Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Title:  Alice in Zombieland
Author:  Gena Showalter
Narrator:  Natalie Gold
Series:  White Rabbit Chronicles #1
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Publication Date:  September 25, 2012
Source:  purchased
Purchase:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible

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…

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I'd tell my sister no.
I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I'd tell them I love them.
I wish...Yeah, I wish.

If, like me, you were expecting a zombie-rific retelling of Alice in Wonderland, you might be disappointed in that respect.  There are several references to the classic story, and Ali does "chase" a white rabbit with a clock, but Alice in Zombieland stops short of trying to emulate the original story and instead only alludes to it at times -- especially in the chapter titles, which I actually found clever.  Also, these aren't your typical zombies.  They're of the spirit world -- yeah -- which means not every one has the ability to see them.  But despite the fact that this novel wasn't quite what I was expecting (or hoping for), I still found it fun and entertaining.

I haven't actually had the pleasure of listening to any of Natalie Gold's prior audiobook recordings, so I had no idea what to expect from her narration of Alice in Zombieland.  But I can tell you after listening to her rendition of this novel that I would listen to the rest of her repertoire in a heartbeat.  Her voice is perfect to portray the teenaged Alice Bell, and she hit all the right notes where Ali's wry sense of humor was concerned.  It was also easy to distinguish between the characters just by the simple variations in her tone of voice.  Plus, she made Cole sound as sexy and sultry as I imagined him in my head.  =)

Speaking of Cole...why does every guy named Cole in YA have to be the dark and brooding type but ultimately sexy as all get-out?  I've never known anyone named Cole, so I can't speak to the truth of this in reality, but it seems to me that not every single guy with this name would fit this stereotype.  Right?  I don't's just, well, the second I saw the name Cole in the synopsis, I knew how this would eventually play out:  brooding but sexy guy is drawn to protagonist but pushes her away "for her own good" but then plays hot and cold with her feelings for most of the story.  Sooo...maybe this story did play out a little like I was expecting.  That's not to say I didn't enjoy was just a tad predictable.

Just like Alice in the original story, Ali is very inquisitive and more than a little curious by nature.  Like the Alice in Tim Burton's remake, Ali is fierce, and with a little convincing, ready for a fight.  Ali is funny and sincere and overall endearing, even in the way she handles her frienemies.  But the way she is with her newly acquired friend Kat shows just what kind of person she is.  While all others have abandoned Kat for her romantic associations, Ali finds herself even closer to Kat, not simply because she, too, has been ostracized for who she associates with, but also because she genuinely likes Kat.  Kat could never replace the sister Ali lost, but she definitely makes the loss easier to bear.

This was my first ever Gena Showalter novel -- gasp! I know! -- but I'd definitely call myself a fan now.  I found Alice in Zombieland clever and humorous and it was an all around good time.  I finished the audio in record-time, even doing some extra chores just for extra listening time, and I can't wait to see what's next for Ali and the rest of the slayers.

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  1. Great review! I'm waiting for my library hold of this one to come in. I'm glad the narrator is good and this one will be my first Gena Showalter novel too!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. Yay...can't wait to see what you think. I'm glad to have found so many fellow readers who enjoy audio!! :D

  2. Awesome review. Like you this was my first Gena Showalter book and I need more. She is a very clever and humourous author, at least with this book. The narrator did make this book more for me. She was just great. Glad you liked it. Oh and more chores just to listen more wow... I don't think a book could do that for me. :)

    1. They are far and few between, but some audiobooks do require faster listening, so I make the most of my time and get all the laundry done. :) I should probably use that time to get some exercise in, but meh. :P I've always heard good things about Gena Showalter, and after Alice, I'm sure I'll be picking up more of her novels. :D

  3. Dude, I thought all guys in YA with any name were dark and brooding and sexy!? Unless they're written by John Green or something. I haven't read any Showalter books either, but I've been eyeballing this one. I'll have to give it a try. If I can read enough books on my TBR to earn myself a purchase (I am forcing myself to read 5 from my TBR to earn 1 new book, that way I'm at least making progress, you see!). AFTER I earn myself the right to purchase Days of Blood and Starlight, of course.

    1. Oh, yeah, Days of Blood and Starlight comes first, obvs. I've had my copy pre-ordered for ages. :P That's a good idea, though. I wish I had the willpower to stick to it. And I guess the majority of YA guys are dark and brooding, but there are exceptions to every rule...

  4. Great review!I think that it's cool that the Alice is similar to Tim Burton's remake, curious yet badass. I'm not a big fan of aduiobooks, just because I read faster than the person speaking. But I'm definitely going to be picking this book up in the future :D

    1. Same here about the reading faster, but with audio, I can listen while I work, and I love to get that extra reading in when I can. :) Hope you enjoy Alice when you get to it!

  5. I so can't wait to read this book, it sounds awesome and I'm kinda debating on trying out the audiobook now, even though I'm not really into those much. Thanks for the review!

    1. I thought I'd hate audio, too, but I got a free trial through Audible and now I'm hooked. And this audio was great, too, btw. :)


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