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Dearly, Beloved (Gone With the Respiration #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,850 Ratings  ·  329 Reviews
Can the living coexist with the living dead?

That’s the question that has New Victorian society fiercely divided ever since the mysterious plague known as “The Laz” hit the city of New London and turned thousands into walking corpses. But while some of these zombies are mindless monsters, hungry for human flesh, others can still think, speak, reason, and control their rave
Hardcover, 484 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Del Rey
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Oct 11, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
The dead are now out to the living and it seemed like things were going rather well. Until it came out that the Laz has mutated into a new strain that the vaccine does not protect against. The zombie infected with the new strain has been caught but that hasn't eased any minds. New fights and riots break out including a secret society of masked killers. Nora and Bram continue to help zombies while Nora's father continues with his research.

There are several, six to be exact, POVs in this book whic
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
This summer has been full sequels that outshined their predecessors. Dearly, Beloved is one of them. Not only is it funnier, better thought-out and better written than Dearly, Departed, it also affected me more strongly. The plot is well-planned and well-executed and it finally gave this series a much needed direction it lacked in the first book.

Strangely enough, I originally gave Dearly, Beloved three starts, but, upon further consideration, I decided it deserved more. Lia Habel has enormous ta
May 21, 2012 Giselle marked it as to-read
Shelves: ebook, arc
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Though Dearly, Beloved finally hit its stride at around 70%, that was altogether far too late for this rating to be salvaged.

While the final chapters saw a dramatic acceleration in the pacing and a return to the tongue-in-cheek humour of Dearly, Departed, the truth is, I almost didn’t get that far. Up to that point, I felt not so much that I was reading, but that I was actively fighting the urge to be done with it and mark this as a DNF.

The frustrating part of this is that Dearly, Beloved is n
Oct 03, 2012 Marielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I absolutely loved the first book by Lia Habel Dearly, Departed and I really liked her second book in the Gone with the Respiration series, Dearly, Beloved as well! This series (and book) is extremely complicated, so I will try my best on this synopsis…

Nora and Bram know that everything is stacked against them: one is living, one is dead, the entire city hates the dead, and hates those who sympathize with them even more, plus there’s a group o
Oct 22, 2012 Jess marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc, netgalley, on-hold
OMG!!! WE HAVE A COVER!!! The back is awesome too!
Jun 25, 2012 Isamlq marked it as to-read
Shelves: on-hold


Barely 20% in 8 hours and NOTHING was sinking in! AT. ALL. :( Truth be told, it was just so friggin' SLOW!

Is it me? Maybe, it is just me... going to give it a real go later....

....much later.

Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

I just have to say there are a ton of characters in this book. So many that sometimes I don’t even remember who is who. To add to my confusion some of them have nicknames! So once a character does something I remember, that’s when it clicks into place. Multiple viewpoints in this one just like the first one so I have to say I loved it. I love
Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
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Danielle (Love at First Page)
Nothing was usual, for us.
Everything was wonderful, because of it.

Once again, Bram and Nora are so stinkin' perfect in this book! Did I love Dearly, Beloved as much as its predecessor? No. But my love for the honorable and affectionate zombie and his fiercely clever warrior woman has increased tenfold. There is no room for romantic angst in this series, despite - or maybe because of - their differences, the obstacles they face, and the increasingly hostile world around them. Instead they ar
Jul 12, 2012 Katy rated it it was ok
It took me almost three weeks, and I fell asleep every day (sometimes two or three times) that I attempted to read it, but I FINALLY finished it! It wasn't that the book was boring because it definitely had potential and there was a lot going on. It just wasn't compelling enough to keep my attention.

My biggest complaint with the first book was there were WAY too many points of view with five different narrators. With this book, try six. Yes, you read that right, SIX different points of view.

