Liebster Award!

Thanks so much to Alex from twirling pages for nominating me! I was nominated once before but this never stops being fun to do!

Rules:

  • link back and thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  • answer the eleven questions they give you
  • tag up to eleven blogger who have 200 or less followers
  • ask your nominees eleven questions and let them know you tagged them!

Questions from Alex:

1. What are you currently reading?

Right now I’m doing a Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas read-along and I’m on Heir of Fire. I’ve been wanting to re-read this book forever and I’m loving it so much.

2. What would you like to read next?

Next I’m hoping to read The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. My sister got it for me for Christmas and I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

3. A book that isn’t hyped but really should be?

I absolutely adore The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and the rest of the series, but I never really hear anyone talking about them. Which is a shame because they are one of my favorite series right now.

4. Favorite book cover?

How can I possibly pick? Even though I didn’t enjoy the book very much, I love the cover of A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. So pretty.

5. Who/What inspired you to start blogging and why?

I’ve always been a huge reader and unfortunately never had any friends who share my love of books. I went through a huge year long reading slump and when I finally snapped out of it, I decided to jump back into reading full force. I started my book blog, updated my Goodreads account, and started making YouTube videos. It gets a little hectic sometimes but I don’t regret it one bit.

6. Top three book genres?

Fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal/supernatural. I know that last one ties in with fantasy but I personally view them as separate genres.

7. Do you have any other passions besides reading/writing?

Recently I’ve discovered that I really like making videos, as long as I’m talking about books. Besides that, I’m a huge PC gamer and a big nerd when it comes to video games. I kind of jump between going through reading and gaming phases.

8. Top 3 favorite blogs/bloggers?

The first blogger I ever fell in love with was burdge because of her beautiful art and positive attitude about everything. If you look at her older art, it was all from books that I loved. Besides her, I really love watching Regan and Kassidy’s booktube videos.

9. If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?

Obviously I would want to live at Hogwarts and be a witch. I really shouldn’t need to explain myself on this one.

10. Hardcover or paperbacks?

Gah, I love them both. Hardcover because they are prettier. Paperbacks because they are cheaper and easier to carry around.

11. Which fictional character could you relate to the most?

Probably Hermione. I’m a huge bookworm, I always did well in school, and my best friends are guys. I always have to be the responsible one and clean up their messes or get them out of tough situations. I can sympathize with her a lot.

Who I’m Nominating:

My Questions:

1. Worst book you’ve ever read?

2. Favorite book to movie adaptation?

3. Favorite fictional character of all time?

4. Top three favorite fictional worlds/places?

5. What book are you reading right now? Which book do you wish you were reading right now?

6. If you could go on a date with one fictional character, who would it be and where would you go?

7. Who is your favorite fictional villain? Why?

8. Favorite and least favorite book series and why?

9. Who are some of your favorite bloggers and why?

10. Paperback, hardcover, or ebook?

11. Top ten books you want to read this year?

 

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Giveaway Still Up!

Just a reminder that my fantasy giveaway is still up and running! You can enter daily or just enter altogether if you haven’t yet! 🙂

Here’s all the information that I originally posted:

The books I’m giving away:

– A paperback copy of Stardust by Neil Gaiman

– A paperback copy of The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

– A paperback copy of Eragon by Christopher Paolini

– A paperback copy of Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

– A paperback copy of The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

This giveaway is for people living in the US only, I apologize to my international followers but as I’m shipping it myself, I have to keep it affordable.

There will be one winner and you can pick which ever books you want out of the five. You can take all or just one, it doesn’t matter to me either way.

Also, just so you guys know, I buy lots of my books from Half Price Books and these are ones that I’ve owned, so they are not in pristine condition, some might have a little wear on the spines or the occasional creased page.

Thank you to everyone that’s participating and good luck! Feel free to message me with any questions.

Enter to win here: Rafflecopter Giveaway

Review: The Archived

Title: The Archived (The Archived #1) 10929432

Author: Victoria Schwab

Publisher: Hyperion

Publication Date: January 22, 2013

Summary: The dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead, called ‘Histories’, rest in the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper is dangerous and a constant reminder of those she lost, Da and her little brother. Mac wonders about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. Yet someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

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This book was amazing and unique and just a huge breath of fresh air compared to a lot of YA books I’ve been reading lately. After I read this book I got that sort of sick feeling in my stomach, the one that comes with realizing that you’ve totally been missing out on a great book for over a year. The worst part was I picked this up when it first came out, read the first like three pages, then didn’t pick it back up again until now. What is wrong with me?!

