The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter (White Rabbit Chronicles #3)
Goodreads Summary: 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.
My Review: I cannot believe this series is over already! This book did not disappoint me in any way.
The entire book was fast-paced and action packed. There was not a single lull or time when I wanted something to happen. There were so many fights and attacks and it was fantastic. There weren’t as many zombies in this book as the last which actually didn’t bother me too much because it didn’t affect the amount of action.
The plot picked up from where the last book left off and went places that I never thought the author would go. In particular there was a plot twist 10% before the end of the book and I was so thrown off by that because I didn’t think a huge plot could be resolved in such a short amount of time but the author surprised me in a really good way. The visions were also really frustrating in this book and the whole seeing ghosts or “witnesses” as they are called in this book was weird but I still wouldn’t change it if I had the opportunity because it made for such an interesting story.
The romance in this book was as great as in the last ones. I am ridiculously in love with Cole and I probably always will be to be quite honest. The only thing that bothered me about Ali and Cole was how much she pressured him to have sex with her. It was kind of annoying at times but I still love them. The other couples in this book are equally as adorable, though the guys were not as swoon-worthy as Cole. My favorite character is Kat and I find myself now saying some of her sayings like “that is so cake” in real life because for a time, she felt like my real friend.
This series made it into my favorites list and I am in a deep depression now that it is over. I am so glad I read this series and I hope I inspired someone else to read it and I hope they love it as much as I did. You can buy The Queen of Zombie Hearts here.
Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter (White Rabbit Chronicles #2)
Goodreads Summary: 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.
My Summary: I will start off by saying that this book is dangerous. I was obsessed and at some point in the book I felt as if I could actually go out and fight zombies…if only, right? Well, that is how amazing this book was. If I feel like I can be the main character in real life, the book was successful.
Zombies are fantastic and the fight scenes against zombies are even better. Bloody and violent scenes are often my favorite part and this book did not disappoint. I was also happy that there was a plot behind the zombie fights and I know I said this about the first book but the plot only developed more and became more addictive. I did get confused at times because there were three or four different groups of people each fighting different things and it was hard to keep track of at first, but that did not deter me at all and I learned to follow. The subplot with the Zombie Alice was also really interesting twist on the story. I kind of saw it coming because of the title, but I wasn’t sure how Showalter was going to pull it off. I got really irritated with it at some points because it really was a frustrating situation but I loved it all the same.
Cole. He found his place in my heart and will probably remain there until the end of time. I can hardly describe in words how much I love him and his badassery (not a word but really describes him) and his secret compassion. I love every side of him and cannot wait to see more of him in the next book!
I am so addicted to this series that I will probably be staying up into the darkest hours of the night to finish it off and then go into a deep depression. If you have the urge to join me on this journey, then you can buy Through The Zombie Glass here.
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter (The white rabbit chronicles #1)
Goodreads Summary: 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.
My Review: This series is a twist on Alice in Wonderland where Alice is a zombie fighter. I’ve had this series on my TBR list for awhile and I finally decided to read it now that the whole series is concluded and thanks to a good friend of mine!
Alice and Zombieland had a few references to the classic novel, the chapter titles in particular and I loved that about this book. I immediately fell in love with every character and was crushed right at the start which was impressive of the author because the characters weren’t even developed at that point. I especially fell in love with Cole, the main love interest in this book. He is a gorgeous sexy badass who has visions with Alice and I am in love with him so hard. Their struggles and fight to be together was so hard on me because I am always rooting for them.
The zombies in this book were awesome. I love zombies, I love fighting and both of those things together plus blood makes for an epic story. The romance was totally a plus. The problem with this book is that I want to be in the book in real life and fighting zombies is not a good hobby… Anyway, the description of the zombies and the fact that there is a real plot line and not just the zombie apocalypse was awesome and definitely not like other zombie books I’ve read before. They weren’t like normal zombies and it was completely original and I loved every minute of reading this book! I cannot wait to read the next one. I am obsessed.
You can buy Alice in Zombieland here.
I am Legend by Richard Matheson
Goodreads Summary: Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth…but he is not alone. Every other man, woman, and child on Earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville’s blood.
By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for dawn.
How long can one man survive in a world of vampires?
My Review: I read this book for a super awesome popular culture/literature class I am taking and I listened to it on audiobook. This book was…interesting? I guess that word sums up the book.
There wasn’t much of a plot line, it was more of the story of Robert Neville and his experiences and seeing how he reacts to everything and watching him try to figure out the virus. These so-called ‘vampires’ were a mix between vampires and zombies because of all of the typical things like garlic and mirrors and crosses but were more like zombies because they couldn’t think and they were created by a virus, and everything that related to the modern vampire was described by something scientific. I’m not sure I liked that, but it’s not a modern book so I dealt with it.
The lack of plot made it more literature-like which was okay to get through but not extremely entertaining. There was also no romance, just a few scenes where Robert considered raping women/zombies or thinking about times when he would have done something like that which was extremely awkward for me and just bleh. There was also this 27-minute section of the book (I was listening to it) where there was a dog that Robert Neville really wanted to like him and it was the longest few chapters I have ever read! It was all buildup and was so boring and repetitive and useless…then later on in the book, there was an actual human woman and there was no buildup at all. “There’s a woman. I will catch her. I chased her. I caught her and brought her back.” That is a bit of an exaggeration but you get the idea of how annoyed I am at how much time was spent on the stupid dog!
Being the last man on Earth, or close to it, was definitely an interesting aspect and the reversal of what we thought was going to happen,
happened. The ending was crazy and insane and I did not see it coming, I thought it was completely awesome, brave of Matheson, and anticlimactic. Overall, I wasn’t too pleased with the book. It seemed really awesome, with zombie-like-vampires, but wasn’t a great read for me.
You can buy I am Legend here.
The Hollows (Hollowland and Hollowmen) by Amanda Hocking
Hollowland: “This is the way the world ends – not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.” Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way – not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.
Hollowmen: After six months in the quarantine, Remy finds out things are much worse than she feared. Her plans to escape come with a heavy cost, and she realizes that zombies aren’t the worst of her problems.
My Review: As with all Amanda Hocking books, I loved this series. This is my first time reading about the zombie apocalypse. I know that’s a common thing now and I’m a bit behind the times but hey, I had to give it a shot eventually! Well, I loved these books. I love the writing and the characters and the plot line in general. Even though I’m sure the plot line isn’t completely original, it was enticing and stressful and action filled which I love. Of course, there was a bit of romance which there typically is in the books that I read and I always love reading about fake romance.
I did get kind of annoyed with how she became a martyr at the end of the first book and into the second, how she changed love interests, and how the book kind of ended but kind of didn’t, things could go either really well for them or they could all die. I also didn’t like how many people died, but I guess that’s to be expected in a zombie book. Overall though, I really enjoyed this series and I really wish there were more of them. Maybe I will have to read more zombie apocalypse books in the future?
You can buy the two books on Amazon! The first book is free!!