Through the Killing Glass

This is the second installment of the Alice in Deadland trilogy by Mainik Dhar.

The sequel to the Amazon.com Bestseller, Alice in Deadland More than two years have passed since Alice followed a Biter with bunny ears down a hole, triggering events that forever changed her life and that of everyone in the Deadland. The Red Guards have been fought to a standstill; Alice had restored some measure of peace between humans and Biters; and under Alice, humans have laid the foundations of the first large, organized community since The Rising- a city called Wonderland. That peace is shattered in a series of vicious Biter attacks and Alice finds herself shunned by the very people she helped save. Now she must re-enter the Deadland to unravel this new conspiracy that threatens Wonderland. Doing that will mean coming face to face with her most deadly adversary ever- the Red Queen. Source

This book was just like the first.  It took me a while to read it, but that is merely because of my insane schedule.  This was an easy read.  It was a little difficult to follow, but that was because I always ended up stopping the worst places possible.  There are some underlying current political issues as well.  Although, they are well stated and hit upon in this book.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars.  It is a good read, just not a memorable for me.  I can’t really recall any specific details.  I can’t say I would recommend it because I can’t really remember it. so yeah…

3-out-5-stars

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Alice in Deadland

Alice in Deadland written by Mainak Dhar took me by total surprise.  Yes this is another Alice in wonderland style of book.  But they are so good! As you can tell this year has been all about going down the rabbit hole, in many different ways and styles.  So without further ado, here is my review.

Alice is a 15-year-old girl that grows up in the Zombie Apocalypse in India near Delhi.  She sees a biter and follows him down a hole in the ground, only to discover a who new world, oh and the zombie is wearing bunny ears.  After being captured by the biter, she is taken to the Queen of the Biters, Dr. Protima who after being bitten herself takes one of the only vaccines and becomes a half-breed.  Alice doesn’t believe what she is seeing or hearing, as the Queen tells her that she will be the one to bring peace to both sides.  We find out that the biters can actually co-exist with humans.  that they are more like animals than mindless cannibals.

“Civilization as we know it ended more than fifteen years ago, leaving as its legacy barren wastelands called the Deadland and a new terror for the humans who survived hordes of undead Biters.

Fifteen year-old Alice has spent her entire life in the Deadland, her education consisting of how best to use guns and knives in the ongoing war for survival against the Biters. One day, Alice spots a Biter disappearing into a hole in the ground and follows it, in search of fabled underground Biter bases.

What Alice discovers there propels her into an action-packed adventure that changes her life and that of all humans in the Deadland forever. An adventure where she learns the terrible conspiracy behind the ruin of humanity, the truth behind the origin of the Biters, and the prophecy the mysterious Biter Queen believes Alice is destined to fulfill.

A prophecy based on the charred remains of the last book in the Deadland- a book called Alice in Wonderland.” (Good Reads)

This one was a little hard for me to get into in the beginning, but once I got into it, it was hard to put down.  This is the first book in the trilogy, although Mainak Dhar’s website shows many many more than just three.  Any who.  I really like this.  It was similar to the others that I had read, but different in so many ways.  The other books are all about destruction of the zombies and this is about co-existing with them.  There are a lot of political ties to the issues we are currently having (China wanting to take over the world, terrorist groups, cults, etc.), which I think for a book that is geared towards young adults and teens is a good thing because I think everyone needs to be aware of what is happening around the world.

Some of my favorite quotes from this novel include:

“She looked back at the child again, and this time his eyes met hers.  There was no innocence, no love, just the blank, hate-filled expression that was characteristic of biters….”

“When people are scared enough, they begin to accept any form on tyranny because unquestioning obedience to unknown masters is better than facing known dangers.”

I really liked this book, not just because it was Alice in Wonderland styled, but because it was different, way different from all of the other books that I have read.  I would like to give this book four stars of five.  And I starting the next one as soon as this goes live.


four stars

Be sure to check out Mainak Dhar’s website here, for other titles and updates!  If you have read this book, let me know what your thoughts were on it.  Did you like it or not?  Why, and what were your favorite parts.  I think after I finish this trilogy I am reading The Cubicle Manifesto….It just sounds so good!

