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Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration #1)

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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  7,268 ratings  ·  1,414 reviews

A sharp, slick, blisteringly paced debut novel, with an unconventional but tender love story at its heart.



I parted the curtains. A skeletal face peered back at me, blackened eyes rolling in sockets seemingly unsupported by flesh. It smiled...



It should be game over for Nora Dearly when she is ambushed and dragged off into the night by the living dead. But this crack unit

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Kindle Edition, 482 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by Random House Children's Publishers UK
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Kat Kennedy
*This ARC was provided to me by the publishers via NetGalley. No money or favours were exchanged for this review.*


Somewhere along the way, zombies became hot.

Zombie on fire
No, not that kind of hot

Zombie model posing
This kind of hot!

Lia Habel has taken my two favourite genres, steampunk and zombies, and mixed them together. The results of which should have been a hundred times more fantabulous than anything humanity could ever have hoped to produce up until this point.



Neil Patrick Harris riding a unicorn
With the sole exception of Neil Patrick Harris. Oh! And Terry
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Wendy Darling
Dearly Departed is one of the most enjoyable steampunk novels I've ever read, as the author skillfully puts Victorian customs down in a futuristic setting and then throws the crazy addition of zombies into the mix! It is, unfortunately, also a very frustrating novel in many ways, mainly because it has major flaws that stand in the way of a really terrific story.

In the year 2195, Nora Dearly is just coming out of a period of mourning for her father, who was a noted scientist, when her home is att
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
A steampunk novel that lost its steam

What a frustrating book! I so wanted to love it. It had so many good elements to it. However, somehow, the book lost its way and could not find its way back again!

The GOOD

Bram Griswold

Zombie, soldier, and overall nice guy. He was the source of many of my favorite lines in the book. He was charming, respectful, and he was the guy that all parents dreamed that their loving daughter would find… minus the fact that he was a zombie.

Nora Dearly

An unconventional
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
2.5 stars
With one hundred pages and three POVs less, plus some small changes in worlbuilding, Dearly, Departed could have been an excellent novel. As it is, parts of it are amazing, while other parts left me extremely frustrated, disappointed and angry.

If only Lia Habel decided against introducing five (view spoiler) different POVs, one precious star in my rating would have been saved. At least two of those five contributed nothing but annoyance to the narrati
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Giselle
Dashing zombies anybody? Dearly, Departed has quite the original zombie lore. I really enjoyed it and thought it was brilliantly done. Stephenie Meyer took vampires and made them sparkly. But Lia Habel, she took zombies(!), and made them charming! There's just no beating that!

This story takes place in a future after a volcano almost ends humanity. The new age is called New Victoria - yup, it's Victorian age with holographs and cell phones. It's pretty neat and very well thought out. Obviously th
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Sarah
Oh, brother. Here we go.

I daresay I dug my own grave so far as getting my hopes up. It's a reviewing cliche to use phrases like "I really wanted to like this" or "it had so much potential"...but honestly, I can't think of anything else. I really wanted to like this. It had so much potential.

The details of futuristic Victoriana culture were cool & I'd have enjoyed more of them. That said, the 21st-c Victorian setting is repeatedly displaced by long stretches at an army base that felt like so
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Reynje
Edit: So, I was bored a while ago and recorded an audio version of this review (with Special Guest Appearance by the birds on my balcony). (view spoiler).

At the risk of sounding flip about it, I have to commence this review by saying that I felt Lia Habel’s zombie/horror/post-apocalyptic/steampunk/neo-Victorian novel was rather in need of a corset.

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To be fair, what appears to be
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Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
I get it. Zombies are the next progression in sexy YA creatures. I can get past your boyfriend being pale and a little cold or being seriously hairy but decomposition?!
Your boyfriends nose falling off while you are making out is not something you can get over!!

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Dearly,Departed is set in a post apocalyptic world where north america, Asian and it sounds like Europe (but I'm not sure) have all been destroyed. To survive the North Americans formed tribes and migrated to the equatorial regions of So
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Bonnie
Dearly, Departed was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Random House Publishing Group.

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Storyline
Dearly, Departed was quite enjoyable for me … at first. I found myself overwhelmed by the storyline because it had entirely way too much going on. I picked this up solely because it was a zombie novel (gotta love zombies) but then I was thrown into this odd dystopian society and THEN it transformed into this weird steampunk society where everything is
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L.M. Ironside
I made an honest attempt to read Dearly, Departed but had to put it down with a sigh of relief about half way through.

