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‚Dearly, Beloved‘  by Lia Habel.

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(© goodreads)

My opinion:
I‘ve really tried to like this book, more than part one, with which I already had my problems, but again it hasn‘t worked. If I had to use two words to describe it, I can only say ‚too long‘ or ‚boring’. Honestly, you just have to read the synopsis of the book to recognize that here is somebody, who has immense problems to be brief – and it’s like this in the whole book. I‘ve read more than 500!! pages, with a slow, tough course, which could also be written in 250-300 pages, and everybody would have been happier with it.

The plot ran incredibly slow without building up a great tension and it was a too much unnecessary gossip in between. As annoying was also the fact, that again with every chapter the narrator view changed from one character to the other. Of course this happened primarily between Nora and Bram, the main characters of the story, but nevertheless, many others figures also got a chance to speak, like the best friend Pamela, or also they ‚bad persons’ in the story, what I found absolutely unnecessary, because it didn’t interested me what they thought or felt. For me it’s enough to get a summary at the end, where I can read why they have done this or that.
Furthermore at the beginning were too many info and characters, so that it was hard to picture every character or to classify them properly.

In the second part, it was positive, that I’ve better got along with Pamela, because she appeared more realistic and authentic and also in spite of her big problems to handle all the things with the zombies, she didn’t duck her head, but instead admitted her weakness. But not in an annoying way, but it felt real, as one could imagine react, in such a situation. Hence her chapters were almost my favorite ones and I found her development with this Lord very interesting and this is also the reason, that I wanted to read on – and that I’ve got the second book on netgalley 😉
Here I was also more thrilled by Nora than in the first book, though I found her sometimes a little too outstanding and too fearless, but then I also liked her cheeky, independent behavior. Whether her character fits in this described background of the story or not, because on the other side everything in the story is presented very strict and prude.

Moreover, I find it – sorry to all fans – disgusting, how Nora could make out with Bram. I mean, this guy is a zombie! Okay, sure – he is one of the zombies, who haven’t rotted yet in a strong way, like the others, and he also still looks rather nice …, however, but he’s still a zombie, damn! He has scars, his body is already patched up several times and he virtually rots away during the story … and Nora smooches with him! *gag*  – Here for example an extract from the story – this just doesn’t work for me at all!:

His lips found my brow, the sensation instantly identifiable due to the bit of thread that stitched his broken lower lip together. I loved his every scar.

After the second part I’ve decided to break up this series. But because I’m still a little curious what will become of the zombies (–I count on a healing, so that Bram don’t has to die), and I would like to know how the relationship of Pamela and this Lord develops in the next book. Therefore I simply plan to read the reviews from the last book. But not more, that’s really enough. 🙂.

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Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:

© netgalley.com

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Review: Dearly Departed

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‚Dark Love‘ by Lia Habel

(Dearly, Departed)

Gone with the Respiration # 1
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First Sentence:
„‚I was buried alive.
When the elevator groaned to a stop in the middle of the rocky shaft, I knew I was buried alive.“

Last Sentence:
„For my mother, who taught me early on that real ladies can give orders, real gentlemen can take them, and real zombies don’t eat brain.“

Synopsis:
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.  (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
Although I’ve found the basic idea of the book with the zombies in connection with a dystopia really interesting and have been glad about this book, then nevertheless it was a little disappointing in the end because it wasn’t what I’ve expected.

Just at the beginning I’ve had a hard time to really get into the story and it was also presented rather dull and stereotypically and this hasn’t motivated me to read on. I found very strange that the story plays in the future, but nevertheless the same circumstances ruled like at the time in the Victorian age:
With etiquette, long skirts to show no leg and over conservative behavior etc., but nevertheless modern technology was mixed in it which was further progressed than ours. Others may find this attractive, but I found it rather illogical and also not realistically, although the author really had tried to explain the circumstances which have led to this situation.
I can’t say exactly what has disturbed me so much in it, because in general I’ve nothing against a mixture of different elements or genre. But here everything didn’t fit completely anyhow and it just didn’t worked and I also had the feeling that it was too enforced and fitted.

