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Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Alice in Zombieland (#1) by Gena ShowalterTitle: Alice in Zombieland

Author: Gena Showalter

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: The White Rabbit Chronicles (Book 1)

Publication Date: September 25, 2012

Format: Hardback, 404 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373210582 (Harlequin Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0373210589 (Harlequin Teen)

Reviewed by: Sheila

Synopsis

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….

Quick & Dirty: Teenage zombie killers.  Need I saw more?

Opening Sentence“Please, Alice. Please.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Her Dad always said that the monsters are real, now Alice knows that truth for herself.  It may be too late for her family, but it isn’t too late for Ali.  Alice in Zombieland is about the new and exciting (yet highly dangerous) profession of zombie killing.  What would possibly possess a normal teenager to join the fight against the undead?

Alice Bell’s world turned upside down the night she lost both her parents and little sister in a car accident.  What she doesn’t tell people is that she saw monsters after the crash and that is what really killed her family.  Left with this impossible reality, Ali tries to come to terms with the knowledge.  How does one move forward after such a traumatic event?

Ali begins her journey of self-discovery in a new school where she meets the most interesting people.  She discovers that she is not the only one that knows about the monsters, and there are those that make it their personal mission to fight and destroy them.  It may help Ali decide to join them given the fact that she seems to have a strange connection to their leader and all around bad boy, Cole Holland.

Each character in this book enhances individual aspects within Ali. Her best friend grounds her and reminds her that she is just a teenager.  Cole and his crew bring out the desire for purpose.  Even though this is a story set outside of our reality, I find the entire thing more accepting because of the people involved.  Ali’s character is dramatic as any teenager, yet mature enough to deal with the weight of responsibility.

I really liked that the main love interest, Cole, represents Ali’s new life and purpose, almost as if the two are intertwined.  Could Ali be successful in this venture without the help and support of Cole and his crew?  Would she even want to?

Another interesting aspect in Alice in Zombieland is Ali’s unique powers.  Not only is she new to the zombie hunting business, she brings something rare to the hunter’s group.  Her potential contributions to the cause allow more freedom and choice.  It is as if Ali is approaching her destined path in life, even if she stumbles along the way.

Overall, this is just another prime example of superior writing from Gena Showalter.  Her work is always worth the time to read.  I feel confident in recommending this book to any and all fans of paranormal and fantasy followers.

Notable Scene:

“Reeve.”  Pops pursed his lips.  “That sounds like a made-up name to me.  What exactly will be crackalackin at this party?  Will her parents be there?”

Again with the horrible slang, the adorable man.  “We’ll swim, talk, probably play video games and Ping-Pong,” I said, sidestepping the parents portion of his interrogation. I hadn’t heard one way or the other, but I suspected a big fat no.

Pops gave me the evil eye.  “You’re not going to get chewed, are you?”

I… had no idea how to respond to that.  “Chewed?”

“Don’t pretend to misunderstand, young lady,” Nana said.  “Chewed.  Cranked.  Trashed.”

“You mean drunk?”  Please, let them mean drunk.  This discussion had already taken too many horrendous turns.

The White Rabbit Chronicles:

1. Alice in Zombieland

2. Through the Zombie Glass (TBA)

 

FTC Advisory: Harlequin Teen graciously provided me with a copy of Alice in Zombieland.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  The only payment received came in the form of hugs and kisses from my little boys.

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