Release Date ~ 9/25/12
Format ~ ARC
Publisher ~ Harlequin Teen
Source ~ Publisher
She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.Okay, a lot of bloggers have mentioned this in their review, but I'm going to do it too just 'cause. This book is not a fairy tale retelling. It's not even a mash-up like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The only similarity between the two is there is a white rabbit and the main character is named Alice. Savvy?
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….
The first few pages of Alice Zombieland didn't really do anything for me. It didn't draw me in or compel me to read more. Then there was a lot of action and it really picked up from there. Though books that draw you in from page one are the best, this didn't deplete from the overall book that much.
I really liked Alice, the main character. She was surprisingly outgoing after the first little bit and I like that in a character. I like a character that doesn't moan and groan but (this one's for you, Mel) rolls up her sleeves and does some zombie slaying! Badass characters + kicking butt + zombies almost always equals a win!
As for the love interest, I have to say I frankly did not like Cole AT ALL. He was another character that thought about sex way too much and I don't like it when authors do that to guys in novels. It seems like it happens a lot and it's rather stereotypical.
I really liked Gena Showalter's writing style! She had a very interesting style that varied a lot chapter by chapter. Sometimes it's very whimsical and dream like and sometimes it's nitty gritty in your face action narrative. I really like it when authors manage to change their style in different points as the book goes along.
The zombies in Alice in Zombieland had a really different myth surrounding them then in most pop. culture. In most cases zombies are a disease created monster or a experiment gone wrong. In Alice in Zombieland zombies are spirits/souls trapped on earth, a bit like ghosts but solid. It was an interesting take on the zombie myth, and though I do prefer the disease created zombies it was nice to see a change in the zombie lore.
Alice in Zombieland was a action-filled, very fun series starter that will make a good Halloween read for those who prefer to be freaked but not scared to death!
The dress Alice is wearing looks a lot like the one in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland movie, and I love the use of the black with only the bit of blue as the light! Very macabre!
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