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The Queen of Zombie Hearts

The Queen of Zombie Hearts is the third and final book in the White Rabbit Chronicles written by Gen Showalter.  As previously stated, this book set is extremely well written and sucks you in with the first sentence.  In this book, we learn that Alice Bell, or Ali, isn’t really Alice Bell.  As we discover, she is actually the daughter of the woman who killed Cole’s mother, romance killer right?

Here is a slight over view of the book: Slayers Die,  Ali Isn’t Who She Thought,  Anima is Evil,   Zombie Slaying,   Collaborating With Another Group of Slayers,  Steamy parts involving Cole and Ali,  Betrayal,   Memories Wiped,   Sharing Abilities,   Stealing Abilities, Heartbreak and Crying.  Yep, that’s all that you’re getting.

I seriously cried at the end of this book.  It is so good, and the ending doesn’t disappoint, although, I don’t like the end.  As with all books that are this good, I know that there are other readers out there that want to see more of this and Cole and Ali’s life together after all is said and done….There were so many unexpected twists in the book, that I felt just as frustrated as Ali and Cole did.  There were several steamy moments, my favorite involves Cole and a shower…just imagine it!  Yep!  The banter between the characters and the hilarious moments made me laugh and I felt like I was apart of the slayers, experiencing what they were experiencing.  I cried at the end, Yep, I cried, for several reasons, the book was over, the ending was actually sad, the book was over, and the funeral totally did me in.  I actually had to put the book down long enough so I could calm myself down to actually finish reading it.  It was that emotional.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“‘Tell me you’re still capable of killing zombies and that you’re not considering spraying them with rainbow dust.’  As if I’d waste rainbow dust on zombies.”

“‘Then it doesn’t matter which road we take,’ Kat pointed out.  ‘With nowhere to go, we’ll never reach a destination.”

“There Is No Place Darkness Can Hide When Light Shines.”

“‘Gavin has started calling you the queen of zombie hearts,’ Cole said.  ‘And you know what, he’s right.  It fits.  Before you, I wasn’t really living.  I was existing.  Moving from girl to girl.  Killing zombies.  I was as good as dead, but you brought me back to life.  And you are most definitely the queen of my heart.'”

I recommend this book to everyone!!!! My rating for this book is….

61d26-5starsAs if I would give it anything else.  If you have not yet read this set of books, you need to get your hands on them.  You will not regret it!

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Through the Zombie Glass

Through-the-Zombie-GlassThe second book in the White Rabbit Chronicles is just as amazing as the first.  A truly well written book, that sucks you in, in the first sentence.  Here is an overview of the book:

Several weeks after battling her Zombie Father and Anima Industries Ali or Alice Bell is in recovery from a serious near death injury.  Two new slayers come to town to help Cole and his team of slayers in the war against Zombies.  Ali’s first day back in training she meets Gavin, the New Hot Guy and shares a vision with him.  Something up until this moment, Ali and Cole only shared.  The vision is hot and steamy and sets into motion a series of event for Ali.

Ali attends the football game with Kat and Reeve her two best friends, when Gavin shows up with his latest girl toy, when they are attacked by Zombies.  Justin comes to the rescue and helps out the two of them.  Justin ends up getting bitten from a zombie and Ali goes to help him, and he bites her, jump starting another heart beat that only Ali can apparently hear.  Another mystery to be solved.   Ali is given the antidote and Cole is at her side while she recovers.  When she is well enough, the unthinkable happens.  Cole ends things with Ali.

Ali as we find out, is allergic to her self, because she has an evil twin living inside her, dubbed Zombie Ali, or Z.A.  Ali does her best to fight off Z.A., and her Zombie tendencies, but as each day passes she grows stronger.  Ali has to deal with the effects Z.A. has on her like wanting to eat people’s spirits and Cole.  Her visions with Gavin come true, and Cole realizes what is going on with Ali and decides that he can’t stay away, a little too late.

Reeve’s new boyfriend, Ethan, is the son of an Anima Industries Leader and is hell-bent on saving his sister.  Ali, Reeve and Kat are kidnapped.  We learn just how strong of a Hero Ali really is when Anima tortures her for the answers that they need to save Ethan’s sister.