Just the atmosphere in this book really got to me. It was so tense and creepy and I constantly has this tingly feeling on the back of my neck, like something was just off. And there was never really any sort of break from it. The hotel that Mackenzie is living in is super old and dusty and strange, a place where murders happens and people are keeping secrets. Then when she has to go to The Narrows, it’s beyond spooky and just this big dark maze of corridors and closed doors and it gives you the jeebies. The only time you feel like she might be remotely safe is when she is actually in The Archive with all the dead bodies. How messed up is that?

Mac was a really interesting character for me, it’s obvious that she has a lot of issues she has to deal with, from the death of her younger brother, to constantly lying to her parents. I feel like she has a lot of mixed feelings about her life and being a Keeper, she seems to love having a sense of purpose, but finds out that she has been lied to a lot and she also has to struggle with the temptation of knowing that her brother could come back to life. I found myself feeling bad for Mac a lot though, I think she was brought into being a Keeper too young, a little girl that just wanted to make her grandfather proud and didn’t actually know what she was signing up for. She has obviously proved to be more than capable with handling Histories that wake up, but it still makes me sad that she doesn’t really have a choice anymore.

One of the things that I loved most about this book was Wes. Damn, I loved this boy so much, even though we don’t get a whole lot of time with him. I loved that sense of release he gives Mac by letting her be honest and share her secrets and they have this strange sort of intimacy because of it. They both have things to teach and show one another, but they have a sort of flow about their relationship that makes them fit together and I love it. He was also really funny and playful sometimes, providing contrast to Mac’s constantly serious personality, and he provided a lot of comic relief, something that this book definitely needed at times. I can’t wait to see more of him in the next book, he was my favorite character and such a cutie.

The plot in this book was a little slow and confusing in the beginning, and it took a little bit for the pace to pick up. I was confused when I first started because I thought “Da” was her dad, not her grandfather. But once the pace started picking up, I couldn’t put this book down. I really liked how we would get peeks back to important times with her grandfather, when he was teaching her about being a Keeper. She obviously had a very close relationship with him and you can see that through her memories. Between the flashbacks, the glimpses of the past in her hotel that she gets, and all of the mysteries, this book really kept my attention. It wasn’t predictable at all, a few things happen that caught me completely off guard and I loved how it really kept me guessing.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. If you can make it past the kind of confusing and slow beginning, I promise, it will completely be worth it. The characters are interesting and the world is unsettling, the writing is absolutely beautiful and makes you feel like you are really part of this world. The story and concepts themselves were so unique and well formed, but enough was withheld that I hope the next books goes a lot more into how exactly The Archive works.

RATING: 

Rowan Recommends: Romance

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’m going to recommend some of my favorite romance books, for all those fan-girls that are spending today with a book. I don’t really books that fall exclusively under the romance category, so the books that I’m recommending today feature some of my favorite romances.

1656001 The Host by Stephanie Meyer: I know, I know. You might be laughing at me right now but I’m not ashamed to admit that I love this book. In The Host, aliens have invade Earth and their “souls” get put into people, so they take over their body and basically erase the person. Wanda get’s put inside Melanie who refuses to fade away, instead showing her memories of her brother and the man she loved, so Wanda goes in search of them. I just think this is such a beautiful romantic book and I love all of the characters. Every time I’m in the mood for a sweet romance that makes me cry, I read this book.

“It’s not the face, but the expressions on it. It’s not the voice, but what you say. It’s not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful.”

Graceling by Kristin Cashore: This book isn’t romance driven, but the romance plays a huge part and it’s so beautiful.3236307  I love this romance I adore Katsa and Po so much and they really just needed each other. Katsa never wants to marry or have children and it terrified of being tied to a man, so watching her find love and realize she can have Po without those things, makes me get all teary eyed. I also just love how they are so different but similar and how they continuously support each other through everything.

