Review: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter (White Rabbit Chronicles #3)


Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter // VBC ReviewThe Queen of Zombie Hearts (The White Rabbit Chronicles #3)
Gena Showalter
Published: Sept. 30, 2014 (Harlequin Teen)
Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon
Review Source: Purchased

Reviewed by: Krista

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does reference events from previous books in the series.

Zombies and Alice in Wonderland in the same book doesn’t seem like it should really work. Even in YA that’s a lot to wrap your head around, but Gena Showalter makes it work better than anyone else ever could. So here we are with the conclusion to her fabulous White Rabbit Chronicles trilogy with The Queen of Zombie Hearts.

When we left Ali and the gang, Ali was becoming more comfortable with her abilities and was taking an active part in taking down the enemy. Cole and she had overcome their tragic misunderstanding and were stronger than ever. Unfortunately, Grandma was now in the know about the zombies and was making a point of severely limiting Ali’s and Cole’s alone time.

It was hilarious to watch Ali get more frustrated than Cole, especially since he had decided that they should wait. But, oh my God, the make out scenes were so hot it had me questioning if I was actually reading a “teen” book. Things accelerate quickly from page to page and we really don’t get a chance to breathe for more than a few pages. The hits in The Queen of Zombie Hearts are hard, fast, and few will have you grabbing for the Kleenex. Ugh.

It may seem like a weird comparison to some, but the characters, especially Cole and his gang, reminded me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. These guys and girls are hard, vicious and totally committed to their cause. They also have their own language that is a unique combination of swear words and slang. Seriously at times I felt like I was reading a teen BDB novel.

I really enjoyed this final outing in The White Rabbit Chronicles. Showalter filled out the world and developed the story lines without rushing or leaving anything out. There were even some twists and turns that were not only surprising, but also believable. This is the kind of young adult series that adult fans of paranormal romance and urban fantasy should check out.

Sexual content: Sex

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