The Queen of Zombie Hearts
by Gena Showalter
Read: September 30 - October 2, 2014
Published: September 30, 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Kindle purchase
Tags: YA, Zombies
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles Book 3
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Book description: I have a plan.
We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us.
Either way, only one of us is walking away.
In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice "Ali" Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.
As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.
The Queen of Zombie Hearts is the third book in Gena Showalter's White Rabbit Chronicles, which all began with Alice in Zombieland. If you're new to this series, please note that this is not a direct retelling of Lewis Carroll's classic story, although it does play off some of the themes. But from when we met Ali Bell in the first book until the conclusion of the last one, she has become part of a very different world, even though she never left her own. This is the world of zombies that live in the spiritual realm and the slayers whose mission it is to destroy them.
If you have been a fan of this series from the beginning, get excited, because The Queen of Zombie hearts is a great ending to the trilogy. It is a wild ride from start to finish that answers lots of questions and fills out the world even more. It also features unexpected deaths, lots of battles, new abilities and allies, betrayals, visions hilarious moments, zombies and lots of slayer slang. The behavior of these characters can be over the top at times, and sometimes it's hard to remember that they are teens (especially in this book). But it's also part of the charm of this series, and their dangerous lives have definitely made them grow up sooner.
Ali especially has changed so much from the first book, and I loved seeing all of her badass determination and skill in this one. She has endeared herself to me with her amusing inner voice, her hilarious and fierce friendship with Kat, as well as her determination and desire to always be honest. Ali and Cole, her equally badass slayer boyfriend, are quite the pair. After all the drama between them in the last installment, I enjoyed finally seeing Ali and Cole communicate and work through their problems together. Of course they're still at each other's throats at times (or frequently) but it all just fuels their fire. I really needed a strong story arc from them after the last book, and was happy to find that here. Of course, they too are quite over the top in their relationship at times. (Spoiler>> I mean, Cole does have Ali's name tattooed across his chest. End Spoiler) But it works for them.
The ending of this series is intense, and contains at least one shocking event from which I still haven't recovered. But it is overall a very satisfying conclusion. Like the rest of the series it is equally filled with intensity, action and indulgence, and I grew to really care about these characters and invested in their lives. I wish Ali and her friends all the best in the future.
Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger Scale: Series conclusion