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Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel
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Sep 16, 2012

really liked it

Once again, Habel has delivered a unique, enticing zombie novel that captivated me from start to finish. Told through many character viewpoints, in a future where technology is extremely far advanced, but where the people have reverted back to 17th century mannerisms, Habel unleashes “The Lax,” a strain of virus that has created not only thinking, reasoning, emotional zombies, but also the flesh eating kind as well.

If you enjoy novels by Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, or Fanny Burney, then I believe you’ll really enjoy this novel as the romanticism and “coming out” of a young woman is the same. The characters are extremely chaste and “court” each other, giving the novel an overall romantic feeling while still containing espionage, murder, mystery, and mayhem—aspects you won’t find in our beloved Austen, Bronte, or Burney. And, I absolutely love the mix. Honestly, I’ve always been interested in the high society life of the past, but find many of the classic novels to be a little dry. I want a mystery along with my romance, and that’s exactly what Habel delivers in this sequel to Dearly, Departed.

Some may find the many points of view daunting, but I think Habel handles this well through her titling of chapters. When the viewpoints change, a new chapter emerges, and I always feel like Habel is giving the reader tiny cliffhangers at the end of each chapter as the story shifts to another character and generally leaves the story the reader was just following in order to learn about another. I honestly do love this type of storytelling—I become so enamored in one aspect of the characters’ lives and then am whisked away to something different, filling all the gaps within the story slowly as Habel begins to pull them all together for a wonderful finale. It just amazes me and keeps my apt attention from start to finish.

This novel is, of course, very long, which is my only complaint as I found some of the story to be more so filler than pertinent to the story (though not very much), but overall, the story is perfection within itself, and I really enjoyed it. If you want to read a truly unique zombie novel, then this series is it. Four stars.

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Reading Progress

September 16, 2012 – Started Reading
September 16, 2012 – Shelved
September 17, 2012 –
September 17, 2012 –
September 18, 2012 –
September 18, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Tabitha I'm so looking forward to reading this one!

A Book Vacation It's very good!! Love that the title actually has meaning here, too!

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