Review: “A Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles #4)” By Gena Showalter

"A Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles #4)" By Gena Showalter

 A review by Domoni.

Ali Bell and the slayers put everything into defeating Anima, losing people they loved and constantly facing injury or death. They thought they had finally won, even though that victory cost them more than they thought they could pay. Frosty has lost his way. The formidable slayer doesn’t know how to go on after losing the one thing that meant everything to him.  His friends are all worried but nothing they say or do makes a difference. When Kat comes to him he thinks he may be able to pick up the pieces after all. He would do anything for her, anything for her time and smile. When she tells him to save Camilla Marks, the woman he blames for everything, he has to push through the anger to let go of the pain.

This is the fourth novel in the White Rabbit Chronicles. If you haven’t read them, they are an interesting take on zombies. The first three books focus more on Ali Bell and Cole Holland. Their relationship and Ali’s special abilities are the main focus of the stories.  This book’s focus on Frosty was not what I was expecting.  Frosty is a strong character though, and after his loss I knew that there would be a need to focus on how he dealt with that loss. Though for me, this book felt strange. I really feel like it would have served better as a first story in a secondary series.  In a few ways it felt like it was written by a different author all together, one that was not as familiar with the first three books.

To start with, Ali Bell’s personality was vastly different in this book. It was like she had become Kat. She was more quick on the ball with vain sarcasm. Perhaps this could be attributed to the evolution of the character, but it seems to have happened at some point between books. Only a few months passed between books and suddenly Reeve is filling the role of doctor and scientist in the place of her father, yet these kids haven’t finished high school. Then we bring in Camilla Marks; this is the part that made it hard for me to finish the book. Ali used her ability to remove Camilla’s memories in the third book. Readers have been shown previously how the memories can be recovered, however the author never addresses it. She mentions River banished Camilla for what she did, but never mentions how she has recovered her memories. I really felt like I was reading a confused fanfic. Which made me sad because I loved the three previous books.

My rating: 2/5 stars.

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