Alice in Zombieland

Alice in Zombieland

Book - 2012
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Alice Bell must learn to fight the undead to avenge her family and learn to trust Cole Holland who has secrets of his own.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin, c2012
ISBN: 9780373210589
0373210582
9780373210893
0373210892
Characteristics: 404 p. ; 22 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 24, 2016

I was recommended this series by a friend, who cautioned me that many readers don't end up liking it. While I can see why this may be, it also kind of shocked me at the amount of dislike there is for this series online. Perhaps readers were expecting more Alice in Wonderland references, or they wanted more zombie graphics. What I viewed was a modern spin of a girl, Ali(ce) Bell, undergo struggles leading to her adventures and encounters with zombies. Just a warning, but our generation is becoming more aware of mature content, and this book would not be suitable for anybody simply expecting a child's story. 4.5/5 Stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Bookcat18
Jul 25, 2016

Alice in Zombieland. Clever name, clever book. I never thought a book about a teenage girl and a muscular, good-looking heartthrob fighting zombies could be so intriguing. It wasn't one of those books with a complex monster who isn't explained thoroughly, this one made it sound so simple. The characters were relatable, and the relationships were well-thought out. It also had good writing and a few laughable moments. A good book, can't wait to read the rest of the series!

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red_panda_785
Jul 06, 2016

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter is a and loose retelling of Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland that has failed to grab my attention because of each characters' boring and stereotypical personalities, the poor writing, and weak storyline that just got more confusing throughout the book.

The way all of the characters communicated with each other not only made the characters, but the story itself seem like a joke. The author also barely provided any detail, making everything- the setting, the characters- seem so uninteresting and vague. But what seemed to irritate me the most was that this story didn't seem like a story, it just seemed like someone narrating hoe they stumbled into a new world. It sounds interesting in the beginning, but, then what? For most of the story, l feel like the characters are just bidding their time, until some random event occurs at the end of the book, which is suppose to make it sound interesting. But really, it just makes the story seem even weirder because the ending was just so out of the blue.

Although, I did find this part of the story enjoyable: the developing romance between the main characters Alice and Cole. It's a bit cheesy, but it's certainly heart-pounding.

Overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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Asheligh
Jun 23, 2016

I don't like zombies. I'm honestly bored to tears of this current obsession. But I love Alice in Wonderland, so I gave this book a try. I suppose it is much easier to be excited by a book that you don't have high expectations of, than the reverse.

Like other readers have said, it is a very, very loose retelling of Alice in Wonderland. You have the white rabbit, you have a blonde girl in blue, but you have a cat who is not always there and keeps the main character sane. The author has very entertaining pop culture references and she made me laugh a lot.

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scifiandscary
Apr 27, 2016

This is an Alice re-telling in the absolute loosest sense of the word. So if that’s what you were expecting, this is probably not going to be your cup of tea. The only real nods that I noticed was the white rabbit and the a blonde-haired blue-eyed girl named Alice. That’s it. Mostly it reads like a high-school romance with paranormal elements.

I was looking forward to this book because I really like another series that the author, Gena Showalter, writes. I thought “talented author + zombies = GIMME!” Well, while there were some elements that I loved (and the primary reason the book got a 4 instead of a 3), overall the book was kind of a disappointment.

Its got a very weak beginning that did not hook me immediately. I pretty much slogged through the beginning chapters. Also, I found myself thinking “Oh god, here we go. A freaking love triangle.” Now, I’m happy to report that the love triangle never fully materializes, but it doesn’t feel like its deliberate that it did. It kind of reads like Showalter realized before it was too late that the love triangle thing has been ridiculously overdone, and she corrected it before it could take hold.

If I had to describe this book to someone, I’d probably say something like “Twilight, no sparkles, no love triangle, Bella with an actual personality.” Is that completely accurate? Of course not, but that’s the slot it fit itself into in my mind.

