Alice in Zombieland | 3 star review
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #1
Also in this series: Through the Zombie Glass
Published by Harlequin Teen
She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
If anyone had 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.
I have had this book on my shelf forever, and this was a reread. I kinda knew what Alice in Zombieland was about but it didn’t stop the disappointment that this wasn’t a badass Alice in Wonderland retelling. So if that is what you’re looking to get out of this book, you should probably look elsewhere. This book is also trope filled and the angst can become somewhat unbearable especially with the romance elements of the story. Saying that I find this book to be a guilty pleasure, sure I rolled my eyes throughout the entire thing but, I finished it and went straight for the sequel.
The main character, Alice, is the typical girl who is clumsy and who doesn’t know her own strength, only to become the only person able to save the world type of hero. I had to roll my eyes when it came to her and anything that came out of her mouth. Plus can we talk about the fact that her and Cole’s relationship for the entire book is one big trope? Not saying I didn’t enjoy the whole back and forth, the fact that Cole is hot makes it slightly more bearable (that makes me a bad person, I even cringed when writing it, but let’s be real). This wasn’t a pairing that was going to break any moulds or win any awards for originality, but I do have a soft spot for the angst-filled lives of characters.
That should be another warning for Alice in Zombieland, IT IS SO ANGST FILLED. Like it was almost too much, my eyes nearly rolled out of my head. I know they are fictional and the real world isn’t filled with zombies and slayers (that we know off) but man, there were a lot of pity parties thrown in this book. Plus the whole pitting girls against other girls for the sake of boys was NOT cool, in fact I really hated how big of a part it played in the storyline. The fact that instead of pulling each other up these girls were happy to rip each other made me angry that we still feel the need to represent girls like this. BOYS SHOULD NOT BE A GIRL’S ONLY CONCERN!
Anyway, moving on quickly and happily, I think the unique concept of how they fight the zombies was well thought out and done. I enjoyed learning more about the characters and the history of slaying. I think it was well integrated into the main storylines, made it a joy to read. I would have loved for there to have been more explanation, maybe cut out some of the angst and had more training! But I genuinely enjoyed the slaying aspect of the story.
I don’t know whether I would recommend Alice in Zombieland to anyone because it definitely wasn’t my favourite book, and it was a guilty pleasure read. Not saying if someone was looking for something specifically about zombies I wouldn’t mention it – I’m just not shouting about it from the rooftops! Check out my review of the sequel here.
What are your guilty pleasure reads? Have you read this series? Let me know in the comments!