Happy Book Birthday to Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard!

StrangeandEver jkt hi-resWe’re celebrating over here at Pub Crawl. It’s not every day one of our members completes a trilogy, and today, Susan Dennard’s Strange and Ever After, the final installment in the Something Strange and Deadly series, hits shelves!

I (Erin) have loved this series since I got my hands on book one ages ago, but I have to admit: Strange and Ever After tops them all. Susan brings Egypt to life with ease (how is she so skilled at setting?!), but the journey Eleanor and Co. have to make is not easy at all. Packed with action and surprises, SaEA had me frantically turning the pages until the very end. And speaking of endings… this is one of the most pitch-perfect trilogy conclusions I’ve read. Bittersweet and moving. The last few lines (heck, most of the last chapter) was downright magical.

Oh, and if you’re an existing fan of the series, don’t miss the Something Strange and Deadly series recap Epic Reads has on their blog, complete with top 5 moments from each book. You should also sign up for Susan’s newsletter. Like, right now. Not only is it inspiring and packed with helpful writing information, but it sometimes includes bonus scenes from her novels!

Anywhoo, if all my gushing hasn’t sold you yet, here’s the official synopsis for Strange and Ever After:

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.

He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.

With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.

Goosebumps, right?

In honor of Susan’s release day, I’m giving away one copy of Strange and Ever After (hardcover if the winner lives in the US; e-book if the winner lives internationally)! To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and be sure to wish Susan a happy release day!

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Congrats again, Sooz! I’m so darn happy for you and proud of you and thrilled to see your series conclude with such an explosive bang. You’ve created a world readers are going to want to revisit many times over! <3


42 Responses to Happy Book Birthday to Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard!

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    Anita Jul 22 2014 at 7:17 am #

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to check out the series.

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    Jen Jul 22 2014 at 8:03 am #

    Congrats! I love the series so much I want to hug it all the time. lol

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    Gwen Cole Jul 22 2014 at 8:08 am #

    Congrats Susan!! It feels like yesterday when the first book came out, and it must feel great having finished the trilogy. Yay!!

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    Rebecca Jul 22 2014 at 8:42 am #

    Congratulations! I love this series and can’t wait to read the final book!

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    Christina R. Jul 22 2014 at 8:44 am #

    LOVED all of them!

    The characterization was wonderful 🙂

    Thank you and congrats!!

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    Ellie Jul 22 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Happy Release Day! *Throws sparkly confetti* Can’t wait to see the series through to the end!!

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    Kenia Jul 22 2014 at 9:17 am #

    Congratulations! This is so exciting I can’t wait to read the final book.

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    Kaja Jul 22 2014 at 9:23 am #

    I’ve read the first part (loved it) and I can’t wait to read the other two!

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    Rosie Pova Jul 22 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Congrats! I’d love to read it.

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    Darlene Campbell Jul 22 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Exciting for you…and me! I have this trilogy at the top of my reading list. The synopsis for Strange and Ever After was brilliant and mesmerizing. Thank you for a chance to win a copy.

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    Erin Jul 22 2014 at 10:38 am #

    HAPPY RELEASE DAY, SOOZ!! You are one of my favorite authors and SSAD is one of my favorite series!!! Can’t believe it’s over!!! Can’t wait for Truthwitch!!!

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    Eileen Jul 22 2014 at 11:12 am #

    HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!!! So exciting!

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    Melody Jul 22 2014 at 11:17 am #

    Happy Release Day!!! So happy for you!!!

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    Carl Jul 22 2014 at 11:24 am #

    Congrats to all of us! On release day we all win. Thanks.

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    Peggy Eddleman Jul 22 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Huge congrats, Sooz!!!! So exciting!!

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    Adriana Jul 22 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    I thought this day would never come!!! omg HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, SOOZ. (But really just happy day to ME ’cause now I get to read this awesome ;))

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    Danielle D Jul 22 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Congrats Susan!! Can’t wait to check this one out! So far my favorite is Something Strange and Deadly – the Philly setting was really unique. But Egypt is going to be AWESOME!