Now, Showalter’s dialogue shines in Alice in Zombieland. I found myself grinning at some of the snappy back-and-forth. I loved that Alice did actually have a strong personality, and wasn’t willing to take crap from anyone. Her friend, Kat, was awesome, and I loved how she was relentlessly cheerful without being despicably shallow. The way she approaches Alice’s grieving is great. She acknowledges it, makes sure she doesn’t need anything, but doesn’t pity her or anything like that.

I also absolutely adored the very unique take on zombies. Took me completely by surprise, and though I’m not going to spoil what it is for you, I will say that it really was a breath of fresh air.

There’s definitely a religious theme that runs through the book, and you can tell this is meant for teens. While there’s obvious hormones, there’s no sex (though it is talked about in non-graphic detail), no cursing, and church, faith, angels/witnesses, and praying are definitely sprinkled sporadically throughout the novel.

Overall, once it found its feet, it was an entertaining read that I blew through in one sitting. However, I’d be shocked if I decided to read the second book in the series. This was essentially a fluff piece with a few good points, and I don’t do the fluff well.

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black_cat_9072
Jan 06, 2016

This is an excellent book, spiked with romance, but filled with enough action to keep it interesting. Its narrative is thrilling, and it brings a fresh new perspective to the classic zombie novel.

kirstd31 Jan 05, 2015

The book was really good. Her father always told her that there were monsters in the world that came out at dark. In one horrible incident Alice loses her family and learns the truth of what lurks in the shadows.

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capellacademy
Aug 31, 2014

I realize that the current culture among youth today is much more sexually educated and experienced than previous generations. However, I caution parents to preview this book prior to allowing your teen to read if you have concerns as to how much and to what degree of textual sexuality you're OK with. While the characters never actually punctuate their intimacy, they have frequent encounters of high intensity, sexually charged interchanges written in the style of a Harlequinne romance novel (actually published by Harlequinne Teen).

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sdceng1
Aug 01, 2014

ne of my favorite books ever! I picked it up not really knowing what I was getting into, but all the while still super excited! And I was right to be excited

this book is a refreshingly new adaptation of the original Alice in wonderland novel, and the characters are for the most part either very likable (Kat) or in my opinion very despicable and pardon my language but fucked up, but overall the series is so far quite enjoyable and I would highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a dark and edgy version of Alice in wonderland.

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Asheligh
Jun 23, 2016

I think I could follow a Hostess truck in my sleep.

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Asheligh
Jun 23, 2016

"So where are you taking me?" Whatever his answer, I wouldn't be scared. Not even if he said "slaughterhouse" or the far worse "karaoke bar."

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Asheligh
Jun 23, 2016

"Manned up," I replied with a snort. "So you grunted a lot and drilled your knuckles into his shoulder."

"That's cave-manning up. Learn the difference."

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Asheligh
Jun 23, 2016

"I'm not sick, Nana. Honest." Wasn't like I'd gone to a medical lab, asked for a dish of their tastiest virus and feasted.

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Asheligh
Jun 23, 2016

I'd rather the world considered me crazy while I go down fighting than spend the rest of my life hiding from the truth.

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Asheligh
Jun 23, 2016

My nose wrinkled and I grimaced. Honestly, if you stuck your head inside a dead horse's rectum, you wouldn't smell anything close to this."

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Rachel Schafer
Aug 09, 2015

He’s body slammed enough people to start a new country. And there could be a neighbouring city for the people he’s punched in the throat

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Rachel Schafer
Aug 09, 2015

Low maintenance is what’s forgettable. You might want to write that down, underline it, circle it and put a star by it. It’s golden.

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Rachel Schafer
Aug 09, 2015

Methinks he protests too much

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Rachel Schafer
Aug 09, 2015

“Yeah, okay. You're right. I was having dinner with Zombie Carl the other night. You know, steak, rare, and a bottle of vintage type A. He told me all his secrets, but too bad for you I promised him I wouldn't tell. In exchange I asked him to gather his best undead buddies and stalk me through my friend's yard. And oh, yeah, it was totally fine if they wanted to use me as an all-night-dinner buffet, because having organs is SO last year.”

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