REVIEW: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

(White Rabbit Chronicles #1)
by Gena Showalter

RELEASE DATE: 2nd Oct 2012
FORMAT: Paperback, 404 pages
GENRE: Zombies, Young Adult

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.


I was instantly intrigued as soon as I heard about ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND and imagine my excitement when I got hold of an advance reading copy, yes my squeals couldn’t be contained. With my reading schedule, it has been several painful weeks until I was finally able to pick it up.

As soon as I started reading I was hooked, Alice the main protagonist has wicked attitude and I connected to her straight forward personality, quickly. The opening paragraphs give a glimpse of what will soon come to pass and the excitement to be expected.

Had anyone told me that my entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, I 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 I knew and loved was gone.

My name is Alice Bell, and on the night of my sixteenth birthday I lost the mother I loved, the sister I adore and the father I never understood until it was too late. Until that heartbeat when my entire world collapsed and a new one took shape around me.

My father was right. Monsters walk among us.

Alice had grown up believing her father to be a crazy drunk, she was never allowed out after dark or even allowed out if she couldn’t be home before the sun set, with no proof of the monsters existing she labeled her father as crazy, taking over the top precautions to protect Alice and his family from his imaginary monsters.

On the night of Alice’s sixteenth birthday, Alice is finally able to see these monsters and comes to a realisation, either she has become insane with the trauma of losing her family or the monsters are real, knowing how she felt about her own father, Alice decides to keep these thoughts to herself until she can find someone, she feels she can trust. Uprooted, living with her mother’s parents who despised Alice’s father, starting a new school and dealing with the loss of her family, people in whom Alice can trust are  few.

Seeing monsters is not the only new thing to happen, Alice has a few more surprises to deal with, when she finds herself face to face with Cole, a super cute, bad boy from school, she is transported into a very vivid vision of a great make-out session that even leaves her lips swollen, when moaning his name before she even knows it, there is a connection between the two, which leaves them confused yet yearning for each other, these visions happen every time they see each other for the first time in a day and seem to give a glimpse of the future.

Alice has a strength to stand up for herself, with great come-backs, straight to the point comments, and a personality that I admire  Alice soon became a favoured heroine.

Soon Alice finds herself in an undead battle as Zombies stalk her and she wants revenge, with a little inside knowledge, a natural ability to separate her spirit from her body and the ability to fight, Alice becomes a force to be reckoned with.

The Zombies are becoming more organized having a greater determination to capture Alice, with two anti-zombie groups working on different goals, will Alice be caught in the middle and does she trust the right group?

There are many Zombie battles in ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND, as when Alice sees a white rabbit in the clouds, it indicates some more gory and exciting action, a bit like Jaws’s dunum, dunum, dunum, Argh!

I knew I was on to a winner with Gena Showalter, purely based upon her mentioning one of my favourite series.

I had a routine, I spent my mornings reading The Iron Fey series.

With impeccable taste, a wonderful heroine, lots of action, a bit of romance and a plot that flowed from start to finish I thoroughly enjoyed ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, fingers crossed I get my hands on another ARC.


Put me down as a fan of Gena Showalter, I love her writing style and the attitude she gave Alice completely entertained me, there was never a dull moment and I loved every moment of ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND. I am so pleased that it lived up to my expectations.

I can’t wait to read the next in the series, Through the Zombie Glass and getting a chance to delve into more of Showalter’s works. I have to admit I was relieved that I enjoyed Showalter’s writing as I had just taken advantage of a book deal that has put Gena Showalter’s entire Lords of the Underworld series on my bookshelf. Lucky for me my first experience of Showalter’s was a great one.


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Gemma November 27, 2012 at 9:04 am

Wow! Your review has surprised me. I thought it was just another mashup but by the sounds of your review it takes little snippets from Alice in Wonderland and makes them fit in with the theme. I now really want this book. It sounds brill


Becs November 29, 2012 at 1:33 am

Alice in Zombieland uses the chapter headings from Alice in Wonderland to try and tie the stories together. I really enjoyed it so I hope you do too.


melanie November 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm

sounds interesting. I am not a big fan of Showalter but this sounds interesting


Becs November 29, 2012 at 1:39 am

This was my first experience of Showalter and I enjoyed it, I loved Alice’s personality and there was loads of action and really weird out of body spirit fighting. If you ever get a chance you should give it a try. x


Evans June 25, 2013 at 8:43 am

Absolutely love this book!!! Without a doubt my favourite book ever!!!! As soon as I read it I couldn’t put it down and am now currently counting down the days until Through the Zombie Glass is realised!!! Cant wait!! LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! I recommend it to anyone and everyone!!!!


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