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Monday, October 14, 2013

Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter

Welcome to another edition of Costume Character Monday! These are so fun for me. Today I chose Gena Showalter's Through the Zombie Glass. I really enjoyed Alice in Zombieland, which I read last year, so I was glad to add it to the lineup for Halloween this year. And as I was reading, I knew that Ali would make a great Halloween costume!

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.

What I Liked: 1) The first thing that struck me was how different the characters all seemed. There were certain personality traits that stood out in Alice in Zombieland, and some of those over the top characteristics weren't there in this book. But it was not a bad thing at all. If anything, it made them seem more realistic. Like they've grown up through everything they've discovered and they've kind of...calmed down. I thought it was a great technique for showing growth in the characters, and unique at least in the books that I've read. 2) I love, love, loved the tie in with Alice in Wonderland. I didn't notice it as much in Alice in Zombieland, but this one follows it's namesake very well, especially with the ideas of mirrors and seeing your real self in your reflection. It is not a traditional fairy tale retelling, but Through the Looking Glass gets high marks for being able to meld a contemporary zombie story with Carroll's classic tale. 3) The new ideas. I'm using that to mean the story arc that dominates this story. A few new ideas have been introduced, including the idea that if zombie and human can exist inside on person, maybe there are some medical discoveries to be made. A little of this was alluded to in book one with the introduction of Anima. But a much bigger story comes to light in Through the Zombie Glass, and it makes the whole series richer. 4) Zombie Ali. Okay, so she's one of the baddies of this book. But even so, I kinda liked her. Her badness was fun. Kinda like the Evil Queen (Lana Parilla) from Once Upon A Time is awesome to hate. That's what Zombie Ali reminded me of.

What I Didn't Like: I didn't have any complaints about this one!

Overall Thoughts: I absolutely loved Through the Zombie Glass. I think I liked it more than Alice in Zombieland. The characters were more realistic, showing their growth in a really great way. The storylines became fuller with the addition of some new ideas. And all of the elements I loved about the first book stuck around. Through the Zombie Glass is a fabulous addition to any bookshelf, especially with that eerily cool cover!

My Rating: 5 candy corns

And as promised, a few Through the Zombie Glass-inspired Halloween costumes for your enjoyment!

First off, Ali's fight outfit. It's stated in the book that she wears all black, which makes sense because they mostly patrol at night. So she gets black jeans and a black sweater, plus black combat boots. I gave her a spiky headband to keep her hair out of her face, a hard-core looking triple finger ring, and black eyeshadow for the dark circles under her eyes. And her knife, which seems to be the weapon she uses most often. I bet you can leave that at home though.

Second, for the Halloween Party, Ali is to dress as Alice in Wonderland (of course). So I put together an Alice costume for her! Blue dress, white lace cuff, red/white rose, black bow, striped tights...well, you get the idea.
Do y'all have any ideas for lit-inspired Halloween costumes?


  1. I really liked Alice in Zombieland, but have been waffling about whether or not I want to read the sequel. Although Book Rock Better loved it, and you do to, so I should make the time. We just got the audio in at the library, so maybe that's the way to go.

  2. A lot of the things I didn't really enjoy about Alice in Zombieland (i.e. over the top characters), not really Alice connection) seem to have changed in Through The Zombieglass. I was on the fence about continuing this series but now I think I will. Thanks for the helpful review =D

    Emily @ Falling For YA

  3. Hot chocolate and a bookOctober 15, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Love the costumes that you put together. I always loved dressing up as a kid and even think as an adult it is fun. Thanks for putting together the costumes, it adds so much fun for me.

  4. I loved this book so much that I think I'm a little obsessed... Okay a lot. I can't stop reading it and I'm like dying for The Queen of Zombie Hearts to come out


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