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 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.Don't miss FIRSTLIFE, book 1 of Gena Showalter's action-packed, romantic and exhilarating new series, the Everlife novels!
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"Please, Alice. Please."
I lay sprawled on a blanket in my backyard, weaving a daisy chain for my little sister. The sun shone brightly as puffy white clouds ghosted across an endless expanse of baby blue. As I breathed in the thick honeysuckle and lavender perfume of the Alabama summer, I could make out a few shapes. A long, leggy caterpillar. A butterfly with one of its wings shredded. A fat white rabbit, racing toward a tree.
Eight-year-old Emma danced around me. She wore a glittery pink ballerina costume, her pigtails bouncing with her every movement. She was a miniature version of our mother and the complete opposite of me.
Both possessed a slick fall of dark hair and beautifully up-tilted golden eyes. Mom was short, barely over five-three, and I wasn't sure Em would even make it to five-one. Me? I had wavy white-blond hair, big blue eyes and legs that stretched for miles. At five-ten, I was taller than most of the boys at my school and always stood outI couldn't go anywhere without getting a few what-are-you-a-giraffe? stares.
Boys had never shown an interest in me, but I couldn't count the number of times I had caught one drooling over my mom as she walked by orgagheard one whistle as she bent over to pick something up.
"Alless." At my side now, Em stomped her slippered foot in a bid for my attention. "Are you even listening to me?"
"Sweetie, we've gone over this, like, a thousand times. Your recital might start while it's sunny out, but it'll end at dark. You know Dad will never let us leave the house. And Mom agreed to sign you up for the program as long as you swore never to throw a tantrum when you couldn't make a practice or a, what? Recital."
She stepped over me and planted those dainty pink slippers at my shoulders, her slight body throwing a large enough shadow to shield my face from the overhead glare. She became all that I could see, shimmering gold pleading down at me. "Today's your birthday, and I know, I know, I forgot this morning and this afternoon but last week I remembered that it was coming upyou remember how I told Mom, right?and now I've remembered again, so doesn't that count for something? 'Course it does," she added before I could say anything. "Daddy has to do whatever you ask. So, if you ask him to let us go, and and " so much longing in her tone " and ask if he'll come and watch me, too, then he will."
My birthday. Yeah. My parents had forgotten, too. Again. Unlike Em, they hadn't rememberedand wouldn't. Last year, my dad had been a little too busy throwing back shots of single malt and mumbling about monsters only he could see and my mom had been a little too busy cleaning up his mess. As always.
This year, Mom had hidden notes in drawers to remind herself (I'd found them), and as Em had claimed, my baby sis had even hinted before flat out saying, "Hey, Alice's birthday is coming up and I think she deserves a party!" but I'd woken up this morning to the same old same old. Nothing had changed.
Whatever. I was a year older, finally sweet sixteen, but my life was still the same. Honestly, it wasn't a big deal. I'd stopped caring a long time ago.
Em, though, she cared. She wanted what I'd never had: their undivided attention.
"Since today's my birthday, shouldn't you be doing something for me?" I asked, hoping to tease her into forgetting about her first ballet performance and the princess role she liked to say she "had been born to perform."
She fisted her hands on her hips, all innocence and indignation and, well, my favorite thing in the entire world. "Hello! Letting you do this for me is my gift to you."
I tried not to grin. "Is that so?"
"Yeah, because I know you want to watch me so badly you're practically foaming at the mouth."
Brat. But like I could really argue with her logic. I did want to watch her.
I remember the night Emma was born. A wild mix of fear and elation had seared the memory into my mind. Just like my parents had done with me, they had opted to use a midwife who made house calls so that, when the big moment arrived, Mom wouldn't have to leave home.
But even that plan had failed.
The sun had already set by the time her contractions started and my dad had refused to open the door to the midwife, too afraid a monster would follow her in.
So, Dad had delivered Emma while my mom nearly screamed us all to death. I had hidden under my covers, crying and shaking because I'd been so afraid.
