Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Title: Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1)
Author: Gena Showalter
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Release Date: September 25, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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.

Gena Showalter has built a new breed of zombie just for the White Rabbit Chronicles.  I've never heard of anything like them before.  Learning about them is the first half of the book though, so I can't tell you too much about them - but they are amazingly unique in a world that has been flooded with zombies of every shape and size.  On the down side though - she spent the first half of the book describing what a zombie is.  It went a little slow for my taste and I would have liked to see the first parts after Alice's family dies move a bit faster.

Once Alice got the basic figured out things began to pick up a little, but for an action style paranormal story, they still never really took off until the very end.  As Alice learns to work with a new group of friends and tries to figure out just who she can really trust there is a lot going on.  I loved the side characters though, especially Kat - she was the perfect relief to all the seriousness that goes on throughout the entire book.  It would have been way to dark without her bubbly presence scattered here and there to bring about a ray of sunshine.

Overall it was a great story, but I did feel like I had to force my way through a few of the parts that tended to drag on too long for my taste.  Others may love the very in depth development that this provides for the story though.  And - it didn't disuade me from reading the second book.  I just started it today so keep an eye out for it soon.  Her take was so unique that I just had to know even more.

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