“My rating: 4.5 of 5”Aleksandra N wrote this review Monday, August 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Zombie hunting and romance--what a combination!”Mrs. Coleman wrote this review Thursday, July 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Um,UM,UM Cole is callin my name. man!”Dayna wrote this review Thursday, July 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love this zombie book. It a combo of my two favorite things, Alice in Wonderland and Zombies. This book is set in modern times though, not something I first expected but I dealt with it and ended up loving it. This book has great character development, romance (no love triangles, finally!) and building trust and friendship. There is thrill to it that can keep you at the edge of your seat and makes you wish for the sequel to come soon!”Kristen S wrote this review Sunday, October 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amazing book!!!!!! Alice in wonderland retold with hardcore zombies and killer (literally) fight scenes ................. and yes tayler it does have a little romance.”Aimee wrote this review Wednesday, June 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I know, another Alice book, but this one literally has nothing to do with the original story. Trust me.”EmmasaysRawr wrote this review Thursday, June 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND is the first storyline (September 25, 2012 release) in Gena Showalter’s young adult White Rabbit Chronicles series. And like the title implies our heroine is Alice (Ali) Bell and she must face the battle of her life-fighting zombies. Following the death of her parents and her younger sister Emma, Alice will finally realize why her father refused to let anyone go out at night-zombies come out after dark.
For years Ali grew up knowing that her father was a little on the eccentric side. His immense fear of the dark kept the family housebound for years. But when her younger sister Emma wanted to celebrate Ali’s 16th birthday her father reluctantly complied. What happened that night would introduce Alice to a world she never knew existed-zombies and ghosts.
With a new school year starting, Ali would be introduced to the resident bad boy Cole Holland and his ‘gang’ of thugs and fighters. But to Ali’s surprise Cole and his friends are the force of nature that will keep the zombies at bay. Ali will discover that she has a powerful gift unlike they have ever seen, but it is the mysterious entries in a journal found among her parent’s possessions that will help Ali as she endeavors to survive against the zombie hordes.
Cole and Ali’s connection is immediate but not necessarily accepted. Together they share a secret but the angst and anger from the other friends will begin to push the couple apart. Jealous ex-girlfriends and a another potential suitor will force Cole to back away even though he knows that he and Ali are destined to be together. Ali is a no nonsense young woman who isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes and is willing to prove to everyone that she is worthy of their trust. First kisses, first love and the need to be accepted are all part of the anxiety of the teenaged years, but add zombies and the walking dead, and high school will never seem the same.
Throughout the storyline, we are introduced to the many friends who will fight alongside Cole, as well as some of the adults who are very much in control. But Ali puts her trust in one too many authority figures and will discover what it means to hurt the one you love especially when you are the intended victim. But someone else is controlling the strings and another group had designs on the victims left behind.
Alice in Zombieland is a mixture of high energy action fueled by betrayal and pain. There is the requisite love triangle that is quickly extinguished, and of course the mean girl squad lead by none other than a jealous ex. I was pleased that the anxiety of unrequited love wasn’t a continuous blemish throughout the story. I am not a happy camper with love triangles where both suitors are worthy partners. Love triangles suck especially in young adult storylines, but Gena quashes any notion that there are others for Ali’s affections early on.
Ali’s level of maturity seems beyond her years which will help her accept that no matter how badly you want something, it doesn’t always come true. And the painful memories of her father’s warnings will cloak a young teen in guilt until she must face the reality that evil can survive long after death. There are a few moments that will tug at your heart and like the hero in every story, Cole will sweep in and remind Ali that he will always be there.
Alice in Zombieland is a fascinating look at zombies and the dead. Gena weaves a fast paced storyline with an interesting premise that will keep your attention until the very last word. Oh and the White Rabbit will make an appearance a time or two just like in Wonderland with a message or warning for Alice.
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“Unique take on zombies... not what you'd normally think.”Danielle Benich wrote this review Wednesday, April 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved, loved, loved this book. Did I say I loved this book? I’m usually not one for YA books. I just can’t take the teen drama but this, this was different. From the get go, this story drew me in. I finished within a day; I just couldn’t put it down. Well, I had to, to do some of the more mundane things like work and eat but I picked it back up every time I had the chance. So, what makes this story so addictive to me? Well, just about everything. It had humor, romance, great characters, paranormal elements, and kick-assery.
Don’t let the name of the book fool you. This isn’t a typical zombie book with blood and gore and brain-eating. The zombies aren’t true zombies in the sense. They are actually spirits of those who have been infected. Not everyone can see them either. And to kill them, you have to be in the form they are in…spirit. Confusing? It really isn’t. A lot of the questions you may have will be answered. Believe me, Ali took care of that.
On to the characters, the ones that stood out to me the most anyway.
-My fave person is the main character, Alice Bell. Ali is not like other 16 year old girls. She lives a sheltered life due to her father who believes monsters are real. Not until after a tragic car accident does Alice start believing that her delusional father was correct after all. Ali really amazed me. She’s not like most book heroines. She has been through hell and back and still manages to keep her head held high. She’s feisty, independent, and doesn’t take shit from anyone.
-Next on down the list is Kathryn Parker (Kat) who is Ali’s saucy best friend. The two meet under bad circumstances but they form an unbreakable bond with one another.
-Pops and Nana. Good grief. How I adore these two. They had me cracking up under several occasions. They are Ali’s maternal grandparents. They try their best to relate to Ali on her level which just leaves Ali groaning. Let me put it this way, the term crackalackin was used. Now you try to keep a straight face when your grandparents say that to you.
-Onto Cole Holland…I wish. The dark haired, violet-eyed, tatted, pierced, alpha bad boy of the book. I really shouldn’t be admitting this out loud, since he’s only 17, but damn! I’ve totally turned cougar over him. From the moment, Ali and Cole meet, they are drawn to each and can’t seem to keep apart.
-Mackenzie Love *gags*, to put it simply, a bitch. She’s Cole’s ex-girlfriend. ‘Nuff said.
-Emmaline Bell (Emma), Ali’s little sister. She’s the one behind the white rabbits. Not saying anything more than that.
I really didn’t expect to enjoy the book as much as I did. It was engaging , fun, and never boring. I’m a fan of Gena Showalter’s other works and she so did not disappoint with this. Now the wait begins for the next book in the series, Through the Zombie Glass.”
“Although this book was not the most intellectual, it was so much fun. But I have to caution the reader--in picking this book, I was hoping for a darker book, like "Pure" or "Fuse" (that trilogy I can't remember the author of... amazing books by the way. I reccomend them for that dose of dystopian we all need every once in a while.) While I wanted this to be dystopian it almost felt like fantasy. But despite that, this was so much fun. I usually DO NOT LIKE books set in high school, and because of that I near set this book down after the first fifty pages. I find them lacklustre and petty. But the main character and narration in this one had so much spunk, I had to love it. (And not to mention the zombies, which aren't your typical zombies.) Don't expect a strong "Alice in Wonderland" theme, because it just isn't there, but that doesn't take away from the book too much. Reccomended for a light, easy, fast read. ”Hayden wrote this review Thursday, March 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No