When everything had finally quieted, I'd snuck into their bedroom to make sure everyone had survived. Dad bustled about while Mom lounged on the bed. Tentative steps had taken me to the edge, and, to be honest, I'd gasped in horror. Baby Emma had not been attractive. She'd been red and wrinkly, with the most hideous dark hair on her ears. (I'm happy to say the hair has since been shed.) Mom had been all smiles as she waved me over to hold my "new best friend."
I'd settled beside her, pillows fluffing behind me, and she'd placed the wiggly bundle in my arms. Eyes so beautiful only God Himself could have created them had peered up at me, rosy lips puckering and tiny fists waving.
"What should we name her?" Mom had asked.
When short, chubby fingers had wrapped around one of mine, skin soft and warm, I'd decided that hair on the ears wasn't such a terrible thing, after all. "Lily," I'd replied. "We should name her Lily." I had a book all about flowers, and the lilies were my favorites.
My mom's soft chuckle had washed over me. "I like that. How about Emmaline Lily Bell, since Nana's real name is Emmaline and it'd be nice to honor my mother the way we honored your dad's when you were born. We can call our little miracle Emma for short, and the three of us will share a wonderful secret. You're my Alice Rose and she's my Emma Lily, and together the two of you are my perfect bouquet."
I hadn't needed time to think about that. "Okay. Deal!"
Emma had gurgled, and I'd taken that as approval.
"Alice Rose," Emma said now. "You're lost in your head again, when I've never needed you more."
"All right, fine," I said on a sigh. I just couldn't deny her. Never had, never would. "I'm not talking to Dad, though. I'm talking to Mom and making her talk to him."
The first sparkle of hope ignited. "Really?"
A brilliant smile bloomed, and her bouncing started up again. "Please, Alice. You gotta talk to her now. I don't want to be late, and if Dad agrees we'll need to leave soon so I can warm up on stage with the other girls. Please. Nooow."
I sat up and placed the daisies around her neck. "You know the likelihood of success is pretty low, right?"
A cardinal rule in the Bell household: you did not leave the house if you couldn't return before dark. Here, Dad had worked up "reinforcements" against the monsters, ensuring none of them could get in. After dark, well, you stayed put. Anyone out in the big bad world was without any type of protection and considered open season.
My father's paranoia and delusion had caused me to miss numerous school activities and countless sporting events. I'd never even been on a date. Yes, I could have gone on a weekend lunch date and other craptasticly lame things like that, but honestly? I had no desire for a boyfriend. I never wanted to have to explain that my dad was certifiable, or that he sometimes locked us in the "special" basement he'd built as added protection from a boogeyman that did not exist. Yeah, just peachy.
Em threw her arms around me. "You can do it, I know you can. You can do anything!"
Her faith in me so humbling. "I'll do my best."
"Your best is Oh, ick!" Face scrunched with horror, she jumped as far away from me as she could get. "You're all gross and wet, and you made me all gross and wet."
Laughing, I lunged for her. She squealed and darted off. I'd run the hose over myself about half an hour ago, hoping to cool down. Not that I'd tell her. The fun of sibling torture, and all that.
"Stay out here, okay?" Mom would say something that would hurt her feelings, and I'd say something to make her feel bad for asking me to do this, and she'd cry. I hated when she cried.
"Sure, sure," she said, palms up in a gesture of innocence.
Like I was buying that hasty assurance. She planned to follow me and listen, no question. Girl was devious like that. "Promise me."
"I can't believe you'd doubt me." A delicate hand fluttered over her heart. "That hurts, Alice. That really hurts."
"First, major congrats. Your acting has improved tremendously," I said with a round of applause. "Second, say the words or I'll return to working on a tan I'll never achieve."
Grinning, she rose on her toes, stretched out her arms and slowly spun on one leg. The sun chose that moment to toss out an amber ray, creating the perfect spotlight for her perfect pirouette. "Okay, okay. I promise. Happy now?"
"Sublimely." She might be devious, but she never broke a promise.
