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….
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.