My s
Sep 25, 2012 Dani rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, zombies

Picking up several months following that horrific day the “evil” zombies attacked New London, the city is still trying to come to grips with the fact that zombies exist – that people they know and love have been taken by or become one of the walking dead. The well-ordered foundations of New Victorian society have been shaken, and too soon to tell how this whole “zombie problem” will end up playing out. Love them or hate them, everyone – living and dead – has a pretty strong and definite opinion
*Genre* Dystopian/Steampunk
*Rating* 2.5-3.0

*Full review shortly*

Probably would have liked this story much much more had there not been 6 seperate POV's. Some of the points of view were unnecessary in my humble opinion. It's a good thing that Bram is one of the main character, otherwise, I would drop my rating even further for this book. Anyway...more later.

*ARC Rcvd 06/01/2012 via * Expected publication: September 25th 2012 by Del Rey Books/Random House
Aug 02, 2012 Soumi marked it as to-read
Wow..the Uk Cover is brilliant

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Jul 26, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
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Quick & Dirty: Zombies fight for independence, while characters hash out revenge from Dearly, Departed.

Opening Sentence: When I got to the top of the hill, the zombie caught me.

The Review:

Phew. This is such a busy book. There are so many character arcs and details that somehow blend together that it keeps your mind reeling (and it’s pretty ingenious how it all plays out).

Dearly, Beloved picks up a few months after where Departed left us. As a refresher (
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Too much that doesn't quite do enough.

Dearly, Beloved simply didn't do it for me. A book that should have taken me no more than two days ended up dragging on for a week! It tried for too much and for me missed the mark on almost everything.

To start, we have to read at least SIX different perspectives! Not necessarily a bad thing, but in this case it was. The flow of the story suffered because of it, and each new bit of information wasn't able to grab my interest. The only interesting part for me
There were some awesome and adorable parts (especially that ending!) but this book didn't really live up to the first one, IMO.

I hate, hate, HATED the multiple POVs. (Were there 6 POVs in book one? I don't remember.) It made it impossible to put the book down and pick it up again, because I couldn't remember which freaking narrator was talking. The plot also really felt like it dragged on in places, which is kind of weird because there was a lot happening, I think I just had a hard time followin
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group for giving me this book to review.

Since “The Laz” has hit New Victoria both the living and the dead have been co-existing, however, they are not at peace with each other. Some of the living believe that the dead are abominations which should be wiped out, and a group of the dead believe they have to fight the living for their survival and rights. Caught in-betwee
Sep 25, 2012 Vivien rated it liked it
Dearly, Beloved is set in the year 2195. The world has suffered disasters that have reduced the population, forcing the survivors to build settlements in South and Central America. The wealthy believe the Victorian time period is perfect and have adopted its etiquette. The Victorians have long despised the Punks, which are the poor, and have been at war with them. That is until the Laz disease begins to take hold of the surviving population. A disease that reanimates the dead turning them into z ...more
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Dec 04, 2012 Debbie I Heart YA Books rated it it was amazing
I love paranormal, but I never really got into zombies as the lead love interest. That is, until I read Dearly, Departed. Lia Habel changed my mind and my heart toward zombies when she introduced me to Bram, a beautiful, tough guy zombie, who I definitely fell in love with! I also enjoyed reading a novel with multiple points of view. I love getting into the heads of all the charters, especially the guy who’s falling in love. Habel goes beyond just Nora and Bram's POV, though; she gives four more ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok
I really, really hoped (& wanted) to love this one but the pacing was so slow and I didn't feel any of the wonder that I felt in the first book. The whimsical descriptions of New Victoria and exploration of the zombies was mostly absent.

The multiple POV's are continued here and while I wasn't a huge fan of them in book #1, I felt that they at least overlapped and added to the overall story arc. In Dearly Beloved the characters all have such similar voices that I had problems telling them apa
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Nora Dearly has had enough adventure to last her a lifetime. But it doesn't seem like her life will be slowing down anytime soon, now that she has her Father back in her life (as one of the undead affected by the Lazarus virus) and she is involved romantically with a zombie soldier named Bram. Also, now that the zombies have proved that they aren't all flesh-eating monsters, they're trying to peacefully co-exist in society with the living. It isn't working out all that well. With a new group of ...more
Kate McMurry
Exciting book 2 in a steampunk, dystopian trilogy

This book is the sequel to Dearly Departed (Gone with the Respiration #1) by Lia Habel. It is book 2 in a dystopian trilogy, pitched by the publisher as "steampunk romance meets zombie thriller." The publishers also bill this book as a story of "star-crossed lovers," which it certainly is. You don't get a much bigger romantic conflict than that the male lead is suffering from "the Laz," a disease that is slowly turning him into a zombie, one of th
Jessie Potts
I loved Dearly Departed... I don't know what was wrong with me that it took me getting Dearly Beloved in the mail to finally read Dearly Departed.

