Book Review

by Gena Showalter

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult

RT Rating

In the first in her White Rabbit Chronicles, Showalter introduces Alice, a young woman whose entire life has just changed. Readers will love the brave girl trying to reclaim her life, even as they find the Alice in Wonderland references a little overwhelming.

Alice Bell has lost everything — her parents, her younger sister and her belief that monsters don’t exist — all in one night. Alice must learn to live without them as she becomes the monsters’ next target. With the help of the school bad boy, Cole Holland, and the rest of his crew, Alice will fight the evil chasing her and avenge her family. (HARLEQUIN TEEN, Oct., 416 pp., $18.99, ISBN: 9780373210589, HC, 12 & Up)

Reviewed By: Sabrina Cooper


Published: October 2012

Reader Rating

4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
(2 ratings)

More By This Author

Reader Reviews Write a Review ›

LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Alice in Zombieland

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on October 5, 2012 - 12:06pm.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

I'm a huge fan of Gena Showalter, so when I heard that she was coming out with a new series I was extremely excited.

Let me start my review by saying that it's been hard for me to read YA novels lately after discovering the vast world of dark urban fantasy, paranormal romance & erotica out there. There are a couple series that I can't stray from however, and now I have a new one to add to the list of ones I won't be leaving behind.

Gena's take on zombies was unique and captivating. She takes a more fantastical spin on the zombie phenomena and I found it utterly fascinating. Alice in Zombieland is truly a trip down the rabbit hole... :)

In true Gena Showalter fashion, the characters were well developed and engaging. Our heroine Alice starts out as a sheltered teen and ends up immersed in a multi-dimensional world full of grief, intrigue, mystery and danger. Our hero Cole is the consummate bad boy. He's mysterious, dangerous, and sexy as sin (yes, I developed a completely inappropriate `cougar crush' on our resident hero!). Together they have a chemistry that literally leaps off of the page, and as of yet... there are no love triangles or teen angst to be seen (a big win for me personally).

The world was solidly built, and the way that Gena unraveled the tale was perfect to keep the reader captivated and wanting more. The mysteries surrounding the world that is unveiled to Alice and the secrets that Cole is keeping kept me wanting more, page after page.

The other thing that I can always expect from Gena is amazing dialogue. Alice in Zombieland did not disappoint there either, and there were numerous times where I found myself laughing out loud at a one liner or descriptive used.

All in all this was an excellent first installment to Gena's new series. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next installment.

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Alice in Zombieland 4 Skulls and would recommend it to all YA Paranormal lovers and fans of Gena Showalter.