Zombies and Victorian Lasses, Oh My!

I’m thrilled beyond belief that I just got the ARC for Dearly, Departed, by Lisa Habel. Knowing my recent disappointments with a zombie book, this book sounds absolutely perfect for me. Check out the marketing copy:

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.

Oh my Gosh, I’ve gone to zombie heaven. I can not wait to read it and of course a full review will be forthcoming.

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  1. I’ll be curious to know how they get around the smell issue. I mean, don’t zombies …. smell? Or are they now, in these prettied-up versions, essentially vampires who eat brains as opposed to drinking blood?

    I need to know. I can’t hang with no dude who smells.

    I demand you put that in your review.

  2. Cara Ellison says:

    I will definitely let you know. Now that you’ve brought it up, I too must confess that I would be turned off by the zombie smell. And the missing chunks of skin and body parts. But I will let the magic unfold and let you know what happens.

    PS I totally knew I could count on you to zero in on the real thrust of the book. I love ya, Trace.

    • Yes, screw plot points or thematic elements. I want to know if the damn zombs smell.

      Stinky ain’t sexy — which is what I’m really asking here.

  3. Cara Ellison says:

    Agreed. Totally. Something odd: on Goodreads, I was checking out other reviews and some were all upset that women had reverted to wearing long dresses.

    Not the fact that she was in love with a zombie.

    But the fact that women had become conservative Victorian maidens really ticked them off. I guess being in the zombie apocalypse, women should feel empowered to wear the clothes they wish to wear.

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