My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Philadelphia 1876. The Dead are rising. A zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor Fitt. Whoever controls the Dead Army has her brother. She avoids her mother’s choice of husband for the lab of Spirit Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel. The situation threatens her reputation, and the lives of everyone in the city.
This book has been whirlwind of action. Starting with the first scene when Eleanor witnesses a zombie attack, till the end of the book, it is fast-paced and exhilarating. Gowns and grandeur is mixed up with dead and voodoo in this awesome period book, and the protagonist Eleanor is a girl ahead of her times. Despite her mother’s scheming to get her married off to the most eligible bachelor, Eleanor is fixated on first finding her missing brother. The search for him leads her to the Spirit Hunters, and the mess of the zombies, as well as Daniel. And I should say – the chemistry between them – it’s good that lab didn’t burn down. He cares for her and wants to protect her, but doesn’t consider a dainty little lady who can’t handle it. And her attraction towards him despite his nefarious past just fuels the tension between them. Plot-wise, well, I saw the major twists coming from afar – they were predictable. The pacing, though fast, wasn’t consistent and both together were probably the two low points of my experience reading this book. However, elaborate writing and romance more than made up for it. Highly recommended for those who are craving adventure this moment.