Dissapointed: A Review of ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND by Gena Showalter

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1) ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND
Gena Showalter
404 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: September 25th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: Meh

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….

   Alice Bell use to think her dad was crazy. But her dad was probably the only sane person in her family. When a car crash steals her family, Alice is sent to live with her grandparents, where she uncovers deadly secrets. Here she runs into a couple of zombies and escapes with her life. Then she meets Cole Holland and his friends. They have secrets of their own, and Alice will do anything to confirm that she’s not crazy. But how will she get them to trust her? What if she is crazy?

   When I picked up ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND I had the wrong thoughts, I was thinking that it would be a much darker retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I soon found out it was different, the plot was interesting – spirit zombies, who aren’t visible to everyone, are trying to take over the world. I was disappointed when I learned that it wasn’t a retelling, but what made me even sadder was the fact that ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND wasn’t even enjoyable. Half the book is about Alice thinking about Cole Holland, which meant that there wasn’t a lot of action.

  I expected a lot of good things when I opened the book. I mean the first chapters were pretty good, but when Cole entered the plot, the entire story went down the wrong path. Gena Showalter didn’t really focus on zombies but more on the characters. Which is perfectly fine, but the characters started getting annoying after awhile.

   Although I didn’t really like this book, I hope that book two in the White Rabbit Chronicles, Through The Zombie Glass, will be better. And yes, I am going to pick it up, don’t ask why.

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    November 5, 2012

    I'm sorry that this one didn't meet your expectations, Hafsah. I loved this one but I can definitely see why you had a few problems. And yes, I totally get why you can't resist picking up the next one. ;) Since everything has been introduced already, I'm confident that Gena will go in a good direction with it! Great thoughtful review! :)

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    Teen Librarian's Toolbox, Karen

    November 5, 2012

    I liked the book but also noted in my review that the middle part was problematic.

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    November 5, 2012

    Awwww too bad this one didn't really work for you Asma! I loved it, but then I'm a huge Gena Showalter fangirl so she can really do no wrong for me. I thought the romance was fabulous, but I think a lot of readers have felt the same way as you. I'm glad you're still thinking of giving book 2 a try and I hope you like it better than this one!

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    Bookluvrs Haven

    November 5, 2012

    I see a lot of unhappy thoughts on this book from many reviewers that I follow. And it's disappointing because as soon as I saw the cover reveal and book blurb for this one, I got so excited. I am still trying to make up my mind whether I will try it or not and I probably will, but I have put this on the backburner for now. Too bad!


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    Jesse Burgoyne

    November 5, 2012

    Sorry you didn't enjoy this one. I really want to read it. I've seen a lot of negative reviews for it all complaining about the characters, but I'm still going to give it a try. I really like the blurb and since I'll be going into knowing that it's not a full on zombie book I think I'll enjoy it. Or I hope so at least! Great review :)

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    November 5, 2012

    OH, THAT SUCKS!! I was really excited about this one but as more and more of bloggers I trust panned it, my excitement dimmed. I'll probably pick it up from the library, in hopes that #2 will have more action…with plenty of zombies.

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    Aimee Nelson

    November 5, 2012

    oh man i was really excited about this one! I hate it when characters get annoying! i am debating on reading it now or not! thanks for the review!

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    November 6, 2012

    Hmm, I'm on the fence about this one. I thought it was a retelling, so that's a bit disappointing!

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    Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence

    November 6, 2012

    Aw, man, ANNOYING CHARACTERS? No… I refuse to believe this. I'm a character girl and it takes a lot to annoy me. I can do this. I WILL love Alice and Cole. DON'T TRY TO TRICK ME. I see what you're doing :P

    Seriously, though, I'm happy people are making sure to mention this isn't a retelling because then I won't set myself up with all these expectations for a story that isn't there. I think this'll help me receive the book a lot better. :)

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    November 7, 2012

    NOOOOOOO…..I have this on my shelf. I've been wanting to read this for months. It SOUNDS like I would like it, but characters do tend to annoy me. Sigh…

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    November 9, 2012

    Ha, yeah, this one made me all kinds of disappointed and rage-ful. This book had so much promised, but she basically took the plot in all the worst possible directions. Also, I don't think the publisher/author/marketer/whomever should get away with pretending something's a retelling when it's not at all. It's stupid on so many levels.

    This should have been called “Ghost Zombies and Kissing.”

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    Jessica R

    November 9, 2012

    You're not the only one I've seen who said they were disappointed by this one. I wasn't sure when I first heard about it whether I wanted to read it and after hearing what you've had to say, I'm quite sure I won't enjoy it. Thank you for saving me from a disappointment!

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    November 11, 2012

    Oh, I'm sorry you didn't like it. Everyone was going crazy about it. I was thinking of getting this book because of all the reviews but maybe not now. Thanks for the great review.

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    November 19, 2012

    This book had so much buzz surrounding it, it's disappointing that it doesn't live up to that. I just hate when obsessing over the guy takes precedence over actual development and plot momentum. So frustrating. Thanks for the honest review.

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    Tammy Sparks

    December 10, 2012

    I'm bummed that you didn't enjoy it. I have a copy sitting in my TBR pile, and I hope to eventually get around to it anyway.

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    December 22, 2012

    I was so excited to read this book. I sounded to awesome, but it does not live upto the buzz surrounding it.

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    Sam Kasbrick

    January 6, 2013

    Sorry you didn't care for this one. I'm about halfway through it right now and am enjoying it. I was also expecting it to be a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, so I was a bit disappointed to discover that it isn't.

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    Opal Kim

    January 19, 2013

    What a shame! I had such high hopes for this book but I've heard nothing but bad things about it. I read Alice in Deadland and I liked that one. I was hoping this one would be about par or better.

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    January 27, 2013

    I felt mislead with Alice in Zombieland too. The story was okay, but the book was an overall disappointment after the huge online workup & hype and all the direct references to Alice in Wonderland.

    *still one of my favorite covers from last year though! it's definitely gorgeous and amazing :)

    ~Lynne of tworeads.blogspot.com

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    Jennifer Messerschmidt

    February 19, 2013

    I already knew it wasn't really a retelling more like the title is just a pun. It sounds interesting that the zombies are invisible to most people. I also did hear from some other reviews that is isn't super action packed. Maybe all the reviews will help me go into it with the right mind set. I would like to still try it one of these days. Sorry you were disappointed. That happens to me sometimes when I go into a book with certain expectations.