ARC Review: Alice In Zombieland by Gena Showalter

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Title: Alice in Zombieland
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: The White Rabbit Chronicles #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: September 25, 2012

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.

“Are you suggesting I’m working with the zombies? That I paid them to pretend to attack me so that I’d trick you into letting me join you?”

“Did you?” Mr. Holland demanded.

“Yeah, okay,” I said in a sugar-sweet tone. “You’re right. I was having dinner with Zombie Carl the other night. You know, steaks, rare and a bottle of vintage type A. He told me all his secrets, but too bad for you I promised him I wouldn’t tell. In exchange I asked him to gather his best undead buddies and stalk me through my friend’s yard. And oh, yeah, it was totally fine if they wanted to use me as an all-night dinner buffet, because having organs is so last season.”

Okay so when I first began to read Alice in Zombieland I was under the impression I was going to read a Zombie-Rific version of Alice in Wonderland classic by Lewis Carroll. I’ll admit that was the original reason for my interest in reading it, however quickly within the first few pages I realized that this was going to be no retelling at all, but by then my interest was already captured and I mesmerized by the world that Gena Showalter had created. Alice in Zombieland was a solid paranormal romance read with a captivating story and fascinating characters that I’m looking forward to reading more about. This book was filled with zombies, ghosts, a symbolic white rabbit, friendship, action packed zombie fighting, a love story sprinkled in between.

When we first meet Alice Bell she’s a brat and will say spiteful words to manipulate her parents into giving her what she wants. However, I grew to love Alice as I got to know her and understand her better.It’s a sad story because her father goes against two of his most treasured rules of survival in life just to give her a birthday wish and that birthday ends in tragedy that strips Alice away from the family she loves. Quickly she discovers that the father she had little respect for and thought was “crazy” was actually more coherent and aware of the dangers of this world than she ever was. His paranoia is what kept her safe all these years and with a fatal accident her blinders were removed and she discovered, that monsters do really exist, they will eat your flesh, they are to be feared, they are to be killed but never are they to be ignored by her again.

“Well, lets see if Cole noticed your unexpected visitor.” My eyes widened as I reached for her arm. “Don’t—” But it was too late. She’d already twisted to look. A second later her mouth fell open. I couldn’t help myself. I looked too. What I saw shook me to my soul. I wasn’t the only one who’d gotten a death glare today. Cole was watching Justin as if he meant to flay the skin from his bones, throw it down and play “Dance Dance Revolution” on it. ”That has nothing to do with me,” I managed to croak. It couldn’t.

But part of me kind of hoped that it did.

Cole Holland is the juvenial hall looking bad boy you will love. His gang of friends at school are all ridiculously good looking, but they’re tough and scary, often sporting bruises, they don’t welcome newbies into their group, and they often wear winter clothes in the summer…go figure? However, all those secrets and mysteries are revealed as Gena Showalter leads us down a path of falling hard for Cole Holland. Cole and Alice have a steamy relationship filled with lots of sexual tension that will attract any romance lover like myself.

“When did you have time to hook up?” ”It wasn’t hooking up. We ride the same bus and started talking.” ”Oh sweetie……I can’t wait….this is gonna be so epic, and even though you don’t know why and I won’t tell because that would spoil everything, you just made me the happiest girl in the world–and now, I’m gonna make you the second happiest. I’m taking you to spy on Cole.” Gleeful, she rubbed her hands together. “Life lesson number two. Spying is the best-and only-way to learn the truth.”

I liked Alice very much, she’s witty, naive, sweet, she’s also dealing with tragedy the best way she’s capable of yet she still wants to live, she wants to honor her parents, never forget her sister and take over fighting for her fathers cause that she mistakenly vilified him over her entire life. It was a devastating blow for Alice to discover that she was ashamed of her father, only to discover after his death that she would follow directly in his footsteps hiding her secrets in an attempt to avoid the same exact shame and judgement she cast on her father. Alice has an awesome set of grandparents that try to very hard to give Alice a happy, loving and normal teenage life, they even start to research teenage slang, and use it mostly inappropriately but they deserve an A for effort, that is after I finish laughing at their silly overused slang. It’s hilarious but also the cutest thing a set of grandparents can do to make a teenage feel at home, I just loved it.

” Of course.” She fluffed her hair. “I don’t want to brag, but I’m very high maintenance.” 

“Uh, I think low maintenance is what’s desirable.”

“Low maintenance is what’s forgettable. You might want to write that down, underline it, circle it and put a star by it, it’s golden.” With barely a breath, she added, “Now lets find out if we’re compatible, shall we?”

Can I say that I absolutely adored Alice’s BFF Kat. She’s clever, witty, charming, overwhelming, lovable and oh so bad ass that Alice is lucky to be in her good graces because she makes no apologies for her actions and she doesn’t mind sharing her dislike of someone, she’s fearless basically. I loved her.

Calling all Zombie lovers, this is a book you won’t want to miss out on reading. These fight scenes are Zombie-Rific while the zombie lore Showalter created is so very unique to other zombie books I have read I just couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough. I’m thinking that fans of zombies, kick ass heroines, bad boy heroes and Gena Showalter will be pleased with Alice in Zombieland. This book left me excited to read about killing Zombies, learning more about Kat and hopefully it’s positive, while I’m eager to discover more about the Cole/Alice connection they share in Through The Zombie Glass releasing in 2013.

Only a single beat of silence this time. Then he uttered one word. Just one. But that one word forever changed my life, as feared. “Zombies.”


ARC provided for review by Harlequin Teen

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4 Responses to ARC Review: Alice In Zombieland by Gena Showalter

  1. AimeeKay says:

    Love zombies! Love Alice!

    Glad to know it’s not re-telling of Alice in Wonderland. But still sounds REALLY good!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi AimeeKay :)
      I hope you really enjoy it when you read it, especially since you
      LOVE Zombies :)
      Definitely not a retelling of Alice In Wonderland. Enjoy!

  2. Lexxie says:

    I’m so glad you liked this book, I’ve read so many varying reviews about it. It’s still on my TBR, though, I love GS’s writing :)

    (un)Conventional Bookviews

  3. Alexa says:

    I’ve been leary about reading this since I’m not a huge zombie fan at all lol.
    I think I might have to give it a try though because it sounds really interesting and it sounds like there is much more going on than just zombie killing.

    thanks for the great review chica!

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