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Dearly, Departed: A Zombie Novel Paperback – August 14, 2012
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Despite this promising start, Lia went on to live an unremarkable life. Although she entertained vague thoughts of one day writing (comic books, specifically), it was only her love of literature that compelled her to pursue her B.A. in English Lit from SUNY Buffalo. Afterwards, ever the generalist and lover of Old Things, Lia moved to the UK to attend the University of Leicester and get her M.A. in Museum Studies. Several scattered internships and jobs followed, but Lia was never able to obtain long-term, serious work in her chosen field. She wrote the first draft of Dearly, Departed while unemployed, because it seemed like more fun than filling out job applications. Ultimately, she ended up procrastinating herself into a wonderful career.
Now, Lia operates by a very simple rule-monsters need love, too. Handsome human heroes are celebrated everywhere else, but in her works you'll find gentleman zombies, beautiful beasts, delicate clockwork girls, and titans with hearts of gold. She writes emotionally driven romances where the couples are outlandish, weird, and magical. Because "normal" is just so... boring.
Miss Habel currently lives with her beloved Boyfriend and their utterly spoilt furchild, an inky black cat named Struensee. She enjoys attending anachronistic and steampunk events, crafting all manner of pretty things, watching horror movies, and collecting Victorian and Edwardian books. Things she fans over include Pacific Rim, Hannibal, and Transformers.
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"I was buried alive." ~Bram
Bram is stuck in a mining shaft elevator, in the very place that he was so thankful to have found work so he could support his mom and sister. Bram's best-friend Jack, is lying beside him bloody and broken after a massive cave in... *TEARS*
The year is 2193, and Bram is recounting the days events on a digital camera for anyone who may find it one day, and it's HEARTBREAKING! This is the first three pages people!
We're immediately drawn into the beauty of an antique Victorian-type futuristic setting. Seriously, I don;t know how else to explain it. Lia Habel has written a GORGEOUS world... I'm jealous, I want to live there! The dresses, the cars... or "carriages" (which is a very sleek, awesome ride), the gadgets...
The ENTIRE world and imagery created by Lia Habel was nothing short of absolutely amazing, I've never read anything like it!
Now, Dearly Departed is told in first person POV- but from SEVERAL different perspectives, told in alternating chapters. Don't let this deter you- because it is NOT confusing at all, and I totally loved seeing everything from so many different perspectives!
Bram is literally- SUPER to die for sweet and you can't help but fall for him- ZOMBIE or not! Seriously, I dare you to read this book and NOT love Bram!
Steampunk/Futuristic mixed with the old-time Victorian is nothing short of awesome. Throw in a war, kick butt characters, romance AND zombies??? You've got yourself a winner in Dearly Departed!
Nora Dearly is one of the high society girls, but she likes expressing her own opinions. She also dreams of someday joining the army, and get into the frontlines of the battle between New Victoria and the Punks. She keeps this a secret, because it is not proper for a New Victorian girl. This all changes when she is kidnapped by an army of zombies, to prevent the evil zombies from getting to her first. This is where she meets Captain Bram Griswold, her zombie savior. Defying all that normal, Dearly Departed takes zombies and romance to a completely new place.
I have to say I loved Dearly Departed, because it is just unique. While there are the traditional zombies that crave human flesh, and there are also the zombies who maintain their personalities, and thoughts. These zombies make up the group that saves Nora, and their captain is Bram Griswold. There are so many fun characters in Dearly, Departed. Throughout the novel, each chapter is labeled by the character that is currently providing the viewpoint. There are several characters that allow us to experience their viewpoint in Dearly, Departed.Read more ›
The whole idea of mixing together so many cool elements was genius on Lia Habel's part! She incorporated cool futuristic technology with the walking dead and poofy dresses perfectly. There was something about how she built her world that made me want to live there but not at the same time.
I'll admit that Dearly, Departed started off a little slow for me, but once the action picked up, I'm so glad I stuck with it! I adored Nora and Bram with all my heart, and how sweet and "awww!"-worthy their romance was. And even though five different first-person narratives seemed like too much at times, it helped to fill in the gaps and I really loved seeing Nora through Bram's eyes -- so sweet!
PLUS: The zombies weren't all evil. Loved them!
Overall, Dearly, Departed was a great edition to the zombie, dystopian, and Victorian era genres! It was cool and original and had some absolutely HILARIOUS one-liners at the most surprising times. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
BUY or BORROW?: Gorgeous cover + original story + a kick-butt heroine with a gun = a book you totally want to have on your shelf! ;)
Dearly, Departed is an unexpected, genre bending adventure. The world is an impressive mixture of dystopia, steampunk, and advanced technology. The world has basically fallen apart and reduced to individual tribes without any sort of centralized government. A certain conservative tribe decided that the Victorian era was far enough in the past that no one had any emotional ties to it and liked the idea of the virtuous, moral society that they decided to adopt it as their own. The resulting situation is Victorian era fashion, sensibilities, and social constructs coupled with futuristic technology. New Victoria isn't the only tribe out there.Read more ›
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A post apocalypse zombie war romance? Yep. Told from several perspectives but in a way as not to be chaotic and choppy. Once it got going a fast paced page turner.Published 1 month ago by R. Johnson
Zombie HOTNESS!!!! LOL Totally addictive!!! Touching tender funny spellbinding & sexy Love Nora and Bram!!!! Love this author Lia Habel ROCKS!!!Published 2 months ago by Chanell Renea
Arrived in excellent condition. An amazing read for all those looking for a different kind of romance story.Published 2 months ago by Isabella
Loved, loved, loved this one. It was a bit different than your typical zombie type story. I loved all the characters including the secondary ones. Can't wait to read the second. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tammy VanScoy
I absolutely loved this book! I felt as though it was original and very well-written. I feel as though many times YA novels are 'dumbed down', but this book did not feel that way. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rachel D. Moore
I loved the concept of the play and the setting. Anything Victorian Era is a bonus for me when it comes to books. The charicters were awesome to and I liked their development. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maddie
Steampunk meets zombies.
Sounds interesting right?
You have two types of zombies, the evil ones and the good ones. Read more
Liked the main characters, liked the world building, but the storytelling seemed a little jumpy and had a lot of holes. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Erika