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    maat Jul 22 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    Congrats on the release! I don’t know if I can pick a favorite. D:

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    Katie Jul 22 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    Congrats Sooz!!

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    stephanie garber Jul 22 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    Happy release day!! I can’t wait to read it!

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    Krispy Jul 22 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    Congrats on completing your trilogy, Susan! I enjoyed Book 1. Can’t wait to read Book 2 and 3 all in one go. 🙂

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    Bridget Jul 22 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    Congrats!!!! I think that my favorite of the three books is the first one. I loved all of them but the first one stuck with me the most out of the three!!!!

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    Misti Jul 22 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Happy Book Birthday Susan! I have not gotten the chance to read this series yet but I am starting it tonight. I’m so excited! Congratulations on completing this series, I know its going to be wonderful. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

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    Erica Jul 22 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    Happy Book Birthday! I can’t wait to get my hands on this!

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    Alexa Jul 22 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    Congradulations on the release of the final book of the something strange and deadly series! My personal favorite is something strange and lovely but I have not read the final book yet!

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    Alexa S. Jul 22 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    HOORAY FOR SUSAN! Lots of love for you and your amazing trilogy on the release day of STRANGE & EVER AFTER <3

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    Laura Wardle Jul 23 2014 at 5:18 am #

    Congratulations on finishing your incredible trilogy, Sooz! I’m absolutely gutted that STRANGE AND EVER AFTER isn’t available in the UK. Hopefully I’ll find a way to get my hands on a copy.

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    JoSVolpe Jul 23 2014 at 7:52 am #


    I know I’m late to the party on Pub Crawl, but I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again: I am so proud to have worked with you on these epic books! Spirit-Hunters for life!

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    Violet Jul 23 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Happy belated Release Day! I’ve seen the series Alexa and Rachel have been doing in honor of the series. I’m in the midst of reading the 2nd book, but Something Strange and Deadly is absolutely fantastic! I love how unique your idea is and how it came to life, and congratulations on completing the trilogy!

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    Vanessa Valiente Jul 23 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    Congrats, Susan!! That’s a major accomplishment. I can’t wait to read it 🙂

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    Shae/Shelver Jul 23 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    Happy book birthday!

    The first is my favorite, as it’s the only one I’ve read SO FAR. However, I hope to change that. 🙂

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    Andrea Jul 24 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Happy Book Birthday and Hooray for publishing an entire series!!! I preordered the book at my favorite bookstore and went to pick it up on Tuesday and it’s gorgeous! Can’t wait to read it on my plane ride Saturday!!

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    alicia marie Jul 24 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    Congrats and Happy Book Birthday! Can’t wait to see how it all ends : )

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    Cee Jul 26 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    Happy book birthday! I’m sooo happy for Susan! I have to say I have a strong affection for the first book. 😀

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    Kelly L. Jul 26 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    Grats! 😀
    And hmm…I’ll have to say that the first book was my favorite. It was the book that started it all after all. ;D

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    Samantha Wallace Jul 26 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    Happy book birthday and the book looks amazing and thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂

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    Jordan Jul 28 2014 at 11:05 am #

    Happy Book Birthday!!! Can’t wait to read S&EA!!

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    Sarah Jul 28 2014 at 11:53 am #

    Congratulations, Susan! I absolutely adore this book series. Well it’s hard to choose a favorite when I haven’t read S&EA yet, but the second book definitely had a killer ending (pun intended). So let’s go with A Darkness S&L for now. 😉 Happy book birthday! Can’t wait to read this one!

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    Milena Jul 28 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    Congrats to Susan! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book1

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    Sandy Jul 28 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    I love this series. Sad that it’s coming to an end 🙁

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    Sarah K Jul 28 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    Happy Book Birthday!!!!!

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    Maggie Dominiak Jul 28 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    I would love to read this series, even if it means starting by getting the third book:)

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