Book Review: Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

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Dearly, Departed
by Lia Habel
Expected pub: 10/18/2011 by Del Rey Books
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, steampunk meets 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.

goodreads Book Review: Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

The Bookish Brunette thought:
Dude, a freaking freight train could not have pulled me away from this book after the Prologue… What am I saying? After the first sentence:

“I was buried alive.” ~Bram

Bram is stuck in a mining shaft elevator, in the very place that he was so thankful to have found work so he could support his mom and sister. Bram’s best-friend Jack, is lying beside him bloody and broken after a massive cave in… *TEARS*

The year is 2193, and Bram is recounting the days events on a digital camera for anyone who may find it one day, and it’s HEARTBREAKING! This is the first three pages people!

We’re immediately drawn into the beauty of an antique Victorian-type futuristic setting. Seriously, I don;t know how else to explain it. Lia Habel has written a GORGEOUS world… I’m jealous, I want to live there! The dresses, the cars… or “carriages” (which is a very sleek, awesome ride), the gadgets…

The ENTIRE world and imagery created by Lia Habel was nothing short of absolutely amazing, I’ve never read anything like it!

Now, Dearly Departed is told in first person POV- but from SEVERAL different perspectives, told  in alternating chapters. Don’t let this deter you- because it is NOT confusing at all, and I totally loved seeing everything from so many different perspectives!

Bram is literally- SUPER to die for sweet and you can’t help but fall for him- ZOMBIE or not! Seriously, I dare you to read this book and NOT love Bram!

Steampunk/Futuristic mixed with the old-time Victorian is nothing short of awesome. Throw in a war, kick butt characters, romance AND zombies??? You’ve got yourself a winner in Dearly Departed!

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27 Responses to Book Review: Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

  1. Kathy says:

    I loved this one too. So well written, descriptive, and interesting. I loved the prologue too! I totally agree – if you read this book you will fall for Bram!Great review.

  2. Amanda Ashby says:

    Great review! I've been looking forward to this book (you know because it's got zombies and steampunk, so what's there not to love?!)

  3. This sounds kinda freaky…;/I just got the ARC for this one so I think Im gonna dig in…great review!!

  4. Missie says:

    Oh, good to know. I can handle alternating POVs as long as my little mind can keep up. LOLI wasn't expecting this one to be so emotional. That's something to look forward too.

  5. Hannah says:

    Oh man this book was frickin awesome! I totally agree. My review went up yesterday alongside an author interview. PERFECT for Discovering Steampunk!

  6. I'm soo curious about this book and now with your review even more!!!

  7. I so can't wait to read this book!!!!!!!!!!! I hope to be able to get it very soon. i prob have to wait for my b day thought :( Super excited for it. Love your review.PS you were right about Crossed Barens and noble website is retarted…lol it is nov. 1st.

  8. Giselle says:

    Glad you enjoyed it too! I loved the world building too it was extremely creative and well explained. The prologue IS very cool! Great review!GiselleXpresso Reads

  9. Melliane says:

    I hear so great things everywhere about this one ! I really need to read it ! And the cover is just gorgeous !

  10. Anachronist says:

    Maybe. Ok, not maybe, for sure I will read it but I don't know when.

  11. Cait says:

    So glad you liked this, I definitely do want to read it!! The Cait Files

  12. Aurian says:

    What is with all the zombie book review lately all over the web? And this one in combination with steam punk. So not meant for me.Glad you liked it though :)

  13. Candace says:

    Thank goodness, one I don't have to add to my WL cause I already read it and LOVED it too! Very different book and hot ZOMBIES?! Yep, definitely awesome. (And when I say hot, I mean personality wise… I'm not sure he could REALLY be hot, but definitely still good looking ;)Glad you liked it too!

  14. I am so shocked that you liked this book with the zombie in it. I know you hate them so much. ;)Actually I HAVE to read it because of Bram. Falling for a zombie. Hm… I need to find out!

  15. Arianne Cruz says:

    i want this book now!

  16. Oh this does sound like an excellent read. I am in the minority but I don't mind alternating POV's at all —as long as it is done well but heck the same thing stands for single POV! :)I like the departure from "lord of the flies" look that does sound super interesting!

  17. Oh my gosh, you read this book! I'm so glad you liked it — I've been dying for my own copy for forever! x) I totally agree that the dresses and carriages and super-cool gadgets are enough to make me want to go there! And as a plus? There are ZOMBIES!! I want to meet Bram! Amazing review, Ashley! I thought I was already sold on getting this book, but I thought wrong — you convinced me again! :)

  18. Lea says:

    I'm half-way through this book right now and I am LOVING it!!! Great review, it is such an awesome book so far! :)]Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

  19. Alexa says:

    Now that Candace and you have raved about this book I know I must read it. This would be my first Zombie book too, I know I fail at life since you love zombies and I have never read a zombie book.I'm gonna go hide now lol

  20. StephanieD says:

    Streampunk zombie gorgeousness – I wants! Okay, you've convinced me. Next opportunity I have to request it, I will do so.

  21. ali cross says:

    Holy crap. I hadn't even HEARD of this book, but the blurb totally sold me! Then your review cinched it! Thanks!

  22. Namine says:

    Oh I want to read this book so bad!! Steampunk, carriages, gorgeous dresses, and digital cameras!!

  23. Book Sake says:

    Can't wait to read more from Habel – she's pure awesomeness.

  24. Pabkins says:

    I can't wait for my copy to arrive hopefully next week!!Pabkins @ Mission to Read

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