Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Alice in Zombieland
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Teen
Source: Barnes & Noble
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Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

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….

My Thoughts

Alice in Zombieland was a really interesting book.  I am not very familiar with Alice in Wonderland, so I can’t say for sure, but I don’t think this is retelling of Alice in Wonderland.  It sort of takes characters from the original, but I think this is really an original story.  I have never read anything by Gena Showalter, nor have I read anything in the zombie genre.  But I really enjoyed this book, even if I thought it could have been a little shorter.

Let’s talk about the characters first, because that is what I care about the most.  Alice (Ali) was a very awesome, fully-developed MC. She is both vulnerable and tough, stubborn, but willing to admit her mistakes.  Alice is both innocent, and determined to stick to her beliefs.  I loved seeing how Alice was able to figure out what to do with her life after the death of her family.

And of course we have to discuss the boy, Cole.  Not that anyone would ever think of Cole as a boy.  Although I do think he was swoon-worthy, he really did not seem like a teen.  He was very mature with a boat-load of confidence.  I did like him, but I couldn’t help thinking that I can’t think of a teen guy with that kind of confidence.  Not even Jace, from The Mortal Instruments, had that kind of confidence.  Another thing that did not make me think high school guy was that Cole had a nipple piercing.  Yep.  A nipple piercing.  It was only mentioned once, but it took me out of the story for a minute there.

The secondary characters were just as well developed as the main characters.  I think my favorite character in the whole book (including Alice and Cole) was Kat.  Oh my gosh, I just loved her.  She was the best friend ever.  She provided so much comic relief.  True story 🙂

Ali’s grandparents were totally fantastic, too.  I love seeing them trying to relate to their granddaughter by incorrectly using slang.  I also loved how Ali’s grandparents grilled possible boyfriends.  It was so much fun.

That leads me to something I really enjoyed about the writing.  This book is by no means a comedy, but Showalter was able to provide a lot of humor into this book.  From Ali’s grandparents’ use of slang, to Kat’s amazing personality.  Even Alice had some funny lines.

I do think this book could have been shorter, though.  I am not one who thinks long is always better.  I think Alice in Zombieland could have been told in 300-350 pages instead of 400.

The plot was really interesting, and it definitely kept me reading late into the night.  There are some questions left unanswered (keeping readers eager for the sequel), but there is a nice conclusion as well.  There is no cliffhanger, and I liked that.

Fan of paranormal romance will definitely like this one.  Alice in Zombieland has an inspiring herione, a strong hero, and wonderful secondary characters.  There is adventure, kissing galore, lots of fight scenes, and lots of zombie ooze.  Something for everyone, I think.

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About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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5 Responses to Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

  1. Brittany says:

    Great review, Quinn! I love your honesty about it too. I think I might pick this one up sometime, but good to know those little things about it. And I’m glad it actually gets wrapped up! sometimes I just get a little tired of cliffhangers!
    I think the title is very misleading because from what I’ve heard, it’s not much related to Alice in Wonderland at all. I’m interested to read it and see if there are any similarities!

  2. Liesel Hill says:

    I’ve heard a lot about this book. It’s on my TBR list. Thanks for the review! 😀

  3. Candice says:

    I’ve really been wanting to read this one! Glad it was a good read and NOT part of a series. I’m a little disappointed that it’s not a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, but in some ways am glad that it’s not. Either way, ZOMBIES! Great review!

  4. Melanie says:

    I have to say, I haven’t read a zombie book thus far. They seem to be popping up everywhere, though, so I think I’m going to have to try one out.

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