“I know you don’t want this, Katsa. But I can’t help myself. The moment you came barreling into my life I was lost. I’m afraid to tell you what I wish for, for fear you’ll… oh, I don’t know, throw me into the fire. Or more likely, refuse me. Or worst of all, despise me,” he said, his voice breaking and his eyes dropping from her face. His face dropping into his hands. “I love you,” he said. “You’re more dear to my heart than I ever knew anyone could be.”

1562090 Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier: This book you guys, this book… The amount of feels I have for this book is ridiculous. I love it so much and every single time I read it, I cry like a huge baby. If you want a beautiful story with some of the most amazing writing and characters and a love story that makes you want to crawl under your bed and never come out, this is the book for you. The romance is so subtle and watching these characters slowly fall in love, a love without words because the main character can’t speak, it’s just so beautiful. This whole series is full of amazing romance, but this book is the start of it all and will steal your heart.

“He would have told her – he would have said, it matters not if you are here or there, for I see you before me every moment. I see you in the light of the water, in the swaying of the young trees in the spring wind. I see you in the shadows of the great oaks, I hear your voice in the cry of the owl at night. You are the blood in my veins, and the beating of my heart. You are my first waking thought, and my last sigh before sleeping. You are – you are bone of my bone, and breath of my breath.”

38619Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews: Okay so this book is definitely not very romance-y but let me tell you, the romance that happens through this series is one of my favorite of all time. The author does such a good job of making you fall in love with the characters and really get to know them so you know when they start to fall in love. The thing is, this book doesn’t really have much in terms of romance, but that’s why it’s so great. The romance feels so natural because it happens over a few books and it isn’t forced or rushed. The author gives us two people who are both strong, independent, and unbearably snarky, so of course they won’t admit their attraction. I just adore how we get teased book after book and the romance just builds up until finally the characters can’t take it anymore. This is definitely my favorite sexy, adult romance.

“He grabbed me and kissed me. The kiss sent a wave of heat from my lips all the way to my toes. Curran’s eyes laughed. “For luck,” he whispered, his breath a hot cloud on my ear.”

 222063Stardust by Neil Gaiman: How could I not include this book? Stardust is a tale of magic, adventure, witches, and true love. In this book, a young man named Tristan promises the girl he wants to marry that he will bring her back a fallen star in exchange for her hand in marriage. So he sets off into a magical land where he finds that the fallen star is actually a girl. This book is so cute and fun and heart warming, with a sweet romance that just makes you wanna jump up and down. I love it because they have absolutely no idea that they are falling in love, so it’s almost funny to watch them be such oblivious idiots. And the ending brings a tear to my eye every time, it’s such a perfect, romantic ending.

“He wondered how it could have taken him so long to realize he cared for her, and he told her so, and she called him an idiot, and he declared that it was the finest thing that ever a man had been called.”

 8490112Daughter of Smoke and Bone: I have to admit, I read this book a while ago and don’t remember everything about it, but what really stuck with me was the romance. This romance made me feel so hopeful and overwhelmed and sad beyond words. It was beautiful and unexpected and heartbreaking. Like, thinking about it right now is making me get a little teary. Not only was this book and the world amazing and beautiful in general, but the love story was one of the best I’ve ever read. I don’t know how this series ends, so if it ends tragically, I apologize, but I promise you, it will be worth it. This is one of those loves that defied all odds and went up against time and war and death. Ugh, my heart.

“Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens. I need you to remember that I love you.”

 

 

Review: Obsidian

Title: Obsidian (Lux #1) 12578077

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: May 6, 2011

Summary: Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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Have you guys noticed the growing amount of Jennifer L. Armentrout books I’ve been reading lately? Apparently smoldering romance books have been taking over my life. Maybe I’ll just blame it on the fact that Valentine’s Day is almost here.

Obsidian is about a girl named Katy who moves to this new little town and meets her next door neighbors, a girl named Dee is who super fun and bubbly and wants to be best friends with her, and her brother Daemon who is kind of a huge jerk. She finds out that they are aliens, supernatural shenanigans happen, romance blossoms, feelings are hurt, you guys know how it goes.

