Reviews for Through the Zombie Glass


Booklist Reviews 2013 October #1
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. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
Ali--still recovering from injuries sustained in Alice in Zombieland--gets zombie toxin in her system. This activates a dueling zombie spirit inside her, which endangers her friends and family and slowly destroys her...unless she can stop it. Lackluster prose, a far-fetched spy subplot, and Ali's ridiculously melodramatic, turbulent relationship with on-again/off-again boyfriend Cole make this a less-compelling second entry.

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Kirkus Reviews 2013 September #1
In this follow-up to Alice in Zombieland (2012), Ali Bell and her friends, fellow hunters of invisible spirit zombies, confront internal threats and endless relationship drama. Just when Ali's getting into a comfortable rhythm with her new zombie-fighting life, everything falls apart. Romantically, things are great with her boyfriend, Cole, right up until two out-of-state zombie slayers arrive. One is Cole's gorgeous ex, and the other, a handsome "he-slut," shares visions with Ali when he meets her eyes--just like the visions that kick-started Ali and Cole's romance. Before Ali can figure things out, Cole has already dumped her, leading to pages of misery for everyone involved. Meanwhile, Ali is bitten during a zombie hunt and has a strange reaction, even after being given the antidote. In the mirror, she sees a sinister zombie version of herself that wants to take over, forcing Ali to struggle against her zombie counterpart's hungers. Additional storylines feature relationship struggles for Ali's best friends and a spy among the slayers feeding information back to the evil corporation that wishes to use zombies. The slow-paced story is plagued by tension-stealing tropes--the paranormal-romance-sequel formula in which the hero abruptly dumps the heroine and the zombie-movie cliché in which a victim conceals an infection. However, Ali's female friendships are endearing. The unbalanced plot stretches too far, over too long. (Horror/paranormal romance. 14-17) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2014 March/April
This book is second in a series, and without the first book it is hard to understand what is going on. Ali is recovering from an injury sustained during a zombie fight. Much of the teenage interaction contains physical descriptions of "hot" characters and lots of flirting. Discussion of who slept with or will sleep with whom is part of the drama, as is planning for that eventuality and being "safe." When not wrapped up in each other, the slayers try to save Alabama from zombies and from the evil Anima group. Weapons and training for the battles abound. Life as an uber-talented slayer who the zombies seem to hunt is complicated enough. Readers of the first White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice in Zombieland (Harlequin Teen, 2012), will enjoy this title, but they should be read in order. Jackie Keith, School Librarian, Riverbend High School, Spotsylvania, Virginia [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.] Recommended Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 December

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, NY

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