Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration #1)
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
Somewhere along the way, zombies became hot.
No, not that kind of hot
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.
With the sole exception of Neil Patrick Harris. Oh! And Terry ...more
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 ...more
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!
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.
An unconventional ...more
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)[that’s right, FIVE (hide 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
To be fair, what appears to be ...more
Your boyfriends nose falling off while you are making out is not something you can get over!!
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I had drawn my own conclusion and could be more glad to ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book is classified as steampunk, but could also easily be a Victorian dystopian novel. I loved how Lia Habel creates a ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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