"Watch me pretend I know what that means."
"It meansoh, never mind." I was stalling, and I knew it. "I'm going."
With all the enthusiasm of a firing squad candidate, I stood and turned toward our house, a two-story my dad had built in the prime of his construction days, with brown brick on the bottom and brown-and-white-striped wood on the top.
Kind of boxy, amazingly average and absolutely, one hundred percent forgettable. But then, that's what he'd been going for, he'd said.
My flip-flops clapped against the ground, creating a mantra inside my head. Don't. Fail. Don't. Fail. Finally I stood at the glass doors that led to our kitchen and spotted my mom, bustling from the sink to the stove and back again. I watched her, a bit sick to my stomach.
Don't be a wuss. You can do this.
I pushed my way inside. Garlic, butter and tomato paste scented the air. "Hey," I said, and hoped I hadn't cringed.
Mom glanced up from the steaming strainer of noodles and smiled. "Hey, baby. Coming in for good, or just taking a break?"
"Break." The forced incarceration at night drove me to spend as much time as possible outside during daylight hours, whether I burned to lobster-red or not.
"Well, your timing's great. The spaghetti's almost done."
"Yeah, okay, good." During the summer months, we ate dinner at five sharp. Winter, we switched it up to four. That way, no matter the season, we could be in our rooms and safe before sunset.
The walls were reinforced with some kind of steel, and the doors and locks were impenetrable. And yes, those things made our futuristic dungeon known as "the basement" overkill, but you try reasoning with a crazy person.
Just do it. Just say it. "So, um, yeah." I shifted from one foot to the other. "Today's my birthday."
Her jaw dropped, her cheeks bleaching of color. "Oh baby. I'm so sorry. I didn't mean I should have remem-bered.I even made myself notes. Happy birthday," she finished lamely. She looked around, as if hoping a present would somehow appear via the force of her will. "I feel terrible."
"Don't worry about it."
"I'll do something to make this up to you, I swear." And so the negotiations have begun. I squared my shoulders. "Do you really mean that?"
"Good, because Em has a recital tonight and I want to go."
Though my mom radiated sadness, she was shaking her head even before I finished. "You know your dad will never agree."
"So talk to him. Convince him."
"Because." A croak.
I loved this woman, I truly did, but, oh, she could frustrate me like no one else. "Because why?" I insisted. Even if she cried, I wasn't dropping this. Better her tears than Em's.
Mom pivoted, as graceful as Emma as she carried the strainer to the pot and dumped the contents inside. Steam rose and wafted around her, and for a moment, she looked as if she were part of a dream. "Emma knows the rules. She'll understand."
The way I'd had to understand, time and time again before I'd just given up? Anger sparked. "Why do you do this? Why do you always agree with him when you know he's off-the-charts insane?"
"He is!" Like Em, I stomped my foot.
"Quiet," she said, her tone admonishing. "He's upstairs."
Yeah, and I'd bet he was already drunk.
She added, "We've talked about this, honey. I believe your dad sees something the rest of us can't. But before you cast stones at him or me, take a look at the Bible. Once upon a time our Lord and Savior was persecuted. Tons of people doubted Jesus."
"Dad isn't Jesus!" He rarely even went to church with us.
"I know, and that's not what I'm saying. I believe there are forces at work all around us. Forces for good and forces for evil."
I couldn't get involved in another good/evil debate with her. I just couldn't. I believed in God, and I believed there were angels and demons out there, but we never had to deal with the evil stuff, did we? "I wish you would divorce him," I muttered, then bit my tongue in regretbut even still, I refused to apologize.
She worked from home seven days a week as a medical transcriptionist, and was always type, type, typing away at her computer. On weekends, like this fine Saturday evening, she acted like my dad's nursemaid, too, cleaning him up, fetching and carrying for him. She deserved so much more. She was young, for a mom, and so dang pretty. She was softhearted and funny and deserved some pampering of her own.
"Most kids want their parents to stay together," she said, a sharp edge to her voice.