This is one of those books I just can't figure out. Why did this get published? Why wasn't more heavy editing done? Why is this kind of writing encouraged in this industry? I can't fathom it.

The problems with this novel are legion, but I think the biggest problem, and the most offensive to me, is the feeling I get in reading it: That as long as it can be slapped into the YA cate
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Tracey, librarian on strike
I first heard of Dearly, Departed - probably on Goodreads – in a context of absolutely aghast disgust. A story telling about a girl who falls in love with a zombie?! Horrors – and not in a good way. And it's true, on surface it's another one of those ideas which Should Not Work (I should create a shelf for those). Although it does occur to me that there's a fine, fine line between all those "I Loved a Vampire" PNR's and this – undead is undead. Still, undead but whole and able to heal is rather ...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Rating: 4.5

A combination of steampunk, the Victorian era, and zombies, Dearly Departed is possibly one of the most unique depictions of the zombie apocalypse I've ever found. Being a huge zombie fan, I lapped up everything the book had to offer and really enjoyed the unique world building and delightful characters.

The author convincingly explains how the world came about; it's set in the future but for some reason a band of people called New Victorians have decided to uphold the traditional val
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AH
Dearly, Departed could have been a most awesome book. It has a lot of good things going for it: a great cast of characters and an engaging story. The author has a quirky sense of humor and I did chuckle at some parts. The dialogue was entertaining as well. How could you go wrong with steampunk and zombies?

Let’s start with what I liked. I liked Nora and her best friend Pamela. These two girls were quite independent and brave. I loved that they did not just want to improve their station by marria
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Kelly
Sometimes I "stall out" while reading a book but intend to go back and finish...and sometimes, after a few months, I have to own up to the fact that I'm just not going to. Dearly, Departed is one of these. It started out really interesting, but lost me in the middle.

Nora Dearly lives in New Victoria, a post-apocalyptic society that has revived the customs of the Victorian era. Supposedly, this happened after a series of disasters, when many of the survivors left standing were hardcore religious
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Lissa Smith
Mar 07, 2012 Lissa Smith rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Steampunk & Zombies
Recommended to Lissa by: Books 4 Review Club
I have heard lots of chatter about this book on different topics in the GoodRead world so; I was excited to find out that my book club was reading it. When all the chatter was originally flying, I had to take a peek. I didn’t get further than the cover. I was hooked I loved it. My mind drifted immediately Abby from the television show NCIS. It reminded me of the episode where she attended a New Orleans style funeral complete with bagpipes.

I had drawn my own conclusion and could be more glad to
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Surin
First of all let me add a disclaimer that honestly Dearly, Departed isn't a really well written book. The prose is awkward at times, the world building seriously doesn't make any sense, the multiple POVs will give you a headache and the plot isn't all that particularly interesting.

So why the hell did I give it 4 stars?! LOL.

Because I love Captain Abraham Griswold aka Bram!!!!! There you have it, I have a crush on a zombie, god help me....... I was gone the minute he put on that damn military ou
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Krystle
Gosh, this is going to be such a difficult review. It’s not terrible but it’s not great either.

The biggest downfall of this book, to me, was the pacing. It was agonizingly slow for the most part with little to no action. I can only attribute this to the fact that the main character, Nora, was held in a compound and not allowed to do much besides interact with the people and zombies located there. There was hardly any contact with the outside world and the real plotting and action comes later.

Ano
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Juliana
3.5 stars | Grade: C+
This book was a first in many ways for me. It was my first book in the steampunk genre, which seems to have become all the rage. It was my first zombie and my first modern horror novel. And it was the first YA book I’ve read since being a YA myself.

I hadn’t been avoiding any of these—on the contrary: seeing review after review by my Goodreads friends has had me adding book after book that I would not normally have read or sought out. One of the reasons I’m making a point of
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Blodeuedd Finland
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Zombies! I am not a big fan but when it comes to books it is different and I can read about them. Of course I never read a book where the male lead is one, but then vampires are dead in some books too, and they want your blood. Zombies are dead and want your flesh, nothing different there. With that I started this book.

