Monday, January 9, 2012

Review: Dearly, Departed-Lia Habel

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.

Book Details: 
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1St Edition edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345523318
My Review: 
Dearly, Departed is one of those books that are just hard to put down. I had a hard time comprehending the fact that a Zombie and a Human would be able to fall in goes against everything I believe in, BUT it worked. I usually prefer my Zombies to be the bad guys, maybe with a touch of sympathy, but still the bad guys. The eat your brains, not kiss your face. So of course I was a bit put off. Lia Habel has made a believer out of me. Nora and Bram are adorable. They are from totally different worlds but it works. It wasn't sappy and it wasn't hurried. At least it didn't feel like that to me.

I loved the world that they lived it. It's stark in some places and beautiful in others. It had a Firefly (tv show) like feel to it in a way. The past intermingled with the future, which I thought rocked hard! This book lived up to the hype and surpassed it.

My only gripe is that the one character's "twist" was kind of predictable, but even that wouldn't stop me from recommending it.

I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

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