Thursday, 13 September 2012

#151 Book Review: Alice in Zombieland [ARC]

Alice in Zombieland [ARC]
Release Date: October 5th 2012
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Publisher for review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy: Fishpond | Booktopia
More Info: Goodreads
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….
Cover:
THE COVER ROCKS ROCKS ROCKS! The girl is so pretty, her dress is AMAZING and I love how there's the forest that seems to be catching up on Alice. Love how the cover also have the diamond, heart, clover and spade patterns!

Story:

Off with their heads!

As you can see, this book is about zombies. Now, I haven't read many books about zombies but Alice in Zombieland has got to be the best zombie book I read so far! Gena Showalter has a unique take on zombies and the story plot is absolutely hooking. I just can't get enough.

Alice in Zombieland is written from Ali's point of view and basically tells Ali's story as she discovers the truth about zombies and learns how to fight them. This book is not a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland although there are some references such as the white rabbit. The zombies in this book really scare me. They are like stalkers and they seriously creep me out! But what I love most about this book is the full-on action. In this book, zombies are not physical beings but they are spirits. So, fighting them is not as easy as fighting a human. It requires an extra step to actually be able to see them and fight them. The fight scenes are just amazing! To top that even more, the romance and chemistry between Cole and Ali is SIZZLING. From the very first time I read about Cole, I am intrigued. And by the end of the book, I've fallen head over heels for him. The romance between Cole and Ali is not quite love at first sight because their relationship develops as they spend more time together but the attraction when they first meet is clearly there. Another interesting thing about this book is that zombies are not the only enemies and this is why I am desperate for the next book to know more about it!

Characters:
Oh yes, meet my newest favourite heroine, Ali! Ali seriously rocks. I just adore and love her. She fights zombies, enough said. When her family dies, I feel really sorry for Alice but I'm glad that she does not dwell in her sorrow too long! When Ali fights zombies, she is completely kick-ass and not to mention her relationship with Cole. It's just full of chemistry, attraction and the scenes between them are just hot. Cole is such an awesome guy too. He is absolutely protective of Ali and really cares for her. I like how he likes to wear baseball cap, giving him this sense of mysteriousness and bad boy type! Cole's friends are really fun to read about, like Frosty! (Love that nickname. And yes, you'll find out why he's called Frosty when you read the book!) Kat, Ali's best friend is just awesome. I love how she is so supportive of Ali and even if Ali sometimes hide the truth from her, she is completely understanding. Well, I guess I should mention the zombies too since they are technically 'characters' in this book and my comment is only: don't eat my brain or actually, don't eat me! 

There's also the other enemies besides the zombies that I really dislike. I don't want to spoil it for you guys but let me just say, I dislike them even more than the zombies! 

Overall:
Dear Gena, I'm in love with your first YA book. It's SIZZLING, it's loaded with amazing fight scenes, Cole and Ali seriously rocks and to top it even more, it's about zombies! Gena's kick-ass writing and Alice in Zombieland will take you to the exciting world of zombies. Just be sure not to let them eat you! 
5 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Alice in Zombieland!
Thank you Harlequin Teen Australia for the review copy!

15 comments:

  1. Sizzling is the right word! :D I'm so glad you enjoyed this, Celine. I thought it was a lot of fun too, even though it wasn't much of an Alice retelling. Brilliant review!

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  2. This was such a great story, I'm looking forward to Through the Zombieglass! This was my first ever zombie book and I couldn't have been more pleased.

    Great review, Celine!

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  3. Everyone loves this book!!! But I still havent read it yet :(

    It doesnt sound much like Alice in Wonderland at all... so I dont know how that will go, but i love zombie books! :)

    Im glad you enjoyed it!
    This was a great review!

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  4. YESSSSSSSSSS! I loved this one too Celine! I'm a complete Gena Showalter fangirl and she did not disappoint with this book. I adored Ali, I agree with you completely on her, and don't even get me started on Cole. I'm madly in love with him:) BAD BOYS FOR THE WIN!

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  5. Your 5 stars has made me so excited Celine as I just started this book today! I really really hope I love it as much as you did, as I'm not normally one to pick zombie books either. But this book does sound so promising. Lovely review Celine! :)

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  6. Ahhh! I have been itching to get my hands on a copy for months and one should be coming I think next week. I have not read a Showalter book,...I know gasp,so I am really looking forward to it! To hear that Ali is a kick ass heroine and that there is a hot guy, Cole makes me want to read it all the more!

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  7. .... You are so mean. By giving me this FANTASTIC review, you make me want to go to the TBD to buy it right away. I have been waiting for this book for ages (yeah, exaggeration :p) and I want to have it in my greedy hands <3 Thank you so much for sharing this. I'm going to hunt down my copy as soon as possible.

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  8. Oh, how wonderful that you loved Ali so much. It seems to be the general consensus. I have a copy of this and I just can't wait to get to it. As soon as i finish Obsidian Mirror - it's mine! Wonderful review as always, Celine! Can't wait to compare notes.

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  9. This sounds like such a fun book! Not a big fan of zombies but this certainly sounds unique and I love that Ali is your new favourite. Also the fact you described this book as SIZZLING is a big plus. Fantastic review, C! <3

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  10. CELINE CELINE CELINE CELINE CELINE! Um, can I just copy and paste your review in your comments? Because it is exactly how I feel about this book. SUCH an entertaining ride! Ali definitely became a favourite heroine and I effing ADORED (read: ADORED) Kat!! This is just such a COOL (uh, and creepy) takae on zombies. Super excited to see what Gena does next with the story. Except for that long wait until release date... not so excited about that :P

    FABULOUS REVIEW! <3

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  11. Gosh, I'm so glad you adored this novel as much as you did, Celine! I've seen some...confusing...reviews of this one, from reviews who loved it and those who hated it. Still, your review has me excited about this one all over again, so I can't WAIT to finally read it! Wonderful, wonderful review, dear! :)

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  12. EEEEEEEEEEEEE! CELINE. OMFG.
    YOUR REVIEW. ME SO EXCITED! Sizzling romance? Ali your new favorite heroine? KDAGHDHAFD.
    Can't wait to read. Also. OMFG. THE COVER. RIIIIIIIIIIGHT?

    ♥♥♥

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  13. ohhh hot sizzling romance! I can't wait to meet Cole. I love zombies and now I am very curious about the other enemies besides the zombies. But glad to hear they are creepy and scary! Helps keep my attention.

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  14. OMG Celine!!! Yaaaay!!!! So glad you loved it!!!

    Everyone has been raving about this book. I haven't read a single zombie book yet (because I kinda don't like zombies) but I'm really excited to read this. So glad you loved Ali and Cole! Cole sounds like an amazing character. I think boys who wear baseball caps are hot and cute therefore, I love him already. :D

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  15. YAYAYAAAA!!! Another touchdown ! How cool is this story and imagination with the Zombies. I am a bit gagah! for Cole too:D I did like Kat more than Ali at this stage as , well Kat ..........you know!

    Frosty and Kat , hehe!!!

    p.s. Now you have to meet Jackson in Poison Princess, humma, humma!!!!!!

    Wonderful review that I whole heartedly agree with everything!!!!

    It's now a long, long, long wait for book 2........:(

    Mich:D

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