The world was truly the best part. The world went to hell and survivors fled south. What used to be Central and South America now belongs to conquer
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Sarah ~Slow reader, or slowly reading? ;)
I had a love/hate relationship with this book. When I won this from Firstreads, I was really surprised because when I got the book because I hadn't seen the e-mail they sent me :P But anyways, this book's premise was awesome. Steampunk/zombie/romance novel? I'm all in.

But it had it's flaws. The first thing I noted was the point of view. It was in the first person p.o.v. but the chapters alternated from character to character, and made it REALLY confusing to read sometimes. Some of the scenes/lin
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Jennifer
I love zombies. At first I almost didn't read this because I wasn't sure about the future Victorian era. I was a little confused at the beginning but as I kept reading I slowly began to understand the future world. I also always love different perspectives. I love seeing both sides to the story through Nora and Bram's eyes as well as Nora's best friend Pam, and of course the evil villain. It does take away the mystery but I like seeing everything that is going on and why it is going on. The zomb ...more
Stacey O'Neale
I really enjoyed this book for a ton of reasons so I'm just going to go through a few of them.

1. This book is very unique. It's dystopian, it's paranormal romance, it's zombies, it's cyberpunk, and it's got some elements of Victorian history. You really can't put it in one box which is why it's so cool.

2. It's written in 1st person POV, but with several characters. You get to see an odd romance from both perspectives which I love plus various secondary characters. Not to mention that Lia Habel
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Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
The first two things that caught my attention about this book were the cover art and the title. From there, I read the description, and even though zombies aren't my usual reading fare, I really wanted to give this one a shot. I loved the idea of a mash-up of steampunk, zombies, and a futuristic world trying to combat an increasing zombie population.

When I had the ARC in hand, it includes a letter from the senior editor, who talks a little bit about Lia Habel and how her YA debut came to be publ
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Sylvia
Dearly Departed has definitely taken me by surprise. Why? you ask. Well for starters. I don't really like reading stories about zombies. They freak me out and drain the living life out of me haha no pun intended, and the fact that it's totally gross reading about their flesh falling off and them walking around drooling and moaning. But, if you throw in a futuristic New Victorian/Steampunk era, with kick ass female protagonists, and zombies that still act human in every way possible, then you hav ...more
Nimue
First of all, I normally don't read anything even remotely scary! I get scarred easily and have nightmare for ages. And always when I think I'm finally old enough to have outgrown this problem and watch/read something like horror/zombie/ghosts I fail miserably. But this book intrigued me quite a bit. So, I braved myself and ... wasn't disappointed at all. I love this book!

This book is classified as steampunk, but could also easily be a Victorian dystopian novel. I loved how Lia Habel creates a
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Tori [Bottles of Summer]
A hilarious, spine-tingling novel, DEARLY DEPARTED has completely blown my mind. I was expecting a so-so 3-star book when I requested this on Amazon Vine. The back cover summary made it sound fairly interesting, and I figured zombies, steampunk, and some sort of dystopian-ish storyline might be the perfect change of pace from all the YA love triangles I've been drowning in. Never in my wildest dreams did I envision that this book and its characters would capture and hold my undivided attention f ...more
Natalie
Read this review on my blog, Mindful Musings.

In a Sentence: Though I wasn't sold on the number of POVs in this novel, Dearly Departed was an overall fast and fun read set in a wonderfully imaginative world.

My Thoughts

I decided to read Dearly Departed when I saw that Tiger at All Consuming Books and Tara at 25 Hour Books had both given it a good rating. These ladies' taste in books tend to be extremely similar to my own, so when I read their reviews, Dearly Departed got an instant spot at the to
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Jennifer
Dearly, Departed is an unexpected display of genre-mashing at its finest. It's steampunk, but set in the future. It's a love story, but between a zombie and a human. It's action, adventure, horror, thriller, romance, war, science fiction and just about everything else you could imagine. And it's damn good too.

Nora Dearly lives safely in an underground compound with her less than loving aunt. The year long mourning period for her father has just ended and as far as she knows, her biggest problem
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Racquel
Review also posted on my blog: The Book Barbies"

Question of the century: could a book set in NEW Victorian times, with GOOD and BAD zombies prove to be a great read? Yes, yes it sure does!

Lia Habel has an imagination that can rivals Spongebob's (that is a compliment FYI!) Her dystopian world is unlike anything I have ever seen/read about before and I knew just from the summary of the book that I would love this world! One thing about me, I feel very strongly about society/civilization/government
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Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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