“4. 1/2 stars”Lupdilup wrote this review Tuesday, January 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“aw-some!!!;)”Rachel Fisher wrote this review Wednesday, December 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“From the first look of the cover this was misleading. It has nothing to do with the classic “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” aside from her name, which changes to Ali anyway, and a white cloud in the shape of a rabbit. The chapter titles made little sense to me as they were somewhat similar to the classic as well yet had no basis. Some of the story felt amateur and too contrived. The believability of Ali learning to fight zombies in what seemed like mere minutes was questionable, particularly her sudden ability to separate her spirit from her body. She should have had ongoing training sessions. It was a different take on zombies and I learned that I prefer your typical horror zombies. These were what could be deemed as infected spirits. It was an interesting concept but it wasn’t fully developed. These infected spirits were drawn to the light or the good of the living people that can see them. Only people with a special ability can see them. I wanted more of an explanation on what experiments took place in the secret laboratory; what happened as they tried to stuff the zombie spirits into human bodies?
One of the most memorable moments for me was with Ali’s grandparents. I got a kick out of them trying to use slang with her. Her grandpa was scolding her about walking home alone. Standing there with his come-over he asked his wife “I’m not trying to—What do teenagers say nowadays?” To which grandma responded “Get all up in her biznez.” Silly old people down with the kids.
“A strong plot with strong characters and intriguing events. I LOVED IT ”Katsa wrote this review Friday, December 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was excited to read this being the first in a new series called “The White Rabbit Chronicles”. It was amazing from start to finish.
Alice Bell ~ call me Ali she says, is a typical teenager if not being able to go outside after dark is typical. Her dad sees monsters he says and no one is safe at night.
Ali absolutely loves her younger sister and her mom and dad, so when a car accident takes them away from her she is devastated. When she rethinks the accident and what she saw that night, her dad was right….no one is safe at night…and yes she did now believe there were monsters because that night she saw them for the first time.
Ali is now living with her grandparents, starting a new school and trying to carry on without her sister and parents. If she could tell them she loves them once she would be happy.
She meets new friends and enemies and comes to understand the monsters a bit more. Oh did I mention the monsters were Zombies. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series to follow Ali and her friends fight the zombies and find out what’s in store for them.
Of course there is a little romance in this book and Ali has more than one admirer. Will she go for the good guy or the bad guy and which is which? You will have to read it to find out. ”
“Alice “Ali” Bell and her sister Emma lead a very… different… type of life. While their friends enjoy after school activities, sleepovers and dates, Ali and Emma have to be home by dark. It’s important to their father to keep them safe from the creatures that walk in the night, scavenging for human flesh. The problem is, their father is the only one who can see these supposed creatures. That is, until the night of Ali’s birthday when she convinces her parents to let them attend Emma’s dance recital, and there’s a horrible crash afterward. Everyone but Ali dies, and Ali believes she witnesses some type of ghost slipping inside her father’s body.
Flash forward a few months later. Ali now lives with her grandparents and attends a new school. She immediately makes a new friend, Kat, who warns her to stay away from Cole Holland and his mysterious band of delinquents. According to Kat, and everyone else in the school, they’re bad news, but Ali has some sort of weird, psychic connection with Cole that she can’t seem to resist. When Ali sees a zombie bride stalking the woods outside of her house, she is afraid she may have inherited her father’s senility, but when Cole tells her he can see the zombies, too, Ali begins to understand the link between them. The big question is why are the zombies so hell-bent on getting to her?
I knew going into this one that it wasn’t your standard zombie book. I also knew it wasn’t a retelling of the classic story. The zombies here are more like zombie ghosts, and I have to admit, I quite enjoyed the new take (that’s a pretty big feat coming from a zombie purist like myself). I also loved the slight nod to Lewis Carroll’s classic. The white rabbit cloud and a few other nods kept me smiling.
What really made the book for me was Ali’s voice. She seriously cracked me up. In the beginning of the book, she seemed kind of bland, but after the accident she kind of blossomed into this bad-ass. It kind of felt like it came out of nowhere, but I liked it. I also really liked her grandparents. They tried so hard to be cool and hip so they could relate to her, and nine times out of ten, they ended up humiliating her.
In the beginning of the book, I wasn’t sure what to think about Kat, or even Cole and the other delinquents, but Kat grew on me, as did Cole eventually.
While the book didn’t completely blow me away, there were a few surprises along the way that makes me want to dive into the second book as soon as it becomes available.”
