05 March 2012

{Book Review} Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

By: Me My Shelf And I | 05 March 2012 at 12:05 AM | | | | | | | | | |


Dearly, Departed
Author: Lia Habel
Pages: 480
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
Rating:  5 birds

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, theundead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

I received this book as a Christmas present from my husband which I thought it was fitting since my husband likes zombies. He’s a Resident Evil fan as so am I.  Honestly it took me a while to get into this story.  I thought I wasn’t going to like this book.  As the story progressed, it made me curious of what was going to happen.  Were the characters going to survive? Was someone going to die?   You could say the story grew on me.

The book was mostly written from the main character’s point of views.  I thought this was a nice change of pace in reading.  For me, it gave a sense of what was going on from everyone’s point of view due to actions and emotions.   The characters that grabbed my attention the most would be Nora, Bram and Pamela!   I like how Nora was tough, bright and can kick butt when she can.  Bram is a guy who has manners, bravery, quick wits and seems like the perfect guy except the fact he’s a good zombie.   Pamela to me I like how she was small and sheltered but throughout the book until instinct kicked in for her to make her stronger.

The book is filled with action, drama, horror, humor and love. I’d say the book had some things right on target regarding to zombies being flesh eating monsters as well as some surprises!  I could see all the action happening in my head while I read this book.  The setting took place in steampunk era which seemed to revert back to the time of Victorian but with a touch of technology in it.

I’m glad I read this book.  I look forward to see what Lia Habel has next.  A special thanks to my husband for getting me this book!

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  1. Thank you for having this review. I have this book, but haven't read it yet. I was waiting to see what kind of reviews it got before I read it. But now I think I wanted to read. It sounds like it will be a good read. Thanks!

  2. So glad that you enjoyed this book. I really loved it. I am lucky enough to have a signed copy of it!! Thanks for including some of the other covers. I think this is one of the first covers I actually don't like the UK version. Awesome review.

  3. Great review, I am so glad that you loved it too. I have an ARC so I should probably read it as soon as posible too ;))

    Happy midnight reading!

  4. I liked this book, but the multiple points of view kind of wore me out after a while.


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