Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #9

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My WoW pick for this week is:

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

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, 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.

Published: 18th October 2011

WoW because: This book sounds so good. It has steampunk, it has romance, it has comedy, it has freaking zombies. I'm cheating a little here because it has already been published in the UK, but my thoughts on the UK cover are known and not happy ones. I'm holding out for the US cover and I'm so looking forward to getting it.


  1. Hmmm the book had me until the dead soldier bit! I don't know why a zombie love interest creeps me out so much more than a vampire love interest given they're both dead but it just does. Will probably read this one just for the steampunk and cool future bit.

  2. Oh I am super excited about this one! Did you know it's on NetGalley now?

  3. I'm currently reading this one right now and it's awesome. Great pick!

    Xpresso Reads

  4. I got this from Netgalley last week! Can't wait to read it!
    Amy's WoW

  5. I don't think I've ever read steampunk before, but I love the idea of a future that's reverted back to its antique-like traditions. I'll have to check this out.

    Here's my WoW :)

  6. I agree with Lan that a romance with a zombie seems pretty creepy. I'm interested in seeing if the author can pull it off and make the dead soldier swoon-worthy.

  7. Steampunk + zombies? I don't know what else anyone could want from a book. I'm super excited for this one!

  8. I cannot wait to read this! I'm usually not into zombies, but it sounds too awesome to resist!


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