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Review: Through the Zombie Glass

Through the Zombie Glass

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THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter released in the U.S. today, September 24, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 480 pages.

THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS is the second book in Author Gena Showalter’s The White Rabbit Chronicles. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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Description:

Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.

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Review

THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS is packed full of zombie-killing action, romance that puts readers on one heck of a twist-turny rollercoaster ride of emotion, suspense of the nail-biting variety and a story that will keep them riveted through each and every one of its four hundred plus pages.

Not skipping a beat, readers will be returned to a world that is becoming ever more crowded with zombies, where slayers and hazmats pursue these once-human beings with very different goals, and where not all is quite right with Alice Bell.

She is still recovering from her injuries. She is still having nightmares. She hasn’t had any visions of her future with Cole. And ever since she was bitten she’s been feeling different. She’s been seeing things. She’s been hungry.

So when she finally has a vision, it seems as if things may be getting back to normal. Except that the vision is not with Cole, it’s with someone new. And if what it reveals comes true, it would mean that they have no future, no happy ending, and that she’s destined to be with someone else. So is he.

But if that future is going to play out, it’s going to have to happen soon. Before the darkness takes over. Before there is no more Ali Bell.

Right from the start, from Ali’s introductory note, author Gena Showalter sets the stage for a story that promises to be tension-filled, a story that let’s readers know loud and clear that things go very wrong for Ali, that costly mistakes will be made and that losses will result, but that her heroine is not giving up, that she’s ready for a fight and that she has no plans to lose.

With a new breed of stronger, more intelligent zombie to contend with, a number of fierce, kick-ass battles that not everyone will survive, a heroine who is fighting her own battle with darkness, an even more determined ex-girlfriend in the picture trying to tear apart a relationship that is already in turmoil, and someone ready to betray them all, this second installment in the author’s White Rabbit Chronicles delivers an electrifying and unputdownable read. One that is intense and exciting, suspenseful and nerve-wracking, at times sizzling with heat and at others devastatingly heartbreaking, and is a sequel that is absolutely not to be missed.

Fans of the first book will be able to pick up THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS and immediately reconnect with the story and its characters. And once they do they will be taken on a wild ride that won’t let them loose until after they’ve had a chance to peek through the zombie glass, follow Alice along on her descent into darkness and learn whether Ali’s adventures in zombieland end happily or simply just come to an end.

Reviewer gives this book…

6

Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

On a personal note…

Awesome, awesome, awesome. Awesome. Holy wow. Awesome.

I would never have imagined that a book of this length could keep me glued to every single page. But it did. I loved the first book in this series, ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND, but this sequel jacked up the intensity and gave me all the feels.

Of course most of them were of the heart-wrenching variety.

From the moment the vision was revealed my heart plummeted. And then when every single thing after that happened, I felt myself die a little on the inside. My notes consisted mostly of “Cole!!!!!” and expletives that I choose not to put in print here involving Veronica.

Though it wasn’t just the torn and tattered love story that made me love this book. I loved the fact that I could just pick it right up and immediately get up to speed. The author did not data dump but she was able to remind me exactly what had happened and did so in a way that was totally entertaining and felt very much a part of the story. It’s not like I’d read the first book that long before I picked up THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS. But with my memory I always need a refresher and Gena Showalter made it so easy to fall back into – and in love with – this story.

And once I did there were the kick-ass battles to love. And there were many, many battles. I loved each and every one. They were exciting and disgusting and with the possibility that at any moment any one of my favorite characters could meet their end made them incredibly nerve-wracking.

Oh and then there was Gavin. I absolutely loved Gavin. I wanted not to love Gavin, but I couldn’t help myself. He was charming, a total mimbo, and I wasn’t entirely sure he was trustworthy. But he always made me smile. Always.

Aside from the wicked awesome battles and the delectable, angst-filled love story, there was the growing dread about what was going on with Ali, a mystery that kept me guessing, though I was pretty certain I knew what was what, heartbreak of a completely different variety, and a whole bunch of evil dudes that made this story even more insanely awesome.

And I even liked the fact that this didn’t end on a cliffhanger. While there is plenty of room for speculation as to where things are headed, much like the ending for the first book, I was not left dangling over a precipice.

Things were resolved and answers were given. Of course I don’t plan on revealing what those were. And I won’t say whether this story ends happily. I won’t hint at who makes it into the next book in the series. And I certainly won’t talk about what happened between Cole and Ali. Or Ali and….

Nope, not going to happen.

The White Rabbit Chronicles were not at all what I expected when I first picked them up. Zombieland didn’t quite resemble the Wonderland I imagined it would. It was more of an homage than a recreation. It was different, but no less fantastical, no less amazing. And I couldn’t help falling immediately and madly in love with the first book in this series. And that was nothing compared to how hard I fell for THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS.

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Favorite passage…

I could have opened this book to any page and found a passage that I could call a favorite. I could have chosen a passage that featured the oh-so-amazing Cole Holland, but I thought all of those would be so much more fun to discover during the read.

And so I chose this one which caused my jaw to drop and made me all sorts of nervous about just what was going to happen in this book.

The new guy whistled under his breath, and my attention shifted to him. Our gazes collided. A second later, the world washed out of my view, just as I’d wanted it to do with Cole–

–we were in my bedroom, standing beside my bed. No, we were lying on my bed. I’d just pushed him down. I tilted his head with one hand and pulled at his clothes with the other. Then, I licked my way down his throat. I was making strange little growling noises, as if I’d never enjoyed a taste so much and had to have more–

“–Ali!” Cole shouted.

I blinked, and the vision evaporated.

This review is based on an ARC received through a trade.

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