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 uni
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
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
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
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 o ...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
I think that we can all agree that that alone makes this book a must-read, but there's plenty more to love about Dearly, Departed-- starting with the amazing, multi-dimensional characters. Nora Dearly is the heroine of the story, a proper New-Victorian girl living in the year 2194. The perfect mix of spirited stubbornness and genuine loyalty to her friends, Nora's character was defi ...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 feel very confused with this one. To start off with, I thought the world building at the beginning was very strange and felt there were many ways it could have been more special and had more depth to it. All it basically is is that the world came into an ice age so countries were lost and everyone was forced to move south and all the people thought about the Victorians and thought that was the best way to live. That's it basically. It just felt a little far fetched and peculiar that ...more
I had drawn my own conclusion and could be more glad to ...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.
Dearly, Departed was a surprisingly fun book! I didn't expect it to have much humor, but Lia Habel's writing is chock full of laugh out loud moments, characters' inner musings and the dialogue among them enough to make me giddy. At the heart of this story are Nora and Bram, star-crossed lovers like we've never seen before. Set years into the future - 2195, to be exact - the city of New Victoria is a high-tech nation modeled on the mores and fashions of the Victoria era. Young ladies a ...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
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
In the year 2195, the world has collapsed and been reborn. Basically, the story is thus:
In the early twenty-first century – some 150 years before the start of our novel – global warming has melted the ice caps, plague and famine have overwhelmed the populace, and the Americas are invaded by refugee Canadians that carry the superflu that wipes out 1 in every 4. The USA falls into a second Civil War (presumably because of the influenza plague? It’s never ex ...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
Erzählt wird das Buch aus ganz verschiedenen Sichten. Die Perspektivwechsel fand ich aber super.
Besonders mochte ich, dass Lia Habel die Geschichte ohne Klischees geschrieben hat. Die Zombies si ...more
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