Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Dearly, Departed
By: Lia Habel
Released: October 18, 2011
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"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." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Lia Habel's Dearly, Departed is the story of Nora who lives in the year 2195 in New Victoria. Nora rather spend her time learning about war history than attending parties. However, her life is completely changed when she is almost kidnapped by an army of zombies and learns about a virus called "The Laz," which raises the dead. Nora also meets Bram who is a young zombie soldier and soon a relationship begins to develop.  

I loved Dearly, Departed and from the moment I opened this book, I couldn't put it down. The story and characters are well written and strongly developed. Nora is such a great protagonist. She doesn't like the things that most girls her age are supposed to be interested in. Instead of dresses and parties, Nora is interested in learning about war. She has been through much after recently losing her father and losing her mother years before that. She is tough though and puts up a fight when she needs to.

Bram is a zombie soldier whose body is still mostly in tact. I'm a bit of a huge zombie fan and I thought the zombies in this story were so interesting. Bram is also noble though and wants to do what is right. He completely stole my heart away. I loved how the relationship between Nora and Bram develops slowly and is strongly based on trust. There are several other side characters that I loved as well. Pamela is Nora's best friend and her family is not as wealthy as Nora's. Her character grew on me more much later on in the story though. Then there are Bram's zombie friends, Chas and Tom, who I adored and thought were hilarious.   

I feel as though Dearly, Departed was written just for me. It has all of my favorite elements; a dystopian setting, a Victorian setting, and zombies. I admit I was a bit nervous and hesitant about how combining these elements would play out but, it was better than I could have ever imagined. I'm completely fascinated by the setting and although it is pretty scary, I would kind of love to live there. Habel creates a great balance of action, drama, and romance. I really enjoyed how the chapters alternated between several characters because it helped move the story along. I loved the ending and although it doesn't leave off on a huge cliffhanger, I am dying for the next book. I can't recommend Dearly, Departed enough, it's an exciting and fascinating story that you won't want to put down.

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1 comment:

  1. I've seen this one around a lot but wasn't sure if I would like it. But you definitely make me want to check it out now. I love the idea of a Victorian setting and zombies mixed together. Thanks for the great review!

    Andrea
    Cozy Up With A Good Read

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