Review: ‘Dearly, Beloved’ by Lia Habel

Review: ‘Dearly, Beloved’ by Lia HabelDearly, Beloved by Lia Habel
Series: Gone With the Respiration #2
Published by Ballantine Books/Del Rey, Del Rey on September 25th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Steampunk, Young Adult, Zombies
Pages: 484
Format: Hardcover
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
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 ravenous new appetites.

Just ask Nora Dearly, the young lady of means who was nearly kidnapped by a band of sinister zombies but valiantly rescued by a dashing young man . . . of the dead variety.

Nora and her savior, the young zombie soldier Bram Griswold, fell hopelessly in love. But others feel only fear and loathing for the reanimated dead. Now, as tensions grow between pro- and anti-zombie factions, battle lines are being drawn in the streets. And though Bram is no longer in the New Victorian army, he and his ex-commando zombie comrades are determined to help keep the peace. That means taking a dangerous stand between The Changed, a radical group of sentient zombies fighting for survival, and The Murder, a masked squad of urban guerrillas hellbent on destroying the living dead. But zombies aren’t the only ones in danger: Their living allies are also in The Murder’s crosshairs, and for one vengeful zealot, Nora Dearly is the number one target.

As paranoia, prejudice, and terrorist attacks threaten to plunge the city into full-scale war, Nora’s scientist father and his team continue their desperate race to unlock the secrets of “The Laz” and find a cure. But their efforts may be doomed when a mysterious zombie appears bearing an entirely new strain of the virus—and the nation of New Victoria braces for a new wave of the apocalypse.

Lia Habel’s spellbinding, suspenseful sequel to Dearly, Departed takes her imaginative mash-up of period romance, futuristic thriller, and zombie drama to a whole new level of innovative and irresistible storytelling.

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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 knowing the inner workings and feelings of Nora, and Bram, but also of Vesterpine and Michael. Two sides with two very different goals. Nora is just as kick-ass as she was in the first book, and why wouldn’t she be? She still doesn’t let Bram walk all over her, and that’s saying something when your boyfriend is a zombie.

There’s a lot of plot going on. A lot. I can even give you an example. If you’ve ever seen any of Christopher Nolan’s movies, you’ll understand. There’s a plot with these bunch of characters, which also correspond with another set of characters, then in the end, it’s all seamlessly brought back together again. That’s how I can describe Dearly, Beloved‘s plot. It weaves so many characters together with an intricate plot, that you can’t help but want to read again, so you wouldn’t miss anything! Love it.

Truly an amazing tale! Steam punk meets zombies? How can you go wrong? Lia Habel, please come to Canada and do a signing.





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  2. Diana Grace

    February 26, 2014 at 5:39 AM

    I love this book’s cover! That was a great review and now I would love to read this book too 🙂
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  4. s0ph1ar0s3

    September 14, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    I really liked the first book and haven’t had the opportunity to read this one. I’m so glad it wraps up everything so neatly and that it was a good read.

  5. Jaime Lester

    June 28, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    The first book in this series is one of my all time favorites, and that is saying something! I haven’t had the chance to read this one yet, but I cannot wait to do so! It sounds phenomenal! Thank you so much for your review!

  6. nurmawati djuhawan

    February 22, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    i love zombie love story …nice review !! 🙂

  7. Sarah p

    January 29, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    I have heard about this series, Love that it got 5 out of 5! Is on my TBR list, but probably won’t get to it for awhile. Great review!

  8. Ashley @ FireStarBooks

    December 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Christopher Nolan comparison?! :O Okay, drop everything, I wanna read this! lol. But I definitely need to get used to the names. I am horrible at remembering who’s who. ;P Fab review G! <3

  9. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    September 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    I’m really enjoying this series. I like the multiple PoV’s because then you don’t miss the important stuff, and seeing why someone is acting a certain way is very helpful!

    Great review!

  10. Grace Lo

    September 24, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    I have been wanting this book for the longest time! And I definitely have to agree, steampunk zombies can never go wrong. Is Dearly Beloved also in Vespertine and Michael’s point of view? If yes, that’d be really cool to see it from the POVs of two not-so-good characters.

    • Giselle San Miguel

      September 25, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      LOVE THIS SERIES! Yes the viewpoints of Michael and Vespertine are in the book!

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