Sunday, June 17, 2012

Review of: Dearly, Departed (Gone with the Respiration #1) 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, 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.

I gave it: 4/5 stars

Where I got it: Barnes and Noble of course!

My Thoughts:

I finally got my hands on this book! I've wanted to read this book since February when I had to choose between Partials by Dan Wells and Dearly, Departed and let's just say I kind of want to kick myself in the butt for not choosing this book! Dearly, Departed is an excellent book for zombie lovers like myself, but I was a little wary at the concept of the Steampunk, new era setting, but I think the concept gave it a very original story. The story is written from five different POV's that I sometimes found confusing and made me go back and look at the beginning of the chapter, but overall I enjoyed seeing the story from different peoples point of views. I really enjoyed Bram, Pam and Nora's point of view over Wolfe and Nora's father because honestly Wolfe's oh-so-evil thoughts were kind of disturbing, and Nora's father was kind of a drag from the action the other characters had. Overall Habel's characters were written beautifully and they all had a particular voice to them, like Pam's badassness, Ren's adorable geekyness, and Chas's way of putting things you could say. I also had a love/hate relationship with Bram and Nora's relationship, since you see their thoughts of each other from both points of view, and know they like each other the whole time; it drives you nuts because they have doubts about the other person’s feelings. But overall the romance is sweet and innocent. I recommend this book to fans of Carrie Harris and Amy Plum.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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Summary: "I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

"An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!"-Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

What I gave it: 4.5/5 Stars

My thoughts:

Katie McGarry book Pushing the Limits was both heat breaking and a hopeful story for all people both teenage, and well beyond the age of a teenager. McGarry book explored the world of death, betrayal, hope, sacrifice, and forgiveness, and I think that those qualities is what makes her book so bittersweet. The main characters of the story, Echo and Noah, both have suffered a great deal in recent events before the actually story. Echo, with her brother dying two years before in Afghanistan fighting in the war, and her mother’s attempt on her life, but Noah with his parents dying in a fire, and his two younger brothers being thrown into foster care system. During this whole book, both the characters fight emotional battles, and well has physical and mentally. This story was beautifully written with lots of romance. The only reason I didn't give this book a full five stars was because I think McGarry developed Noah and Echo's relationship a little fast, but overall it had a good concept. This book had me thing a lot about forgiveness, and I found myself tearing up a bit in the end after the story played out. I recommend this book to people who personally enjoyed authors like Simone Elkles, Nicholas Sparks, and Sarah Dessen.

This book is via NetGalley, and I really appreciate them letting me read this book!!