Monday, 17 October 2011

Dearly, Departed

Dearly, DepartedDearly,Departed
Lia Habel
Random House
October 18th 2011


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


Some key words in describing Dearly, Departed: Steampunk, Victorian, Dystopian, starcrossed lover,... and ZOMBIES! Does thid combination of genres work? Yes, definetely!

This book is so unique, I think the idea of making a fururistic, dystopian book set in the ways on the victorian era is geniuos. It's definetely not been done before, and makes for an intersting read. I've heard some people couldn't get into the book and had to put it down because the beginning is slow..  While it is a bit slow in the beginning it is still an awesome read. The reason for it being slow is because with a world such as this things need to be explained to the readers so they can understand and enjoy the book later on! The writing is really what drew me in to the story, it's so descriptive that it creates a clear picture, so you can actually picture this fantasic world the Lia Habel has created. I havn't read much zzombie books before but I wouldn't think having a zombie as a love interest would be appealing to me. Come on he's dead! But I found Bram very loveable, it's shows that Nora cares more about what's in the inside rather than looks. She is willing to look beyond his scars, discoloured flesh, and occasionaly a severed limb!

Nora isn't your average main character, in the book people are trying to keep her out of harms way but she wants to use her gun firing skills and learn combat so that she ca defend herself rather than being week character. This book is told i various perspectives, while I enjoyed this look into what the other characters are doing when ther aren't together it did get a bit confusing in telling who was who! Another character I really enjoyed was Nora's bestfriend Pam, by the end of the book she was a zombie killing machine, and I loved this because these charcater do this while wearing dresses and corsets.

This book was so well done, and so different then anything I have every read you should definetely check it out! This book could also be for guys, though the cover is misleading. It has alot of battle and war that I think male readers will find entertaining.

I have including some Zomvie themed song to go along with the book. One for pop lovers ( deals with the love aspect of the book) and one for rock lover like me ( more about fighting, becomeing, getting eaten by a zombie) Enjoy! :)


  1. Great review! Dying to read this :]

    Book Addict

  2. Great review! I want to read this just because of the zombies. Also, the cover is lovely!

  3. I can't wait to read this one, I just got a copy from Netgalley so I'm trying to fit it in this month!
    I love the idea of the mix of different topics and genres I hope it works well together.
    Thanks for the great review. :)

  4. Great review! ''Dying'' to read this as well (pun, lame i know)

  5. Oh I am so excited to read this - I just won Lia's launch day gift basket with a signed copy - so I can't wait til it arrives so I can read it!!

    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

  6. I loved this one <3 so good. And I love what you said about Nora, she was such a great character. Feisty & ladylike all in one ;) I think she's one of my favourite heroines.

    Thanks for posting your review, I enjoyed reading it! :)

  7. I didn't know it was told from different points-of-view! I haven't bought a copy of this book yet, but everyone's positive reviews have me seriously considering picking it up this week. Great review Hayley!


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