In the end Ali and Cole are back together, Jaclyn is found, the girls are rescued and Ali, Cole and the rest of the Slayers once again have to battle Anima for Survival.  They win, but at what cost?  The book doesn’t end there, as Ali is still fighting Z.A.  The journal says that Light is the key to saving her from the darkness, but will Cole allow such a risk when it comes to the love of his life?

Now, I didn’t give you all of the book, as promised, but good glory is it cake!  I love this trilogy.  It is so well written.  Gen Showalter has hit this one on the nose, the books read like you are Alice, and I love that quality in a book.  Some of my favorite quotes from the book are as follows:

“The battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.” -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Those we love, we can grow  to hate.  And life…life can be perfect one minute and in shambles the next.”

“Why don’t you escort me to the pond?  I want to see the ducks, but I’ll need someone to throw in their path if they turn violent.”

“Don’t give up on me the way I gave up on you.  Please.  Somehow I’ll find a way to make it up to you.  X Cole”

“Kat who sat beside us, shouted, ‘Rewind that!’ and threw popcorn at the screen.  ‘Mr. Holland’s expression wall all, like, oh, no, I’m going to need my balls reattached, and Cole’s was all, you’re about to lose something more sucka.'”

Some more from a specific scene in the book:

“‘Ali Bell doesn’t play hide-and-seek,’ Lucas said.  ‘She plays hide-and-pray-I-don’t-find-you.'”

“There used to be a street named after Ali Bell, but it was changed because nobody crosses Ali Bell and lives.  True Story.”

I give this book, without any surprise, a 5 out of 5 stars!

I highly recommend that you read this series!  It is breath-taking, I am sad that it is over, I can tell you that I have finished the series and cried that it was over!  Seriously!  I cried.  I haven’t done that for a book series since I first read the Devouring Series.

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Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Oh, WOW!!!!!  Okay Honestly I don’t really know where to begin with this one.  Let me just start out by saying that Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass have been my favorite books since I was a child.  I am kind of obsessed with it… it’s a problem I know, I have bought several copies of the span of my life because they are well-loved and fall apart.  My best friend/sister lent me this book and told me to read it and that I would like it.  She was not joking.  This book is sooooo good.  I read this book in less than a day and not because it’s a short book, because it’s not, 400 pages or so, but because I just couldn’t put it down.

Straight from the website: “She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies”

See more at:wrchronicles.com

This is the first of three books in the White Rabbit Chronicles.  Alice Bell is a sixteen year old girl and lives a different life that is drastically changed when she looses her entire family in a car crash.  Her Grandparents take her in and she meets Kat, who instantly becomes her best friend.  She attends a different school and meets a boy who is the hottest guy in the school, and one that is feared by the entire school, but they don’t meet normally, they have visions and that is the start of the relationship.  Alice, Ali as she goes by finds out that her father wasn’t crazy at all and that there are monsters out there, zombies. But not like the modern zombie, these are different.  Zombies are evil spirits that have the same tendencies as zombies, but instead of your brain, they want your soul.  Ali learns that she is a slayer and starts to train to fight them in the memory of her family.

This book is amazing as if I hadn’t already stated that.  I am so glad that I was introduced to this. Funny thing is that it was actually on my reading list and I just never got around to purchasing it.  This book is witty and funny, full of snarky comments, it is littered with personal moral and ethical problems that the characters have to face.  It made me laugh and cry and feel their pain as I read further into the book.  I am so saddened with the fact that there are only three books to the series, because this series truly has great potential.  This book is more geared towards the more mature teen and young adults, as some content is not appropriate for children under 16.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“But you know what? I’d rather the world considered by crazy while I go down fighting than spend the rest of my life hiding from the truth.”

“U thinking what I’m thinking? Dark alley, brass knuckles and prison rules.  Just like that, I knew.  Kat was the best friend I’d never had.:

“”Girl he wants to dip you in Frosted Flakes and have you for breakfast. That’s his favorite cereal, by the way.” I…had no words”

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

This book makes me want to read the other things that she has published.  And you can bet that I will be reading the other books in the series…or maybe I already have…..