“One of my favourote books and serrie soo far and I really enjoyed it with the different twists and myths to the zombies and cole and frosty and Kat and ali!!! I LUV them and its a page turner and 5 stars!!!XD ”Brooklyn wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What started out as a really decent paranormal YA ended with a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of suppositions on my part.
What Worked: Gena Showalter's idea of 'Ghost' zombies is unusual and interesting. They are essentially soul eaters that infect the living. She wrote the idea very well and I never had any question as to their existence. It made sense and it was exciting but then it got muddled.
What Didn't Work: Although her zombie concept was great and well explained it appears that the readers of the series have to wait to see every other question answered as Ali, herself, figures them out. We don't know why some people can see the ghost-zombies and some can't. We have no idea how they have special abilities to fight them either. Alice is often reading a journal but we have no idea where it came from or who wrote it. We find there are beings called Watchers but don't know exactly what they are or how they came to exist either. So a biiiiiiiig minus in the world building column.
Also, some of the characters come across extremely immature. Ali's new friend Kat has secrets that are just silly to keep. It's not like she secretly killed her algebra teacher or anything. She also is pretty obnoxious which Ali just loves about her but she actually comes across as annoying. The two of them have a couple of friends who bail at the first sign of trouble and apparently come back with open arms when the coast is clear and yet, they still are friends. It's weird.
The relationship between Ali and Cole is pretty explosive too. Their chemistry is pretty intense and reading about her wrapping her legs around his waist as they kissed made me a bit uncomfortable because they seem so young. I know teenagers do make out (and more) but I thought this aspect of the book seemed out of place and a little more advanced than the rest of the book portrayed the kids. They did talk about sex a few times which could be seen as mature but as I mentioned it just didn't fit. By the way, one discussion about sex between Kat and Ali was just weird and I'm not sure why it was included except to bring Kat's untruths to our notice.
What REALLY Didn't Work: The title is Alice in Zombieland which leads readers to believe this just might be an Alice in Wonderland retelling. Not so much. There are some basic things, like our heroine being very blond and named Alice and she keeps seeing a white rabbit (in the form of a big puffy cloud) but the idea of Alice in Wonderland is more figurative and not literal. This will be a big turn off for those who would love a retelling.
In a Nutshell: Not what I expected based on the title. Because of this and the lack of explanation of a whole lot of concepts this book was a disappointment and I'm not sure I'll even pick up the next book. I rated this 2.5 but rounded up because they won't let me leave a half star.”
“Fun to read. Different than the usual zombie book. I enjoyed her style of writing and how quickly I empathized with the characters.”Mama M wrote this review Tuesday, November 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“read same story before and done better”Patty T wrote this review Sunday, October 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So I totally managed to devour this book in a short period to time, it was that interesting. Well interesting on the level that it wasn't your average book, not even your average zombie book! Alice in Zombieland took the tales of zombies and wonderland and meshed them together in an odd, delightful, and funny story! The main character exhibits realistic emotions, giving what she has been through, and it still makes the story enjoyable and funny. It keeps your attention all the way through and you'll be yearning for the next book in this lustrous White Rabbit Chronicles. So grab it off the shelves and read it quickly, because you'll be drawn into Ali's world in a way that you just don't want to resist.”The Wordsmith :) wrote this review Friday, October 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I plan to read 20 books
“Alice thinks her dad is crazy never letting her sister or her out at night because of some "monsters" Alice and her sister thinks he's crazy. That is until one night Alice realizes her father wasn't crazy. Alice finds herself in love and fighting these "monsters" all of the time. ”Autumn wrote this review Friday, September 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amazing!”Kasey Parson wrote this review Friday, August 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of my favourite books of the year. This has been a good year for reading: almost a dozen books have made the list so far this year, something for which I’m ecstatic about. This is my tenth Gena Showalter book (I looked it up) and the best by far. She’s always been an author that I’ve wanted to like, and always disappointed that I haven’t found the right book. I haven’t liked her other YA paranormal, but this was fantastic. It’s different to the others I’ve read (though apparently she’s done zombies before) and this change in direction away from the more alien/sci-fi was a fantastic move.
These zombies aren’t your regular zombies. Their flesh isn’t rotting, they don’t sleep in coffins or burst spontaneously from the ground. They’re methodical, almost calculating in their attacks and there’s an endless supply of bodies ready to replace those that are killed. I love the action elements and the attention to detail in developing this super-zombie breed. It’s different from your mainstream zombie novel and that should be reason alone to read this book.
The attraction between Ali and Cole literally sizzles. Their visions take place almost daily on their first eye-contact of that day and it is through these scenes that we start to get glimpses of the electric relationship to come. They’re wonderful for each other and with each other, and Ms Showalter has done a fantastic job in creating a YA couple that I can root so hard for. It’s been a long time since I’ve read such fantastic chemistry between characters and I can’t wait to see what book two, Through the Zombie Glass, will bring.
I loved this book. It was captivating, compelling and I couldn’t put it down. I recently interned at HarperCollins and spent many lunchtimes in their fabulous staff bookshop. I hadn’t heard of this book before I saw it on the shelf, and it was one of the very first things I bought from the bookshop. I don’t think I had even realised it was YA – the beautiful cover, title and Gena Showalter’s name were enough to entice me and now that I’ve found such wonderful work from her, there’s no turning back.”