“I am the first one to admit that zombies aren't usually my cup of tea. And yet, I was intrigued by this book, not only because it seemed to be a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, but also because I was drawn to the story of the main character. Alice is a girl who loses everything she loves and seems to come out stronger because of the tragedy. Plus, okay, I may or may not have a thing for bad boys, and Cole seems to be a perfect specimen. And then I started seeing very mixed reviews, some from people who loved this book, and others from those who ... really didn't. Their main complaint was that this didn't seem like a retelling at all, which seemed like a good thing for me to keep in mind as I finally - FINALLY - found the time to read this (I am sure my library will be happy to get it back! I've pretty much maxed out my renewals on it, oops). And those people are totally right, because as a retelling, this book fails spectacularly. But there is a plethora of other things that made this book a success for me personally, and in the end I can't be happier that I decided to go ahead and read it.
For a book dealing with zombies - and let's not beat around the bush here, there are definitely plenty of zombies - this book had a surprisingly light-hearted and humorous feel to it. I couldn't help but love Alice, or rather, Ali, as she comes to be known. While she is clearly dealing with the aftermath of the accident that kills her family - and this was done in a very understated, beautiful way - she is still a girl who is full of spunk and sass. Combine her with the absolutely spectacular best friend that is Kat (even more spunk and sass!), and the rather smoldering, ridiculously hot "bad boy" Cole, and you have a cast that drew me in and kept me fully immersed in the story. Plus this book gets major bonus points for Ali's hilariously funny grandparents, who are trying so hard to speak to her in "her" language and make for some of the funniest lines in the entire book. In fact, for me, this book had a very similar feel to Croak by Gina Damico, which was one of my favorite reads of 2012. Both deal with very serious subject matter, but it's done in a way that you don't become overwhelmed by the darkness that exists in the background. But at the same time, if you want darkness without anything light (think This Is Not A Test), then this probably won't be the book for you, so your mileage may vary!
I also very much appreciated the different sort of zombie mythology (for lack of a better word) used in this book. These zombies aren't the ones you're used to seeing, and the ways that they're dealt with are quite brutal. There is a lot of time spent on Ali training to fight them, and she doesn't exactly shy away from rather graphic descriptions of what Ali and the others face when they go up against them. These sections are definitely the darkest parts of the book, and the sections that true zombie fans will most likely enjoy the most. As someone who is not a zombie fan (see my statement in the first paragraph), I liked that, while these sections definitely played a part in the overall arch of the story, there were plenty of other things to keep me entertained and help lighten the book's atmosphere. I am talking specifically about the back-and-forth romance between Ali and Cole, which is full of snark, humor, a bad boy who really isn't bad and a girl who knows exactly how to annoy him, and some rather, um, HOT makeout scenes. Let me just say that the romance fan in me definitely loved those makeout scenes!
My one piece of advice to anyone thinking about reading this book is to completely disregard the title (Alice in Wonderland this is not, except perhaps in some very cursory ways), and ditch your expectations at the door. I think I enjoyed this book precisely because I did just that, and I am definitely looking forward to book two. If you're okay with zombies, have an affinity for snarky main characters, and love swoon-worthy romance, then I'd definitely recommend this one!”
“Surprised at how much I really loved this. Guess it shows to never judge a book by its cover.”Kurtis Wheatley wrote this review Wednesday, November 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting story but not about zombies. Once I got over the disappointment of no zombie land. It wasn't bad. I think that the author has talent but sometimes I think she needs a better editor. ”cyn3 wrote this review Tuesday, November 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“More like 3.5. Not quite a powerful 4 but the series has potential to head that way.
Alice in Zombieland has nearly NO connection with the famous wonderland tale aside from some names in common and a cloud in the shape of a white rabbit.
The author's take on zombies is totally fresh and new to me and was worth digging in deeper to read more.
Alice is religious and attends church but it is only a PART of her rather real and nuanced character and not something done for the sake of Cramming In Religion or something.
The pacing was a bit all over the place. Likely this was because, to me, so much time was spent building up the relationship between Ali and Cole that we have to force the actual zombie-plot into the 1/3rd of the book that wasn't centered on that budding romance. So it loses some of the and plot-point emotional connection and tension-building-potential in an effort to concentrate instead on making the reader swoon again over the hunky leading male.
Overall: fun, new take on zombies that kept me reading and worked to set the groundwork for a world that I wouldn't mind dipping back into in 2013 when the 2nd book comes around!”