Friday, March 21, 2014

Book Review: Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles #1)

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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.



Protagonist: Alice "Allie' Bell is a very curious protagonist, on the one hand she complains a lot and doesn't do too much to rectify her situation, but then there are these moments, usually when she's surrounded by zombies, that she's fearless and a complete badass, Honestly, I was pretty torn on how I felt about her, her uneven character really bugged me but again those times that she was really strong and willful almost made up for it.

Romance: When Cole was first introduced in the story I thought that this was just going to be another insta-love fiasco, but surprisingly it wasn't, in fact I don't think the words "I love you" were even uttered by either Cole or Alice to each other. In fact their romance and feelings for each other really came of realistic and genuine. My only problems with the romance are that there are times when Cole either comes off like a dick, or "I'm going to act like a jerk to protect you" which I get, but it's when Allie doesn't get that he's so obviously doing this that I get a bit annoyed, it's like he said it so it has to be true. The other thing that bothered me was that since the author also writes adult romance books as well, it kind of seeps into this story, and while it doesn't cross the YA line, the sheer amount of detail that she uses when describing her characters kissing or making out rubbed me the wrong way at times.

World-Building: Going into this I thought, "Awesome, an Alice's Adventures in Wonderland retelling with zombies!" but oddly this isn't an Alice retelling, instead it's an original story with various references to the classic tale. The world-building for this book is so cool that I felt like the Alice references were a bit gimmicky and they weren't really needed to make this book awesome. However, looking at the description for the next book I can see where the Alice connection might grow and expand, but for this installment individually, I don't think it was needed.

Predictability: So predictability wise? This author does a great job at juggling both the easy to see twists, the crackpot theories come to life, and the completely unseen. It's been a few days since I have finished this book and I am still reeling over some of the things that came to light at the end of this book. The betrayals, the unseen allies, and of course the biggest twist of all which if I began to even label it, it would give too much away.

Ending: Like I said above there's a lot that happens in the final confrontation, but there's also a lot revealed in the "cooling down" period following it. It wasn't really an information overload or overflow of exposition, but it's also a lot to take in. While at the very end of this book it's obvious that there will be more installments, but it ends in a way that if there weren't any more installments that readers would be quelled enough not to form an uprising. Though going into the next book I'm going to be hoping/expecting a rather large cliffhanger!


So yes, there are definitely some things wrong with this book, or more accurately some things that I personally don't enjoy but overall I really enjoyed the book and can't wait to continue the series.


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