Hey, everyone! This review is going to be on Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter.
It is book #1 of the White Rabbit Chronicles. It’s a young adult novel, & it’s wonderful. It wouldn’t be fair of me to start this review without letting you know that I have since become a HUGE Gena Showalter fan since first reading this book. Her books never fail to captivate me, and Alice in Zombieland is no exception! Alice in Zombieland is without a doubt one of my favorite books of all time. I know that might sound like a bit much, but there’s just something about this book that caused me to become completely captivated by it. I have actually read this book multiple times. Gena Showalter is incredible. Zombies have, obviously, become an extremely popular thing. There are movies, obstacle courses, books, TV shows, etc. all about zombies. Showalter, however, has an idea that I can almost guarantee you’ve never seen or heard of before. I will tell you that if you’re looking for a dark, twisted version of Alice in Wonderland with zombies thrown in, this book isn’t for you. I know the title may suggest otherwise, but this book doesn’t really have anything to do with Alice in Wonderland. It may have some brief, scattered references to Alice in Wonderland, but Alice in Zombieland is it’s own unique story. Here’s a short overview – The main character in Alice in Zombieland is Alice Bell. She has spent her life thinking that her father is crazy. You see, her father can see “monsters” that no one else can see. He spends a great portion of his time teaching his family how to fight monsters they can’t see, & trying to protect their home from the same monsters. One night, Alice’s entire life is turned upside down by a terrible accident that claims the lives of her family. She moves in with her grandparents, & begins going to a new school. She learns all too soon that the monsters are, in fact, very real. Her father’s training her to fight the monsters suddenly doesn’t become so silly. On her first day of school, things get very interesting. Enter Cole Holland, the bad-boy at school, & who has secrets of his own. In order to learn more about the monsters that terrorized her father, Alice must get close to Cole & his dangerous group of friends. With this, we are given romance & a butt-kicking story. The relationship between Cole and Alice is one of the highlights of this book. Also, it is wonderfully refreshing to have a heroine who doesn’t just sit back & take it. Alice is the perfect example of a strong female lead. This is one book you don’t want to miss. My next review will be on the second White Rabbit Chronicles book, The Queen of Zombie Hearts, so stay tuned!Xoxo