I have read this book and can say it is a great story…everyone go read it now!

  65. Chandra H. Jul 24 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    Happy Release Day!! I have been dying to read Something Strange and Deadly! Cannot wait to see it out in stores!

  66. Meredith Anderson Jul 25 2012 at 1:59 am #

    So much love. Congrats Sooz!


  67. Alexa Love Books Jul 25 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Yay for Something Strange and Deadly! I can’t wait to read this book 🙂

  68. Marie Lu Jul 27 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Of course I’m sooooooooo excited for you, Sooz!!! <3 Congratulations on your amazing book, your amazing achievements, and just being an all-out amazing person!

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