Hi guys! Today, instead of reviewing an individual book, I thought I would review a series. Today I’ve chosen The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter. I also want to point out that these reviews are COMPLETELY SPOILER FREE unless otherwise specified. :)
Title: Alice in Zombieland | Through the Zombie Glass | The Queen of Zombie Hearts
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy-Paranormal-Romance
Source: Library (all three)
2/5 stars –
Completely random, but while writing this, I decided that “zombie” is a really odd word. I think I’ve written in a gazillion times in this post and I’ve only just realized it’s a very strange word. Huh.
So these books, despite their titles, have absolutely nothing to do with Alice In Wonderland. I just wanted to say that straight off the bat, yes? So don’t think, like me, that you’re going to be in for an epic Alice In Wonderland retelling, because you’re not. If that’s what you’re looking for then I suggest AG Howard’s Splintered series. Here are the only similarities between these books and Lewis Carroll’s awesome books:
- Our main character’s name is Alice.
- Sometimes, when there are zombies on the way, a rabbit-shaped cloud appears in the sky.
Yep. That’s it. Take away the vague and pointless Alice In Wonderland references you’ve got your pretty typical YA Paranormal. There were parts of this series that was enjoyable, though, and if you like characters who can seriously kick some zombie butt, you might like this. But . . . alas, this was not for me. Here’s why:
- The main character could be pretty badass at some points — I’ll admit that — but she was a little too teenage-y for me. Hang on, before you roll your eyes and say, “But Kara, she’s supposed to be a teenager!” let me just clarify myself here. I think Showalter does a good job of portraying teenagers, but there’s a certain type of teenager that really grind my gears. The sort of teenager that spends page and pages describing and detailing the utter hotness of the love interest, that goes on and on about how beautiful he is, and how absolutely toned and tanned his muscles are. Urghhhhhhhh. Please. Can we be more subtle here, YA authors? Please? Seriously; I think all that attracted our two main characters together was their looks.
To Alice’s cooing over Cole, this was my reaction:
- This leads me to my second point, where I talk about the third book in particular. (Again, no spoilers, people!) Nothing much… happened. I was still waiting for something epic and mind blowing and exciting to happen . . . but it never arrived. I never expected it to be amazing considering how lacklustre the previous books were, but I was still expecting more from this book. I also want to point out that the ending was rush, and I felt like it left room for another book possibly. Even though it’s supposed to be the last, I felt like there was a slight opening for more to happen. While I don’t like my endings to be perfect, I do expect it to feel finished. This didn’t.
All in all? Not my favourite series.