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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Review for Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

Got it from Netgalley
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.

Review:I won't lie, on finishing the first chapter I was a little worried about what I had gotten myself into, especially on the mixed reviews I noticed the book was getting. Luckily those worries prove to be for nothing as the story quickly changed pace and swept me up in the current that is Dearly Departed.

I enjoyed the refreshing change of pace, while the world seems to be stuck on the latest love trends such as vampires, werewolves and the up and coming angels, a new love story was brought forth into the paranormal scene.
A zombie love story.

I liked the way that not all of the zombies turned into the mindless brain eating monsters they are often displayed as. Yes the urge was there, but it could be controlled as they kept some if not most of their humanity.

I also appreciated the fact that the author chose to explain the workings of the zombies and why they craved the flesh.

This witty zombie romance was a hard to put down, awesome read that at some points had me wanting to hurl the Kindle away from me in frustration at the turn of some events.

Favorite Quotes:1." The Cute is strong with this one"
2."I will shoot you in the face if you say one more word to me," I fumed. ' So noted' ' I am so glad that I am an only child"
Rating :
 4.5 stars!!

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