"I'm not like most kids. You guys made sure of that." There was an even sharper edge to my voice.
I just.I wanted what other kids had. A normal life.
In a snap, the anger drained from her and she sighed. "Alice, honey, I know this is hard. I know you want more for yourself, and one day you'll have it. You'll graduate, get a job, move out, go to college, fall in love, travel, do whatever your heart desires. As for now, this is your father's house and he makes the rules. You will follow those rules and respect his authority."
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Alice in Zombieland was a deliciously humorous romp into the paranormal world and I quickly found myself enthralled. Her unique twists on Zombies, endearing characters and action packed tale had me screaming for more. “Off With Their Heads!” There is a white rabbit but fans of the childhood fable Alice in Wonderland who are looking for a retelling, will find themselves disappointed. This unique tale is sure to delight paranormal and zombie fans. The tale begins with a horrific tragedy and the realization for protagonist Alice Bell, that her father’s whispered fears of monsters in the night are indeed very real. As Alice embarks on her new life, home and school she must decide whether to fight or hide. Moving through the motions of living, she is forced back into reality by her snarky friend Kat and bad-boy Cole. Visions, visits from ghosts and monsters quickly have Alice taking sides and in a fight to survive. This well paced tale was filled with danger, romance, hilarious moments and zombies. The characters in Alice in Zombieland were fun and likeable. Ali Bell’s world has been totally rocked and I initially felt sorry for her, but I came to admire this head-strong, protective, loyal, zombie kicking chick. Cole Holland is a bad-boy and head of a group of teens who are notoriously late, getting expelled and have girls swooning for them. While I would not call the relationship between them insta-love, there were some unusual supernatural elements that caused their initial attraction to each other. We quickly learn there is a lot more to Cole then his persona. Kat becomes Ali’s bestie and quite frankly I adored this snarky, outspoken wisp of a girl. If you ever need someone to be in your corner, Kat would be perfect. I found the secondary characters to be entertaining and hope to learn more about them. Showalter offered up her own unique twist on zombies and I found it interesting. The zombies are not the kind we typically see, but exist in the spirit world. They cannot be seen by everyone, you cannot touch them and yet they can kill you…Eep! I really enjoyed this aspect of the tale, and while the storyline itself is not wholly original, Showalter’s twist on battling these zombies was. I loved how they fought the zombies, the rules and the abilities that developed. She introduced Watchers and I am hoping we learn more about them. Two teams battling these zombies, we learn an epic battle is coming and that both sides have different motives. This created plenty of tension and cool battle scenes. We learned about the two sides as Ali did, causing you to question who to trust. The romance was volatile, sweet and moved at a nice pace. While this is YA, there are plenty of hot steaming scenes that push this genre to the limit. The characters were not as fleshed out as I would have liked and at times the tale felt a little cliché but I walked away wanting more. I am anxious to see how the tale develops. I want to thank Harlequin teen for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
I totally fell in love with the book! As well as developed a crush on cole. It will keep you so youll never be able to put it down!
Great book. read it in less than 24 hours. Loved it this much.
What I Liked: 1) The first thing that stood out to me was the language. It was hilarious. Ali and her friends have very good senses of humor, so their jokes were funny, but it wasn't even so much what they said, as how they said it. Also, probably some of the funniest comments were made by Ali's grandparents who were looking up teen slang online and then trying to use it. It will keep you laughing throughout the book. 2) Cole. I don't know what it is about Cole - actually, no, I do know what it is. It's the black hoodie, the ninja moves, and the who-the-hell-cares attitude. This is a guy that the more you need to stay away from him, the more you can't, and that's the way that Ali saw him! 3) Kat - probably my favorite character. She was unapologetically egotistical - okay, let's call it confident, she was funny, and the kind of person I would like to be friends with. She's got some issues (issues is completely the wrong word, but I'm using it to avoid spoilers) that I hope get resolved (if that's possible) in the upcoming books. And it's obvious in her name who exactly she represents from the Alice story. 4) Zombies. This is a different kind of zombie than I've encountered in other books. They seem to be...evolving. Smarter, faster. It's actually kind of creepy! What I Didn't Like: I didn't make some connections to the Alice story. I'm sure there were a lot more than I found, and our characters represented other characters from the Lewis Carrol story. I think, honestly, this is my fault. I think I was too excited to find out what was going to happen to pick up some of the more subtle hints. I know I'll be reading it again, and maybe I'll change this once I do! Overall Thoughts: For my first Gena Showalter book, Alice in Zombieland hit this one out of the park. There are some vibrant characters and a completely unique story, with subtle nods at an old favorite of mine. I loved getting to know these characters and seeing a new kind of zombie coming into this popular subgenre. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves Alice, or zombies, or both!
