Wednesday 30 November 2011

Best of the Bunch- November 2011

Best Of The Bunch is a monthly award ceremony hosted at the end of the month by Lyrical over at Lyrical Reviews where we can look back over the books read the past month and award a Best Of The Bunch award to our favourite book of the month.

This month I have reviewed on the blog:
  • Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (4 of 5 stars)
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (4 of 5 stars)
  • Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick (4.5 of 5 stars)
  • The Missing by Lisa McMann (4.5 of 5 stars)
  • Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck (4.5 of 5 stars)
  • Prized by Caragh M. O'Brien (4.5 of 5 stars)
  • Blood by K.J Wignall (3 of 5 stars)
  • Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel (5 of 5 stars)
  • Wherever You Go by Heather Davis (3.5 of 5 stars)
I read some absolutely fantastic books this month, so it was difficult to make a choice, but my Best of the Bunch award for November is going to go to...


... Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel!

This book has it all- action, drama, romance... and zombies! It is funny and sweet and, despite featuring characters who eat brains, still manages to be very cool and sophisticated. Read my full review of the book, and check out the video for Stephanie Mabey's hilarious 'Zombie Song' here.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

UK cover

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.


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I would love to see what book your award would go to, so check out Lyrical's blog to add your post to the list. Leave me a comment below as well, and thanks for reading!


  1. I love the concept of this book! A Victorian society nearly 200 years in the future? Yes please!

    Great choice!

  2. Ah good choice. I really enjoyed this one as well :)

    Amy @ Turn the Page (YA)

  3. I've been dying to read this book!!! It seems like it includes several of my favorite things-- like zombies. Great choice! I'll be checking out your review for sure. =)

    -Shanon @ Escaping With Fiction

  4. Congratz to Dearly, Departed! This looks like an interesting read, so I'll have to check it out.

    (I see you read Blood this month. I totally wanna read that!)

    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. Have a great day!

  5. Dearly, Departed didn't quite do it for me, but I still thought it was pretty good. I'm glad you liked it so much!

  6. Oh great pick! I'm really excited to read this one, so it makes me happy that it topped your list for the month. :)

    My Best of the Bunch

  7. Oh so glad to hear you enjoyed this one as I have this one waiting to be read! So need to get to it.

  8. Great premise!! I love the future Victorian era! Have you read any of Shelley Adina's stuff? She writes steampunk and also has one set in a Mennonite community with a vampire!


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