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.
©2012 Gena Showalter (P)2012 Audible, Inc
So many have tried to put a new spin on the zombie genre... So few actually succeed, with most taking the form of a survival story, repeating the same old, same old... As I cannot get enough of zombies, the same old usually must be good enough... This is much better than good enough and is not the same old, same old.
Though it is a YA story, with a fair splash of teen romance, it is also a very unique and well developed zombie adventure. The characters are incredibly well done, and even the romance is well developed and is well paced... Though like a lot of romances, the main couple is immediately drawn together based on some kind of instinct or intrinsic attraction, unlike many such set ups (see Twilight series for the worst offender) there is a real development of this connection, a solid ground for the characters to care about each other and to connect and time is taken for them to actually get to know each other, making the relationship believable and much more compelling. Likewise, the friendships and rivalries are well developed as well, and each character seems unique, with a clear and well developed personality.
In addition to that, the plot moves along very well... though the set up takes a few chapters, once the story gets going there are mysteries to be solved, challenges to be met, action carefully spaced throughout in such a way that it is well woven into the overall plot and not action for action's sake...
On the whole this was an impressively entertaining experience, and I think will appeal to both a YA audience and an older audience as well, since a well done story is a well done story, regardless of the age group it is aimed at.
Also, the narrator does a very good job! There were a few points where I felt the reading was just a tiny bit too slow, but it is a very, very small complaint and in fact worked very well in the more introspective, emotional points in the story...Overall, I recommend!
Top so far...I'm new to audiobooks, but thus far it's been the most enjoyable book I've listed to.
She was FANTASTIC! Her emotion and inflections are wonderful. I have never been able to thoroughly enjoy an audiobook...until Natalie Gold.
Yes. Laughed out loud several times.
Gena has another great hit! Even though this book is marketed to teens, adults will enjoy it as well. Gena did a great job developing the characters. Alice's best friend Kat is fun and kind, and the boyfriend Cole is hot and a great guy. She really captured high school kids and their characters. The book has a lot of emotion in it - sadness from loss, laughter and love. The book is appropriate for teens (unlike her adult books). I can't wait for the next book in the series!
She could always redeem herself, so maybe, yeah.
I would cut/edit the scene when Alice and Cole meet for the first time. The moment their eyes meet, they both have this hallucination where they are making out and lusting on each other. And what does the brooding handsome love interest with violet eyes (rolling my eyes here) do? He glares, glowers, snarls, and grits his teeth at Alice. And how does Alice react? Nope, she doesn't flip him off or anything normal like that, she drools and makes goo goo eyes, because you know, psycho douche bags are SO hot!
This book has raving reviews. So yeah, it's not what I was expecting. At all. I guess it's better if I just list my issues:
1. Cole= douche, controlling, possessive, violet eyes, suffers from severe alpha male issues.
2. Alice= being inside this girl's head was painful. WAY too insecure. She questions everything she says and everything everyone else says and everything she thinks, AND she pines for an unlikable douche (instantly, btw).
3. The whole Alice in Wonderland thing is misleading. The only things that relate to that in this novel are that the MC's name is Alice, that there is this rabbit-shaped cloud that appears to warn the MC of danger, and the titles of the chapters. That's it.
4. The writing= excessively tongue-in cheek and tries too hard to be hip-and-teenagey, to the point where it pulls you out of the story. And there were several descriptions that were just silly:
“The mountains, valleys and lush green trees highlighted by the streetlamps.”
Wow, those must be some ginormous streetlamps...
I found Alice in Zombieland a little hard to get into. I love a good series - I really enjoying the character development over a few or more books), so for me the first book is new and not so familiar and this book also had a narrator I hadn't listened to before.
The first 1.5 hours I had to listen to at 2x speed. In saying that, by the end of the book I was hooked and the book ended too quickly. I immediately downloaded the next in the series.
If I could give this book 4.5 stars I would - I've marked it down 1/2 star just because the beginning didn't grab me.
Definitely well worth a credit and I would highly recommend it.
Looking for other Zombie Fiction?
White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland (narrated by Allison McLemore)
If you like Paranormal fiction (witches/vampires/werewolves etc) you could try...
Anything by Jeaniene Frost - top of the list is the Night Huntress series. (Narrated by Tavia Gilbert)
Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones (narrated by Lorelei King)
Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs (also narrated by Lorelei King)
Naked Werewolf series, Jane Jameson series, Half Moon Hollow series by Molly Harper! (and of course narrated by Amanda Ronconi!)
Sookie Stackhouse - Charlaine Harris (narrated by Johanna Parker)
Garnet Lacey series by Tate Hallaway (narration by Amanda Ronconi)
Anything by Richelle Mead but I really enjoyed the Dark Swan series (narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck), Succubus series (narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers) and then Vampire Academy (narrated by Khristine Hvam).
I'm also a big fan of dystopian fiction and love these...
Divergent series by Veronica Roth - awesome!!! (narrated by Emma Galvin)
Eve Series by Anna Carey (narrated by Tavia Gilbert)
Legend Series by Marie Lu (narrated by Stephen Kaplan)
The Host by Stephanie Meyer (narrated by Kate Reading)
Considering all the retellings out there right now on the YA book shelves--and especially Alice in Wonderland retellings lately--I was happy to discover that Alice in Zombieland was original. Showalter primarily used aspects of the original story in funny or creative ways like chapter titles and let her story unfold in its own way. She definitely doesn't pull her punches with the readers but instead fills the story with danger, dark humor, and romance. It reminded me quite a bit of Kresley Cole's Arcana Chronicles and was a very enjoyable read. Looking forward to listening to the sequel!
Really great read!! Alice has a lot to deal with and the book is a bit of a rollercoaster!!! I loved that she was not an overly angsty teen!!! Oh, and Kat the BFF is awesome!!! Easily my favorite part of the book!!!
Great narration by Natalie Gold. Really easy to distinguish voices and the story flowed beautifully! I am definitely going to check out other books read by her!!
I have listened to it like a thousand times and it still makes me laugh and then break my heart...until I have to laugh again.
It's great! True Story!
I enjoyed this book. The start of the book took some time to get going and I felt there were parts of the book that were boring though, but overall I can say that it was a good book. The book was entertaining and unique. It was a fresh new take on the zombie genre, but one that is more likely to appeal to fans of paranormal romance than a typical horror reader.
I liked most of the vibrant and interesting characters in this book. I;m looking forward to see how Ali and Cole's relationship evolves. My favorite character in the book was Kat the Best Friend. her character was well written.
I'm looking forward to the next 2nd book.
I liked the Narrator, Natalie Gold. I thought she did a great job on the voices for the characters.
30 year old mother of 2, book, audio book, movie, music and (some) tv junkie!
Oh heck yea! I loved it and I'm sure I will pick up on a few things I missef the first time. PLUS I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE 2ND ONE TO COME OUT ON AUDIBLE! I'll need to read it I'll be in withdrawal lol
Poison Princess (the arcana chronicles) because it sucks you in just like this one and out of the now 36 books I've read in the last 5 months they are both in my top 5.
I don't even know how to pick but i love kat because shes amazing and such good friend. Cole too obviously becuse he's so interesting nd hotttt. :) And ALICE because she is so brave, a smart a** in a good way, and shes the lead!
Ohh yes. Very addictive.
Can wait for "Through the Zombie Glass" to come out on
Audible. You guys better have that book out in September of this year like everyone else will!
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