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    Review: THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS

    TQoZHTHE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS by Gena Showalter will be released in the U.S. on September 30, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 304 pages.

    THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS is the third and final book in Author Gena Showalter’s The White Rabbit Chronicles.

    Description…

    I have a plan.

    We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

    Either way, only one of us is walking away.

    Alice ‘Ali’ Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers; until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters; and the worst has only begun.

    As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing and turning Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC borrowed from another blogger.


    The Review

    THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS is an epic finish to an absolutely phenomenal series. There is not a page, not a moment, that isn’t riveting. The action is intense, the story is suspenseful and exciting and heartbreaking, the romance sizzles, the characters are interesting and engaging, lovable and detestable. It’s an all-consuming read that is utterly unputdownable.

    Everything has been leading up to the explosive finish pitting the slayers against Anima Industries. But it’s not a battle that will easily be won. There will be casualties along the way. There will be heartbreaking loss.

    Even with new allies, their victory isn’t certain. And even with Ali’s new ability she will not be able to save everyone she loves or keep herself safe from the danger that their enemy poses. But she will not go down without a fight, even if the price she has to pay is her own life.

    This final installment in the series is filled with even more heart-stopping action, even steamier romance, and even more devastating, heartwrenching loss. THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS introduces new characters as it says goodbye to characters readers have known and loved, it introduces each chapter with a title that will make readers grin, and ratchets up the tension as it builds to its incredibly climactic conclusion.

    There will be shocks and surprises accompanied by tears and heartache along the way. But there will be moments that will make readers cheer and others that will make them swoon. Lingering questions will be answered and by the story’s end everything will be wrapped up with a final note from one of the remaining characters.

    Gena Showalter pulled out all the stops when writing THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS. She did not hold anything back and in turn delivered an amazing series-ending story that is unequivocally a must, must, must read.

    The Rating…

    06

     

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

    On a Personal Note…

    Best book in the series. That is all.

    Oh… I have to say something else? Like why it was the best. Or why when I finished reading it I was a complete wreck. Or why that last little bit at the end made me smile even though I was totally destroyed.

    Well, I can’t reveal any of that or it would be super spoiler-y.

    So maybe I have to talk about how many times my jaw dropped because of what just happened. Or perhaps I should share just how often I said, “Wait…what? Did that just…? Are you kidding? No way… No way! Noooooooooooo!” Let’s just say it was often enough that by the end of the read my jaw was killing me and the looks I was getting for shouting at an inanimate object weren’t friendly. But I wasn’t embarrassed… not really.

    Because THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS tore my heart out. It left me in tatters. It made me scream and sob. But it also made me cheer and smile and I never lost hope for a happy ending for Ali.

    There were quite a few twists and turns in this last book. I guessed a few of them correctly, a couple others I did not see coming until I was completely steamrolled by them. As hoped for there was plenty of action. There was a ton of nail-biting, nerve-wracking tension and suspense. I was angst-ridden from page one until the very end.

    Of course I would have loved this to be a longer series. I would have loved this series to go on for at least a couple more books. I would still love it if there were spinoff novels planned for certain characters – who I won’t name as I don’t want to reveal what happens to any of the characters in this series.

    But it was an amazing ending to an absolutely phenomenal book and series. And even though there were all sorts of tears throughout the read, with moments that left me feeling completely gutted, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

    So, yes it was an emotional roller coaster, that often felt more like I was being shoved off a tall building. And yes, it was definitely a bittersweet addition to this series. And, yes, I am devastated about the fact that this has ended. But I couldn’t have loved it more.

    Favorite Passage…

    As I don’t want to risk spoiling anything about this book, I am not going to reveal my most favorite passage from the story. But this one, from very early in the story, is all sorts of yummy.

    “You can look at me now,” he said. “I won’t bite. Very hard.”

    Our gazes locked, and I was inexorably trapped by a yearning that had plagued me since moment one. For him…this…more.

    A slow grin lifted the corners of his wicked mouth.

