Friday, October 18, 2013

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)
Genre: Horror, YA, Fantasy
Rating: 5 Stars
Buy It: Amazon
Reviews: Goodreads

Alice grew up  never allowed to leave the house after dark. Her alcoholic father built their house into a fortress, paranoid about monsters only he could see that came out at nighttime. Alice and her little sister, Emma, never got to do anything after dark. On her 16th birthday, Emma begs Alice to ask to go to her dance recital as a present. Alice can't say no so she convinced her parents to go. On the way home, her father is terrified the creatures are coming and causes her mother to lose control of the wheel and they get into an accident which kills Alice's family...and allows her to finally see the monsters.

Alice goes to live with her grandparents, and at her new school she meets a group of tough kids who carry secrets...and one of the boys, Cole, shares a strange connection to her.  As stranger and stranger things start to happen to her, down the rabbit hole she goes.


Ok, so I'm not the biggest zombie fan...movie-wise anyway. Zombie themed books, however, are blowing my mind. I like monster books, but after a while, all the themes on vampires and werewolves are getting hackneyed. Zombies, however, are so new (in comparison) that their stories are all so unique.

This one is a retelling, re-imagining of Alice In Wonderland. I can't say how true this is to Lewis Carroll's books since I've never read them. I grew up hating Alice In Wonderland. The Disney version upset me and the Jabberwocky scared the bejesus out of me. Not fun for a kid.

As an adult I haven't been able to revisit Alice's tale, but even without much knowledge of it, this book is still amazing. Ali is tough, smart and a well drawn character. At times she reminded me of Tris from Divergent, and other times she reminded me so much of Kate from Wilde's Fire I was almost convinced it was the same author. Cole is dreamy, brooding and surprisingly patient.  I loved them both so much.  The other characters were great and I may have shed a few tears for Alice's family.  You have to respect an author who makes you feel that much emotion for their characters.

Filed with romance, suspense, humor and horror, this was a fun, refreshing new take on zombies and on Alice in Wonderland.

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2 comments:

  1. Hey Sus,

    OH! I've been seeing this advertised a lot. I have to admit, Zombie's and Alice in Wonderland made me wary. I kind of assumed it was more of a silly book. But now my interest has been piqued :) Thank you for sharing.

    P.S. A publication date for The Labyrinth Wall has been announced. Also, I'd be very honored if your able to read and review here. You can sign up for a free early bird electronic copy here: http://www.anythingimagined.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-labyrinth-wall-release-date.html#comment-form

    Keep Imagining,
    Emilyann

    =)

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  2. Hey there,

    Just wanted to stop by and wish you a happy holiday =) Hope all is wonderful in your world.

    ~Emilyann

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