Burn Bright Book Club: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
I deliberately got the UK cover because I think it was prettier. It has foil work and yep, pretty much everything else is the same. Love me some foil. Shiny!
I think the theme this year is blurring the lines between good and evil. So much potential for nasty people here, and then, I can’t say to much more or else there will be spoilers.
I’m going to pick the same one as I am guessing both Krista and Lisa will pick… COLE!!! Just cause he’s *sigh* Cole.
Wren and Poppy. What a pair of fair weather friends.
Alice begs her parents to take them all to Emma’s ballet recital. Thing go from bad to worse and Ali’s life will never be the same again.
Ali has to try and fit in at a new school after moving in with her Grandparents. Friends are made, lust is in the air and what on earth was that smell in the backyard?
You won’t guess it, and I’m not telling. ENJOY!
Zombies, I thought, what on earth are the other girls making me read this month? However, I kept the hope alive because Gena Showalter’s books have kept me company on many a late night. She certainly didn’t disappoint this time around and now I’m gonna be twiddling my thumbs waiting for the next book in The White Rabbit Chronicles, Through the Zombie Glass. Thank goodness there was as much romance as there was fighting and the restless dead, because Gena is a master at romance writing.
“I can’t promise we’ll ever use you for a hasty getaway,” Cole said, “but with a little work, you might be able to race my grandmother-while she’s on her scooter.”
I was instantly attracted to the cover of this book, the colors and details really stand out. Beautiful dress and I love black covers on books. The summary sounded amazing – a heroine to root for. I was expecting a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland, but this is its own and completely different story with very little similarities to the world of Wonderland, if at all.
There are a lot of characters in this one, but it mostly focuses directly with the relationship between Cole and Alice. So not too overwhelming.
Cole definitely grew on me by the end of the book (complete hot-ness factor) but my favourite character was Kat. She liked to tease, but was never brutal, mean or a bully. I liked her because of her completely honest way of looking at herself and situations, always telling it how it is, and with humour.
This may be a shocker, but I didn’t like Justin. Thrown in as a possible love interest at first, I feel like we never got to know him. Thus he was no competition at all for Cole as far as a relationship. And we didn’t get to know him on a personal level, he was too shy and didn’t play a big enough part for me to feel he was needed. I thought his sister played a better role than he did and we get less of her than we do of him in the pages. But she made a bigger impact to the storyline and the scenes that she is in.
There is a little bit of background story in the first couple chapters explaining Alice and her life with her parents and sister before the accident. But then the first half of the novel really focuses on the romance she forms with the bad boy Cole. Cole’s name was mentioned more in this book than the word, monster or zombie.
Alice’s father has always been paranoid and never lets them out at night because of the danger/creatures that roam around. Her mother seems mostly distracted and worried about her alcoholic father rather than caring for the children as she should (forgetting birthdays etc) When Alice runs a guilt trip on them for her birthday a horrible accident happens and she loses them. Now, having to move in with her grandparents and going to her parents old school, she learns more about the hidden dangers that killed her family, and meets Cole, dangerous, brooding and hot! Alice decides that she wants revenge on the creatures that ruined her families life, and she is willing to fight and put her own life on the line to get it.
Although it didn’t end with a cliff-hanger, you can get glimpses of where the ending is heading throughout the story. There are several hints dropped, maybe to prepare the reader for the decisions that she must make.
I agree here with Belinda that when it comes to romance, this author knows how to write it well. And I would suggest that readers interested in this book should be more of a romance reader than a horror reader, because as somebody who does not like romance, I was disappointed with how much time was spent on the relationship aspect. Also for those that are looking for a traditional Zombie, you won’t get that either. The author has put a twist in the story that seemed a little religious to me and as somebody who was looking for some good old fashioned Zombies, I wasn’t a fan of how they were portrayed here, or the way they had to be battled, or how not enough people died. I can say that I’ve never read anything like it before and she really has a way with dialogue, banter, humour and dynamics between the characters. It was what kept me reading.
“As you so eloquently pointed out in the forest, I don’t know you, and you don’t know me, but we almost…you know… in public!”
“You know. That’s what you call it?”
Was that amusement in his tone? “Do you want me to punch you in the face?”
“No, I want you to be still and listen to me.”
“That’s not happening.” He sighed, a wary sound. “Even if I promise not to you know in public again?”
Never really having seen the cover before, I actually went to my local library to go pick up the book and I was amazed!! It isn’t shiny, covered in gold or glitter, but there’s a tremendous amount of detail and thought put into it. Not only is the cover amazing, but also the back and the inside.
Overall, I found the characters to be really unique and interesting. Sometimes a little too lovey dovey and mushy, and other times a little too “hardcore”. But I really liked the main characters Alice and Cole, I liked their friends, and I even liked Alice’s grandparents and their “talks”!
Alice in Zombieland didn’t have any characters that I disliked, or found annoying, so I don’t actually have a least favourite. I did feel that the connection between Cole and Alice was a little over done, and too lovey dovey for me. For goodness sake, they barely know each other, and he’s already telling her what to do, and what he needs to do to “protect” her! Another thing I found a irritating about Cole was that he didn’t know what he wanted, one minute he wanted to be with Alice, the next he didn’t. Make a decision and stick to it!!
I do have to say, there were a lot of times that Cole’s over-protectiveness was cute, and Alice’s fantasies were interesting, and in the end I really enjoyed the two, and the way they were, when they were with one another.
The story starts on Alice’s Birthday (that her parents forgot all about), and like any other day, she isn’t allowed to leave the house once its dark, and her family isn’t going to her little sister’s, ballet recital. Finally having talked her parents into letting them attend, the night turns bad within the blink of an eye.
After having lost her sister and parents, Alice moves in with grandparents, lives in a new house, that isn’t zombie-proof. She goes to a different school where she meets Cole and has an instant connection. As she learns more about this bad boy, and his mysterious friends, Alice find out that she isn’t the only one fighting the zombies.
I hate reviewing this part, because I always feel like I’m giving too much away, if I haven’t already…
Deciding to join Cole and his friends on their hunt for zombies, Alice realizes that her dad was right about everything, and that she is a lot stronger and more powerful than she thought she was. With the help of Cole, she begins her training to hunt and kill zombies…even if they are her family.
…uhhhhh… LOVED IT, COULDN’T GET ENOUGH, AND CANT WAIT TO GET THE NEXT BOOK!!!