I’ve heard nothing but raves and crazy fangirls sobbing over this book, so I went into it fully prepared to swoon and gasp and shriek. Ultimately, I was a little underwhelmed by this book. I knew it was going to be very Twilight-y and I’m okay with that, but that actually wasn’t the reason that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

To start with, Daemon was a dick. I love my boys with a nice bit of sass and maybe a little cocky, but Daemon was just a straight up douche. Like, when I compare him to Roth from White Hot Kiss, Roth is playful and funny and a bit of a jerk sometimes but we all know he isn’t being serious. Daemon was rude and hurtful and arrogant in a way that made you want to punch him in the face. I didn’t like how he humiliated Katy in front of a bunch of people, constantly insulted and made fun of her, and how he thought he could act that way then just automatically be forgiven because he occasionally did something nice or because Katy thinks he’s hot. His behavior actually kind of ruined him for me and I never really found myself growing to like him. Maybe I hated him a little less by the end of the book, but I never liked him.

I liked Katy, she had lots of spunk and I enjoyed her witty comebacks when it came to Daemon. I also liked that she didn’t really instantly start falling for him, sure she thought we was hot, but she wasn’t in love with him or anything. She always called him out on being a jerk and walked away a lot which I wanted to give her a high five for, but then she would let him pop back into her life until her did something awful again. I would have respected her a lot more if she had just held her ground and pushed him away until he changed or started acting better, instead of tolerating the way her treated her. Also, Katy was one of those girls that makes some stupid decisions, gets rescued, then makes more stupid decisions. I don’t understand how we are supposed to believe that girls like that survived in the real world for years without some guy to run in and save them all the time.

Despite the issues that I had with the characters, I did really enjoy the alien aspects of this book. Aliens definitely aren’t anything that I read much about, so I really loved the newness of learning about alien powers and culture and whatnot versus the typical supernatural species I read about most of the time. I do wish that Daemon and Dee remembered more about their planet though because I would have loved to learn more about the differences between it and Earth and the way they lived. What we did get, learning about the different powers, their true forms and their enemies, was super intriguing.

As far as the plot went, it was a pretty light read. Most of it focused on the relationship between Katy and Daemon which I wasn’t really grooving on, but the few times that we got more, like the fights between Daemon and the dark aliens, I loved it. I was actually kind of mad that the summary of this book tells you that they are aliens, because probably about half of the book is Katy trying to figure out why they are so weird. Since we already knew what was going on, it almost got boring to wait for her to catch up. However, the superficial stuff like her dealing with bitchy girls and making friends, was entertaining enough to keep me reading until the book started to pick up the pace.

Obsidian was definitely a bit of a disappointment and I didn’t enjoy it half as much as I did White Hot Kiss or Wicked. I was hoping for Daemon to be a hot swoon-worthy hunk, but instead I got an immature, arrogant jerk who didn’t understand that you can keep people at a distance without treating them like total crap. The predictable plot and semi-boring first half was a bit hard to get into, but the humor and alien information kept my interest enough that I obviously finished it. I still wouldn’t consider this book as out of this world as everyone keeps saying it is. Get it? Out of this world? Aliens?

RATING: 

 

Review: A Cold Legacy

Title: A Cold Legacy (The Madman’s Daughter #3) 16182308

Author: Megan Shepherd

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publication Date: January 27, 2015

Summary: After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.

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I read this series in the last few months and absolutely adored it. It was dark and creepy and asked some really interesting moral questions and kind of focused on that gray line of what makes someone human. I had really high expectations for this final book, knowing that Megan Shepherd could seriously deliver an intriguing, fast paced story that gave you the shivers and made you think. That being said, I found that this book really kind of fell flat for me.

To start with, one of the things that the previous books really focused on was the love triangle between Juliet, Montgomery and Edward. Juliet is torn between both boys, and is through both books. But in this final book, it was suddenly gone. I felt like I had almost missed something. From what I remember, Juliet is still seriously struggling with her feelings between the two boys and they both love her at the end of Her Dark Curiosity. But for some reason, Juliet’s mind is now completely set on one of them and the other boy never even really romantically enters her mind through the whole book, which was very out of character. I didn’t understand how she picked which boy she wanted then was completely over the other one, after struggling and bouncing back and forth between them. I also didn’t agree with the boy she ended up with, but that’s just me wanting to be a brat for not getting my way.

