(YA Review) A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 1.18.50 PMShowalter, Gena. Don Mills, Ontario: Harlequin Teen, 2015. Print. ISBN-13: 9780373211821
Formats available: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook. Hardcover $10.44. Kindle $9.99

Release date: September 29, 2015
Author: Gena Showalter
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Themes: Zombies, grief, friendship, love, forgiveness
Rating: 4 Stars!!
Why’d I read it?: I am a longtime reader of Showalter’s books, and I’ve read the other books in this series. Check out my reviews for Alice in Zombieland (Bk. 1) and Queen of Zombie Hearts (Bk. 3)

Synopsis: 

Frosty lost the love of his life in the war agains Anima Industries and their zombie-creations. As he spirals into depression and his friends grow more concerned about him, he is visited by the spirit of Kat, his dead girlfriend. Ecstatic at the chance to see and talk to her again, Frosty is quick to agree to her terms: She’ll continue to visit everyday, and in return Frosty has to save the life of, and spend every waking hour with a mystery girl. Its only after agreeing that Frosty finds out the mystery girl is Camilla, the same girl who betrayed his friends to Anima Industries, the same girl who is partially at fault for Kat’s death. This is a story of redemption for Frosty and Camilla, as they are thrown together and find themselves both growing and chaining from the people they were, to embrace the future of who they will become.


My Thoughts: (No spoilers)

I have been looking forward to this book ever since reading the original White Rabbit Chronicles trilogy, featuring Ali and Cole. Frosty was a lovable character in that trilogy so I was excited to get a book from his point of view. This book is written from duel perspectives, with alternating chapters from the perspective of Frosty, and then from Camilla. I know this was being billed as a Romance, with Frosty learning to love again after losing Kat. I was a bit unsure about this since they were supposed to be completely devoted to each other before her death, I was curious how the author could have Frosty move on and get together with someone else, especially the girl partially responsible for Kat’s death. I’m happy to say that it was well done, and after meeting Camilla, and getting her perspective, it is easy to see how they could fall for each other. I also have to say that after seeing her reasoning for doing what she did to Ali and the gang, I completely understood. I honestly can’t say I would have acted any other way. She had her reasons and they didn’t stem from callousness or evil. In fact this book had a lot more “feels” than the original trilogy, and there were a lot of parts where my heart was literally hurting for the characters, and once or twice where I teared up! Watching Frosty try to deal with his grief, his interactions with “spirit-Kat,” and seeing Camilla’s inner turmoil, it was a very emotional read!

There also was a lot of great humor in this book, which was my favorite part of the original trilogy, so I was really glad to see that the sad and difficult parts of this book didn’t mean there was no humor. Theres a lot of laugh out loud situation between Frosty and Camilla, but also between the whole gang, especially Ali. Its great getting to see all of the characters once more, and this book wraps up the series more satisfyingly than the last book did, which I was happy to see. It also seemed, from the very end, that there might be some kind of spin-off in the works, though it appears it might be more “adult” rather than “young adult.” But that’s just my guess based on the ending, you’ll see what I mean.

I loved getting to know Frosty and Camilla, I adored the time we get to spend with the rest of the gang, and I actually did like Frosty and Camilla together. The author satisfactorily made me not mind that he was moving on from Kat, and I can be pretty committed to my characters original love interests, so that was quite a feat! Go ahead and give this one a try, especially if you’ve read the original trilogy, I think you’ll love it! I also don’t believe you have to have read the original trilogy, the world building is explained in this one, and it is a bit of a standalone, though you’ll definitely understand it more if you’ve read the other three beforehand.


Liked it? Loved it? Gotta have more of it?
The first three books in the White Rabbit Chronicles are Alice in ZombielandThrough the Zombie Glass, & Queen of Zombie Hearts


Extras:

  • Find some White Rabbit Chronicles wallpapers and other extras on the White Rabbit Chronicles website.
  • If you liked The White Rabbit Chronicles, you might find something else you like here, on Goodreads.com

About the Author: Gena Showalter is the author of the YA fantasy White Rabbit Chronicles, as well as an adult fantasy series.

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