Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

December 15, 2014 Reviews 14

Alice in Zombieland by Gena ShowalterAlice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Narrator: Natalie Gold
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles
Published by Harelquin Books S.A., Harlequin Teen on September 1, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Zombie
Pages: 408
Length: 13 hours 6 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

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.

You ever want to read a book based on hype and the pretty cover, buy it, and then realizing your stalling because you aren’t actually sure you want to read it? That was me with Alice in Zombieland. Michelle and I said we’d read it for our Was It Good For You? Feature way back in July. And I put it on my calendar several times, only to push it back. I didn’t finally read it until November.

I had avoided Alice in Zombieland, despite sort of wanting to read it for two main reasons:

  1. Zombies. I’m still getting on this band wagon. I like The Walking Dead. And I loved Sanctuary by Pauline Creed. But that’s my extent of zombie love so far. Because I don’t like the gross factor. And at an early point in Alice in Zombieland I did feel a little grossed out, but to be fair, I think that was my expectations bleeding through a bit. And it never got really graphic and disgusting, so I can handle these zombies.
  2. The ambiguous Alice in Wonderland connection. I knew from reviews that this wasn’t really an Alice in Wonderland retelling and yet, there’s some clear relationship. Since Alice in Wonderland retellings have been both great and kinda bad for me, I wasn’t eager for one so uncertainly defined. While Alice in Zombieland worked, I’m still kinda confused about this connection. Its not just the title. There are little connections to Alice in Wonderland. But they’re so small, I’m trying to figure out if they’re just a fun nod to Alice in Wonderland or if they actually mean something that I just haven’t figured out yet. Like some connection to Alice in Wonderland that will blow my mind in book 2 or 3.

So I avoided it and at first, I wasn’t into it really. Alice in Zombieland took a while to get going, despite a pretty intense intro. You know from page one that this major disaster is going to happen, but the lead up is slow and then after it happens you kind of float along and at about the 20% point I actually told Michelle, “I’m still not sure exactly what this book’s point is!” I mean I knew there were a couple things going on, but I had no idea what the end game was or should be or what. So I was frustrated.

But there are probably two reasons I stuck with Alice in Zombieland:

  1. Kat, Alcie’s best friend. Yeah I adore this character. She’s funny, self-confident, a good friend, and snarky. My kind of girl. And there’s something up with her from the start, so I wanted to know what that was. I definitely liked her better than Alice ( goes by Ali for most the book), who was a bit too indecisive for my liking.
  2. What the hell is going on? Yes, I kept going because I HAD to know what the point was. Despite being frustrated that it was so unclear, enough bread crumbs were there that I needed to see it through. And I’m glad I did. The world is very unique and the take on zombies is like nothing I’ve ever seen. Very creative and worth a slow start.

The narration was good, but not as great as I’d expected. I don’t think I would have enjoyed Alice in Zombieland nearly as much had I read it though, so Natalie Gold did deliver the story well. I just had heard amazing things. And I DID think that the girls voices were fantastic. Personalities were clear and distinct, making characters come to life. The guys were just ok though. Sometimes I’d think Ali was speaking and find out it was actually a guy. Especially when they were supposed to exhibit some emotion, their voices kinda morphed into Ali’s. But still a good, enjoyable read – I will continue on audio for sure. And maybe this time, I wont avoid starting it!

3.5 stars pretty good

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About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.


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14 Responses to “Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter”

  1. Jessi

    “You ever want to read a book based on hype and the pretty cover, buy it, and then realizing your stalling because you aren’t actually sure you want to read it?”
    Lmao, this is me with this book. Also, I’ve seen some REALLY awful reviews. Like The Selection, I get the feeling that I wouldn’t like this one. BUT THE COVER. I’ll probably give in to the cover eventually, haha.
    Maybe I’ll try the audio!
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  2. Heidi

    Uhh yeah, I am the same way. I was wanting this book hardcore before it came out and desperately trying to get an ARC and I didn’t. Then once it came out the reviews were mixed and I skipped it and still haven’t read it. I am just not sure it’s for me, but maybe I will get it on audio at the library and give it a whirl.
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    • Berls

      I have it on Kindle and Audio, so if you want to whispersync it I can give you the details 🙂 it took me a bit, but the different take on zombies was rewarding. And Kat. I loved Kat! 🙂

    • Berls

      Haha I’m surprised that so many of y’all are on the same page as me! It was good, but took a while to be good and never ended up great to me. I will continue though… Eventually.

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    LOL Yeah, I’ve been wanting to read this one because I’ve heard good things and that cover is pretty awesome. But…zombies. I’m not such a fan. To be fair, I haven’t read many zombie books so maybe I’d like them more if I gave them more of a chance? I’m glad that you enjoyed this in audio and found things to like about it, even if it wasn’t outstanding. I like the sound of Alice’s bff. 🙂 Anyway, I think, based on your review, that Alice in Zombieland will stay on my tbr…I will read it, eventually. 🙂
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    • Berls

      You and I seem to have the same take on zombies. The zombies turned out to be a pretty cool part because they were SO different. But it took way too long to find out what was up! I’ll continue eventually – but it’ll be a while probably.

    • Berls

      I’d say skip it if you don’t like – well love really – YA. The main character, Ali is very YA and a lot of the scenes are in high school, parties, etc. There’s not really teenage angst, which is what makes a YA fail for me – but it still FEELS YA in my opinion. And its not like it was amazing and you’re missing out (again, in my opinion).

  4. Ramona

    I’ll give this one a pass, based on your review and the fact that, yeah, I’m into The Walking Dead, but I’m not really loving zombies. Also, not big on G. Showalter, I tried reading her before and found her style too meandering for my liking. I like to get the point straightaway, not by bits and pieces. Beautiful review, as always, thanks for posting! Xmas hugs
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    • Berls

      Thanks Ramona! Yeah, the meandering was definitely here. It drove me nuts – I wanted to reach in and just make the characters spill what was going on already, instead of drifting around the point. The zombies are actually pretty cool – so different from what I’ve ever read. But not my favorite book for sure. XMAS HUGS back at ya!

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