Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on September 30, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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.
~ Straight away you know characters are going to die, so basically it’s the same thing as opening a George R. R. Martin book (and honestly, Showalter has a habit of adding characters to the excess that Martin does too). You don’t know who per se is going to die, but chances are you will be attached to some of them.
~ What is up with these covers? The first book’s cover was GORGEOUS, but this one and book 2’s are why I would not buy these in print. I think it’s pretty proven that we DO judge some books by their covers.
~ Showalter excels at creating sexy Neanderthal bad boys. They’re rough, tough, deadly and drop dead sexy, but they have puppy dog hearts once they fall in love (which they do so with the intensity of imprinting baby chicks). Yes, they can be a bit “Me Tarzan, You Jane”, but I appreciate a hot alpha male in my books- less so in real life since I like being able to vote, drive a car and own property.
~ There are lots of sexy alpha’s in this book- it’s like the books are populated with Channing Tatum clones. If that doesn’t make you want to read these books, I just don’t know what will.
~ Okay, so the first deaths. I can deal. There’s a lot of characters to cull, quite frankly. And I had to refer to my notes from the first two books just to refresh my memory who everyone is, so purge away, Showalter, purge away!
~Ali and the slayers are left reeling from an attack from the evil Anime corporation. I’m glad to see Ali’s grandmother, Nana, whisked away. With everyone else in her family dead, Nana is on my MUST LIVE list.
~ Between fighting and searching for missing friends, Ali is visited by Helen, a mysterious Witness (Witnesses are like ghosts, like Ali’s little sister Emma), who gives her a “gift”. Um, hey neighborhood ghosts, I could use a few gifts like that too!
~ It kills me how Emma drops vague news on Ali, like all the time. Hey, of the two missing slayers, one of them is dead. But I’m not going to tell you which one!
~ Despite the whining I’ve done about too many characters, I really liked the introduction of River and his gang. They’re a little more gray on the white to black scale than Cole and Ali and their group, but that probably is what makes him attractive. I liked seeing the two different slayer gangs have to learn to work together to defeat a common enemy. There’s a whole lot of compromise that needs to be made.
~ Lots of action going on in this book, and I loved Ali’s new skills, it made for some very cool action scenes.
~ Oh, Cole and Ali. Two steps forward, and one back. But they act and react like true teens, which is nice since most of the time they’re dealing with much larger issues than studying or who so and so kissed at the kegger last week.
~ The ending was definitely excited and fast paced and a good summation of the series.
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- missing slayer
Jaclyn- Justin’s twin, desperate to find her brother.
Emma- Alice’s sweet little sister.
Nana- Alice’s grandmother, a very admirable woman.
Gavin- lady’s man slayer.
Helen- a witness, has ties to both Alice and Anime.
River- leader of a rival slayer gang.
Milla- River’s sister, angry, bitter and protective of her brother.
Ethan- dated and betrayed Reeve in the last book, still crazy.
Chance- aka Knuckle Scars.
Sami- Ali sees her in a vision brought to her by Helen.
Juliana- Veronica’s little sister, has major crush on Cole, and is a general pain in my ass.
Other Slayers: Frosty, Bronx, Collins, Cruz, Mackenzie, Trina and Veronica, and a bunch of new ones from River’s gang of slayers. Seriously TOO MANY CHARACTERS!
Finding out all of Helen’s past and motivations. Plus a particular Witness visit at the end with a beloved character… I had tears in my eyes.
Stop the Clock:
The Queen of Zombie Hearts is a mostly satisfying end to the series. My biggest complaint was that there were too many characters, especially at the end when it was time to tie of loose ends. But overall this has been a great series, although it’s not really a modern re-telling of Alice in Wonderland, more inspired by it. I do think Showalter created a unique series with her approach to zombies (which are more like ghosts) and I’d date any of her book boyfriends in a heartbeat!
The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) gets a Midnight Book rating of: