Monday, November 19, 2012

Review: Dearly, Departed (Gone with the Respiration #1)

Author: Lia Habel
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: September 29, 2011
Page Count: 467
Source: The Library
Read Between: November 14 - November 19, 2012
Tag Line: Love Can Never Die.
Buy It: Amazon / B&N / The Book Depository

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.

Opening Sentence: I was buried alive.


Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel has left me with conflicting emotions. I really enjoyed the book, but for a big part of it, it was rather annoying for me. 

I think my biggest issue with this book was the conflicting POV's. I enjoy getting different perspective's and different POV's from characters in a story, but the POV's in this story started to get really confusing. There were times that I would have to go back to the beginning of the chapter just to make sure who's POV's I was currently residing in. This happened mainly with Nora and Bram's POV's. I think with them being the main characters and getting the most say in this book that there voice's started to merge with one another's and they started to sound really similar to each other. At first, I was annoyed by Pamela's POV... I didn't think it was really necessary at all. But as I got farther in the book, her POV was actually one of the funniest to read about as I think her character had the most development throughout the book. I just wanted to slap her snooty little brother a lot, though. Wolfe's POV, while only given a few chapters in the book, were in my opinion, completely not needed. The other 4 (yes, there are 5 different POV's in total) were necessary to change up the story and for you to see what was happening on all fronts, since there was so much actually happening in this book.

One of the biggest things I wish could have been changed was the fact that Nora really didn't do any fighting in this book at all. Her character started off really strong against the zombies. She went head to head against them when the "bad" zombies tried to abduct her, but that was like the only fighting she did throughout the book. Heck, Pamela (a secondary character) did more zombie fighting in this book then Nora did. I just wanted to see more from the main characters, then them looked on a military base falling for one another. Even though it was completely interesting to see how Ms. Habel had a human fall in love with a zombie. 

There were parts a loved (like the question game that Nora and Bram played... so that she could come to trust him) and there were parts that I hated (how the story seemed to drag out a lot longer then it really needed to). But overall, I did enjoy this unique story. Dearly, Departed is the first zombie book (and yes, I know there are a few out there) that I have read and it has definitely made me want to read some more. Yet, while I enjoyed this story, I can't help but wonder if I am going to love it in the end. I have explained before how I just can't seem to get into ghost stories, because I need a happy ending and for the life of me no ghost story can have a happy ending. I feel almost the same way here. One of the love interests is already dead.... how can you have them have a happy ending, if one is dead and one is alive?? And how can you really cure a zombie. Their body is already dead and falling apart... you can't really bring them back to life?? Can you?

While I have my issues with this book, I am still interested enough to want to read the next book, Dearly, Beloved and see where Lia takes readers next in her unique tale of zombie-human love.

1 comment:

Megan Hand said...

Hmm. Will still read this one. My sis is a HUGE zombie fan. And saw that you're reading Catching Jordan. Can't WAIT for your review on that. I love love love love loved that book!