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Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles) Paperback – July 29, 2014
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Gr 9 Up-In this installment, Alice Bell continues to juggle her secret zombie-slayer existence with her everyday life, but, when attacked by zombies, she suffers injuries that threaten to change her very nature and she no longer trusts herself around those she loves. Things intensify and distrust runs rampant when a spy is discovered and zombie mutations alter their makeup. On top of this, Ali and Cole's relationship is at a standstill, and she must fight to save herself, her friends, and the world. Showalter spins an intricate plot full of suspense and intrigue. Ali's sense of self is tested as she is consumed by her own personal battle between dark and light. This action-packed story is driven by the well-developed and sometimes frustrating characters while the fast-paced plot keeps its audience constantly on edge. This captivating book will satisfy readers as they eagerly await the next installment.-Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
After a promising fresh take on zombies in the first volume of the White Rabbit Chronicles (Alice in Zombieland, 2012), Showalter brings back zombie slayer Alice Bell, an orphan, and her instructor in killing the undead, Cole Holland. Fans will find this title less subtly layered than the first, lacking the wry humor and real pathos. Though chapter headings keep the Lewis Carroll references alive, the real story here is Ali’s desperate battle to keep her inner Zombie Alice from devouring everyone she loves. With its breathless make-out sessions and plenty of focus on Cole’s violet eyes and attractive torso, romance readers will eagerly await the next title. Grades 7-12. --Debbie Carton --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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As for Cole, all I have to say is this...
You are a giant douche bag and I hate you.
In the beginning of this second book Ali has one of her visions, but it's with another guy. Instead of giving her the benefit of the doubt, Cole-always the drama queen- breaks up with her without trying to even understand or trust that her vision might not be all it appears. So what does he do? He immediately, and I mean IMMEDIATELY starts hanging out with his ex girlfriend right in front of Ali. And then, the point of no return (for me anyway)...Cole, you completely and totally lost any and ALL respect I ever had for you as soon as you let your stupid ex go down on you. Yes, you read that right.
"Youve already done something with Veronica."
A dark curtain fell over his features. I waited for him to deny it.
He didn't deny it.
Even though I'd guessed, shock hit me with the force of a baseball bat. Shock and betrayal.
"I think I hate you."
"Do you want to hear what happened with her?" he asked tightly.
"I'll tell you. I think I actually want to tell you. Then you'll stay away from me, even when I'm stupid enough to come sniffing around. I'll finally stop wanting what I know I can't have."
"I was at home," he began. "She came over."
"I had been drinking. I never drink, but I was trying to forget about you."
"I had been drinking a lot. I kissed her. I thought about never being with you again, and I was angry with you, thinking about you with Gavin, and I kissed her with everything I had. I took off her shirt. I touched her."
"Shut up!!!" He was throwing the details at me as if they were weapons.
"She unbuckled my pants. I -"
"She went down on me. And you know what? I liked it."
When I read that I seriously wanted to VOMIT. If you read the first book, you already know there was a lot of drama with Cole and Ali to begin with. Why wasn't that enough? There is more than enough story that could have come into play here in the second installment. Instead, the author does this atrocity to these characters, effectively making me hate and detest Cole for life. I don't care how many times he asks for forgiveness or tells Ali he is sorry, what he did was beyond forgiveness. And then we get this little gem of an explanation that is supposed to...what? Make us think he is a good guy? That what he did wasn't THAT bad? Sorry, no.
"I know you probably have more questions, but I want to talk to you about Veronica first. About what happened with her after our breakup."
"No," I said, anger suddenly rising.
He continued anyway, "I told you she went down on me, and I wasn't lying, but I didn't tell you that I stopped her before...just before. And I don't think you have any idea how difficult that was. With something like that, it doesn't always matter if a guy likes the girl or wants someone else."
"Should I give you a medal?"
Thank you, Ali! Cole, this is what I have to say to you and your stupid attempt at sharing your story to paint yourself in a better light.
I freaking hate you.
