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Lost in Romance continues with a review of ‘Dearly Departed’ by Lia Habel. This review is blogger Nereyda Gonzalez of booksandsparkles.blogspot.com. This is a fun, crazy, SPARKLY blog, you’d better not miss it!
Here’s the review:

*Dearly, Departed*
*By Lia Habel*
*Release Date: 10/18/11*
*470 pages*
Book Description from Amazon:
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.
****A copy was provided by the publisher for review, I also own my own
(I HAD to buy it, it’s so pretty!)
OMG!!! I LOVE this book, definitely one of my favorites! This book has it
all; zombies, action, love, and more than one kick-ass female character. I
REALLY hope they make this book into a movie or TV series because not only
do I want to see the story on the screen but I also want to see the
clothing! The cover is gorgeous! I don’t think I have one single bad thing
to say about this book, loved it from start to finish!
The beginning of the book does an awesome job of describing the world in
which Nora Dearly lives in. The year is 2195 in New Victoria, a futuristic
society that is technologically advanced focusing on class hierarchy,
etiquette, Victorian fashions and traditions and war. Nora is a teenage
girl of high society and attends a prestigious boarding school with her
best friend Pamela Roe, who is there on a scholarship. Underneath all the
beautiful Victorian dresses, Nora would much rather spend her time watching
war videos and shooting guns than get involved in society drama.
When Nora’s father passed away she was left in the care of her Aunt Gene
who has spend all her family’s money and plans to marry her off. But then
an army of undead men kidnaps Nora and takes her to their military base.
There she learns about the existence of the Lazarus virus and zombies. She
is naturally terrified and disgusted by these zombies at first, especially
the headless zombies or the ones that are missing eyes, noses and other
body parts. But Nora soon starts to develop a friendship with Captain Bram
Griswold, a handsome zombie who still seems to have his humanity intact.
She realizes that not all zombies are dangerous and they deserve to live
too. Bram is a brave but sweet zombie who can’t believe that Nora is not
disgusted with him and starts to believe that she might actually really
like him. But Nora and Bram’s relationship is complicated with the war and
the zombies that have been let loose on her city and she struggles with the
connection between the Laz virus, the zombies and her dad.
The story is told from the different POV’s of Nora, Bram, Pamela, Victor
and Wolfe. Pamela Roe was such a nice surprise in this story. I don’t know
why but most YA books usually have an annoying best friend who is more of a
filler character and doesn’t provide anything special to the story. When I
started the book I thought she was going to be another one of them. She
starts out as a frightened girl who desperately wishes she could fit in
society. By the end of the book she is a tough zombie killing warrior who
takes matters in her own hands. Her character probably has the most growth
and I can’t wait to see what she is up to in book 2. Almost every
background character seemed very real and added something special to the
story. I really liked Bram’s zombie friends (especially the kick-ass zombie
girl Chas) and the doctors. I’m looking forward to reading more about them
in Dearly, Beloved.
Lia Habel has some a wicked cool job of letting us see a glimpse of her
imagination. The books are also otherwise known as the Gone with
Respiration series which fits so well since it is a little bit like Gone
with the Wind…but with zombies. If you enjoy dystopian, sci-fi, romance,
zombie, steampunk/Victorian/futuristic books then you NEED to pick this one
up because it has it all. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy of Dearly,
5 out of 5 sparkly stars!
My Favorite Quotes from Dearly, Departed
This was REALLY hard to pick just a couple of my favorite quotes since
there are so many good ones, but here are my top spoiler-free quotes.
-He reached out and lightly touched her cheek. I was surprised by the growl
that wanted to well up in my throat when he did this, and fought it down. I
told myself it was stress, not my illness’s way of saying, Get your own
-The only thing I wanted to do, the fiercest instinct that I had at that
point, was to take her into my arms again and comfort her. A dark sulky
part of my mind reminded me that even if I could have done that, it would
have only terrorized her further.
-I’d never worn makeup, but I bit my lips and pinched my cheeks to get some
color in them. Might as well try to look a bit more lively than the
-“Nora, we’d be very grateful for your help,” Bram said. But you’re not a
member of the Z Comp.”
“Yeah, you’re alive,” Chas pointed out. “Clearly, you’re overqualified.”
-“You really need to stop talking to me.”
“Why?” I asked, tensing a bit. Was she finally going to tell me to get
“Because I feel better when you do. And I forget to be angry. I need to
stay angry if I’m going to get anywhere.”
-“I can’t!”
“You have to, or they’re going to eat you!” I screamed. That should give
anyone incentive,
-“And I’m wearing pants!” I keened before fully breaking down.
-“I could eat him, if either of you’d like. Seems like it might be the
easiest thing to do.”
-It hit me then that she wasn’t half as disgusted as she should be.
Check out my blog for an exclusive interview with Lia Habel and a bonus
teaser from Dearly, Beloved!*
Info about the blogger:
Nereyda Gonzalez is 25 year old female with an Associate’s Degree in Fashion Design. She’s currently an Assistant Technical Designer for a women’s catalog company. She’s in a 11-year relationship and has two daughters age 5 and 2. Her favourite colours are pink, black and grey she loves anything sparkly. She has a major attitude problem and she LOVES using capslocks and exclamation points! She LOVES to read and listen to music and is addicted to Amazon. She has over 200 books and over 500 e-books on her Kindle. If she ever had an Amazon credit card, she would be in so much trouble! Her sister says she’s an old lady trapped in a 25-year old body. Her goal in life is to invent something ridiculously stupid but but incredibly genius and to have a library like in Beauty and the Beast. Follow her blog and leave her a link to your blog and she will return the favour!

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