Review: Dearly, Beloved (Gone with the Respiration #2)

Posted October 6, 2014 in 4 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

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Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel

Where did I get it?

I found this on the sale shelf at Chapters. Go me!


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.


I liked the first cover better. This is just a girls face. How exciting.

Initial Thoughts

My expectations aren’t crazy high for this series. I am liking it so far though. I was worried going in that this next book just wouldn’t be the same as the first and I think I was right.

My New BFF

I like Nora, the main character. She’s usually pretty tough. I was a little disappointed with her in this book because I found she wasn’t quite the same as she was in the first book. She got softer I think. She started acting more like Pam, who I really didn’t like much. Vespertine became really interesting though. I’m excited to see how her story turns out.

My Crush

Sweet, sweet Bram. Why are you such a good person. He makes such a good zombie. I love how he knows his fate and has accepted it. He still risks his very short life for random people. I love that. I love his relationship with Nora. It’s nice and romantic, just the way I like it.

Writing Style

I was a little disappointed with how this book developed. I think the first book was too good for this book. My expectations were slightly higher than they should have been. I thought most of the characters developed nicely but some were going backwards. I’m not really sure what the author was trying to accomplish there.

Closing Thoughts

I enjoyed this book. Not as much as the first but I’m still looking forward to book three. I liked all the background information we got from some of the characters. It made the story more realistic and I love reading about Sam. He’s a great addition to this story. The world the author created isn’t very realistic I think. I don’t think people would have been this comfortable with zombies that quick. I liked the plot twist with the new strain of virus. That was cool and I wished it would have developed more.


“You’re a zombie. If you’re not missing body parts, you’re doing it wrong!”

4 out of 5 stars


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