Book Review: Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles#2) by Gena Showalter

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Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles#2) by Gena Showalter

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: September 24, 2013

Pages: 480 (Hardcover)

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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.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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I’ve always been skeptical of sequels because they rarely ever beat the original but, with this novel, I can tell that Gena Showalter put a lot of time making these characters realistic and trustworthy in a way that every single person, not only teenagers want in their lives. This time around, everything seems to matter far more than they did in the first one and I loved how complex yet simple the writing is. Everything has a second meaning and I was excited to return to the world of ghost zombies and the young slayers that kill them.

Many authors have trouble balancing out a creative plot with a nicely executed romance and while I do love Cole and Ali’s relationship because it’s so up and down and bitter-sweet, I found it to be a bit too much at times. Instead of focusing on her painful past and/or the zombies, most pages are full of her romance with Cole and how much he cares for her and is trying not to. I also don’t like the ending solely because it’s a little too nicely done and gives off the impression that everyone will turn out happy no matter what. I was hoping for one sad thing to happen to the slayers rather than what I received.

Ali Bell is quickly becoming a fun protagonist that I don’t think I will ever mind reading about. She’s tough, determined, and quite the caring person. I especially love the new twist that’s added here and how she has to literally face her inner demon and fight for everyone she loves. There’s so much action that I never felt bored, especially with the rest of the characters, they held my attention with their quirky remarks and realism that can only come from teens living a rough life.

What a fun ride it has been with Ali and her friends! It’s so intense and heart-warming with many parts full of some serious zombie slaying as well as lovely chapter titles that give a zombie feel to classic sayings! Through the Zombie Glass is a novel that I recommend to readers who either love zombie books or love tons of action, a steamy romance, and some badass attitude from the protagonist! Now, I’m just dying to find out what the title for the third book will be!

4 Dreamy Clouds
4 Dreamy Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#39

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Fallen (Fallen#1) by Lauren Kate

6487308Favourite quote: Trust is a careless pursuit at best. At worst, it’s a good way to get yourself killed.

Killer of Enemies by  Joseph Bruchac

17946249Favourite quotes:

1. As long as we can remember them, our families will always be with us.

2. The female of species is deadlier than the male.

3. Guilt can make you doubt yourself at the very moment when you need to proceed with certainty.

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles#1) by Gena Showalter

11300302Favourite quote: “Yeah, okay. You’re right. I was having dinner with Zombie Carl the other night. You know, steak, rare, and a bottle of vintage type A. He told me all his secrets, but too bad for you I promised him I wouldn’t tell. In exchange I asked him to gather his best undead buddies and stalk me through my friend’s yard. And oh, yeah, it was totally fine if they wanted to use me as an all-night-dinner buffet, because having organs is SO last year.”

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles#2) by Gena Showalter

15755296Favourite quotes:

1. Sometimes, the loneliness probably got to be too much and anyone seemed better than no one.

2. You know,” Cole said. “My mom once told me a boy would know he’d become a man when he stopped putting himself first. She said a girl would come along and I wouldn’t be able to get her out of my mind. She said this girl would frustrate me, confuse me, and challenge me, but she would also make me do whatever was necessary to be a better man–the man she needed. With you, I want to be better. I want to be what you need. Tell me what you need.”

3. Cole chuckled, saying, “Fear of spiders is arachnophobia, and fear of tight spaces is claustrophobia, but fear of Ali Bell is just called logic.”

Book Review: Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles#1) by Gena Showalter

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Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles#1) by Gena Showalter

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: September 25, 2012

Pages: 404 (Hardcover)

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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….

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Alice in Zombieland is a tough novel to review since it’s for the most part, a well written book that easily held my attention yet still left me feeling extremely disappointed. I was left disappointed because there isn’t much of the classic weaved into the story except for a few chapter titles, the white rabbit and Alice being all alone (for a while).

Don’t be fooled by that title because this is not a retelling of any sorts. There is no mad hatter or tea parties or any of those things. If there were those things, I think that many people would have enjoyed this a lot more than they had (I for sure know I would have). From the beginning when Ali meets Cole and his gang, there is this rushing force of insta-lust that is so incredible. From the start, they get visions and all of that fun stuff that makes things sort of unbelievable. Speaking of the romance, Cole is that typical bad boy with his temper and hard edges, etc. Up until the very end, I felt bored reading about him and his hot and cold feelings towards Ali.

Gena Showalter has the ability to captivate me with her writing, I just can’t get enough of it! Despite all of the boring romance, I did find the action with the zombies entertaining and fun. The zombies are even human but spirits and I was not expecting something like that!