Dearly Beloved was a little slower in pace than the first book, it also took place for the most part in the town or more specifically in Nora's house. This was a different feel from the first book where Nora was kidnapped, Bram and Chas were in the jungle etc. I felt like it was a solid installment, but wished for a little faster pacing. That didn't me
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I would like to say that I always get nervous when I read a sequel in a series especially when I LOVED the first book. So when I saw Around The World ARC had a copy I signed up for it. I said man I hope this book does it justice and can I say I had to eat crow because it did more than what I expected. It kicked butt in so many places. I do not want to give spoilers for this book that is how EPIC I thought it was so I will summarize what happened and you will have to go out and buy your cop ...more
This is the second book in Habel’s YA series, Gone with Respiration. When I requested this book via NetGalley, I was not aware that it was a series; I had been intrigued by the idea of a futuristic Victorian society and of course, the zombies. I should therefore be clear that I am missing the set up and world building of the first novel, which may have affected my understanding of the zombie apocalypse in New London.

Dearly, Beloved picks up after the main characters, Nora and Bram, have had som
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Oh how good it feels to back in Habels’s world of neo-Victorian and zombie goodness. This picks up shortly after the first book finishes and immediately pulls you back into the word of New Victoria…which is having a bit of a internal melt down. Like the first one it raises some rather interesting questions about the state and position of the sentient zombies in a normal society, and also like the first one it handles it with a good amount of realistic cause and effect. The plot focuses on things ...more
Maria Mitchell
Mar 23, 2015 Maria Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Book two in the Dearly series by Lia Habel was every bit as good as the first book. Nora Dearly's romance with Bram Griswold is beautiful and endearing despite facing many obstacles. A lot of character development and growth in this novel. Habel added in more side characters who receive their own chapters.
A lot of intense zombie action and the discovery of a new Zombie -or Lazarus-infection is found in Patient One and Nora isn't immune to this strain. And because she isn't immune the cure also
Sep 12, 2012 Bookish♥Sarah rated it really liked it

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*This review may contain spoilers for Dearly, Departed!*

Dearly, Beloved picks up a few months after Dearly, Departed. Z-Comp has split up, the vaccine for The Laz didn't take, and Bram & Nora are happily in a relationship; a relationship that is frowned upon by most of New Victoria, including Nora's father.

Many old characters return in this novel. Pamela is dealing with anxiety after everything that happened in book one. Michael All
Nov 13, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it
After a slow start (entirely my fault, btw) this second installation of Lia Habel's Respiration series was an exciting ride. While I worried that the multiple point of views would again bog the story down and keep me from the characters I loved (hello, Bram!) they didn't seem gratuitous. That said, I lived for the chapters narrated by Bram and Nora because they were (are!) truly the heart of the story. Not sure what comes next for these two but if you liked the first book for the romance, many m ...more
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I'm an author, and consequently spend the majority of my days locked up in my own head. When I'm actually actively participating in the groundbreaking experiment in groupthink known as "reality," you'll find me designing and sewing costumes, trying to teach myself to play roller derby (I do not tackle pedestrians, contrary to popular belief), planning trips, and watching zombie movies.
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Gone With the Respiration (3 books)
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  • Untitled (Gone With the Respiration, #3)

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“I love you, Nora. I will think you beautiful when I have no eyes left to see. I will remember your voice when my ears go. You can’t hold on to me forever, but I will hold on to you until I am nothing but dirt.” 19 likes
“You're a zombie. If you're not missing body parts, you're doing it wrong!” 17 likes
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