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Review of 'Alice in Zombieland' book 1 of the White Rabbit Chronicles

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

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Lewis Carroll’s beloved acid trip, Alice in Wonderland, has been rewritten countless times in literature. People love the idea of falling down a rabbit hole into a topsy turvy world where nothing makes sense. Gena Showalter takes this upside down and uses it as a parallel to her White Rabbit Chronicles. The first book, Alice in Zombieland, was published by Harlequin Teen.

Gena Showalter parallels her story beautifully with Carroll's masterpiece
Gena Showalter parallels her story beautifully with Carroll's masterpiece
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Alice Bell has never had an ordinary existence. Her father is a quack who believes that monsters are stalking the night, her sweet mother does nothing to calm the chaos, and her beloved sister, Emma, is determined to be in the spotlight for the rest of her life. Because of her father’s psychosis, the Bell family has a stone cold set of rules. No leaving the house at night. No leaving the house if you are not going to be able to return before nightfall. Always keep the doors and windows locked. Stay up-to-date on weapons and self-defense.

One unfortunate night, Alice discovers that her father’s delusions are very real and very deadly. After losing her entire family in one fateful blink of an eye, Alice is determined to send every undead monster back to hell. Toss in a best friend with a wicked sense of humor, a boy toy complete with tattoos and a love of swords and a set of grandparents who are determined to learn the hip new slang, and you’ve got yourself one of the freshest stories to hit the shelves in a long time.

Ali is a breath of fresh air. She doesn’t like being the center of attention, but she’s sassy and refuses to back down. She won’t deny her attraction to Cole, but she won’t let him bulldoze her either. Ali is loyal, caring and determined to fight. The characters in the book are all-around brilliant. Kat is a friend that you will wish you had. She’s so full of life that she will constantly put a smile on your face. Ali’s grandparents will make you laugh out loud with their attempts to stay hip and cool. The relationship between Ali and Cole is intense, sweet and balanced. They respect each other.

You can find Alice in Zombieland in any of Tulsa’s local book stores: Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, The Frugal Bookworm and Gardners.

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