Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Posted July 30, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review , , , / 2 Comments

Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena ShowalterAlice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles
Published by Harlequin Teen on September 25, 2012
Pages: 404
Source: Own
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Also in this series: Through the Zombie Gass, The Queen of Zombie Hearts
Also by this author: Through the Zombie Gass, Firstlife (Everlife, #1)

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….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I'd tell my sister no.
I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I'd tell them I love them.
I wish... Yeah, I wish.

In the first 3 chapters, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book, or Ali.  I almost even put it down, but I’m so glad I didn’t.  I was up until the wee hours of the night reading. (And then having dreams about these zombies.)

Ali’s character is one that is in recovery.  She’s haunted by the accident that claimed her family’s lives.  She can’t seem to get her act together.  Luckily she befriends this awesome chick named Kat.  I absolutely LOVE Kat.  She’s fun, and is not afraid to say what’s on her mind.  She also doesn’t make it easy for Frosty to try to make her way back into her life.  Cole is completely swoonworthy.  I mean seriously! Dark, broody, hot…hellooooo nurse. (Totes just used an animaniacs sayin, he’s that yummy.)  He’s a jerk, but he’s not exactly sure he can trust Ali.  I want to mention a side character, we see her a couple of times, but I have to bring light to her since her name is TRINA!!!  I was so stoked to see a character named this that isn’t a stripper or slut of some kind.  It’s hard finding a somewhat tame character with my name, y’all.  She’s also pretty fierce and kicks ass.

I like that there was a bit of mystery as to why Ali can see the zombies, and what they actually are.  We still don’t understand why Ali seems a bit more advanced when the book ends, but we have a better understanding of this world of zombie hunters.  We also learn a little bit about each character.  Some of them are just plain shady, and I’m curious as to how big of a role they will play going forward in this series.

There are slow times, but those aren’t really a lull.  They give us more insight into Ali’s thought process, or let us see her day to day life.  But man oh man, the action scenes are awesome.  This group of people kick some major butt, and I’d love to be on their side while fighting zombies.  There’s also another threat for the zombie hunters.  I saw a few things coming, but overall I really enjoyed the book.  It’s not retelling of Alice in Wonderland, but there are definitely a few parallels, and certain characters or circumstances remind me of Carroll’s work.

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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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