If you like Alice in Wonderland and you like zombies, then this is the perfect book for you! The book starts out in tragedy and keeps you interested in what's going on. The characters: Alice aka Ali was sent to live with her grandparents. Who by the way, I loved! Their interactions and lingo with Ali were hilarious. While she was in the hospital she meets and became friends with a girl named Kat. She was awesome! The things that she did and said were always entertaining. Flash forward to the first day of school, she spots Cole and had an instant connection. Cole is the typical bad boy - hangs out with a rough group, has tattoos, and is intense. But prepare to be fanning yourself whenever he's in the book. Oh, let's not forget out Ali! She is a tough chick. She's been through a lot but she never turned into the mopey, whiny girl. The zombies: The zombies were grotesque and creepy. They are different and can't be killed the same way they are in other books and movies. It's a cool concept.
Yes it's YA but you will absolutely love this series. I cannot gush enough about it!!! Just pick it up and read it! It's got zombies and hotties....what more do you need??? Oh and Gena is an amazing author. I promise you will not be disappointed.
loved this book! couldn't put it down. I love all Gena Showalters books! No surprize that I loved this one too. Looking forward to book 2 in this series!
What an amazing and unique story!!! Gena Showalter really outdid herself - and with a zombie story! And if you know me at all, you know that I am not a fan if zombies, I really don't understand the craze behind it, sorry! But the whole concept of this story being inspired by Alice in Wonderland really drew me in - and did not disappoint. Most of the time, I was able to pick out which characters were who and what imagery's where taken from the original 'Wonderland' story. A few where not so easy to figure out until after I finished reading it and had some time to think about it... Alice is your typical teen, for the most part she is happy and loves her family, especially her little sister. And even though her father is 'disturbed and paranoid' and doesn't allow the family to do certain things because of it, she seems to handle it well... most of the time. In a blink of an eye, Alice loses her family in a tragic car accident... was her father right? Were his nightmarish monster fears true?... but Alice is in too much pain to think twice about it. Her family is gone and now she has to go live with her grandparents in a neighboring town next to hers. Which also means she has to go to a new school, make new friends and try to live a life without her family. Without her little sister. She will just have to do what she can do for now... Until she meets Cole. The minute Alice's eyes land on Cole there is a fierce connection - but do not be discouraged, this is no insta-love in the making. This is something else, something more that needs to be figured out, and soon... it doesn't help that Cole is a badass with swoon-worthy good looks even with the tattoos and constant bruises. He is strong, a leader and will fiercely protect what is his. But don't let him fool you and push you away, there is a well-meaning and soft side to Cole that takes a while to poke into and get used to. He knows things, things that Alice has been guessing at and she needs him to tell her if she's right or if she is as crazy as her father was. Alice is strong and an amazing heroine - she is not afraid to feel her sadness, do what's right, speak her mind and surprisingly, with all that she's been through and continues to go through, has an amazing sense of humor. She will not be told what to do nor be backed into a corner. She is prepared to fight back to honor her family and protect her new family and friends. There is never a dull moment in 'Zombieland' - set at a great ongoing pace and never a predictable moment - the zombies are everywhere. And not in the way that you think they are. Few can see these zombies. And even fewer people can stop these zombies from killing, or worse, creating other zombies. A zombie-story like no other! Gena Showalter met all of my 'Wonderland' expectations and gave me so much more! Whether your a fan of fairy-tales or gory zombies, this is definitely a book to read and add to your shelf!
