Through the Zombie Glass
By Gena Showalter
Expected Publication: October 2013
Length: 448 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises Australia
Source: Provided by Harlequin Enterprises Australia for review
Genre: Zombies, Paranormal
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Through the Zombie Glass was just as heart pounding addictive as Alice in Zombieland. I love How Gena can intertwine an original zombie story with bits of Wonderland without overpowering the original story line.
Alice is starting to move on with her life, she is training to be a slayer, has a great boyfriend and loyal friends, except for one problem every time she looks in the mirror she sees another version of herself, a darker more deadly version. Ali becomes involved in an epic battle against her self, infected with a zombie spirit, Ali is fighting to save her soul as the spirit keeps trying to take over and put everyone she loves in danger, and coupled with lots of angst y relationship drama when Cole’s ex girlfriend/ slayer comes to town, you have a recipe for an epic , original story.
I still love and feel for Ali’s Character just when she thinks life has settled down a bit after the murders of her family, Things start unraveling around her again, I really like Ali’s courage and strength in that she doesn’t fall apart (too much) when things go bad, she fights back.
Cole’s character however challenged me, through the first book, I had trouble remembering that he is only supposed to be seventeen he acts and sounds so much more mature that I picture a twenty year old in my head, but in this story, that changed completely and I didn’t really understand it at first, but once I reminded myself that Cole is a teenage boy, then things made more sense, that when Ali has a vision with another visiting slayer Cole freaks out and Insert one hot mess with two different love triangles. I don’t want to give out any spoilers but funny enough with all the relationship angst in this novel it didn’t detract from the story, and reminded me that the characters are teenagers with teenage problems. In a lot of Y.A novels the protagonist doesn’t seem to act like a teenager at all, this was a refreshing change.
Speaking of Relationship Angst another favorite couple of mine in Alice in Zombieland is Kat and Frosty, We find out the reason why Kat dumps him so often and it is a bit heartbreaking, as Kat’s condition deteriorates she finds that she has to fess up to Frosty about her disease. I love Kat’s character she is some comic relief as well as being a awesome, loyal best friend who will do anything to help Ali while she battles her internal zombie, never giving up on her.
Through the Zombie Glass is being added to my Favorite shelf, with the story line full of Romance, Zombies, Betrayal, Adventure and heartbreak. I could not put it down, and I highly recommend it to any one I love the battle of good vs evil especially when the war is being waged on the inside.
- Giveaway: Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter (US/Canada) (yabookscentral.com)
- Alice in Zombieland- Excerpt (theknkgblog.wordpress.com)