Sunday, March 11, 2012
Dearly Departed by Lia Habel Review
Months ago I seen this book in the book store, I thought to my self, Wow I love the cover of that book! I had never heard of Lia Habel before and I ended up buying the book without reading what it was even about. I do that a lot, am I the only one? Anyway, the book has been on my bookshelf while I got caught up on other books on my pile and the other day I was looking on my shelf for the next book to read and I thought YES I can finally read this one. I dove right in and was immediately transported into a Victorian futuristic world. The main Character's Nora and Pamela are best friends, Nora is just coming out of mourning for the death of her Father and the girls are on their way home for break at school. Nora has a run in with a strange man that says he new her Father and that he was there to help her. Avoiding that situation she heads home where she lives with her Aunt. Days later Nora is ambushed by Zombies, she fights her way to the roof where she fights for her life until these men in black uniforms show up and kidnap her. She later finds out that one of her kidnappers is Bram, a zombie that hasn't lost his humanity.
This is a fast paced book, being 467 pages that will literally fly by. I love Nora and Pamela, as well as Bram and his crew. This in my opinion is the best book I've read yet this year! Anxiously awaiting book 2 in the series called Dearly Beloved which will be released later this year.
Book description from Goodreads:
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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**Part of the AAD 2012 Reading Challenge**