Dearly Departed - Lia Habel This review was first posted on Music, Books and Tea.I was so excited to start reading Dearly, Departed, for one reason. ZOMBIES! I love zombie books, so naturally, I was pretty sure I was going to love this one.One thing I didn’t realise Dearly, Departed was just how chunky it was! I’m not averse to reading big books, but this was definitely unexpected! I feel that the length was necessary though, the story didn’t really drag, and whilst not all my questions were answered, a lot of them were, which is always a good thing. Lia Habel gave away just enough information in Dearly Departed to keep me happy whilst leaving me eager to get my hands on the second book.I loved Nora and Bram’s characters. Their interactions were so lovely to read, and often had me grinning at the humour that had been laced into a lot of the dialogue. It was so nice to watch their relationship grow and develop from mistrust and ignorance to acceptance and then finally to love. And it didn’t feel rushed whatsoever. Zombie romance is a difficult subject to tackle, because it has to be believable and, you know, not gross, but Lia Habel tackled this really well and had me falling in love with Nora and Bram’s romance. Also, I have to give a mention to Renfield, because I loved his character. His sense of humour was so dry and so typically British. I swear, if ever there was a zombie I could fall in love with, Renfield is most certainly the one!The plot to Dearly, Departed was interesting, because quite a bit happened, but at the same time, not a lot happened at all. The constant switches in points of view stopped me from getting bored with the plot. I especially liked the chapters from Victor’s point of view, as they seemed to have the most action in them. It was also interesting seeing Pamela’s perspective on the events that were happening around her. It was great to watch her grow from the timid young lady she started the book as into a fearless woman who wasn’t afraid to risk her life to help save others.Dearly, Departed was a fun steampunk-esque zombie read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I can’t wait for my library to get the second book into their circulation as I’m desperate to find out what happens next with Bram, Nora and Victor.