Nora is a teenage girl growing up in New Victoria, a world of the future where, society has decided to re-adopt some of the customs and fashions of the Victorian era with the added perks of technology. After the death of her parents, Nora is put under the care of her aunt who has spent all the family's money and now wants to marry off Nora in hope of gaining more money. Just when she though life couldn't get worse, Nora finds herself fighting the un-dead in her own home. When a second team of Zombies rush in to rescue her from the surprise kidnapping, she learns that not all zombies are crazy and ravenous.
When I learned that Dearly, Departed was a romance involving a human and a zombie, I didn't think it would be a book that I would remotely like. However, I kept seeing such good reviews for the book, and it's almost impossible for me to turn away from a pretty cover, so I gave it a chance. I was surprised at how fast I became involved in Nora and Bram's world. I'll admit the thought of a zombie romance was quite disturbing in the beginning, and when I really stop and think about it, I'm still a little turned off by the "zombie" idea, but I absolutely love Bram. I loved how their whole relationship developed through the story. It was a gradual process, and definitely not a love at first sight situation. Dearly, Departed is not solely a romance. The story has action, adventure, and bits of horror spread throughout it. While it had some slow moments, it was a very hard book to put down. I think people of all genders and tastes would enjoy this book.
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Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel was provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley for review. The opinions are my own.
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