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Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #2
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Release Date: September 24th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
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Gotta say, as much as I was surprised over how much I enjoyed the first book in this series, that didn’t end up translating over into the second book as much as I wished it would have. I wouldn’t necessarily blame second book slump for this particular series since the first book left a lot to still be built up in the following books (and this second book did add to that need for building), but the characters definitely reminded me, too many times over, that they were teenagers, and teenagers have drama, even when they’re badass zombie hunters at the same time.
I guess that’s what I get for reading a Young Adult book about, yeah, teenagers. Just, sometimes, I’d like to skip all the young couple dramatics and stick to the gore-y, ass-kicking bits. Thankfully, there were still plenty of those scenes to go around! And that saved the rating from being a straight up 3 stars. Yeah, it only ended up with point-five of a star more, but that’s something, right?
I’d say this second book, drama aside, does still fit the whole theme we’ve been following since the first book pretty resolutely, and watching Alice grow as more than just a zombie hunter under the eyes of her grandma was actually really nice to witness. Character growth is usually a plus for me, and after everything Alice had lost, I was happy to see she still had her Nana around to keep her going once the events of the first book were all said and done.
Oh, but have I mentioned I hate Cole? Boy, do I hate Cole. Cole can take his zombie hunting skills and shove them right up his ass, for all I care. Screw you, Cole.
Cole aside, pretty good sequel along the lines of the series! Showalter is doing a great job of keeping her strange, ridiculously creative Alice in Wonderland but with zombies world together, and I loved the action scenes, even if they had some of the cheesiest lines I’d seen since 2007 peppered among them. Talk about dating.
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