Waiting on Wednesday 6/22

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for...

Title: Dearly, Departed
Author: Lia Habel
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Published: October 18, 2011
Genre: YA, Steampunk, PNR
Pages: 544

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.
Ummmm...yes. Steampunk? Zombies? Romance? Sold on all accounts! Dearly, Departed is a blend of a whole mess of my favourite things, plus it sounds so bloody original that I'd be sold on that alone. There's something about the blend of past and future in steampunk that totally speaks to me, and I haven't seen enough such books in the YA market lately. It doesn't hurt that that's one gorgeous cover, too. I'm such a cover slut. I'd apologise, but it would be entirely insincere. Anyway, despite the doozy of a page count, it sounds fabulous! What do you think, and what are you waiting on this week?

38 comments:

  1. Wow! What a premise! Thanks for bringing the novel to our attention :)

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  2. Great pick! This one sounds really interesting and the cover is gorgeous :)

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  3. *rally chant* Steampunk, steampunk! I'm so excited for another YA steampunk! Plus, zombies? I'm totally sold.

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  4. that book sounds awesome in lack of better words!

    http://ratherbarefoot.blogspot.com/2011/06/waiting-on-wednesday-4.html

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  5. I love the sound of steampunk meets zombies meets romance too. Great pick :)

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  6. Steampunk and zombies! Is there a better combination than this? I've featured this book a few weeks ago and I'm as excited as you are! Great pick, Melissa :)

    Check out my WoW picks here

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  7. What? *thinks about it* I came to the conclusion that this sounds absolutely wonderful and I need it

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  8. I have had my eye eon this one too. Love the setting and the combo of zombies and steampunk. Great pick!

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  9. A dashing zombie? Isn't it an oxymoron? The cover is delicious (yeah, I understand your sluttish expression) but...well...I have to read it, thanks!

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  10. I'm really looking forward to this one! It sounds amazing and Lia seems like a very interesting person. :) I just read her post yesterday about zombies.

    Here's my Waiting on Wednesday post.

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  11. Duuuuude! I soooo want to read this one too! Remember seeing in somewhere on a blog awhile back and the cover caught my eye! Read the cover description and was like whoa!! Totally different and yeah, dashing zombie? So want it!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day and Happy Reading!

    Old Follower :)

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  12. I love the steampunk and romance part. Not sure about the zombies part. What I do know is that I covet her dress.

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  13. I didn't even notice the page count...it's kind of huge! haha! I can't wait to read this one!

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  14. I have to agree, this one sounds awesome! I've added it to my TBR list, thanks for sharing!

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  15. AGHHH! I must add. Love steampunk!

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  16. This book has been on my list for a while! I absolutely cannot wait for it. I haven't really read any steampunk, but I think this would be the perfect one to start with!

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  17. Yep, most definitely adding this one to the TBR list :)

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  18. Is it a little sick of me that I want to read this because the girl on the cover has a parasol? If so, call me sick because that cover ROCKS! This looks most fabulous.

    Jen
    In the Closet With a Bibliophile

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  19. Ashley just featured this one the other day, and I knew I was going to have to have it! Love the cover and premise.

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  20. I like the looks of this one too! Great pick!!

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  21. Great pick, I really want to read this as well!
    NC
    Truly Bookish

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  22. This one sounds so completely amazing and original - why can't it be October??

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  23. Can't wait for this one either! And the cover is amazing, in my opinion. Great pick :).

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  24. Oh this sounds fantastic Melissa. Gosh, I can't believe it's the first time I'm hearing all about it. Must add it to my TBR pile this instant - and what an awesome cover too! Great choice!

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  25. Holy crap this one sounds fantastic, and I hadn't heard of it before - wonderful escapism!

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  26. I’ve never actually read Steampunk, but I ♥ zombies and romance. This book sounds super cool! Great pick!

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  27. Great pick. I really want to read this one too!
    Sally.
    http://theelifylop.blogspot.com/2011/06/waiting-on-wednesday-24.html

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  28. I featured this book a couple of weeks ago! I'm so excited for it to come out. The cover is just gorgeous :) Great pick.

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

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  29. This looks pretty interesting; might need to pick this up. I would love if you checked out my WoW too!

    Btw, LOVE THE BLOG... I quickly became a NEW follower.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you,
    Cory @ Anti-Drug Reads

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  30. I'm looking forward to reading this, too! It's right up my alley. Have you seen the UK cover? I thought the US one was to die for! But the UK one definitely has it beat. Omg...check it out on Amazon UK!

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  31. I just saw this the other day and I'm dying for it. Great pick!

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  32. I don't read many zombie books, but this one sounds too good to pass up. MUST HAVE! Awesome, awesome choice Melissa!

    PS - I miss you. Come back to the internet so I can talk to you:)

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  33. Ohh that does sound good! I love zombies! Thanks for bring this to my attention. Def going in the TBR pile!

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  34. I really can't wait for this one. I've totally gotten into steampunk lately (I blame THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET) and have this one at the top of my wishlist. Great pick!
    Happy reading,
    Mary @ Book Swarm

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  35. Oh wow! I hadn't noticed the page count. Better clear the calendar for that one. But if it's really good it could only take one day to read. You never know. I'm looking forward to this one, too. I love the cover!

    Heather

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