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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552563285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552563284
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"Habel's debut is a heart-pounding and nontraditional take on the steampunk and zombie apocalypse genres. Nora and Pamela are strong, capable heroines, and Nora and Bram's touching and tender relationship... feels particularly special." (Publishers Weekly)

"Dearly, Departed is a wonderful book, with strong writing and memorable characters. It's one of the best YA books I've read all year, and that's saying something for me. With its combination of humor, adventure, romance, and "awesome stuff," it's a book I wholeheartedly recommend. I can't wait for the sequel." (Michael M. Jones www.tor.com)

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A sharp, slick sequel to zombie adventure debut Dearly, Departed - perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Cassandra Clare.

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Format: Hardcover
In this twisting and gripping sequel to Dearly Departed, Lia Habel picks up a mere few weeks after we last left our beloved New Victorians, Punks and their zombies.

This time not one but two different sets of dangers threaten Nora and Bram's new and fragile world that is tentatively trying to accept the living dead.
No longer facing mindless flesh eating zombies these threats increase in organization and danger. Using the correct coloured umbrella to signal one's intentions is disregarded, chaperones are forgotten and overall manners begin to slip as the true severity of the situation shines through the cracks of the sophisticated society.

Insane zombies no longer being the main target, Lia Habel plunged me into a New London where the living are divided as to whether sane zombies should be allowed to live, and the latter argue as to whether the former should be forgiven or reminded of their fragility through fear.
Knowing what is the just course of action in these times is hard and carrying it out even more so, regardless of the physiological and social state of the individual.
In this challenging sequel filled of secrets, divided loyalties and hope Lia Habel effectively opened a whole new set of themes, ideals and complicated situations for Nora, Bran and the remaining ex members of Company Z, to extricate themselves from.

And yet despite the emotional turmoil and the dangers and threats that zombies and living present to each other and to themselves, Nora and Bram fight to remain together against all odds. Striving to remain together when their duties, and occasionally loyalties, would separate them; they fought and remained together.
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Since "The Laz" has hit New Victoria both the living and the dead have been co-existing, however, they are not at peace with each other. Some of the living believe that the dead are abominations which should be wiped out, and a group of the dead believe they have to fight the living for their survival and rights. Caught in-between these groups are Nora Dearly a girl who is immune to "The Laz" and the dead boy she loves Bram.

While there is a lot to Dearly Beloved, I just did not find it as interesting as the first. The pace was so slow and I feel it did not have the adventure of the first book. However it was an interesting story as it looks at how both the living and the dead react to living together in the same city.

This book has six points of views and the voices all sounded similar to me. I would not know who was telling the story unless it was said at the start of the book. However, unlike the last book I felt we needed all the points of view or we would not understand the story.

Bram and Nora's romance in this book is not as interesting as Dearly Departed as it had lost it star-crossed quality, and also it seems Habel was more interested in building the storyline for the third book.

The ending does leave you wanting to read the next book, however I do hope it is more like Dearly Departed, and this is just the slow middle book. I would recommend this to people who like Dearly Departed, or those who like Zombie books.
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By Mummy of Two TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a brilliant second book in the series and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, having waited so long for the follow up to Dearly Departed. Despite having had this book on order since finishing reading the first, Amazon at the very last minute let me down and cancelled my order as they had supply issues and so I had to purchase the book from a rival book supplier. I would like to mention that if you are looking to start the series with this book rather than read the series in order then I think it best to read book one first as this is not really a series I think you can pick up halfway through as you will just end up missing too many important points.

The book is once again told in several perspectives with Nora and Bram as the lead characters again having their own sections and also Pamela, Vespertine and Michael from the first book havin their own sections too. There is also a newcomer called Laura who has her own perspective sections too and you will find out more about her as you read on but essentially she is a Zombie who I think explains things from the other side of the fence so to speak.
New London is trying to settle down after the events of book one but is on the very edge of all out war between zombies (including pro-zombie living) and the non-zombie loving living. The very slightest push on either side could see all out war breaking out and many innocent lives being taken. Although without ruining it for you, one of the secondary zombie characters from the first book does end up dying at the hands of these anti zombie zealots which I found myself very upset about for some reason and probably to do with the fact that what happened to this person doesn't really come to light immediately, more so that they are just presumed missing.
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Eh, where to start?

I should probably preface this review by saying that I picked this up not realising it was a second in a series. My bad. But it shouldn't have impacted too much on my opinions. I've read second books in series first before. If there are engaging characters, gripping plot lines, and that fine balance of exposition to moving the plot forwards to give you a few soft reminders of what has gone before, I think you'll enjoy a good book regardless of whether you've read the first instalment or not.

I struggled with this book. I was so close to putting it down on a number of occasions. It was only really because I'm stubborn and hate giving up on things, and the thought of adding another book to my counter on Goodreads that meant I kept going.

I think the fact that the book requires such a verbose description is a big part of the problems I had with it. I couldn't make up my mind what I was reading. I couldn't work out where it was set, why things had become as they had - New Victorian? It seemed to be thrown in there just because Steampunk is a bit trendy at the moment.

