Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review: Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

  • Pub. Date: October18  2011
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Format: Hardcover , 480pp 

I was provided an e-arc copy from netgalley

B&N Overview

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.

My Review

This book was amazing. Lia Habel has written a beautiful story that is just so many different things mixed all into one. It was like a post-apocalyptic, zombie plague, Victorian (new Victorian), Romance, YA Thriller. How she manged to get all of these into the story, and have it work flawlessly is just incredible. The very beginning of this book drew me right in. I was a little confused at first, as it switches perspectives, but it all came together very quickly once I knew what was going on. I really enjoyed reading from the numerous perspectives. I especially liked Bram's. This story was full of action, drama, romance, and humor. It was all worked together very well, and I was just so wrapped up in it.

Nora is a tough girl. She comes across as mature for her age, but I suppose when you have lost your parents and are surrounded by the undead that will happen. She is going to a fancy school, and is supposed to be learning to be a proper lady, but she always had an interest in things not so lady like. Her father and her would watch old war holos together. Her father had taught her how to shoot guns, and it comes in handy when she is fighting off bad zombies before she is rescued by Bram and the other good zombies. She wakes up at their base having no clue what is going on, but soon takes to Bram and opens up to him.

Bram is one of the good zombies. They are part of a secret army that tries to eliminate the bad ones before they cause a problem or get the attention of the general public. No one can get through to Nora when she is first brought in, but he takes a nice slow approach and lets her control the situation. He tells her as much as he can, even knowing it will get him into trouble. He gains her trust and she becomes comfortable with him. He knows that he shouldn't like her, that it's wrong, but he can't help it. I found myself forgetting how young he really is, as he seems to have such an adult personality. He had a pretty tough life before he was affected by the Laz virus. I suppose that having to be an adult just comes with being in charge and having to be responsible too.

Reading this book was like watching an amazing movie inside my head. Seeing how everything unfolds, and comes together. I  loved reading about the feelings that Nora and Bram get for each other in their own perspectives. I enjoyed Pam becoming her own person, and doing what she believes is right. This book had me constantly thinking about what was going to happen. When I wasn't reading I was thinking about it. I would wake up in the morning needing to read more, then I would stay up way too late just to try to finish. I wanted so much to know how everything would turn out. The characters were great, and Lia Habel really takes the time to let us get to know so many of them. It was a great story in so many ways. At some points it was almost hard to think of Bram and the others as zombies. They seemed so much more alive and real than a lot of the living. I will definitely be getting the next book when it comes out. I give this book 5 stars. It was really a great read.


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I wasn't too sure about this one because I love teh cover but I'm not a big zombie fan but I might try it now. I also like that Nora is a strong character and develops throughout the book. I also love books that change perspective but your right that can be a bit confusing at times. Great review. New Follower :)

  2. Thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed my review. :)

  3. I have heard so many great things about this book that I've already added it to my TBR list. You're review just makes me want to run out and read it sooner then later. Too bad I'm booked up with reviews until the end of the year. :-( It's going to have to wait until 2012. Blah.

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