Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel Review

"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.

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."

In case you are too lazy to read the synopsis, I decided to tell you that this book is in the future and stars a quite number of zombies. In fact, the one love interest of Nora is a zombie. I repeat. ZOMBIE. In most cases, I would think that this is an inconvenience. But after reading some horrible articles on Mary Sue (I see her nearly everywhere), I hate it. (And especially after remembering all the things about Twilight).

First thing that I'm wondering about. Why the main character doesn't show Stockholm syndrome? Sure, the main character was kidnapped. Then she was cooperated with them. I think I'll be on guard for the rest of my life, if that happens. Much less working and falling in love with the enemy. Do you know what this reminds me of? The Switched Trilogy by Amanda Hocking.

Dearly, Departed is actually a long, but good and satisfying book. Even though it leaves off with a cliffhanger. After about four hundred pages or so. Yeah, it's quite annoying. And yes, there's sequels and sequel for that sequel, etc.

Dearly, Departed switches POVs. It goes from the traitor (Gasp! There's a traitor?) to Nora to Bram to Dear Doctor Frankenstein. Isn't that lovely or shall I say dearly? Anyway, the POV switching is quite annoying. I never caught on even though the names of the POV is right on the same page of the beginning of a new chapter.

What about the main characters?

Nora. (Nora Grey from Hush, Hush. It seems like her.) Anyway, even though she's the main character, it feels as if she's only the main character for like the first half of the book. Then it's her best friend who becomes the new girl. I don't know why the author suddenly decided to focus on Nora's best friend, but I simply wish that the main character would stay the main character. It's as if the author is starting a new story. And I'm still wondering why Nora doesn't show signs of Stockholm syndrome. (Well, sort of. She likes Bram and hated him in the beginning).

Bram. The two year old zombie soldier. No, he is not two years old. He is actually seventeen or something and became a zombie at that age. They only count how many years he has been a zombie. I don't have much to say about zombies. But it is strange to be kissing dead/undead people. Right? I guess not for Nora.

Rating: Three out of Five

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