Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on September 24, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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.
~ Like in all series lately, there are things that I remember and what I don’t remember in between books being released. So when I started my notes for this book, I listed what I remembered. Book One: weird, ghost like zombies, clouds shaped like bunny rabbits, tough boys, funny friend, dead parents, adorable little sister. Also, going out at night? Bad idea for Alice.
~ I mostly got things right, I was a little confused about the adorable little sister’s status, but not too shabby. Some stories and ideas stay with me, and this was one that obviously made an impact. I remembered enough to dive right in, and the author gives enough information without having to do a full re-cap.
~ The beginning was a bit rough for me, mostly because Cole and Alice were flirting and calling each other nick names like Ali-gator and Coleslaw, and about a dozen other names. I like cute nicknames, but it went a bit far (seriously, Coley Guacamole?).
~ In book 2, Alice is still recovering from the wounds that she sustained in the end of book 1, so she’s sidelined from the usual zombie ass kicking she likes to do. Personally, I’d be okay with the break, but our Alice is a lot more motivated and determined to throw herself in dangerous situations than I am.
~ Even though Kat can’t see zombies, Alice decides to train her as a zombie slayer. Which is a good idea, since they’re invisible and all. I imagine it’s a bit like walking into a spider web, all flailing arms trying to fight your way out of a snare that was laid by a creature smaller than our pinky nail.
~ Remember all the cutesyness that was bothering me in the first chapter? All gone, because HOLY CRAP, ALICE IS HAVING VISION SMEX WITH ANOTHER DUDE! In the first book, she and Cole would lock eyes and see themselves in the future (usually lip locked), but now she’s eye cheating, however unintentionally, with the hot new man slut/zombie slayer in town.
~ I couldn’t help giggling in the scenes where Alice is trying desperately not to look at Gavin in the eyes when they talk. I can only imagine how freaking awkward that would be.
~ Soon other shiz goes down, and now Alice isn’t quite herself. Lesson to my midnight pals: If your reflection winks at you, that is not a good thing. Ever! Well, unless you’re Mary Poppins, but let’s face it, none of us are Mary Poppins. I know because I snap my fingers ALL THE TIME and the mess just continues to lay on the floor.
~ Because of Ali’s new “Vision Quests” with Gavin, Cole and Ali break up. And it’s all a bit ridiculous, because obviously they are super stupid for each other, but it definitely turned the sexual tension back up between them. Maybe it’s an over-used plot device, but I kind of found it hot.
~ For some reason, Alice doesn’t eat a lot in this book. Despite the fact that she’s living in a house full of food (that she’s too proud to take) and the fact that she’s working out all the time, Alice is supposedly living off of bagels and hot eye smex. This heroine trait always annoys me (oh, I’m too in love to eat, or oh, look how thin the mc is, she can’t even remember to eat!). It happens a lot in fiction. But you know what? It never happens to male characters. They always remember to fill the tank before they fight zombies, or take tests at school, or have hot eye smex with someone. Either let your characters eat or just don’t mention it. Too busy to eat? Fine, I accept that. Being too lazy to eat? Yeah, I’ll buy that one too. But just forgetting to eat for days on end or expecting me to believe that a character is still physically strong? Uh, no. To give Showalter credit, Alice has a lot going on (lol, I almost started to write that she has a lot on her plate, but if that was true I wouldn’t be ranting) and Ali’s a very prideful character. She is the type to starve herself instead of taking hand outs. And she is just one a hundred female characters that I’ve read that “forget to eat”, so this isn’t an attack on this book in particular, just an annoyance in general.
~ Okay, back to things I loved: Alice is spiraling down, and the author actually lets her do some horrible things! I loved that there were very real consequences to what was happening to Alice. Despite the fact that I know Alice is the mc, and that this is only the second book in the series, I still had major anxiety for her.
~ I read this all in almost one sitting. It’s a pretty big book, so feel free to be impressed. The book keeps the action up, something which Showalter is good at. We’ve all read books where the authors promise lots of intense action, set it up to be big and then… a whimper. Showalter keeps things going.
~ Not that there isn’t plenty of time for smoldering looks and flirting- there is! And I actually really started to like Gavin (although not for Alice). The introduction of new characters like Veronica and Ethan, further invested me in this series.
~ The zombies, which freaked me out in the first book, continue to freak me out even more in book 2.
~ I like that Alice isn’t perfect. She screws up, she makes mistakes, she’s has flaws. But she tries, and she cares and most of the time she kicks butt.
~ Although Ali and Cole are the main MFEO couple, I love all the other couples- Kat and Frosty’s on again, off again relationship and Reeve and Bronx’s star-crossed romance. All the guys are tough with a tender heart, and all the gals are completely capable of putting the boys in their places.
Alice Bell- our Alice in Zombieland, she is to zombies what Buffy was to vampires.
Cole- super hot zombie slayer, Alice’s main squeeze.
Kat- best friend and funny side kick.
Reeve- friend and overly protected daughter.
Dr. Ankh- works with the zombie slayers and has taken Alice and her grandmother in.
Justin- ex-slayer, now works for the enemy. In my review for book 1, I was said that I felt that his story seemed a little cut short, but he’s back and I’m a happy camper.
Jaclyn- Justin’s twin, now missing.
Emma- Alice’s sweet little sister.
Nana- Alice’s grandmother, a very admirable woman.
Gavin- new slayer in town, quite the ladie’s man.
Ethan- dates Reeve.
Other Slayers: Frosty, Bronx, Collins, Cruz, Mackenzie, Trina and Veronica- another new slayer, but one Cole once knew well.
My favorite moment was when Alice meets up with a stranger offering her answers to what ails her. There was enough action in those scenes to fill a Die Hard movie. Loved it!
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I like this series, and I’m sticking with it. Book 2 is almost always the tipping point, and Showalter has definitely won me. This has been the year of great second books- authors, thank you for stepping up the game!
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