I first have to start by saying what a clever concept this book has! Who would have thought you could combine zombies with a children's story?! Gena Showalter did a wondeful job of it and this book is soooo awesome! Full of endearing characters, wondeful action, and of course Ms. Showalter's signature wit you can't get a better book! The story has well thought out layers and depth and great character development. I recommend this book to everyone!
4.5 stars The Good Alice in Zombieland sucked me in straight away. I was dumbfounded by the beginning. I like books that surprise me from the get-go. It really got my adrenaline pumping and even gave me the chills sometimes. The chemistry between the characters was spot on and the storyline has major potential in regards to the rest of the series. The little references to Alice in Wonderland only made it that much more fun to read. Alice... Alice, I think, handles her family tragedy very well. I would have probably responded the same way. I felt her heart-wrenching emotions as she dealt with her loss and tried to pick herself back up. Then once she submerges herself into zombie training, she gives it her all. She becomes strong and determined. She is not one of those whiny characters. She does what's best for the majority, even when it puts herself in more danger. But it's her connection with Cole that really brings out her personality. Cole... Cole starts out as a hardcore badass. He is the kind of guy you run away from once you see his many tattoos and dangerous eyes. His attitude isn't much better either. But every time he looks into Alice's eyes, we see a different kind of Cole. One that is hard but sweet, dangerous but protective. His life has made him tough but he is the best person to have protecting your back. The more you get to know him, the more you fall in love with him. He is a total jerk to Alice in the beginning, but we soon realize that all he is trying to do is protect Alice from the fight that has taken many of his friends. Hot With A Capital H... What makes this book so fun is the fiery relationship between Alice and Cole. Their back and forth humorous banter will make you laugh out loud. The tension between them is thick enough to cut with a knife. And HOT. Can't forget HOT. I even had to fan myself a time or two. Gena's Forte... Awesome secondary characters are Gena's forte. Kat is like the perfect best friend for Alice. She is loud, self-absorbed (in a cute way), and freakin' hilarious. I was watching out for her in every scene. This is not a book to be taken seriously. It's a fun, sometimes scary, and exciting read that has action galore. It's not the most skillful writing ever but that didn't take away from the story at all. I read it in two days and had a smile on my face in the end. The Bad However, there are one or two things I thought about since setting down the book. Though I liked Gena's version of zombies, I also didn't like it sometimes. I don't want to give too much away, but suffice it to say, to me the zombies were less frightening than I expected. Also, the ending finished too fast for me. The build up was good then the climactic end just lasted for about 5 pages. The Snuggly This is one of the hottest YA books I have ever read. No sex or anything but there is some hardcore making out and petting. If you are looking for a YA book that will make your toes curl, you have found it. Overall If you are looking for an entertaining YA read, this book is for you. If you are looking for a twist in the zombie genre, this book is for you. If you are looking for amazing characterization and a story that will keep you reading, Alice in Zombieland is the book for you. Highly recommende
Not usually a fan of YA but this doesnt dissapoint! Leaves you wanting more and cannot wait for the next installment. Characters are interesting and engaging and the chemistry is amazing with it being YA but you wont be left feeling cheated even though its mild in the steamy area, still great stuff! Still thinking about this book, and now keep staring at the clouds!
First things first, this book has nothing to do with the original story... there is an appearance of a white rabbit which is significant in the book but this is nothing like Alice in Wonderland. This book is infinitely better!! Alice Bell is not your typical teenager, she doesn't stay out late, has never been on a date, she is always in before dark. There is a reason for this, her father can see Zombies and refuses to allow his family to leave the house after dark. Alice, or Ali, wants one thing, to see her sister's recital, despite the strict family rules she convinces her family to leave the house. By doing this Alice’s life completely changes. Ali goes to live with her grandparents which means a new school but her life, I can assure you, becomes a whole lot better when she meets the lush Cole Holland (swoon!) He is the leader of a gang within school, a gang most people stay away from. He is your typical bad boy and I thoroughly enjoyed Ali and Cole's interactions. They have such great chemistry :-) I know many people will think, oh my god, zombies! Not again! But for me this book doesn't use zombies stereotypically. Gena takes zombies and makes them something completely different. This book has a fast pace mixed with great romance. The appearance of zombies in Gena’s YA book is very refreshing! This book is 5 stars for me! I can't wait for the sequel!
