Dearly, Departed (Dearly #1) by Lia Habel

Dearly, Departed (Dearly, #1)

Dearly, Departed (Dearly #1)

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.

Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published September 29th 2011) 

Dearly, Departed is an all-in-one Novell. Lia Habel has amazingly put Science Fiction, Steampunk, Horror, Fantasy, Dystopia, Paranormal, Apocalyptic, Historical and Romance into this incredible Novell. Along with five POVs, with the main two perspectives being from Nora and Bram.  Lia Habel definitely created a fantastic world with zombies and humans trying to coexist together.

Nora is almost seventeen and has been sent off to an all-girls school to become a proper Victorian lady after her father's death. Nora’s not interested in tea and high society. Nora's father raised her to know how fight with weapons and to think for herself. Nora becomes a wanted person by the Gray's because of her father's work as a doctor, and everything Nora thought was truth about her Victorian life will be destroyed after she discovers who her father really was and Bram will become her truth.

I really liked Nora. She is a petite and stubborn tough girl who is not scared to speak her mind and acts on what she believes in. She has just enough Victorian politeness that makes her character one I truly enjoyed. But I do have to say I love Bram more. Bram is strong and witty, with a tender heart even if it’s not beating anymore. Bram's love for Nora is so warm and intimate and one he had to find after his death, which makes it heart-breaking. I couldn't help falling for this zombie.

Dearly, Departed is definitely a novel with a fantastic storyline, action, drama, humor, romance . . . it’s like getting nine novels in one. I recommend Dearly, Departed as a must read.

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