First was the almost destruction of the humanity, then they scrap themselves together again and choose willingly to life alike the people in the Victorian age, but nevertheless they use without refusal a lot of more modern technology than we have nowadays -> there I had all along the feeling that the author actually wanted to write a story in 18-19 centuries to use a certain language and clothes for the characters etc. and also to pick out some problems of this time
as a central theme like class differences, enforced marriages, virtuousness, … But at the same time the author wants to insert something modern and to play it in a dystopischen future… and if that wasn’t enough, she also add besides zombies who aren’t angry like the one we know, but who can act quite normally and who only need special food to sustain their body. I find this is really too much hotchpotch and as I’ve already mentioned it was also too fitted. And some things in it weren’t always quite understandable, rather illogical.

What has also disturbed me was that every chapter was told by another character and therefore was a constant change. Most chapters were naturally of Nora or Bram, but there were also some by her best friend, by her father or by the bad person in the story and this hasn’t made this book more exciting, but the opposite. Because exactly whenever it became interesting and thrilling in a chapter, it appeared a change of the chapter to another character and when we were taken back the whole tension from before was away. Unfortunately this has disturbed me very much and has stopped extremely my reading fluency every time.

Also the action of the characters wasn’t always understandable and I found it partially just terrible. The thing with the whole ‚good‘ zombies was for me rather an absurd image and I can make more with the idea of ‚good‘ vampires! *lol* The ‘good’ zombies were quite nice and amusing and they also had their authorization et cetera, BUT as a romantic antagonist, as a love partner – sorry, but I just can’t picture this, even if I’ve just read it and the author has struggled to describe it romantically.

Moreover I can’t imagine that in the real life normal teenager’s girls would react so heroically when they find out about zombies and quite simply push a parasol through the head of a zombie?! *rolling my eyes* First her best friend Pamela has constantly pitied herself and was rather annoying and moved around like a small little mouse and then suddenly she acted as if she could put away everything without problems. She just fights along the way a few bad zombies and risks her life every few minutes without an eyelash. One can also exaggerate it with heroism and that was here often the case.

English Cover:
I like it incredibly much with the nice coloring and the great picture with the parasol. The cover is really beautiful and for me one of the reasons to read this book.

All in all:
Some things in it haven’t worked for me but nevertheless it gets 2.5 points for the basic idea and for the main character Nora who was quite okay. At the moment I’m still undecided whether I continue this row or not.

Rating:
2,5 of 5 points

My Recommendation:
Only to borrow!

For Fans of:
Zombies, Young Adult, Dystopia, Lovestories

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Quotes:

Nora: „If my heart had feet, it would have been up the staircase before the rest of me.“

Bram: „I ran this through my „girl talk“ translator and said, „I could eat him, if either of you’d like. Seems like it might be the easiest thing to do.“

Bram: „She likes me.“
Samedi didn’t even look at me. „Well of course, you’ve
had that bloody uniform on all day. I was half ready to
tell you how much I liked you.“

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Succession:

# 1 : Lia Habel – Dark Love »»
# 2 : Lia Habel – Dearly, Beloved

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(© goodreads)

About the author – Lia Habel:

She is an author, and consequently spend the majority of her days locked up in her own head. When she is actually actively participating in the groundbreaking experiment in groupthink known as „reality,“ you’ll find her designing and sewing costumes, trying to teach herself to play roller derby, planning trips, and watching zombie movies.
(Source: goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »»

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Rezension: Dark Love

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‚Dark Love‘ by Lia Habel

(Dearly, Departed)

Gone with the Respiration # 1
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First Sentence:
„‚I was buried alive.
When the elevator groaned to a stop in the middle of the rocky shaft, I knew I was buried alive.“

Last Sentence:
„For my mother, who taught me early on that real ladies can give orders, real gentlemen can take them, and real zombies don’t eat brain.“

