Review: Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel

Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel
Series: Gone with the Respiration (# 2)
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher:  Del Rey
Pages: 496
Source:  Edelweiss

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 illness—and the nation of New Victoria braces for a new wave of the apocalypse.


Review:  I liked this one a lot more than the first one. Which is a new feeling for me. Normally, the first book and the conclusion to the series are ones that I appreciate the most. My biggest complaint with the first one is that I did not understand HOW she could love someone she was introduced to as a dead man. It just didn’t make any sense to me.

When I was asked if I wanted to review this book, I was hesitant but felt that I could try reading it and if I could not come up with a fair review, I would ask if someone else wanted to try it. To my surprise, I was sucked right back into the story. The characters and setting were just as detailed and the plot was consistent and catching. I will say that suspension of belief if SO necessary, but if you are picking up this book, this should be something you are used to. I still had a little bit of a hard time getting over the zombie love but since it was already established, I was able to just roll with it. Their relationship if adorable and Lia couldn’t have made a better hero. I look forward to the next book to see where it goes.


One thought on “Review: Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel

  1. Maria D. says:

    Thanks for the review – I would probably have the same question about how she could be in love with the “undead” but it sounds as if it works in this book so maybe I’ll give it a go

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