I also felt like this book wasn’t nearly as spooky or suspenseful as the last two, something that I felt really made the book stand out. In the first one, Juliet is on the island with her father’s horrible experiments, being hunted by a creature through the jungle and at night, and the tone and atmosphere was terrifying. It really made my skin crawl. Then the second on has her back in London, with people being brutally murdered, bloody flowers being left for her, and most terrifying of all, Beast making appearances. Both books were spooky and unsettling for different reasons, but it worked so well. In this book, nothing was really unsettling. The castle wasn’t spooky, none of the characters made you feel unsettled and nothing about the plot was particularly suspenseful. I was very disappointed to find that I made it through this book without once getting goosebumps or wanting to turn on the lights.

Some of the characters felt really lacking in this book in comparison to the other two. I really enjoyed seeing Lucy in the second book, but in this one she was just kind of a huge mess and constantly acted out of character. Elizabeth didn’t end up being nearly as interesting as I had hoped and was just kind of there to play a role, it felt like. While I still really enjoyed Juliet and her internal struggles with the darkness, her interactions with the other characters didn’t feel very important to the story. Most of the time it felt like awkward romance or just filler, or an excuse for her to get all mopey about her heritage and dark desires. Also, the villain in this book played a minor role and wasn’t nearly as important as the villains in the other two, something I was really disappointed by.

I did like that the author was trying to send a clear message to the reader by the end of this book, about life and the choices you make, how you can make your own path, things like that. It was a good message and I liked how she tied it all together in the end. However, something happens in the book that makes the message a lot weaker than it could have been. I don’t want to spoil anything but Juliet does something in this book that later she won’t do again, because she realizes what having a life really means. But the fact that she had no problems doing it earlier, and that it actually turned out okay, just kind of undermined the whole message at the end.

Ultimately, I found myself being really disappointed by this book. I loved that some of the darker elements were still present, but overall, the whole tone and atmosphere of the book felt light in comparison to the others. The characters didn’t feel as present or important as they should have with it being the final book, and the random romantic resolution felt really out of character. While the message was tied up nicely by the end of the book and the author made the point she was trying to make, it could have been executed a lot better and left more of an impact. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone that hasn’t read it, the first two books are phenomenal, you just have to be prepared for disappointment in this last one.

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Check out my reviews for the other books in this series:

The Madman’s Daughter

Her Dark Curiosity

Book Talk: Fourth Book in The White Rabbit Chronicles Announced!

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For those of you that haven’t heard, Gena Showalter announced that The White Rabbit Chronicles isn’t quite over yet. That’s right, she is officially writing a fourth book titled A Mad Zombie Party and I couldn’t be more excited. The end of the third book really left us hanging and I was definitely more than unsatisfied. Kat died, Frosty’s heart was broken beyond repair, Ali and Cole still have so much left to do, I wanted more and it looks like my wish came true.

Here is the interview below or you can click on the link here.

Gena Showalter fans, you’re a lucky bunch. Gena and publisher Harlequin Teen have decided the White Rabbit Chronicles trilogy will no longer be a trilogy. Book three, The Queen of Zombie Hearts, left us all wondering what would happen to our favorite characters. Gena herself felt the story was unfinished. So we’re going to get book four: A Mad Zombie Party, coming our way at the end of September. Gena and her editor join HEA to explain the why and, most important, the what.

First, here’s where we are in the White Rabbit Chronicles, according to Harlequin Teen: When we left Ali Bell, Cole Holland and friends at the end of The Queen of Zombie Hearts, they had just won a zombie/human war destroying the evil Anima Industries. But the gang did not emerge unscathed and one particular loss devastated the characters and their loyal fans. Messages poured in, everyone wanting to know the same thing: What happens with Frosty and Kat?

Never fear! Slayer … we mean, author Gena Showalter is back!

Gena and editor Natashya Wilson on what readers can expect from A Mad Zombie Party

Tashya: Hi, Gena! Ready for round four?!

Gena: Dude! Are zombies hungry?? Bring. It. On. I’m basically foaming at the mouth.

Tashya: How did you feel when you wrote the final words of The Queen of Zombie Hearts?

