Dearly Departed

Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

Okay, so I was a bit worried about this one. I'd have never thought about zombies as anything that would catch my interest (although I love zombie movies as much as you guys do!), but Lia Habel really did a fantastic job! She brought all the characters and their emotions to the reader! Her writing style has a real flare that I absolutely devoured! Nora is an extreme realist and has a hard time with the thought of 'zombies' but she slowly comes to the realization of what they are and who they are along with the reader. I liked this fresh approach, unlike where the heroine of some stories just takes it all in stride that there are monsters living all around her and never bats an eye at it! 
This is definitely a book for anyone and everyone that enjoys YA paranormal romances. Even if you have your doubts, give it a shot!

A great big THANK YOU!! to Lia for sharing her story with the world!! And getting me an ARC!


  1. sounds like a book I need to add to my to be read list

  2. I absolutely love the cover...thx for the review, I'll have to check it out!