Let's just get this straight. Your girlfriend, who had never done anything to you had a vision (that ends up being exactly what she thought in the beginning-NOTHING) so you dump her butt. You let another girl go down on you, meanwhile Ali is being ripped apart by your actions, not to mention all of the emotion and fear she is dealing with because of her infection. She NEVER cheats on you or even looks at another guy while you are apart, and you are somehow to be commended because you didn't let yourself finish?!?!!
Yeah, you failed.
Don't get me wrong, Ali is also written to be terribly stupid for most of the book as well. Even though I was glad she actually pushed Cole away when he kept trying to come back, her thoughts drove me insane. She was constantly worried if she was hurting his feelings, or feeling like she wanted to be with him SO much, even though he did what he did. Honestly she drove me crazy too.
Literally, for 65 percent of this book, that is ALL that happens. Probably only a grand total of 4 things and then it's hashed and re-hashed over and over and over again. After that things start to really happen and the book started to get good again. Enough that I do want to finish out the final installment, but it better be a lot better than this book was.
For the first 60% of this book I would give it ZERO stars. Yes, zero. It was that bad. So much drama, angst, hurt and heart break. I hated it. For the last 40% I would give it 3 stars. So I'm rounding out my review to be 2 stars. Just be warned, the first portion is extremely hard to get through, and I don't think I will ever be able to see Cole in the same light as I did before.
I think Ali put it best when she was talking to Cole and said,
"You trust the visions more than you trust me and my feelings, and I deserve better."
You know what, Ali? I totally agree with you.
Trouble is heading straight for Ali and the other slayers. Every time she feels like she is on level ground and can relax, another turns her life upside down. She deals with pretty well each time it happens. I enjoy her character development. She is becoming more independent but still realizes the value of friends and good actions. She fights in this book. Both the zombies and for the things she wants and believes in. Her victories an losses are not small and large but she continues to move forward even when she feels alone. The zombies are not the only enemies of the slayers and trust becomes a valued and scarce thing.
We learn more about many of the characters, both new and old. At times it is hard to remember that the slayers are so young and very inexperienced in many way. At times they act like the young adults they are and at others the seem to be beyond their years. I love the ever changing dynamic of this series.
I absolutely loved Alice in Zombieland so I had to read this one. I actually read Through the Zombie Glass immediately after reading the first one and realized I somehow didn’t write a review up for it so before moving on to The Queen of Zombie Hearts, I gave this one a re-read.
Throughout the entire book, Ali is faced with complex problem after harrowing issue after heartbreak after doom and gloom. I loved every minute of it! There was so much happening, and it was all bad news for our heroine. Alice in Zombieland ended with her getting horribly injured, so she starts Through the Zombie Glass in a hospital bed with stitches. Things only grow worse for her from there. I really liked the direction the story went. It was definitely a unique spin.
A few new characters were introduced to stir up drama, but I enjoyed Gavin’s personality quite a bit. He’s just so unabashedly honest. Mackenzie and Trina became a couple of my favorite characters in this one and I couldn’t stand Mackenzie at all in the first book so I loved that character development. Kat, the Sass-Master, I continue to adore as well as Nana, Ali's adorable grandmother. I also enjoy that Emma keeps making appearances as a Witness.
There is a lot of action, a lot of inner struggle, and a lot of guessing what will happen. There were times that I looked down to see how far into the book I was because surely I was at the climax of the story, only to realize I still had quite a bit more to go.
Cole. Oh Cole. He exacerbated me quite a bit throughout this story with his hot-and-cold, incredibly mixed messages, and really bad decision making.
An Ex Here, an Ex There
It’s the whole 2nd book, introduce-the-relationship-drama thing going on in Through the Zombie Glass. There are literally exes everywhere. Veronica is brought in from Georgia who happens to be Cole’s ex. Mackenzie is still around who is also Cole’s ex as well as a lot of break ups and make ups going on throughout. The romance in this one is all over the map.
I’m still loving this series. Through the Zombie Glass was a wild and fun ride through hardship after hardship. I really felt for Ali, but she kept going and giving her best no matter what. The characters are fantastic, and their dialogue is fun to read. There is tons of action and interesting concepts introduced. Absolutely recommended.
Originally given 4.5 stars
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