Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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.
I can't even begin to describe to you all how flippin' dolphins excited I was for the release of Through The Zombie Glass. I read Alice In Zombieland only a few weeks ago and I was already on the verge of insanity as I impatiently waited for more Ali and Cole (especially Cole ;) to come into my life! Thankfully, Through The Zombie Glass lived up to my expectations and was absolutely zombie-tastic!
Ali has to go through a lot in Through The Zombie Glass-- most of it by herself seeing as Cole has completely withdrawn from her after she starts sharing steamy visions with a new zombie slayer named Gavin. Although she's tried convincing Cole to trust her because she has no romantic feelings for Gavin, Cole begins distancing himself from her. While going through this break up, Ali comes to the discovery that she is infected with a zombie spirit that is slowly weakening her as her body begins building a resistance to the antidote-- essentially the only thing preventing Zombie Ali from taking Human Ali over. In addition to all of this, a spy is discovered to be amongst Ali and her zombie slayer friends, making everyone a suspect and no one trustworthy.
There's something so intriguing about creepiness, and Through the Zombie glass definitely has a healthy dose of the creep-factor (Think smiling reflections creepiness ...*goosebumps*)! Adding a little bit of creep here and there is not something I typically find while reading (only one I can think about now is the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: Remember that moving voodoo doll? ...Still gives me shivers...) but it really added to an element to the novel that wasn't as present in Alice in Zombieland. Editing Note: Wow....I apologize for the repetitive use of the word "creepy" :P
Cole and Ali both individually and as a couple experience so much growth in Through The Zombie Glass, with lots of steamy goodness along the way. They are constantly pushing away from each other and then running back the next minute, creating a situation that can only be described as hot and cold (....although even when they are cold, they are still very, very hot)! Specifically within the last third of the novel, I started to see a change in their relationship that brought them to a new level with a deeper love and stronger intensity that evolved them into this bad-ass duo you can't help but fall for! Cole's protectiveness of Ali is extremely sexy and I loved seeing Ali not make it easy for Cole to just come back to her whenever he wanted to. It made their relationship more solid, and showed that Ali is a very independent and strong heroine. Even though Cole's inability to trust Ali was a bit frustrating and the methods he used to push Ali away sometimes made me want to slap him, it didn't take much for me to return to a mushy-gushy Cole fan.....I'm so weak....
I can't write this review without mentioning how much I love how the White Rabbit Chronicles pushes the YA boundaries a bit in the sexiness department! The extra sizzling steam creates a more mature feeling couple I'm only used to seeing in some of my favourite YA's like Sweet Peril and Origin! Cole and Ali have definitely become a new ultimate couple favourite of mine! I mean, can you blame me?! Some of the stuff that comes out of Cole's mouth is absolutely jaw dropping blushing perfection!
"Are you saying that I'm eye-broccoli?"
Frosty barked out a laugh. "Where do girls get this stuff, man?"
"I'm not even sure what eye broccoli means," Cole said. "That you look bad, and I shouldn't want to eat you, or that you're loaded with vitamins and I should."
"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 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."
I need...you, I thought.
His gaze swept over me, and his expression hardened. He swept me up in his arms, and I could only rest my head on his shoulder.
"I've got you, sweetheart," he whispered, "and I'm not ever letting you go again."
Overall, I devoured Through The Zombie Glass in no time at all! The sexy romance, freaky zombies, hilarious comedy and lovable secondary characters make me honestly unsure how I'm going to manage to wait another year (starts bawling) until book three is released! This wait is going to majorly suck! The ending of Through The Zombie Glass wasn't a cliffhanger, but it ends on a positive note that makes me very anxious....because as we all know, authors typically never allow their characters to be happy for long! Have you read Through The Zombie Glass? Do you enjoy having a little bit of creepiness in your novels? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Keep Reading!
Your Y.A. Bookworm,