Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Title: Alice in Zombieland
Author: Gena Showalter
Genre: YA Paranormal/Romance
Publisher: Mira Ink
Published: October 5th 2012
Page Number: 404
Rating: 5/5

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….


This is honestly one of the best YA books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I've always been a fan of Alice in Wonderland, so I started to look for re-tellings and came across this. The reviews were decent and I had never read a zombie book before, so I was killing 2 birds with 1 stone. I was hooked from the very first page.

Alice has had this extremely terrible thing happen in her life and while she's struggling with it, she's also not letting it affect her whole life. She's somewhat turning the negative into a positive, and I found it so fresh in YA fiction. Gena's characters are so iconic, they're dangerous and fun, and very relatable. I couldn't tell you how many times I laughed out loud because of Kat and he one-liners. She's hilarious!

Gena Showalter isn't just good at writing characters and romance - which literally had my heart beating rapidly. Cole, oh dear, Cole. Be mine, please - but she writes some amazing action scenes. I wasn't just reading a fight scene, I was in that fight scene with the characters watching from the side lines. It's incredible! I wanted more and more and more of this story, I was left feeling empty once I finished the book.

And that's what shows that Gena Showalter knows exactly what she's doing!


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