Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by Gena Showalter
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
My Copy: ePub eBook
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.
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.