There were several major characters that the perspective swapped between, and a few minor ones that only seemed to warrant their own perspective because the author couldn't think of another way to get across that section of the plot. Honestly, I was about halfway through when the perspective changed to a character that hadn't even been mentioned before, let alone given good cause for a chunk of narrative. I understand she was a bigger player in the first book, but still... It was jarring. And this is personal opinion, but if you're going to do multiple character perspectives, I think it should be done in the third person.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 92 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Get This Sequel Now! 16 Nov. 2012
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Please tell me there is going to be another book in this series! I need another book! I loved every second of this book...the characters, the world, the romance. I'm actually kind of surprised at the average rating of this book, but I can see how this book could only be for certain people. I think one of the problems was that there was too many POV's (6 in all), and yes, I would have been more than happy with just reading Nora and Bram, but I think one of the things that make this series special is that the reader is able to experience everything in the world; see everything, but still be surprised in the end.

So let's start with the characters. There are some new characters, mainly Laura (since chapters are written from her POV). Her story was absolutely heartbreaking, but very interesting to read. I loved being able to have an inside view of what was going on with the Changed. In my opinion, Laura's POV was very effective, and helped the story move along. We also get to hear from Vespertine and Michael. Even though I really can't stand these characters, and I could have done without Vespertine's POV, I still enjoyed reading them. Michael is obsessed with Nora, and will do anything to get her. I think his story, along with his father's, is going in a very interesting direction, and am excited to see how it plays out.

Bram...I don't even have words to describe how much I love Bram. He is a hunkalicious dead guy/zombie, and such a gentleman. You could tell with every word about Nora, how much he loved her. Nora was amazing to read again. I love how strong and caring she is. She just jumps right in to a situation if someone she cares about is in danger. She doesn't give a second thought to what might happen to her. I seriously loved reading from Nora's POV; I couldn't ask for a better heroine. The one thing I liked about Bram and Nora's relationship was that it was slow, and not full of drama. Usually an author will add in drama that is silly and tears the couple apart for a couple books. But not here. Ms. Habel gave us a sweet romance that was is made much sweeter by the ending. There is a certain "race against time" because Bram doesn't have long until he's gone forever, but that doesn't get in Nora's way. I have to admit, the ending of this book was one of the funniest, sweetest, and most romantic endings I have ever read. I loved how the witnesses to Nora and Bram's wedding were cats, and that she got married in a white robe because that was the only white thing she had.

This is an amazing series, and I sincerely hope there is another in the series because I would read it in a heartbeat.
Dearly, Departed was one of the first zombie books I ever read, and I'm happy to say that few compare to the world that Ms. Habel has introduced to readers. Plus, the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous, just like the first one.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but suffers from 'middle book' syndrome 18 Feb. 2013
By Mary Jo DiBella - Published on Amazon.com
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The first book in this trilogy was great. The action moved fast, the premise was fascinating, and I liked the characters.

This second book is also good, but not gripping like the first one. The zombie plague introduced in book one is starting to mutate, and those people who are still alive are again afraid they will be infected since the vaccine does not appear to work against new strains of the disease.

There is a lot of scrambling by the main characters to deal with this issue but not a lot of plot progress. Nora is still in love with Bram. Bram is still dead. There doesn't seem to be a solution to this one, since any 'cure' for the plague will likely leave Bram dead for real. I hope the author hasn't painted herself into a corner on this, since a sad ending seems to be inevitable. Bram's body (and brain) is deteriorating and he hasn't got a lot of time left.

The premise raises some good food for thought. Is it ever appropriate to isolate the sick to protect the uninfected? What if the disease is pitifully easy to spread? And what if it's always fatal?

All in all, I hope for the best for these characters (and wow, there are a lot of characters) but this middle book hasn't provided any real solutions or plot progression.
4.0 out of 5 stars Try it, it's different 6 Nov. 2012
By A2Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great book with a new twist and setting. If you like the vampire, werewolf, etc, but want something different then this is a great change. Sometimes the characters can be childish, but then again this is YA novel. The author doesn't go into the steam punk stuff too much so don't let that deter you if you're not a fan of that kind of thing. The only thing I've had issue with besides the childishness of some characters wa the fact that the lead character is in love with a Zombie (aka, rotting corpse that can think, has reason that doesn't, but maybe does want to literally eat you). If you can ignore that fact and like the rest of what's going on then this book is for you. I've read alot worse and I've read alot better. Then again this is alot better than the worse there for I bought the sequel.
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 20 Mar. 2013
By AnnLovesBooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved Miss Habels first book "Dearly Departed". The romance between Nora and Bram was so sweet and different. I looked forward to that romance blooming in her 2nd book "Dearly Beloved', but ended up very disappointed. It simply stayed the same! I mean come on.... a human and a good looking zombie? It could have been very interesting! Instead, we have chapter after chapter of every character in the book telling the story...it confused me to no end!
With all that said, I still finished the book and trust me, Im known for shutting down a story half way through when IM bored. I hope book 3 picks it up big time and we hear a lot more from Bram and Nora.
One last note...the last few pages were beautiful and a good ending.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 July 2016
By Bridgett B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
love this book
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