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Dearly, Beloved (Gone With the Respiration #2)

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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...more
Hardcover, 484 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Del Rey
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If you ask to me describe Dearly, Beloved in a word, the first to spring to mind is dull. Ask for another and it would be disappointing. As a fan of Dearly, Departed, the first book in this series, the sequel could not have been any more of a let-down. The life and energy, the thrilling romance and the roaring action that was present in the first book was notably absent from the second. It was a struggle to remain engaged, to even focus on who was who and what was what. It was a struggle not to...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
May 21, 2012 Giselle marked it as to-read
Shelves: ebook, arc
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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...more
Oct 22, 2012 Jess marked it as to-read
Shelves: on-hold, netgalley, arc
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.

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...more
Omg. I just finish the first book. It was AMAZING, I haven't read a book like this ever before, its so funny and witty xD plus the hero is just so sweet and yet badass and funny and BRAM <3 YOU CAN BE MY NEXT JACE IF YOU WANT. I can't wait for this book to come out, i never thought I'd love this book as much as I did. Zombie-dystopian-comedy-horror-apocalypse-romance is my new favorite genre :D any recommendations??
Oh yah on a random side note, I sort of thought of Samedi and Beryl as Stein a...more

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 opi...more
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...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*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

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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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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 (...more
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...more
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...more
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
Jennifer Bookworm Coalition
I can't do this anymore, I have been reading this book for 13 days. 13 incredibly long fucking days, and I'm only 41% done!

I tried, I really did but I have to dnf at least for now.


Let me start by saying that I did not finish this book and that I only got through 41% before I waved the dreaded white flag. So with saying that, THIS REVIEW IS ONLY BASED ON THE 41% THAT I READ, and is not to be taken as a reflection of the entire book. It is impossible for me to review it entirely since I didn'...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...more
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

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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 Al...more
Annabelle Marie Veronica
*****FINAL RATING: 4.85 STARS*****

If I loved Dearly, Departed, Dearly, Beloved was really something else. It was completely unlike anything I've ever read and completely perfect. I fell in love with it from page one and never stopped. It's easily one of the most amazing books that I have ever read and one of my favorites of 2012 for sure. I almost couldn't believe how awesome it was. It literally and completely blew me away—I mean, it was honestly that amazing. It was totally a differen...more
Carina Olsen
I am unsure how I feel about this book. At first I was sure I liked the first one more, but by the end I'm kind of liking this one best. It took me many hours to read it, though, because these books are long. Almost 500 pages. Some things I felt could have been left out, or been shorter, but I did still enjoy it all. Well. Mostly. There is a lot more violence in this book. I could have been without those scenes. Because they were written really well, in a way. And it was awful. But in a twisted...more
“You’re a zombie. If you’re not missing body parts, you’re doing it wrong.”

Dearly, Beloved continues the story of our plucky heroine Nora Dearly. Nora lives in New London, Nicaragua, the capital of New Victoria. The book is set in the future, a future that embraced Victorian culture and societal standards. Oh - there are zombies in this book. Sentient, talking, tofu-eating zombies. You see, this world has been ravaged by the Lazarus virus and it causes the dead to reanimate. Not everyone is happ...more
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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.” 17 likes
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