I was expecting a lot more from this book, especially for it to have a lot more of the classic in it. But it’s still a very fun read that has a lot of action and more than a few zombie slaying scenes. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys zombie novels, great writing, and those typical bad boys that seem to be taking over the YA world.

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3 Clouds

For quotes from this book, click here.

Book Review: Intertwined (Intertwined#1) by Gena Showalter

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Publisher: Harlequin

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: September 1, 2009

Pages: 440 (Ebook)

Intertwined (Intertwined #1)

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can possess another human.
One can tell the future.

Everyone thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.

Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger… but not everyone will come out alive.

(My Opinion)

Although the beginning is all over the place, the characters are stiff, and there isn’t anything intense about it, as I kept reading, I started to really enjoy it, I love the relationship between Aden and the souls, the way everyone reluctantly gets along. And it’s really funny.  The story is told in third person with alternating perspectives between Aden and Anne-Marie and their lives surrounding each other.

At the beginning of the story, everything is everywhere. Nothing seems to be organized and the characters are very stiffed with forced connections. With this being said, it’s obvious that some of the characters are very boring, not only in the beginning of the story, but throughout the book as well. I found Victoria and her life extremely boring and uncreative. Everything about her is very…mediocre in the sense of vampires and how the react to humans in YA books nowadays. I also don’t like the relationships at first. The way Anne-Marie and Riley react to each other is odd, their relationship moves too slow for me to really connect to them (at first) and the relationship between Aden and Victoria moves far too fast, going from dreaming about each other to falling in love. Also known as ‘Insta-love’.

The second half of the book is a lot better than the first, I have to say.  Most of the problems with the disorganized things sort themselves out and the relationship between Anne-Marie and Riley finally speeds up. During this half, it was hard for me to not fall in love with Riley and his snappy ways. Although there are many problems with the book, the writing really drew me in and kept me interested even though it is told in third person. Aden’s abilities to help others cross-over and leave Earth is so touching, it brings out a more exciting and sensitive side of Aden and helped me like him even more as a character. Especially the situation between John and Chloe and how sad they are to be apart *cries* so touching. Riley is my favourite character though. He’s such a bad-ass with his intense stares and feels the need to punch anyone who hurts his friends. Plus, he takes off his clothes to turn into a werewolf *swoons* (call me shallow, but I just couldn’t help but enjoy reading about him.)

Intertwined does take some patience. If you’re one of those readers who are looking for well-organized books with strong characters who take charge of everything within a few chapters, you won’t find it here. BUT If you are patient, I’m sure you will love their wacky, out of control personalities and enjoy this book as much as I do. I recommend this for anyone who likes demon-killers and everything in that genre (including Necromancers) with a bit of vampire and werewolves dashed in, here and there.

Four Dreamy Clouds
Four Dreamy Clouds

For quotes from this book, click here.

2013 Book Challenges: February Edition

Alright, SOME progress this month. I’m hoping March will be a heck of a lot better when it comes to books. I managed to kill two birds with one stone (Being Henry David) which rocks!. Maybe I’m not as fucked as I thought.

2013 Debut Author Challenge

Goal: 13

Read: 3

Total: 3

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

2013 TBR Pile

Goal: 50

Read:4

Total: 4

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod#1) by Heather Brewer

Intertwined (Intertwined#1) by Gena Showalter

Stoner and Spaz (Stoner#1) by Ron Koertge

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha#1) by Leigh Bardugo

2013 YA Contemporary Challenge

Goal: 30

Read: 1

Total: 2

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

2013 Sophomore Challenge

Goal: 20

Read: 0

Total: 0

 

How are your challenges going? Send me links so I can check them out!

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#16

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

10861195Favourite Quote:

That’s what moving so often can do to you. It makes you continually question your place in the world, and seek out those few who understand what you’re going through.

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod#1) by Heather Brewer

530848Favourite Quote: Because teachers, no matter how kind, no matter how friendly, are sadistic and evil to the core.

Intertwined (Intertwined#1) by Gena Showalter

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1. There might be a girl inside his head, but he wasn’t a wimp.

2. “I’m aware that fear of consequences causes us to guard our secrets. But it’s our actions when faced with temptation that define who we are. It’s our courage in admitting what we’ve done wrong that makes us forgivable.”

3. One thing he’d learned over the years was that there was no honour in fighting. You did whatever was necessary to win, even kick someone when they were down–especially when they were down–or you suffered.

4. People revealed their secrets when they were ready. Pushing them only gave birth to bitterness.