Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Alice in ZombielandAlice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Read: April 16 – April 17, 2013
Personal read.

Book Blurb: 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 Opinion: This is my final lesson in walking down the young adult aisle at my local library and picking books up that seem interesting. No. Bad. Stop it! *swats self with a newspaper* Sometimes I wind up finding awesome books. Sometimes I end up with books like this.

OK, we all know the old adage of “Don’t judge a book by its cover” but we can’t help it. Look at that cover. Look at that tagline (Off with their heads). Look at the series name… White Rabbit Chronicles. I would be lying if I said I didn’t completely judge this book by those things. I was expecting a twisted retelling of Alice in Wonderland, but with flesh-eating monsters. I mean, the flesh-eating would probably be toned down, because it is a young adult book. But you know. There was a certain expectation.

An expectation that was in no way met. Dear all authors ever: People will judge your book by what you put on the cover, images and blurbs included. Do not write an order that your book cannot fill. Please. For the love of all the sparkly things.

Alice in Zombieland is just another young adult drama. But this one is written by an author who generally writes romance. So the alpha males are even more alpha, the insta-love is even more insta-, and the makeout scenes are completely overdone. I mean, since when does a kiss turn into almost sex? When a romance writer writes it, that’s when.

The book takes a different approach on zombies, but I found it too steeped in cloaked religion to get into it. It is something that popped up every so often, this cloak and dagger religious stuff, and it didn’t fit at all.

The writing is very inconsistent. The existence of zombies is a huge secret, so naturally like, half of the characters know by the end of the book.

I just… I can’t even. I really disliked this book.

Bottom Line: This book builds up your expectations, but doesn’t deliver anything besides another trite teenage drama.


4 thoughts on “Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

  1. Nooooo, sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this book! I love zombies and Alice in Wonderland, too bad the two don’t exactly work together. Stereotypical YA drama is the worst. Well, not the worst but you get my drift.

    • I had such high hopes, because I really think that zombies and Alice in Wonderland COULD work together. Don’t believe me? Look at the video game Alice. It is so creepy, and it works. But this was just… so flat for me.

    • I don’t think many people can help it. The cover is your first impression, so of course you are going to judge a book by what is on it. It is totally natural. For me, I generally make a snap judgement on whether I will look at a book deeper by the title alone. I sometimes wonder how many good books I have missed out on because of that.

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