Waiting on Wednesday – Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we discuss the books we’re anxiously awaiting for release.

Book: Dearly, Departed
Author: Lia Habel
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Release date: October 18, 2011

Summary from Goodreads: Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupidâ??s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the deadâ??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 Victoriaâ??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 countryâ??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 horribleâ??until sheâ??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, sheâ??s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting â??The Laz,â? a fatal virus that raises the deadâ??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, thereâ??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, steampunk meets 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.

I have been excited about this book since December, when I saw an interview with Lia Habel on Badass Bookie’s blog. She is seriously the coolest up-and-coming writer (in my humble opinion) and to top it off, she is seriously nice and talks to people on Twitter. I heart her, and I desperately want to read this book. Is it October yet?

And seriously? That cover makes me swoon. I love the color scheme, the font, the parasol. Someone buy me a parasol! I need one. STAT.

What do you think of the cover? The summary? What books are you waiting on?

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10 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday – Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

  1. I haven't seen many people talk about this, surprisingly. And I think it's one of the coolest, fabulous-sounding debuts coming out! Thanks for linking up that interview, because I knew basically nothing about Lia–after reading it, I must agree with your opinion. Can't wait 'til October!~ Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

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