What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, October 5, 2012

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

I'll be the first to admit that I love Alice in Wonderland. It's one of my favorite stories, so when I come across new interpretations of it, I always get excited to read it. And throw in some zombies, I was definitely looking forward to see how this would all work together.

Here is the summary from Goodreads: 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.

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!

 My Rating: 5 candy corns

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  1. I have been really looking forward to this book. Just the mention of Alice in Wonderland (even if it's only very subtle) and Zombies totally has my interest! Two of my favorite thing!! Great review chick!

  2. Humor, always a plus point in a book. I love it when they can make me laugh out loud. Add some zombies and I'm happy! It's a shame that you couldn't make some connections with the story, but I'm glad that you enjoyed it :D I can't wait, because fairytales are (L) Great review!


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