Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

July 31, 2013 Book Reviews 1 ★★★★★

Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena ShowalterAlice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Published by Harlequin Teen on September 25, 2012
Genres: YA
Pages: 404
Source: Amazon
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five-stars

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.

I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book! I ate it up. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the zombie aspect, but it was zombie without being eat your brains zombies.
I also needed a day or two to digest this book and hopefully I find the words I’m searching for. Gena Showalter creates these amazing worlds and no matter how hard the lives or horrible the circumstances, you just want to be apart of it, not just through reading but for real. Be it GS’s adult or young adult, she creates main characters that you fall in love with, and side characters you HAVE to know more about.

Kat is the best friend you yourself wish you had. She’s funny, understanding, and always there for Alice/Ali. She doesn’t ask questions Ali isn’t ready to answer, because Kat knows a thing or two about secrets. Then there is the absolutely smoking hot love intrest that is unlike any other boy you have met in a YA book yet, but I won’t ruin it for you. 🙂
Another aspect that AiZ has that most YA books don’t is a supportive family. It was incredibly refreshing to read about how much her family loved her.

Ali herself loses her family within the first few chapters of the book. The car accident that took her family from her also changed her life in ways she never expected. Her father saw these monsters and Ali thought he was off his rocker crazy, but after the crash Ali is stuck in the car and she can’t get out, she sees these things misting in and out of her father, then suddenly her mother is out of the car lying by her father and the same thing is happening again. That is the moment she knows her life will never be the same again. She can’t tell anyone what’s happening to her without sounding like her crazy father, but then she meets Cole at her new school and things she doesn’t understand start happening to her. I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone so I’m going to stop there and totally recommend reading this book!

The title is appropriate just because of the zombies, but if you are looking for something similar to alice in wonderland with zombies you are going to be disappointed. That said it doesn’t make it a bad book, obviously I loved it, but if you were looking for that with this book that isn’t what you will find. I thought the references to AiW were great and made the title more relevent.
This was another great book by GS and I can’t wait for the next installment!

Emmaleesig
five-stars

About Gena Showalter

cartoon depiction of Gena Showalter wearing a red shirt and pink butterflies in her hair, with a pink background

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of paranormal and contemporary romance novels, as well as young adult, fantasy and non-fiction. When she isn’t hard at work on her next novel, she’s playing with her menagerie of rescue animals—adopt don’t shop!—telling her husband and kids about every cute thing done by the rescue animals, or binging favorite TV shows.

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One Response to “Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter”

  1. Daniela

    I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews for this book, but you make it sounds so good! I actually did think this was zombies in Alice in Wonderland, and I’m glad you cleared that up cause I would have been a little disappointed. Still going on my TBR!
    Great review!

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