A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard releases today!

So, today is a super, super, SUUUUPER awesome day because our very own Susan Dennard’s AMAZING book, A Darkness Strange & Lovely, is finally out! As a BIG fan of Sooz’s debut, Something Strange & Deadly, I can safely say two things: 1) Fans of the series will not be disappointed, and 2) A Darkness Strange & Lovely is EVEN BETTER than the first book. (…Lest you question my undying love for this book, just check out the cover.)

BUT before I dive into WHY you should grab this book (and before I mention details for the giveaway I’m hosting for it), here’s a little bit about this spectacular sequel:

Darkness Strange and LovelyDarkness has come to the City of Light. . . .

With her brother dead and her mother on the verge of insanity, Eleanor Fitt is utterly alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and the handsome, enigmatic Daniel—have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor begins to hear the vicious barking of hounds and see images of haunting yellow eyes, she fears the worst—that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are coming for her.

To escape and search out the Spirit-Hunters, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. Though friendly, Oliver entices Eleanor with necromancy and black magic, yet as long as she can resist his powerful temptation, she’ll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over the city . . . and there’s a whole new evil lurking. With the body count rising, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.

In Paris, there’s a price for this darkness strange and lovely . . . and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.

In this spellbinding sequel to Something Strange and Deadly, Susan Dennard delivers a thrilling mix of intrigue, romance, and revenge, all set against the wonderfully enchanting backdrop of nineteenth-century Paris.

So, this book has everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) I love as a reader: vibrant characters (I love Daniel, but a certain new character has completely stolen my heart), badass action scenes, a fierce and cunning heroine, swoony romance (I had to fan myself at one point), and a compelling, painstakingly-researched world (I’m always so, so impressed by the amount of research & detail Sooz puts into her books).

But this book also has more than that—so, so much more. Eleanor’s emotional journey is astounding—not just brilliantly written and paced, but also profoundly moving. There was a certain point near the end of this book when I was curled up on my couch, SOBBING. Legit SOBBING over this book (and I’m getting teary-eyed just thinking about that scene). So while it has swoony stuff and action scenes guaranteed to get your heart racing, all of those moments are beautifully tied together with the emotional core of this book—giving it wonderful depth. This is a truly special book—and a fabulous addition to this ridiculously awesome series.

A Dawn Most Wicked

To celebrate A Darkness Strange & Lovely being out in stores, I’m giving away a copy today (Hardcover for the US/Canada; e-book edition for International winners), BUT you should totally grab a copy as soon as you can. And if the wait for Book 3 becomes too unbearable, you should just grab a copy of A Dawn Most Wicked—the prequel e-novella about (the very sexy) Daniel Sheridan. (Like ADS&L, A Dawn Most Wicked is equal parts romantic, action-packed, and emotionally compelling.)

And Sooz: You already know everything I want to say to you today, but just in case: I’m so thrilled for you and this amazing book, and I’m proud to call you my neural drift copilot.

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Susan Dennard

SUSAN DENNARD is a reader, writer, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. You can learn more about her on her blog or twitter. Her debut Something Strange and Deadly is now available from HarperTeen—as is the prequel, A Dawn Most Wicked. The sequel, A Darkness Strange and Lovely, releases TODAY!


27 Responses to A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard releases today!

  1. Kim Jul 23 2013 at 5:23 am #

    I’m so excited for this book!! I’ve already preordered it, so i’ll be picking it up today 🙂
    I’m really intrigued to find out who this new character is. I find it hard to believe I could love another as much as I do Daniel, though.

  2. Brooke Jul 23 2013 at 5:59 am #

    Paris would be nice! LOL! I love the 1800s, so definitely that time Probably London.

  3. ellie M Jul 23 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Is is boring if I would just want to stay in Boston US? XD Lol. I think it would be interesting! (And I would understand the language :P)

  4. Candice Jul 23 2013 at 9:55 am #

    1870s Paris would be awesome, but it would really depend on how long I would stay at a particular destination… Like Atlantis way before it flooded, Pompeii before Vesuvius exploded, or Stonehenge before any marauders arrived 🙂 Im not much on conflict, except in stories!

  5. Danielle D Jul 23 2013 at 10:03 am #

    That’s a tough one. London in the late 1930s-early 1940s. There would be a war on, but I’d like to think I’d be working to do some good one way or another!

  6. Amy Jul 23 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Congratulations! So excited to read the next book 🙂

    As for timetraveling to any city at any time? Oh man, that’s tough… but I’d really like to travel back to the 1950’s and live on my grandmother’s farm in Sauk City, Wisconsin.

    • Cailtin Vanasse Jul 23 2013 at 9:30 pm #

      I’m with Amy, I’d love to visit some of the strong women in my family history if I could. Also, SUPER EXCITED for A Darkess Strange and Lovely, can’t wait until my copy arrives!