A GraveTells review: Good ole monster-slaying fun! Alice in Zombieland is riveting and addicting... from the very first sentence. Ali loses her family to a zombie attack in the beginning of the book; that's no spoiler, she mourns about it in the prologue. What completely blindsided me, however, was how deep and intense her grief was and how much it affected me. Here I am sniffling and tearing up on the train on my commute home, barely 10 minutes after picking up the book! I probably looked as funny as the lady across from me who was talking to herself. Ali's friend Kat is a veritable whirlwind, a tornado of peppy energy and urban slang of her own creation. Just listening to her talk makes me feel exhausted, but she is so vibrant and engaging, she really shines out of the pages. Ali's first friend after the accident, Kat manages to weave her way into just about all of Ali's personal business... meaning we get to see a lot of her. She's a freaking force of nature, and hella fun. On to Cole Holland, the mysterious bad boy of the school who is both a fearsome leader and a classic gentleman. His periodic scrapes and bruises, thunderous scowls, and devilishly handsome serial killer face make him a force to be reckoned with... or persistently avoided... and he somehow has a strange otherworldly connection to our Alice, transporting them off into dreamland whenever they see each other every morning. Of course, you can't talk about Alice in Zombieland without a huge nod to our fearless heroine, Alice aka Ali. Quirky and driven, Ali has a spine of steel and a heart of gold. She's self-sufficient and more than a little skilled as a fighter, and her guilt over her family and friends' deaths keeps her determination rigidly focused on ridding the world of zombies. Not every author can pull off believable (and enjoyable) modern teenage slang (Ali & co.) while also humorously bastardizing it into something my grandparents might try to use to talk on a teenager's level. It helps give the characterization, which is already brilliant, depth and engaging humor. This might be a young adult book, but the sexual tension between Ali and Cole is palpable and electric, and the scenes are blazing with chemistry even though its all relatively tame. I found myself pushing on just for another taste of that addictive connection between them, not even considering the expert writing skills Ms. Showalter brings to all her work. This is a book every lover of PNR and YA will want to read... and even some who have turned up their noses at the genre. Alice in Zombieland is just good ole monster-slaying fun! These zombies are not your typical brain-eating, slow-moving, grunting and stupid automatons with a shuffling gait. They are scary, fast, and feel frighteningly real. I'm not a zombie kind of gal. I don't like horror, gore, or things that go bump in the night. I find rotting flesh and nomming brains way more disgusting than entertaining, and I like my action books dosed with a healthy heaping of steamy, sweaty naughtiness. Based on all that, you'd think Alice in Zombieland is definitely not my kind of story, but this book is GOOD! With very little sexual content, Alice and Cole steam up the pages (can I have my own Cole? Pretty please?), and even the down and dirty zombie scenes had me wanting more, more, more! If you like paranormal romance and urban fantasy and only read 5 books this year, Gena Showalter's Alice in Zombieland should be on that list! In a genre where 'original' is quickly giving way to 'same old regurgitated plot', AiZ is fresh and unique, and a "must read"!
