Monday, April 9, 2012

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

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.

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MY Review:

  The first time I saw this book I thought it was one of the most beautiful books I've ever seen then i thought zombie/human romance? Ok, I'm always looking for a new spin on an old story and as soon as I started reading I knew I wouldn't be able to put it down. It's extremely well written and put together from a five person point of view both zombies and humans. The story sucks you in right away and never has a boring moment. 
  I easily fell in love with Nora and Bram.  The way their love grows, despite some very big hurtles that they have to come to terms with and ultimately over come.  This story invoked every emotion a good book should; anger, sadness, excitement, love and even had me in tears more than once. Because I am trying really hard not to give away any spoilers I'll just say that I loved this book from beginning to end and I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for an action packed love story.  I can't wait to read the next book in the series titled: Dearly, Beloved.
  This story goes to show that being a proper lady doesn't mean you can't be strong as well as being undead doesn't mean you are a monster.

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