Review: Alice in Zombieland

11 January, 2013 / 10 Comments

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Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by Gena Showalter

Publication Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
My Copy: ePub eBook
Source: Purchased

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

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My Review

First of all, you should know that Alice in Zombieland is NOT a retelling of Alice in Wonderland.  At all.  I had the misconception that it was going to be some kind of dark retelling with added zombies.  But it wasn’t.  The title is merely deceivingly similar.  Having said that, I really, really enjoyed this book!

I thought this novel was entirely well done and had me hooked from the start.  The story was intriguing and captivating.  It kept my interest throughout.  And the characters were filled with complete awesomeness!  I loved the characters and loved how Showalter brought them to life.  The main character and narrator, Ali (Alice), finds herself coping with a tragedy at the beginning of the novel.  But, it’s not just an ordinary tragedy, because she’s almost positive that she saw some kind of non-human creature at the scene.  She soon learns that she should have listened to her father when he talked about monsters being real.  The rest of the novel, Ali must deal with her tragedy, learn about and fight the zombies, and figure out what the deal is with this group of bad-ass looking kids, including a guy named Cole.  Oh, Cole, you are very much a cliché and your romance with Ali is far from original…but, guess what?  I don’t care!  Cole is completely swoonworthy.  He is rough around the edges, but easy on the eyes, mysterious, frustrating, sweet, bad-ass, and more.

Then, there’s Kat, Ali’s best friend.  I wasn’t sure I liked her at first — I thought she was just one of those bubbleheaded popular characters.  But, I was wrong.  It didn’t take me long to realize my mistake and fall in love with her character.  She is freakin’ hilarious!  Oh, the things she says sometimes…

Showalter’s writing is witty and just awesome.  I am definitely a fan.  I will definitely read the second book in this series, Through the Zombie Glass.  I recommend this book to anyone, but mainly to YA fans.

5 stars blue
A Peek Inside:
I’d never understood the stupid girl in every horror
movie ever made, the one who heard a scary noise
and went to investigate all by her lonesome…only
to be knifed of tortured. I’d thought, if only she would
have called the police, waited for help, something,
anything, such a horrible fate would have been avoided.
Now, I so understood.

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10 Responses to “Review: Alice in Zombieland”

  1. Great review. I have been thinking the whole time that this was a dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Thanks for clearing that up. I had been on the shelf about checking it out, but now I am seriously considering it.

    • Thanks. Yeah, I think a lot of people think that it’s a retelling, like me and you. But, it’s not. Though, at the end of the book, the author says that she was inspired by Alice in Wonderland, so I guess that’s why she named it what she did?

  2. Oh my gosh. I love you. I love how you admitted the relationship between Cole and Ali was a cliche but you still loved it. I find myself loving cliches a lot of the times even though I’ve read things identical before. 😉 Awesome review! 😀

  3. Thank you for your review! I have been eye balling this book for a while now, but I just wasn’t sure if I should take the leap to buy it. I am kind of sad that it is nothing like AIWL, but I am sure I will get over that since it is still a great book! I cannot wait to go grab this now!

  4. Thanks for the review! Ive been wanting to read this for soo long. I love her adult series so I was going to try this one. I know sometimes when the adult authors try to branch out it doesnt always go so well. I will definitely move this up on my TBR pile.

  5. I have been looking forward to this one for a long time. Even after some of the less than stellar reviews started popping up, my interest never wavered. And it sounds like that was a good call on my part. This is actually sitting on my shelf, and I think I might hop to it asap! Thanks for the great review. Oh, and sometimes cliches aren’t a bad thing. Cliches are cliches for a reason!

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