Saturday, September 29, 2012
Author: Lia Habel
Published: 10.18.11 by Del Rey
Pages: 470 Pgs.
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.
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I can't even begin to say how I LOVE this book! I mean like I've never really been into Zombies and that whole genre, but this one caught my eye and so when It turned into my Random Read for this month I just had to give it a shot. It was so worth it!

One thing I absolutly LOVED was how the society was built. It's like Steampunk, but REVERSED. As in....Punksteam. :D (Which is very punny if you've read the book get some of the terms) It was totally crazy. A futuristic, technically advanced society, modeled after the Victorian era. I <3 Dystopia and I REALLY <3 Victorian time, so this was a very cool set-up. It was really interesting to read about how the society evolved. (Bonus Points for not being in the USA!) Very cool. I'd for sure have to say that this is one of my favorite fictional societies. So well put together! Meep!

Okay Nora was like everything I could ask for in a Main Character - Please Note: There are 5 different POVS tossed around but Nora is the MC- she was strong, independent, rational, stubborn, witty, and feminine. She was so fun to read. She was REALISTIC as well! Yaya Nora! Oh and now I'm so hyped to talk about my NEXT favorite character..BRAM! Let me just start by saying, HE. IS. HOT. I don't know how Lia pulled it off, but for a guy who's been dead for TWO years, he is swoon-worthy. I think it's probably his amazing character that tugs at my heartstrings, because I'm still trying to picture him as a hot dead guy. Lol. Thats my problem, but I LOVE HIM ANYWAY! He's kind, caring, loyal, smart, strong, and just....amazing. *swoon*

Their romance was so sweet. It wasn't rushed, it wasn't dragged on. It was a really nice pace and I loved the character development and how easy they got to know each other! Thumbs up for a really well done romance. As for the other 3 narrators in this story, for one, I was glad they were all in 1st person! I think it wasn't placed in a way that took away from the story but added some good depth. Even with 5 charries. It's just the kind of story that works that way. Pam would have to be my next favorite narrative. It's so tragic what she goes through. But yay for happy endings right.

So now we come to the in...the Zombies. Now I've NEVER been big on zombies/vampires/werewolves. I've always been a Dystopia/Fantasty/Historical kinda girl. But you have to give an author credit for making you love a book about a genre you don't like. Lol. This is the first zombie book I can say I LOVE. There was a totally reasonable and actually interesting theory behind the zombie-ism and it wasn't just gross-people-out-for-more-brains. Well there were that kind, but there was the Bram kind, the SMART kind. So I was actually really intrigued by the concepts behind it and honestly found the plot to be very interesting.

Overall, we now that Inky is open to Zombies, is in love with a fictional dead guy, and is also obsessed with this gorgeous cover. I had a blast reading this, and can't wait to get my hands on Dearly Beloved! I'm SOOO glad it's now out. Hope I can grab that one soon!

Content: Mild
(The only issue I had is the language. Quite a bit. (Deity, Da**, He**) A couple kisses, one innuendo.)
5 Stars

Have you read this? Did you like it? Do you want to read it? What do you think of Zombies? I'd love to hear anything you have to tell me! XOXO,


  1. Wow-ask and ye shall receive! Thanks so much for posting your thoughts on this. Pam was definitely my favorite character in this book-she gets to be so kickass at the end-I loved it!

    1. you're welcome. Haha. :D YES. Pam was so cool. I can't wait for more about her.

  2. I got this one for the cover but I really enjoyed it as well. And I love that you say 'punksteam' because you're right, it's like reversed! It was fantastic and unique!
    I'm working on the second one right now but for some reason am having trouble, my attention doesn't stick with it so good for some reason.

    1. Haha thanks! :D Oh no. I hope it gets better for you! ;(


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