    Dude. He should totally come with a warning. Possible Panty Melting. Moonlight spilled over him, illuminating him, and for a moment, I thought I heard angels singing. His black hair stood out in adorable spikes, as if he’d plowed his hands through it one too many times. Eager to see me, perhaps? His gorgeous violet eyes were framed by lashes so thick and black he always looked like he was wearing eyeliner. (He wasn’t.)

    And his body…

    Good glory! I knew what waited under his clothing. Skin bronzed to perfection. Muscles honed to perfection. A perfect chest covered by the most perfect tattoos. One of his nipples was pierced—meow!—and it was, you guessed it, perfect.

    He feathered his knuckles over my cheek, the slight touch electrifying me. “I missed you.”

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    Cover Reveal: THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS + Giveaway

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    Coming September 30, 2014

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    I am so excited to be able to reveal the amazing cover for Gena Showalter’s THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS on the blog today. This cover is wicked awesome and it makes me really nervous about just how insane things will get in the final book in this series.

    ***Prepare yourself for the cover love***

    I love how all these covers have a three-dimensional feel to them with the playing card framing. I love that this cover differs from the first two with its brighter and bolder color choice for the font and accents, but yet still is visually cohesive.

    I love how the cover model’s expression has gone from sweet and innocent to one that is quite mad. Which ties in perfectly with this book’s tagline. I love that in the background behind the model on this cover there is nothing but blackness.

    And I just love the fact that each of the covers in this series pays homage to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and are a little bit quirky, a little bit beautiful, a little bit whimsical and a little bit lavish.

    From the hairstyle to the ruffled blouse to the ornate chair Ali’s seated upon, this cover screams “mad queen.” And it makes me even more desperate for the days to pass quickly until its September 30th release.

    And as these covers are even more amazing in print than on a computer screen, I cannot wait to see just how stunning and vibrant this cover will be.

    There is just one thing I’m curious about… On the first book’s cover the tagline ended in a period. On the second book’s cover it ended in an exclamation point. On this third book’s cover there is no end punctuation at all. Is it meant to be unfinished – has madness done away with the need for punctuation? Or is it still to be decided as to whether that statement deserves a a period, an exclamation point, ellipses or perhaps even an interrobang? I await my finished copy to get that answer.

    Do I love this cover? Absolutely. Will I love this book more? Of that I have no doubt. Has revealing this cover made me that much more desperate to read it? YES! YES! 100% YES!

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    Description…

    I have a plan.

    We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

    Either way, only one of us is walking away.

    In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.

    As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

    Series: The White Rabbit Chronicles #3
    Author: Gena Showalter
    Publication date: September 30, 2014
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    About Gena Showalter

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    Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, the Angels of the Dark, the Lords of the Underworld, and the Otherworld Assassins series.  In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.

    She lives in Oklahoma with her family and menagerie of dogs, and truly believes love conquers all.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Alice in Zombieland

    Title: ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND (The White Rabbit Chronicles #1)

    Publication date: September 25, 2012
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS

    Description…

    She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

    Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

    Her father was right. The monsters are real….

    To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

    I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
    I’d tell my sister no.
    I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
    I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
    Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
    I’d tell them I love them.
    I wish… Yeah, I wish.

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    Through the Zombie GlassTitle: THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS (The White Rabbit Chronicles #2)

    Publication date: September 24, 2013
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS

    Description…

    Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they’ve got mine…
    Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.

    After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.

    She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her…from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole’s secret and learn to fight the darkness.

    But the clock is ticking…and if she fails at a single task, they’re all doomed.

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    The Giveaway

    This reveal includes an amazing giveaway courtesy of the publisher, Harlequin Teen, for a complete set of The White Rabbit Chronicles to ONE WINNER.

    The first two books in the series will be sent at the conclusion of the giveaway. The first hardcover copy of THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS will be sent to the winner once it’s available.

    Giveaway is US/Canada ONLY.

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    Review: 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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