Thursday, July 24, 2014

Books on the Shelf

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller - This is a classic that I have never read, and it's not on my classics list.  So, this is my just for fun book!

Dr. Zhivago - Boris Pasternak - This is a book from my Classics Club list.  I can't believe I've never read it before!  Loving it so far.

City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare - I read the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, found it to be... familiar and was reluctant to read the rest of the series.  But as much as I didn't care for the first book, I felt compelled to find out what happens, so here I am, reading City of Ashes.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Talk - Through the Zombie Glass

***SPOILER ALERT*** As usual, this review contains spoilers.  If you haven't read the book yet and want to be surprised, wait to read this review.  If you don't mind spoilers, read on.

I just finished reading the second book in The White Rabbit Chronicles, by Gena Showalter.  Through the Zombie Glass, and the first book in the series, Alice in Zombieland, are books that take a unique look at zombies and how humans fight them.

In Through the Zombie Glass, Alice, a Zombie Slayer has a lot on her plate.  She has to deal with her boyfriend  Cole's weird behavior, fight zombies, deal with the loss of her parents, sister and now grandfather, deal with having to move into a new house and a whole host of other things.  

At the beginning of the novel, Alice and her Nana are still reeling from the loss of Alice's grandfather.  They are trying their best to deal with his death and still keep living their lives.  Since his death, Alice's Nana has figured out that Alice is a zombie slayer, and although she doesn't love the idea, she understands why it is necessary.

I want to take a moment now to tell you about Ali's relationship with Cole.  She met Cole when she first moved in with her grandparents.  She was the new girl at school, he was the rebellious bad boy with tattoos and an air of mystery.  He, much like Edward in Twilight, warned Ali to stay away from him.  But there was a magnetic pull, an attraction they couldn't hide or run away from.  Eventually, they got together, much to the dismay of many other girls, especially some of his exes.

Now, this brings us to the other ladies.  Cole has, at any given time, at least two, sometimes three other women vying for his affections.  But, he "apparently" only has eyes for Ali.  I say apparently in quotations, because when Cole meets Veronica, he flirts with her, and has a thing with her when he and Ali break up.

And speaking of the break-up, here's the down-low:  Cole, around a certain point in all his relationships, has had this moment where he just wants to bolt.  As soon as he thinks it is getting too serious, he dumps whoever he is with.  Alice was no exception to that.  However, he claimed it was for another reason.  In Alice in Zombieland, the first book in the White Rabbit Chronicles, we discover that Alice sometimes has visions with people when they lock eyes with each other.  She and Cole had visions of passionately making out with each other the first time they met.  Now, in Through the Zombie Glass, Alice has a vision with a new guy in town: Gavin.  Cole realizes that Alice and Cole have had visions of some things and uses that as his reason to break up with her.

Throughout a majority of the novel, Ali and Cole are not together, and Ali remains insistent that nothing is going to happen between she and Gavin. Nothing does happen - or at least nothing romantic.  But it takes Cole a while to realize that.  He and Ali go through the, "Hey, Ali, I want to be friends with you," "No, Cole, I don't want to be around you," phase.  Then Cole realizes that he actually wants to continue his relationship with Ali.  He says that he is completely in love with her and that she's the only girl for him.  They eventually get back together, but it takes Ali a bit of work to trust him again.

I don't want to give everything away, so I'll tell you some of the other things I think you should know to intrigue you:

* Kat finally comes clean to Frosty about her kidney disease.
* Reeve finally learns about the zombies from her dad.  (She had been hounding him and her friends for a while because she was suspicious.)
* Veronica tries everything she can to get Cole to go out with her (or at least to make out with her bit.)
* Alice gets bit during a zombie fight - the outcome you'll have to discover on your own.
* There's a spy for the Hazmat's in the group.
* Justin discovers, after Ali gets kidnapped, that his sister is not really dead.

Now, to wrap it up, here are my thoughts on the book.

1. I don't love that the zombies weren't actually zombies.  If I am reading a zombie, I want it to be an actual, flesh loving, brain eating zombie, not some spirit that only certain people can see.

2. I still think it's weird that this novel was published by Harlequin.  I always equate Harlequin with poorly written adult novels.

3. As a continuation of part two: the writing in Through the Zombie Glass was not excellent.  However, I was surprised that, for a harlequin book, it was better written than some of their titles.

4. I found Cole and Ali's relationship to be almost unbelievable in the sense that I just don't think even teenagers would have acted as stupidly or as immature as they did.

Overall, I would give this book a C.  It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't the greatest either.  If you're looking for something light that you don't really have to think about, this book is good, otherwise - read something else.