Thursday, December 13, 2012

Zombie Lore: Dearly Departed - Lia Habel

Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration, #1)Dearly Departed by Lia Habel
Date Released: October 18th, 2011
Publisher:Del Rey  
Pages: 470 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Barnes and Noble
Rating: Really Liked
Series: Gone With The Respiration #1
Goodreads Synopsis:  Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? 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.

In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

From Goodreads

My Review
Tagline: "Filled with zombies and hints of romance, Dearly Departed is a good zombie novel. There's laughs, death, and zombie romance!"
Dearly Departed was that type of book that sticks out to you on the way to the bookstore. I mean it's ZOMBIES? Who wouldn't want to pick it up? Plus romance with a human, hell yeah, right? Well Dearly Departed was like that and it was a great read but it needed more spark and action.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead or rather, the undead?
Dearly Departed sucks you into the world of Victorian London, but now it's the 2195's, the future and it's filled with growing technology. You have Nora Dearly who this great heronine that had loads of potential for this amazing character, but through the book she got way better and she shows lots of skill. She goes through a lot but overall she was kinda undecided at time with the choices she made. I was really crossing my fingers that she would get better along the way but it didn't come out the way I wanted it too. Plus, Bram was surprisingly a great character! I didn't really imagine him as someone who was a zombie but someone raw and emotional, Lia Habel really crafted him well and the romance was good.

Throughout reading, Dearly Departed, I was always thinking, where is my zombie action? Who doesn't want some kick butt action between humans and zombies? Well, there was only one scene in the beginning and the end's hard to say..but it was good, not bad or amazing but just good. *SPOLIER ALERT* I mean it took Bram and Nora the whole book to find Pamela, Nora's best friend. It was like that was the whole point?? If so, it should have been done done quicker and the ending should have been more surprising and layered.  But Pamela, was also one of my favorite characters in this book. Nora know how to write so well with descriptive details and she really captures the essence of the Victorian Era.

Overall, if your looking for a zombie read this book is one you should keep in your mind. It's neither good or bad, but if you want to know you read a zombie book this year pick this one up. Dearly Departed has hints of zombie romance, laughs, and death, pick Dearly Departed up soon!


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