Book: Alice in Zombieland Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #1 Author: Gena Showalter Date of Publication: September 25, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Genre: ya, horror, fantasy, paranormal, romance Source: bought Rating: 4.5/5 Beans
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. But that’s all it takes. 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.
This book combined two of my favorites: Alice in Wonderland (which I just re-listened to in audiobook form) and zombie hunters. Making Alice (or Ali) a complete badass, sassy girl who will not back down from anyone, even the adorably mysterious Cole (hello new book crush!), Gena Showalter really put a whole new spin on the beloved childhood story. Needless to say, I loved this story.
It felt like there were so many things that needed to be explained and learned about our characters but we were not given the time, the action was foremost and present right away. The action made the book nearly impossible to put down, but did make sympathizing with the characters harder until we learned more as the book went on. Ali is badass, sassy, and the girl so many of us aspire to be as far as general, well, badass-ery (yes, that’s a word now). She is the character that I felt like we knew the most about, which would make sense since it’s from her point of view. I couldn’t help but compare Cole to Edward Cullen from Twilight, but in a good way! He reminds me of who I wanted Edward to be I suppose (don’t hate on me because Twilight was not my favorite book), meaning he wanted to take care of Ali, but when realizing she was fully capable of taking care of herself, he right away helped her with what she needed but still stayed true to himself. He was and still is a bit of a mystery to me and I look forward to learning more about him soon! Kat and Frosty are another pair that I look forward to learning about, especially as we got to know them more and more, but I will avoid spoilers by saying no more about anyone!
The only issue I had with this book was one that I’m trying to figure out if I caused myself. I had trouble keeping up with the timeline of this story and am a bit confused over how long of time this story happened. Otherwise, I loved this book and would highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys my two favorites: Alice in Wonderland and zombies!