DAY FIVE: Through the Zombie Glass review

15755296‘Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they’ve got mine…’

Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.

After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things…

There is only one thing I can think of that is worse than being undead and constantly hungering for human souls. And that’s reading a book, then having to live in limbo until the sequel comes out! But at last the wait is over, and having devoured Through the Zombie Glass my appetite has been satisfied (at least for now).

Alice Bell’s experiences in Alice in Zombieland have meant that she’s had to grow up a lot, and fast – she’s lost her family and home, received a baptism of fire into the violent world of zombie-slaying, and started her first meaningful relationship, with the delectable Cole (yes readers, he’s back!), all within a very short space of time. Because of all this, Through the Zombie Glass feels like a more mature novel – and one in which things don’t stand still for a second.

Things are moving fast for Alice and Cole and hotting up as they fall more deeply for each other – prepare for some very steamy scenes! The couple also hit their first hurdle, when some of Alice’s visions cause Cole to question everything. The fact that this coincides with the appearance of yet another of Cole’s hot exes, Veronica, doesn’t help of course, and neither does the arrival of the annoyingly handsome and charming ladies’ man Gavin, who seems set to become embroiled in Alice’s life whether she likes it or not. The stage is set for some maddening mind games, and Alice discovers that all is not fair in love.

Whilst dealing with relationship issues, Alice also has to face her own inner turmoil in what becomes a pivotal fight against the dark side. Of course, the zombies aren’t playing nicely while all this is going on, and neither are the Hazmats (the slayers’ pet name for the shady corporation trying to experiment on and exploit the zombies). Tensions are also running high among Team Slayer with the reappearance of Justin on the scene and news that there is a spy in their midst.

Gena Showalter writes with an immediacy that cannot fail to get you hooked, and once again I really enjoyed reading from Alice Bell’s point of view, with her constant questioning and the inner conflict between Common Sense Ali, Positive Ali and the many other sides of this multi-faceted character that are constantly jostling for control. The sustained and heightened sense of danger makes for an exciting, gripping read, with exactly the right balance between zombie-slaying action and emotional drama. I’m sure you will finish it as quickly as I did and be left wanting more.

Thank you to http://members.genashowalter.com for the signed ARC.

Make sure you come back to the Lil’ Bookshop of Horrors tomorrow, when I’ll be chatting to the wonderfully talented Gena Showalter herself.

 

 

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