Gena: The moment I finish any book, my feels are pretty much the same. Goes a little something like this: It’s done? Whimper. Tears of joy. Oh, my back. Relief! Shower! Food! Sleep! Oh, my back. You mean I get to catch up on my favorite TV shows? Tears of joy. Oh, my back.

But after that, book-specific emotions began to settle in. With The Queen of Zombie Hearts, I experienced an extreme high — and a major low. I was so beyond pleased with what I’d written, and so happy with the growth of the characters (well, the characters who survived, that is — insert evil laugh). But I left one of my favorite boys in the lurch, with nothing but a lifetime of misery ahead if he continued along the same path. Sexy man-meat too sad for love? Not on my watch!

Tashya: How have your fans responded to the end of the trilogy?

Gena: I have been overwhelmed by the response to The Queen of Zombie Hearts. In fact, I received some of my best reviews yet. “Amazing!” “Epic!” “A book worth the wait.” “Beautiful.” But despite the positive feedback, a sense of heartbreak pervaded. So many wanted to know: What about Frosty? (Oh! And, of course: How could you do that to Kat?) I had to know the answer, too.

Tashya: When did you first suspect you had one more story to tell?

Gena: The moment one of my favorite characters died, and Frosty’s devastation began to take over every scene. I knew I couldn’t leave him that way.

Tashya: Without spoiling anything, tell us a little about A Mad Zombie Party.

Gena: The book will be told from alternating points of view. You’ll get live-action thoughts from Frosty — as well as the girl he loves … or will love, one day. Kat? Or someone else? I’ll never tell! (Well. Until I do, in fact, tell you.) Ali, Cole and the gang are back, and they team up with River and his crew — oops, I just dropped a huge hint about the storyline — as Anima rises from the grave, just like the zombies they created.

Tashya: What do you hope fans feel once they finish this final White Rabbit Chronicles book?

Gena: As if the darkness has at last lifted, and the light shines.

Tashya: Thank you, Gena, and a huge thank you to all the fans who have made the White Rabbit Chronicles a bestselling and much-beloved series! We are so thrilled that you have taken these characters into your hearts.

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So what exactly am I hoping to get out of this book? I was honestly a little disappointed with the last one because I felt like it left us with so many unanswered questions. Cole is definitely my man-candy in this series so I’m hoping that, while I get the impression from the interview that this book is going to focus on Frosty a lot, we still get plenty of time with the other characters. I can’t imagine that Gena Showalter would change up the fourth book by having a different narrator that Ali, so maybe it will bounce between like 50% her POV and the rest bouncing between other characters.

I’m really hoping that by the end of A Mad Zombie Party, we really get a sense of what direction everyone’s life is going in. I wanted to die at the end of The Queen of Zombie Hearts because we just kind of got the whole, “life is going to be hard now but at least we’re together” ending that left you wondering about everything.

Also, I of course want to know what happens with Frosty. Him losing Kat at the end of the third book was really just pure evil. In her interview, Gena Showalter hints that Frosty is going to have a love interest, but we don’t know if it’s still going to be Kat or a new girl. Kat somehow coming back seems unlikely to me, but the thought of us getting to know a new girl in just one book and being okay with her ending up with Frosty is hard to believe. Especially if Kat is still lingering around.

I really hope that Ali and Cole don’t go through more relationship drama in this book. In every single previous book, they would get together, have some misunderstanding or a different love interest would break them up and it got exasperating. I wanted to bonk their heads together and lock them in a room until they just figured it out and stopped being all insecure and jealous. Hopefully after everything that goes down in The Queen of Zombie Hearts, they can finally just calm down and realize that obviously they love each other. I wouldn’t mind more sexy mind visions though, those were always hot.

Besides that, with Anima back in zombie form, I’m excited that we are going to have another bad-ass, faced paced plot. I can tell just from her saying that the team has to gang up with River, who I’m super excited to see more of, that shit it going down. I wonder if Ali is going to be developing any more powers or how the gang is going to be working now that lots of them are dead or damaged and things are kind of back to normal.

So how do you guys feel about the fact that there is going to be a fourth book? Thoughts or predictions?

You can check out my review of the first book, Alice in Zombieland here.