Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

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.

My Thoughts:

This book was really neat. It was a combination of many different times, Victorian and futuristic and a combination of different stories. It told the stories of the political Victorian world where girls were bred to be ladies, quiet, and respectful and it was the story of a zombie apocalypse. The future Victorian age is explained and somehow it works. Thought it is a bit hard to get use to at first. Also, the zombie romance seemed weird at first but it worked. The book was really interesting and sweet. I liked Nora and Bram and wouldn’t put the book down till I reached their chapters and found out more about their kindling friendship and romance. I didn’t really like Pam very much. She seemed weak at first but then when things got dire she really stepped up as a character. However, when she reunited with Nora she once again became a meek character. It almost seemed like an act and I lost some respect for her. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to all.

Future Books:

The next book is called Dearly, Beloved and comes out September 25, 2012.

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