Sunday, January 19, 2014

[Book Review] Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration, #1)Dearly, Departed

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.

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“Real ladies can give orders, Real gentlemen can take them, and Real zombies don’t eat brains.”

Gosh this book was so badass! "Bad" and "good" zombies fighting against each other, zombie love in the air, dystopian world, YA setting, and element of Steampunk? I think it pretty much covered my favorite genres!

I honestly wasn't sure what I was going to think about this one. Zombies have been a little overrated lately and this sounded way too much like Warm Bodies. I even kept picturing the main characters as the ones in the movie. But when I read about Bram & Nora - knew they would always have a special place in my heart. SO perfect together, they have to be the best relationship I've read about in awhile lol

And the world building! It's like future and the past collided. You have your high tech machines but at the same time it's the Victorian era with carriages and puffy dresses. Yes please, I want to live there now. A little part of me kept getting confused about the whole POV situation because they were changing so fast but I still loved this. 4.5 zombielicious stars!