Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Posted March 15, 2014 by Stacie in Reviews, Stacie, Young Adult / 16 Comments

Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #1
Published by Harlequin Teen
Published on: September 25, 2012
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 295
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

WOW! I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and it definitely lived up to it! When I first heard of the book I thought it sounded really interesting with the whole play off of Alice in Wonderland. The only things that were in any way related to Alice in Wonderland was that the main characters name is Alice and that there is mentions of a white rabbit. But I think I really loved that it didn’t take to much of Alice in Wonderland and it became its own awesome story!

I have yielded completely. I can do all.
That’s how I know about the war that’s coming. That’s how I know that not a single slayer-or civilian-will survive unless something more is done.
That’s how I know what needs to be done.
I need to die.

So Alice Bell lives with her mom, her little sister Emma, and her dad. Her dad see’s monsters. Alice and Emma pretty much think he’s crazy because they can’t see them. He doesn’t let Alice or Emma out at night because that is when they come out. On Alice’s birthday she begs her parents to take them all to see Emma’s dance recital and she really begs for it because she knows how much her sister wants to be there. Of course its at night but finally her parents decide that they could all go together and leave as soon as its over. Things don’t go too well for them on the way home and they run into some zombies, the car crashes and Alice is the only one that survives. She goes to live with her grandparents and starts at a new school. She meets Cole and soon realizes that there is something off about him and of course she’s going to make sure she figures out what that is. After the car crash she is now able to see the zombies  and you learn that some people can see them since birth, others don’t start seeing them until a traumatic event happens to them, and most humans can’t see them at all. I really love the different twist that Gena did with these zombies. They’re not your normal zombies you read about or see in movies. They are a “spirit form” and the only way to fight them is to be in spirit form too. And the only people who can do that is the ones who can see the zombies.

He reached over and pried my fingers loose. He brought my injured knuckles to his lips and kissed them. “Don’t worry. You’re part of my world now. I’ll teach you how to survive it.”

While at her new school Alice meets Cole. Him and his group are rumored as the bad kids, the ones no one wants to mess with. They show up with bruises and cuts all over there faces and hands and all the students think that they’ve been out causing trouble, when really they’ve been saving everybody by fighting zombies. Cole and Alice meet in a weird way and his group has a hard time trusting her but eventually things work out. I LOVED all the characters so much, especially Alice’s new “best” friend she meets after the crash, Kat. The dialogue was funny at the right times and serious the next and I loved every word of it! This is definitely one I’ve added to my favorites shelf. I’ve already bought the second one and can’t wait to read it. The characters are all very east to relate to. I never felt confused or bored while reading this, it was packed with action, romance, comedy, and of course zombies! This is definitely a book I would recommend to anybody who just loves a good action filled book with a kick-ass heroine with friends who have her back no matter what.

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My name is Stacie McAdams and I live in Morganton, North Carolina. Reading is what I love to do more than anything. I love everything Paranormal and if it involves a sexy werewolf, that’s even better! My NOOK is with me at all times, even if I know I wont have time to read anything. I love learning new things, hiking, video games, and my biggest obsession…The Vampire Diaries. 😉

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16 responses to “Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this once, Stacie! On the other hand, I didn’t like the characters or the writing at all. I really loved the concept and the action, though! I hope you like the sequels as well–they all have gorgeous covers!

  2. I have this book on my audiobook wishlist right now – I’ve heard that the Alice in Wonderland similarities are pretty much null, which is fine with me but probably would have thrown me for a disappointed loop if I didn’t know in advance. great review, I’m really looking forward to this one!

  3. Pabkins  

    Zombies you can’t necessarily see until after some sort of trauma? strange. I didn’t know if I’d pick this one up but I think I’ll add it to my when I’m in the mood for zombies again pile.

  4. Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    I’m so happy to see that this is one worth reading! I love retellings, especially Alice in Wonderland. Characters like these are my favorite, plus a little humor is always fun in a book!

  5. Paulina

    My friend loves Alice in Wonderland and I brought her this book but I haven’t heard back from her! I’m glad you enjoyed it

  6. Faye M.  

    Happy to know you enjoyed this one, Stacie. I love zombies (did you know I read like thirty of them in a row in the first half of 2012? lol, I’m crazy), so I tried this one out a few months ago but I didn’t really like it as much. Maybe I’m just too attached to my traditional brain-eaters and their settings 😛 Everyone seems to love it so much though, including you, so I guess I’ll have to give it a try soon. Great review!

    Faye @ The Social Potato Reviews

  7. I’m glad that you ended up loving this book! I didn’t really enjoy it because there was just too much high school drama and not a lot of zombies but I did like how different the zombies are from your usual flesh eating norm. Lovely review, Stacie 🙂