Friday, February 3, 2012

Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

Title: Dearly Departed (Gone With Respiration, #1)
Author: Lia Habel
Release Date: October 18th 2011 by Del Rey
Edition: Ebook, 482 pages

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 Thoughts:
Nora Dearly is from New Victoria, and is more interested military history rather than tea parties. After Nora's parents die, she is left with an aunt who is more worried with her social status and has spent the family fortune. And not only that she's  trying to marry Nora off for money, until Nora is nearly kidnapped by the walking dead. Now away from the world she's known, Nora is now fighting the zombies alongside the commandos and face with the issue of "The Laz", a fatal virus that raises the dead. Then she meets Bram Griswold. A young soldier who is brave, handsome, and ultimately dead. With the help of the special, undead unit, Bram and others of the undead are able to keep their mind. His trust for Nora turns tender, and there is no going back. But they know someday the disease will take over, separating them forever. But until then, hearts beating or not, they have what they desire.

I received this eBook through Netgalley for review. And I have been so anxious to read this book. So, on to the review.

I enjoyed this book so much! It was something so different, but so cliche. Zombies? I mean come on, that's so typical right? Wrong! This book was written in a way that had me intrigued from the first few paragraphs. I have never read anything like it. At first I was questioning myself because I have never been into Zombies, movies or books. But this list have made the favorites list!

Let me start off saying that I loved the characters! They all brought a different element to the book. Bram, Nora, and Chas were probably my top favorites. Bram was an amazing character. I loved everything about him. He was so compassionate and caring, but also strong and determined. And what's not to love about his feelings for Nora? Nora was an amazing lead. She was touch and didn't let anyone run over her. But you could see her confusing and connect with her emotions about everything that was going on around her. I love Nora and Bram's chemisty. Chas brought the fun element to the book! She was hilarious and just what everyone needed with all the issues that were going on.

Pam, I liked her a lot but I feel there could have been more to her character. But she was still amazing, don't get me wrong. There was just something missing for me. Pam's brother was something else in the beginning. I didn't like him at all. Michael was it? He had me fooled. Oh what an... I'm not gonna say.

Wolf and Averne, I just didn't like from the start. There was just something off about those two!

But, this book was action packed from the very beginning, one element that I love in a book! Action. It's what set a book apart from the others. Also the fact that this was so different sets this book apart from many of the others that I have read.

On that note, I highly recommend this book. If it catches your attention, whether from the synopsis or the cover, get it!


  1. So glad you liked it. This was a pretty awesome book. The action was a page turner. I can't wait for the sequel!

  2. I'm definitely going to reread this before Dearly, Beloved comes out. I love this book, and that she named the series Gone with the Respiration!!