Title: Alice In Zombieland
Author: Gena Showalter
Publish Date: 9/25/12 Harlequin
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 one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I truly enjoyed the story and couldn’t put the book down. Alice, like most teens, thinks her parents are ridiculous and too protective of her and her sister. She believes her father to be crazy and that his psychosis has ruined her life. She and her sister must not be out after dark. They have never attended a sleepover, a recital, a dance or anything else that takes place after daylight hours. Her father says this is because there are monsters out to get them and he wants to keep them alive, but having never seen the monsters before herself, she ignores him and finds the restrictions over the top.
Losing her family reveals those monsters to Alice and the guilt she feels is tremendous. Forced to move in with her grandparents, she has to change schools and make new friends who know nothing about her parents. She meets Kat and her group of friends who take her in and teach her the ropes of the school. She also meets Cole. Cole who rocks her world the second their eyes meet. She has the same effect on him and it takes them some time to figure out why they have a connection. They are both troubled by the connection, but it is hot. Cole is T-R-0-U-B-L-E according to the people at school, but she is drawn to him and his group of apparent misfits who teach her more than she ever thought she would understand about the world of the monsters her father was trying to avoid.
The parallels to the Alice in Wonderland world are fun to figure out as you read. It took me some time for a few of them and there are still characters that have yet to be revealed. The action packed scenes and the love story made for a fun story line. Alice is a strong, determined protagonist, and I do love a powerful female lead in a story. Alice has some difficult decisions to make, but with the support and love of her family and friends, she is able to face them gracefully. I can’t believe I have a year to wait for the next installment. Write faster! Please!
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