Book Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Alice in Zombieland Gena Showalter young Adult Zombies Paranormal Romance

Title: Alice in Zombieland
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #1
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Characters: Alice Bell, Cole Holland
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre Type: Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication date: Sept 25th 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 404 pages
My Rating: 4 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.

Alice in Zombieland begins in a small, American hometown with a not-so-ordinary teenage girl named Alice.

Up to this point, Alice has never really believed in her father's fears and never understood why she had to live such a sheltered life. After the families funeral, Alice tries to begin a new life as Ali, a normal teenage girl. She is sent to live with her quirky, but lovable grandparents in a new town where she starts a new school and meet new friends for the first time. But Ali is no ordinary girl.  Ali can no longer deny the truths of  her father's fears for she can also see what evil lies waiting in the dark - Zombies.  Zombies who are invisible and can only be seen by those gifted with a special sight such as Ali can. These are no ordinary hungry, flesh-eating zombies, but evil ones who attack in a spiritual realm and try to eat your very soul.

As Ali begins to learn just how different she is, she must also learn how to deal with other social issues. She is torn between her new friends, including her spunky new best friend Kat and a rival group of social outcasts, including their mysterious bad boy  leader Cole Holland who she is attracted to and must learn to trust. Things begin to get even trickier for Ali with a possible love triangle, a secret coded journal and a mysterious corporation that may have ulterior motives and of course...Zombies.

A girl who has never been allowed out after dark due to her father's fears. Alice’s world is literally turned upside down after a terrible car accident kills her entire family and she encounters for the first time her father's worst fears.

Despite the book's name - Alice in Zombieland is not a retelling of the classic Alice in Wonderland. The author Gena Showalter has created a unique setting and filled it with her own spin on the Zombie myth with a few references to Alice on Wonderland.

I did enjoy the book Alice in Zombieland and had no problem with it not being a retelling of Alice in Wonderland.  Although the beginning of the story was a bit confusing, as the story began to unfold I began to really enjoy the characters and the new spin on Zombies. Overall I think the Author Gena Showalter did a good job making the transition from Adult Paranormal Romance to Teen Paranormal Romance.

If you like a little teen angst, lots of sexy banter with a bad boy love interest, a sassy heroine, more than one mystery to be solved and some good old fashion zombie fighting with a unique twist, then I believe you will enjoy Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter.