Title: Alice in Zombieland
Author: Gena Showalter
Number of Pages: 404
Published: September 25th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Own a copyGenre: Urban Fantasy > Horror
Reading Level: Young Adult
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.
Alice in Zombieland was a very long anticipated book of 2012 for me to read. I was literally counting the days until I could get my hands on a copy. So when my sister, Rachel ended up gifting me the book for a early birthday gift I was soooooo uber excited. I just couldn't stop staring at the cover, so beautiful.
Okay, I am going to start out with what I did not like first. Normally I don't begin this way but I feel my readers should understand one major thing about the book. Even before I got the book I knew I would love it. Why? Because of what I intended Alice in Zombieland to be about. The cover is very deceiving. I thought that the book would be a dark retelling of the Alice in Wonderland with zombies in the mix. Sadly no. Yes, there is a girl named Alice and yes she does fight zombies in the book but the only thing that does represent that "Alice in Wonderland" feel is a cloud in the sky shaped like a rabbit. Which does have a significance in the book. So this was somewhat of a let down even thought I was disappointed at first I ended up totally in love with it and the characters. Here why...
Let's talk about Alice, for one I have never read a book with such a strong willed, kiss ass heroine. No matter what life threw at her she would get right back up and do her thing. In the beginning of the book Alice and her sister Emma try to convince her Mother and Father to go to Emma's dance recital but because the event is taking place a night she knows this task will be a hard one. Alice's father has always seen "things", monsters that no one else in her family has even seen. Alice thinks he is "off his rocker" per say and never understood why her father thinks the way he does. Alice talks her way into heading out that night to Emma's recital come hell or high water but little does she know the events that will take place will change her world forever.
The so called monsters or zombies ARE in fact real and because of Alice's desire to go out one night she is now is faced with these undead creatures which have taken everything she loved. In this sad turn of events (won't spoil what happens) Alice is now on her own and must find a way to cope while fighting the very monsters that she never believed in.
I don't want to give anymore away. There is a TON of stuff that happens in the book all at once and some being good, some being very evil. It is very hard for me to write this review as I feel if I tell you anymore it will spoil the book. So let me say this...
OH. MY. GOD!
This book totally blew me away!! I was so very shocked how much I loved it. The characters, main and secondary were all spot on amazing. Alice and Cole made the perfect couple. Their relationship throughout the entire book was at the right pace and developed perfectly.
I enjoyed immensely how action packed the story was from beginning to end. The ideas and plot was so very unique with many twists and turns throughout. Which gives the reader a fun thrilling ride with never a dull moment in sight. Zombie book fans, this is one not to miss and I am beyond proud to have a copy on my book shelve. Gena Showalter is one of my very favorite authors. Or course she has done it again and totally rocked my socks off.
Yes, Alice in Zombieland was not the book I expected it to be going into the story but coming out was even better!
See? Barney agrees.