Monday, October 28, 2013

review: DEARLY, DEPARTED by Lia Habel

Welcome to this week's PICK IT FOR ME post!

Only one vote again last week (Thank you, Rie!) . . . so I am putting the selections for next week at the top of the post, and hopefully that will increase voting. :) Remember, I will be reviewing the winning selection next Saturday!

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Next week's selections:

Next week's selections are all books from my bookshelves that had covers that reminded me of fall. Check out the cover images! So pretty! Please write your choice in the comments.

1. Eon by Alison Goodman
2. Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
3. The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
4. Supernaturally by Kiersten White
5. The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon, #1) Shadow Hills The Vespertine (The Vespertine, #1) Supernaturally (Paranormalcy, #2) The Poison Diaries (Poison Diaries, #1)

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Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
(Gone with the Respiration #1)
Publisher: Del Rey
Released: October 18, 2011
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 470

Rating: Loved it!

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 eta. 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 raenous 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. Ad 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 truly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.


My Thoughts

Thanks again to Rie from Mission to Read for suggesting this title!

Dearly, Departed was not at all what I was expecting, but I think I'm a little in love with this book! It's not your typical steampunk book (not that I am a steampunk expert or anything). The setting is actually futuristic - a sort of dystopian/post-nuclear war/global warming apocalypse. It's 2195, and the world is a completely different place. The United States is gone, and its people have moved south into Central and South America. I am still a little unclear about where exactly New Victoria is located, but Bram is from Brazil and there are scenes in Bolivia as well. Maybe New Victoria is in Peru or Columbia, then? Either way, it was a very interesting twist. I was expecting straight-up steampunk, meaning historical, but instead I got a futuristic society that had reverted to the Victorian era because of its "idealistic" behavior. Very, very interesting. Thankfully, Nora understands that the Victorian era was extremely misogynistic, and she doesn't act the way she's "supposed" to act. 

I have to admit that I am a little creeped out by romantic zombies, but Lia Habel deftly handles the balance between showing their creepy zombie-ness and making them human. I ended up relating to them much more than I thought I would.


The multiple viewpoints were well-labeled, but sometimes it was difficult to mentally switch between characters. That and the Victorian-era attitude were the only things I didn't like about this book.


Highly recommended!

1 comment:

  1. Well, since there were no votes, I am going to go with Eon by Allison Goodman - it has the highest rating on Goodreads out of the five choices.

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