Book Review: The Queen of Zombie Hearts

Book Review: The Queen of Zombie HeartsThe Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter
Series: The White Rabbit Chronicles #3
Published by Harlequin on September 30th 2014
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 464
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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.

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Gena Showalter gives a nice roundhouse kick to her readers feels with her final book in the White Rabbit Chronicles. Before you even open the book. you know from the synopsis that four of Ali’s friends die.

The hits really keep coming in this book. As you near the end, you start to wonder if anyone is going to make it. On the bright side, it forces you to keep reading late in the night, wringing your hands and praying to any deity that will listen that Showalter doesn’t kill off Cole Holland.

If Through the Zombie Glass was all about Ali facing her inner demons (or inner zombie), The Queen of Zombie Hearts is about discovering who she really is. Her past is suspicious to begin with, even in Alice in Zombieland. Showalter supplies much needed answers to some serious questions

This book is a YA Paranormal Romance written by an Adult romance author. So while there’s no graphic sex or anything, there are lots of romance scenes. Lots of making out. Lots of ‘anytime this girl and this guy are in the same room they are all over each other’.

It feels a little ridiculous at times, especially when its like “hey, all my friends just died, lets go make out”. Fortunately, a big bomb sized drama begins between Ali and Cole that isn’t fueled by another girl trying to get between them, but a significant moment in both of their pasts. It’s far more meaningful then as they work through the issue than it was when say, McKenzie was trying to get between them.

Showalter certainly knows how to write her bad-boys with a heart of gold. Cole is somehow infuriating and completely loveable at the same time. Which is an improvement from Through the Zombie Glass when I wanted to punch him repeatedly.

The White Rabbit Chronicles are fun, fast-paced, super romantic and zombie filled. Showalter comes up with a lot of interesting ideas in this series, and offers a cleaner, less gruesome zombie story for all the YA enthusiasts out there.

5 Stars


  1. Eileen Lee says:

    I’m excited to read this series!! I’ve been waiting for this last one to come out to buy the books altogether 😀 My favourite would probably be the movie with Johnny Depp. It was fun 🙂

    • Jessica Nicole says:

      It’s a very fun series; lots of snark and drama 🙂 Like any good Paranormal Romance haha

      and YES I really like the Tim Burton movie! Johnny Depp is OF COURSE amazing as the Mad Hatter. He’s such a brilliant actor

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