I was excited to read this being the first in a new series called “The White Rabbit Chronicles”. It was amazing from start to finish. Alice Bell ~ call me Ali she says, is a typical teenager if not being able to go outside after dark is typical. Her dad sees monsters he says and no one is safe at night. Ali absolutely loves her younger sister and her mom and dad, so when a car accident takes them away from her she is devastated. When she rethinks the accident and what she saw that night, her dad was right….no one is safe at night…and yes she did now believe there were monsters because that night she saw them for the first time. Ali is now living with her grandparents, starting a new school and trying to carry on without her sister and parents. If she could tell them she loves them once she would be happy. She meets new friends and enemies and comes to understand the monsters a bit more. Oh did I mention the monsters were Zombies. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series to follow Ali and her friends fight the zombies and find out what’s in store for them. Of course there is a little romance in this book and Ali has more than one admirer. Will she go for the good guy or the bad guy and which is which? You will have to read it to find out. You don’t want to pass this series by. Gena Showalter knows how to show you a good time with her awesome storytelling. Twists and Turns are only a little excitement she has in store for you.
I was so excited to have this land in my review pile. Not only is it the latest YA offering of one of the best (in my opinion) paranormal authors in the market, it also has zombies! Do not be confused by the book or series title; this is not a supernatural re-telling of the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland. Yes with the world Alice suddenly finds herself in, she could be forgiven for thinking she had somehow fell down a hole through a looking glass but this is a truly original story that pays homage to the classic. Those of you who have also spent many an hour immersed in the pages of a Showalter epic before will certainly not be disappointed, and for those of you who have not encountered her work before- well this is the perfect place to start! Alice in Zombieland is an epic adventure that will leave you breathless, wanting to kick some nasty zombie butt of your own and quite possibly developing a crush or two. The writing style is the perfect balance between descriptive and narrative, the action full on the zombies a whole new frightening breed and the romance sweet and heartfelt. And of course there is plenty of humor and sarcastic quips to help balance out the fright factor. In fact the only downside for me was that the ride was over too quick! The pages flew by in an absolute blur and I found myself reaching the last page mere hours after starting the first. Alice in Zombieland will enthrall both YA and adult readers and leave you desperate for the next installment. This is THE best YA I have had the pleasure of devouring this year and one certainly not to be missed.
Just stupid. Did not enjoy this book at all. I had to force myself to finish it. I want my money back.
One of the best very good book I recommend it
Title: “Alice in Zombieland” Author: Gena Showalter Publication date: 9/25/12 Type of book: Teen paranormal romance/zombies. Is this a part of a series, If yes, which number? Yes, this is book one. Book two is called “Through the zombie glass”. Summary: Alice Bell and her little sister have lived a very sheltered life. Alice’s father believes in zombies and as a result he keeps a tight hold on his wife and children. Alice believes her father is crazy until the day that her life is shattered before her eyes. With nothing left to lose, Alice decides to join forces with the only people who can teach her to fight back and live. Characters: *Alice is a character that I really liked. Her emotions felt real and I liked how strong she was in the book. *Cole is a great guy and a very sexy character. I love how devoted he is and how he isn’t afraid to say what he feels. *Kat and Frosty are very fun characters. Kat is feisty and has a very interesting story of her own. Frosty is strong and sweet when it comes to Kat. I can’t wait to read more about them. Favorite bits: I like the interesting take on zombies. The romance felt real and I am excited to see where it goes. It had some great fight scenes and the danger felt very real. I just really like anything that Gena writes. Problematic bits: I have nothing negative to say about this book. Like I said, I like all of Gena’s books. *Go out and get this book today, you will enjoy it.
Love the the characters the love and hate relationship, can't wait to open book#2
When my friend first told me to read this book, I was skeptical because the title seemed very odd. However, I read it and quickly fell in love. I think all the characters were great and went really well with the story. Personally, I think Cole was hot. Just saying. .-. Also, think Ali was a great female lead. I stayed up til 4 am reading this. I would suggest this book to most anybody...depending on their maturity level, of course. Over all, I'm VERY glad I read it. (:
This was a good book if you can deal with a slightly overbearing and controlling male lead. Other than that the emotions were plausible, the zombies were original and i enjoyed most of the plot twists.
Great read i havent any finished it and it is so dang good read this book you wont regret it PICK THIS BOOK UP
It was amazing....could not put this book down can wait for the second one
I loved this book