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Alice in Zombieland | [Gena Showalter]

Alice in Zombieland

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Linda B Northeast USA 10-06-12
    Linda B Northeast USA 10-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun! Actually something new!"

    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!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    LDAvignon Makakilo, HI United States 10-24-12
    LDAvignon Makakilo, HI United States 10-24-12
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    "Captivated"
    Where does Alice in Zombieland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top so far...I'm new to audiobooks, but thus far it's been the most enjoyable book I've listed to.


    What does Natalie Gold bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was FANTASTIC! Her emotion and inflections are wonderful. I have never been able to thoroughly enjoy an audiobook...until Natalie Gold.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. Laughed out loud several times.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 10-14-12
    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome Book for Adults and Teens!"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Peoria, AZ, United States 11-08-13
    Carrie Peoria, AZ, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting twist on zombies"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 11-03-13
    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "Awesome YA series!!"

    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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Centennial, CO, USA 05-04-13
    Amy Centennial, CO, USA 05-04-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved this book! LOVED! LOVED! LOVED!"
    If you could sum up Alice in Zombieland in three words, what would they be?

    I just couldn't...I tried...but no. Too many good things to say.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is what a teenage girl book should be. She needs to be able to pull herself up and fight. Not just sit and wait for a guy to save her, although it is nice to have one fight next to. I am going to be waiting with baited breath for book 2 in September.


    What about Natalie Gold’s performance did you like?

    She was really good. I knew who was talking and when. I liked the quality of her voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried at the beginning.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-29-14
    Angie Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "4.5 Stars! - A nice twist on the Zombie plot"

    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)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kimberly Fair Oaks, CA, United States 01-12-14
    kimberly Fair Oaks, CA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2006
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    What did you love best about Alice in Zombieland?

    The writer knows her audience: teen, female. She is careful to curb the use of foul language and loose sexual behavior in her characters. She even spins a little of the"respect thyself" for her teen gal readers who so often see women played down as weak, low on intelligence and "easy".


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader could have been little more versatile in her playing different male and female roles. It was difficult to hear the male role vs. female. She is also a bit emotionally "monotone". There were moments she sounded emotionally "blah" like Kristen Stewart of Twilight.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall the book was entertaining. I might get the second book. I have one or two of her books in my library already. I do think this author is a strong writer about to come into her own. I hope she writes for a more mature audience soon!!

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    Sonj Los Angeles 07-11-13
    Sonj Los Angeles 07-11-13 Member Since 2012

    I love audiobooks and I'm so addicted!

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    "Fun Easy Read but not what I was expecting"

    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.

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    Glitterkillah187 Beacon Falls, CT, United States 03-31-13
    Glitterkillah187 Beacon Falls, CT, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2012

    30 year old mother of 2, book, audio book, movie, music and (some) tv junkie!

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    "Soooo not your typical zombie book. Awesome!"
    Would you listen to Alice in Zombieland again? Why?

    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


    What other book might you compare Alice in Zombieland to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Natalie Gold – was your favorite?

    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!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Ohh yes. Very addictive.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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