Inhaltsangabe:
Flackernde Gaslampen, dampfbetriebene Kutschen und Digitagebücher – das ist die Welt von Nora Dearly im Jahr 2195. Die 17-Jährige lebt im Internat, bis sie eines Tages entführt wird: Denn ein Virus greift um sich, das Menschen in lebende Tote verwandelt – und Nora trägt als Einzige die Antikörper in ihrem Blut. Bald muss sie feststellen, dass es auch wandelnde Untote gibt, die sich ihre Menschlichkeit dank eines Antiserums erhalten können. Und Bram, ihr Entführer, ist einer von ihnen. Nora verliebt sich in den jungen Mann, doch die Endlichkeit seiner Existenz bedroht ihre Liebe. Nur Noras Vater, ein hochrangiger Wissenschaftler, könnte ein Gegenmittel entwickeln, doch er ist selbst infiziert und droht zu sterben. Ist Noras Welt endgültig dem Untergang geweiht? (Source: Goodreads.com)

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Obwohl ich die Grundidee des Buches mit den Zombies in Verbindung mit einer Dystopie wirklich interessant gefunden und mich auf dieses Buch gefreut habe, war es dann im Endeffekt doch etwas enttäuschend, weil es nicht so war, wie ich es erwartet habe. Gerade zu Beginn, bin ich sehr schwer in die Geschichte rein gekommen und es war auch eher langweilig und Klischeehaft präsentiert und es hat mich nicht sonderlich gereizt weiter zu lesen.

Ich fand es sehr eigenartig, dass die Geschichte in der Zukunft spielt, aber trotzdem herrschten die gleichen Umstände wie damals im viktorianischen Zeitalter: mit Etikette, langen Röcken um kein Bein zu zeigen und überkonservative Gepflogenheiten usw., aber trotzdem war darin moderne Technik vermischt, die weiter fortgeschritten war, als unsere. Andere mögen das ansprechend finden, aber ich fand es eher unlogisch und auch nicht realistisch, obwohl die Umstände, die zu dieser Situation geführt haben, von der Autorin versucht wurden zu erklären. Genau kann ich nicht sagen, was mich so daran gestört hat, denn generell habe ich nichts gegen Vermischung von verschiedenen Elementen oder Genre. Aber hier passt alles irgendwie nicht  zusammen und es wirkte viel zu erzwungen und aufgesetzt.

Zuerst war die beinahe Zerrstörrung der Menschheit, dann raufen sie sich wieder sammeln und wählen freiwillig so ähnlich zu Leben wie im viktorianischen Zeitalter, aber trotzdem benutzen sie ohne Ablehnung eine viel modernere Technik, als wir sie heutzutage haben -> da hatte ich die ganze Zeit über das Gefühl, dass sie eigentlich eine Geschichte im 18-19 Jahrhundert schreiben wollte, um den Charakteren eine gewisse Sprache und Kleidung usw. zu verpassen und auch, um die Problemen dieser Zeit zu thematisieren, wie Klassenunterschiede, erzwungene Ehen, Tugendhaftigkeit,… Aber gleichzeitig will sie trotzdem etwas Modernes einbauen und es in einer dystopischen Zukunft spielen lassen … und ganz nebenbei gibt es auch noch Zombies, die aber nicht böse sind wie man sie kennt, sondern ganz normal handeln können, nur dass sie spezielles Essen brauchen, um ihren Körper zu erhalten. Ich finde, das ist schon viel zu viel Mischmasch und wie schon oben erwähnt, auch zu erzwungen. Und manches ist nicht immer nachvollziehbar.

