Dearly, Beloved (Gone With the Respiration #2) by Lia Habel

                  Dearly, Beloved 

     (Gone With the Respiration #2)


Can the living coexist with the living dead?

That’s the question that has New Victorian society fiercely divided ever since the mysterious plague known as “The Laz” hit the city of New London and turned thousands into walking corpses. But while some of these zombies are mindless monsters, hungry for human flesh, others can still think, speak, reason, and control their ravenous new appetites.

Just ask Nora Dearly, the young lady of means who was nearly kidnapped by a band of sinister zombies but valiantly rescued by a dashing young man . . . of the dead variety.

Nora and her savior, the young zombie soldier Bram Griswold, fell hopelessly in love. But others feel only fear and loathing for the reanimated dead. Now, as tensions grow between pro- and anti-zombie factions, battle lines are being drawn in the streets. And though Bram is no longer in the New Victorian army, he and his ex-commando zombie comrades are determined to help keep the peace. That means taking a dangerous stand between The Changed, a radical group of sentient zombies fighting for survival, and The Murder, a masked squad of urban guerrillas hellbent on destroying the living dead. But zombies aren’t the only ones in danger: Their living allies are also in The Murder’s crosshairs, and for one vengeful zealot, Nora Dearly is the number one target.

As paranoia, prejudice, and terrorist attacks threaten to plunge the city into full-scale war, Nora’s scientist father and his team continue their desperate race to unlock the secrets of “The Laz” and find a cure. But their efforts may be doomed when a mysterious zombie appears bearing an entirely new strain of the virus—and the nation of New Victoria braces for a new wave of the apocalypse.

Lia Habel’s spellbinding, suspenseful sequel to Dearly, Departed takes her imaginative mash-up of period romance, futuristic thriller, and zombie drama to a whole new level of innovative and irresistible storytelling.
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Del Rey
I love paranormal, but I never really got into zombies as the lead love interest. That is, until I read Dearly, Departed. Lia Habel changed my mind and my heart toward zombies when she introduced me to Bram, a beautiful, tough guy zombie, who I definitely fell in love with! I also enjoyed reading a novel with multiple points of view. I love getting into the heads of all the charters, especially the guy who’s falling in love. Habel goes beyond just Nora and Bram's POV, though; she gives four more charters’ POVs in this awesome novel. I loved getting inside to see in every one of these wonderful charters heads. It always makes for a deeper story for me.

Nora and Bram thought they could focus a little on their romance after the siege, but unfortunately, some of the zombies are getting tired of the humans ruling over them. When humans begin to fear a new kind of zombie that likes to take a bite, a group called The Murder rises up to kill the flesh eating zombies, and deal with Nora and the other humans who care about the zombies and want to protect them.

I think what I loved the most about Dearly, Beloved was the swoon-worthy ending with Nora and Bram. It was a blow-my-mind beautiful ending, that takes the reader into an amazing beginning in the third novel with Nora and Bram romance! But I have to admit that I loved the action, too. Nora becomes a much stronger heroine in this novel. I also enjoyed seeing Bram show his swoony side, yep, Bram definitely got the swoon going on for Nora!

I highly recommend Dearly, Beloved in the Gone With the Respiration series as an awesome novel that will have you falling in love with the swoon-worthy zombie Bram!

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  1. Great review!! So much zombie love going on!! Ha ha
    I don't know if I'll give this one a try, but it does sound good :)

    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the Book Crazed Girl

    1. What Magen?! This is the one series you shouldn't miss out on reading! lol! <3


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