I just finished reading Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel for an Around the World ARC Tour.
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 virus—and the nation of New Victoria braces for a new wave of the apocalypse.
Lia Habel’s spellbinding, suspenseful sequel to Dearly, Departed takes her imaginative mash-up of period romance, futuristic thriller, and zombie drama to a whole new level of innovative and irresistible storytelling.
Sometimes I get so excited for a sequel. But since I read so many books, I often have a hard time remember what happened in the first book and need a little refresher in the next. And I'm not sure we got that in this sequel. I just felt confused a lot of the time. I couldn't remember who was who and what was going on and why.
I had a hard time getting through this book. The characters were all okay. I think it was just the plot or the writing. The story had several different narrators and it seemed kind of choppy. And I had a hard time following each one. And there was so much going on with different people and parties that I had a hard time keeping each thing straight.
I don't know. I just couldn't get into this book. If there is a third book, I'll have to really think about whether or not I'll pick it up to read.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
Dearly, Beloved will be released on September 25, 2012.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 60
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 48
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 51
2012 Sophomore Reading Challenge: 5
2012 Mammoth Book Challenge: 6
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for
an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.