Dearly Departed by Lia Habel
Release Date: September 29th 2011
Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books
Source: ARC from Publishers
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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?
In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.
Dearly Departed was a surprisingly enjoyable read. I say surprised only because I attempted to read it a first time round, and when I did, I didn't get into the story much. So then I left it planning on reading it some other time. Then! I read a few reviews of bloggers that loved it so I jumped to my second attempt*. Anddddd I la la loved it.
I connected to Nora instantly. Her personality was great to connect with.. That girl has got attitude. I could so be very good mates with her. (Ha!) She handles situations not so goodly at first which can be excused as I believe that if we take into account the situation in hand it is pretty acceptable. But then she does get to grips with it in the end. Oh and we're talking Zombiesss, people!
Yes you heard me rightly so. But you know what? It's all good! Zombies are actually pretty cool especially all the characters in Dearly Departed. They're all funny and nice. I don't dislike any of them at all. Though, I have to admit, I have a favourite!
BRAM**. How could I not. He's really sweet. Care to guess the only downfall? He's a zombie. I can't seem to imagine hot zombies but if you're counting the guy on the this cover... Mother, MAY I? :D
There's a lot of action too. The different POVs we're introduced with all play a role in it. I wasn't really keen on some of the action parts. To be honest, I'm not an action type of person. However, the events at the end really had me going. I'm so glad I decided to give Dearly Departed another try! There's even a second book! I had no friggin idea. Ahhh I'm craving more. Cannot wait!
*Another dominant reason I gave it another try was because of that dashing cover! Come on, it's really pretty and so I wanted to keep a copy on my bookshelf so I can just show off it's prettiness LOL!
**Did I mention a hot romance? No I don't think I did. So! GUYS. There's a HOT ROMANCE. What you waiting for?