Was mich leider auch gestört hat war, dass jedes Kapitel von einem anderen Charakter erzählt wurde und somit ein ständiger Wechsel war. Natürlich waren die meisten Kapitel von Nora oder Bram, aber es gab genauso einige von ihrer besten Freundin, ihrem Vater oder vom Bösen in der Story und das hat hier in diesem Buch nicht dazu geführt, dass es spannender wurde, sondern das Gegenteil. Denn genau immer wenn es in einem Kapitel interessant wurde, war ein Wechsel des Kapitels zu einer anderen Figur und dann, wenn es wieder zurück ging, war die ganze Spannung von vorhin weg. Das hat mich leider sehr gestört und meinen Lesefluss jedesmal extrem gestoppt.

Auch das Handeln der Charaktere war für mich nicht immer verständlich und ich fand es teilweise einfach nur grausig. Die Sache mit den ganzen ‚guten‘ Zombies, war für mich eher eine absurde Vorstellung-da kann ich mit ‚guten‘ Vampiren mehr anfangen! *g* Die ‚guten‘ Zombies waren ja ganz nett und lustig und sie haben auch ihre Berechtigung und so weiter, ABER als romantischen Gegenpart, als Liebespartner, kann ich mir das nicht vorstellen, auch wenn ich es gerade gelesen habe und sich die Autorin Mühe gegeben hat, es romantisch zu beschreiben.
Außerdem kann ich mir nur schwer vorstellen, dass im echten Leben normale Teenager-Mädchen so heldenhaft reagieren würden und ganz einfach mal einem Zombie den Sonnenschirm durch den Kopf stoßen?! *Augen roll* Zuerst hat Noras beste Freundin Pamala ständig herum gejammert und war eher nervig, wie ein kleines Mäuschen und dann plötzlich tat sie so, wie wenn sie alles ohne Probleme wegstecken könnte. Bekämpft so ganz nebenbei Mal ein paar böse Zombies und riskiert alle paar Minuten für andere ihr Leben ohne mit der Wimper zu zucken. Man kann es mit Heldentum auch übertreiben und das war hier öfters der Fall.

English Cover:
Hat mir wahnsinnig gut gefallen mit der Farbgebung und dem Bild mit dem Sonnenschirm. Sehr schön und einer der Gründe für mich, dieses Buch zu lesen.

All in all:
Einiges hat für mich nicht funktioniert, aber trotzdem bekommt es 2,5 Punkte für die Grundidee und für den Hauptcharakter Nora, die ganz okay war. Momentan bin ich noch unschlüssig, ob ich diese Reihe fortsetzen werde.

Rating:
2,5 of 5 points

My Recommendation:
Only to borrow!

For Fans of:
Zombies, Young Adult, Dystopie, Lovestories

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Quotes:

Nora: „If my heart had feet, it would have been up the staircase before the rest of me.“

Bram: „I ran this through my „girl talk“ translator and said, „I could eat him, if either of you’d like. Seems like it might be the easiest thing to do.“

Bram: „She likes me.“
Samedi didn’t even look at me. „Well of course, you’ve
had that bloody uniform on all day. I was half ready to
tell you how much I liked you.“

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Serienreihenfolge:

# 1 : Lia Habel – Dark Love »»
# 2 : Lia Habel – Dearly, Beloved (Deutscher Titel unbekannt)

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(© goodreads)

About the author – Lia Habel:

She is an author, and consequently spend the majority of her days locked up in her own head. When she is actually actively participating in the groundbreaking experiment in groupthink known as „reality,“ you’ll find her designing and sewing costumes, trying to teach herself to play roller derby, planning trips, and watching zombie movies.
(Source: goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »»

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B*Trailer: Dearly, Departed #1

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‚Dearly, Departed‘
by Lia Habel

From the series: Gone with the Respiration # 1

(Deutscher Titel: Dark Love)

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Official Book Trailer
(All rights belong to author Lia Habel)

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Here are some different Covers – which one is your favorite?:

Here it’s not really hard for me to choose the US Cover Edition, because I love the picture with the parasol and also the typeface and the coloring! *great*

Hier ist es nicht schwer für mich die US Cover Edition aus zu wählen, weil ich liebe das Bild mit dem Sonnenschirm und auch die Schriftart sowie die Farbgebung! *toll*

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