  7. Danielle Nguyen Jul 23 2013 at 11:12 am #

    I would love to visit Victorian London, but I also think NYC in the 1920s would be a blast. Happy book birthday!

  8. Vivien Jul 23 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I would love to visit Paris during the French Revolution!! Scary but true.

  9. Emmy Neal Jul 23 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Either Prohibition Chicago (great times, LOL) or medieval Venice! The masks! The parties! I’ve gotta write a story for both of those.

  10. Peggy Eddleman Jul 23 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    Yay! I’m so excited!

    I’d choose New York, 2063. 🙂

  11. JoSVolpe Jul 23 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    I love this book so damn hard. Yay, pub day!!!

  12. Amie Kaufman Jul 23 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Oh, I adoooooooore this book! The first time I read it, I was literally getting up and walking laps of my study to calm down at the tense parts. Woooooooooo!

  13. Kat Rose Jul 23 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    Jeez, I have to choose just one city? How about a continent? I’d travel to Europe back in the Medieval era, or the Wild West (where I actually currently like) back in the 1860’s. I think it’s all just so fascinating during that time period.

    Congrats, Susan!

  14. Alexa Y. Jul 23 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    CONGRATULATIONS SUSAN! I absolutely adore the series, as you well know, and A Darkness Strange and Lovely was just as wonderful as its predecessor. I can’t wait to get my hands on my copy of this sequel (which for some reason has NOT shipped yet even though I pre-ordered). And I also can’t wait for the third book and more Eleanor + Spirit Hunters!

  15. Andrea Jul 24 2013 at 2:04 am #

    Hooray! Ever since I read the first chapter at the end of A Dawn Most Wicked I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book!! I was so hooked I forgot it was just a sample/teaser!

    Such a good question…. I know King Arthur is a legend but ignoring that bit for a second, I’d love to see what Camelot would be like and to meet Merlin! If we’re talking about any time period, I’d love to see the future – maybe the year 3000, starting in Auckland and then traveling the world if I could. If it had to be a moment from history, I just can’t decide – but I’d love to solve some mystery.

  16. Hazel Jul 24 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    London in the 1900s! Seriously I would love to be there!

  17. Chenise J. Jul 24 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    New York city in the 1920s would be really cool!

  18. Alyssa Jul 25 2013 at 1:44 am #

    I’m so excited! I adored SSAD and can’t wait to pick back up with Eleanor and the Spirit-Hunters!

    Ooh, that’s a tough question! 1870s Paris would be pretty awesome. 🙂 I would probably choose either of two totally opposite ends of the time spectrum, though:

    1. Ancient Greece, Rome, or Egypt. It was a rough time, but so much about it was beautiful too. I’d love to experience it for just a day or so.


    2. America in the distant future. I would love to get a glimpse into how things are going to be — how they’ve progressed, what we’ve accomplished/failed at, and what kind of crazy technology we’ve come up with. Hopefully it wouldn’t be anything like M.T. Anderson’s FEED!

  19. Eleni Alexandraki Jul 25 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Looks like an exciting book! I definitely want to pick up the first book, now!

  20. Eleni Alexandraki Jul 25 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    Definitely Constantinople during the Middle Ages1

  21. Rebecca Jul 26 2013 at 8:56 am #

    I think I’d like to visit medieval Italy (Venice or Rome). Or Victorian London. Or Revolutionary War-era Boston…it’s too hard to decide!

  22. Kim-Anh Jul 26 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    I would go back to the beginning of time -anywhere…. or Victorian England

  23. Marina Jul 26 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    I’d go to Renaissance Italy, or Czarist Russia

  24. Kate @ whYAnot Jul 26 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    I’d go back to England 1500’s. I want to be a member of the court and a fly on the wall when Henry VIII was ruler.

  25. Monica Jul 29 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    I was a little late to the party in reading Something Strange and Deadly, but better late than never because I absolutely loved it! If I could go back in time to another place to visit, it would be a toss up between Shakespearean England, Renaissance Italy, or 1920s Paris =)

  26. Stacy L Jul 29 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    If I could travel anywhere it would be to medieval London, circa King Arthur and the knights of the round (if they actually existed – I know it’s debated, but I love to live in fantasy). I would probably be overwhelmed by the stench and filth, but I’d love to mingle with the royals and see what life was really like.

    Or it would be fun to be alive during Shakespeare’s era. I’d love to attend a play live, or better yet, perform in one. It would be so amazing to be there at the beginning of such a historically monumental time.

    And, of course, I’d love to go to Paris during any time. I adore everything Parisian which is why I am so excited for ADSaL!!! I have yet to be able to afford a trip to Paris, so I travel there via books: any book that is set in Paris makes my TBR list. And when I found out that Eleanor and the Spirit Hunters were going there, it was like winning the lottery twice: two of my favorite things all contained in one book!!! Thank you for making my year! 🙂

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