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Estelle: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter ( web | tweet ) Book 1 in the White Rabbit Chronicles series. Publication Date: September 25, 2012 Publisher: HarlequinTeen Pages: 404 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Zombies, high school, romance, friends Format read: A book from my bookshelf! (I got the copy at BEA.) Summary: One night of acting […]

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December 27, 2013 - 11:23 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter after Betty really loved it. It was very good! And so not my normal kind of […]

November 4, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Alexa Y. - After seeing your thoughts and Betty’s thoughts on this book, I’m slightly intrigued! I do think it’s awesome when there’s a slow burn romance. Plus, I love the marriage of the zombies to something a little more contemporary. I’ll probably have to check this one out!

November 1, 2013 - 12:36 pm

Judith - This doesn’t sound like a “me” book either – I’m not into zombies at all – but I’m glad you enjoyed it. I am a bit confused about the title since it doesn’t seem to have much to do with Alice In Wonderland, but oh well. There might be a reason for that? And ah, the hot guy, aka Betty’s main reason for loving it, haha. She’ll push it on me eventually, I can just tell.

October 21, 2013 - 11:49 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - First, I’m so surprised and happy that you tried this book and liked it. Not because I’ve read, but because it’s not contemp!! YAY! haha I’ve always liked the cover of this book and I’ve actually read and enjoyed Showalter’s adult PNR books. I’ve also read part of her YA series, Intertwined, but that was just ok. Haven’t felt compelled to finish it. I think I still want to give this one a try though. I mean, if you enjoyed, I bet I will too! 😀 Great review, Estelle!

October 18, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Ciara @ Ciara Reads Books - I really want to read this book! I’ve heard from a few others that there isn’t much of a connection to Alice in Wonderland but I still love the sound of it. And your reference to Buffy makes me want to read it all the more! 🙂

October 18, 2013 - 12:50 am

Leigh {Little Book Star} - Yay I’m glad you liked this book! I was very excited when it came in the mail, but when I was halfway through the novel, I had to drop it. Idk I was just bored with the story especially when it was barely like Alice in Wonderland. Hopefully the 2nd book is better. I don’t think I’ll continue on with the series though. I gave the 1st book away.

October 17, 2013 - 11:11 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - I’d pretty much written this book off when I discovered it wasn’t really related to Alice in Wonderland…but your review has made me reconsider! I’m all aboard for slow burning romance and Buffy style action. The title is just really unfortunate, because I think I could get behind Alice in Wonderland with zombies as a story!

I’m glad you took a risk on this, and I am putting it back on my TBR list!

October 17, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Ellice - I brought this one home from work with me this week! I’ll come back and read/comment after I finish reading it 🙂

October 17, 2013 - 7:29 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - Been hearing a lot about this one from Betty! I am actually a big fan of zombies so I feel like I’d really like it! It’s definitely on my list to check out for sure!!

October 17, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Megan @ The Book Babe's Reads - I have this on my shelf, but I am so so nervous about starting it! From your review, it sounds like it was pretty good, though, so I should read it soon. And is it okay to swoon for Cole before I ever even read about him? Because I’m swooning. Right now… tattoos and piercings… *flails* Awesome review, Estelle! Hope I get to read this one soon. 😉

October 17, 2013 - 10:59 am

Christianna - I’m glad that I read your review! I totally would have thought that this one was more of retelling than it seems to be. Needless to say, this one sounds like it’s really kick ass and I like loose retellings. Thanks for the awesome review! And you’re totally right about that cover!

October 17, 2013 - 10:33 am

Betty - Yay! Seriously, I’m soooo happy you gave this book a shot even thought it isn’t your typical kind of book!!! Also thrilled you liked it as much as you did— but borrow it?? Come On!! Those covers belong on the shelf! hahaha I agree on the retelling aspect of the story… some people might be annoyed if they had certain expectations, but I think that is why I loved it as much as I did. I’m not big on retellings, so for me it was a bit of a relief! I think it definitely a book that anyone would enjoy regardless of genre preference!!! 🙂 And… mmmm… Cole Holland and that nipple ring!! Go read book 2!

October 17, 2013 - 10:30 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m glad you liked Alice in Zombieland, Estelle. I really enjoyed it when I read it last year. I do agree that it really didn’t seem to relate in any way to Alice in Wonderland, but I didn’t mind that because I don’t like Alice in Wonderland much. I was surprised by the amount of humor Showalter added to this book. I loved seeing her grandparents trying to be cool.

Estelle: Like Moonlight at Low Tide… by Nicole Quigley

Like Moonlight at Low Tide… by Nicole Quigley Publication Date: September 25, 2012 (Kindle version comes out 10/2012) Publisher: Zondervan Pages: 256 Target: Young adult Keywords: bullying, absent parents, high school, popularity, siblings Format read: ARC from DJC Communications. (Thanks!) Summary: After 3 years away, Melissa returns to her old town where the whispers and bullying […]

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September 12, 2012 - 2:16 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I remember when you told me a little bit about this book, and I think you did a great job reviewing it! I’m pretty curious about this one, especially because you mentioned how the religion bit is handled very well. Thanks for sharing!

September 11, 2012 - 7:17 pm

VeganYANerds - I am happy to see you review this as I’ve been offered a review copy, too!

I like the sound of the story but I understand your feelings of needing more – great review, Estelle!

September 11, 2012 - 5:55 pm

Kristen - I think I’ll read this if I can find it at the library. I’m intrigued by how the bullying aspect is handled, and interested to see what this major event is and how it’s handled. It’s disappointing that you say you’re not sure if Melissa had learned anything by the end. Books are so much better when characters grow and learn. But, it does sound like this book poses a lot of questions, and I like books that make me think. Thanks for the review!

(What happened to the review of Beautiful Music for Ugly People? I wanted to comment on that one!)

September 11, 2012 - 10:21 am

Estelle - Anneqah. I actually quite loved that she was a swimmer too. Those scenes were always very poetic and flowy and I wish there were more of them. This character desperately need to find some solace in her life, and the water gave he that. I do hope you’ll pick up the book when it gets to your library. 🙂
Thanks for stopping in!

September 11, 2012 - 10:20 am

Estelle - “Without making him a Jesus freak.” YES. TO THIS. I was frightened of this but quite happy the way that it turned out. Many of the character’s reactions to his dedication to his religion were completely right on. It felt like it was me responding to them. Thanks for stopping in, L!

September 11, 2012 - 12:37 am

Lisa - This sounds like one of those books that might make the reader think, but the frustration that the narrator didn’t make any headway could be a downer.

I do like the youth group nod as well. A piece of who he is without making him a Jesus Freak. Well done, author!

September 10, 2012 - 6:51 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I think I’ll be taking your advice with this book, Estelle, and requesting this one from the library (if my library ever gets this book!). Surprisingly, I haven’t read too many books where bullying is really the main focus, so I think I’d like to try more of that type of stuff, as bullying is such a huge part of our world, unfortunately. I think the self journey that Melissa (supposedly) makes sounds intriguing, and the fact that she’s a swimmer is really cool! I’ve always loved swimming, so I think I could relate to Melissa. This major event, however, sounds like it’s not very well developed at all, and I could definitely see how this would deter your enjoyment level of the book.

Fabulous review Estelle! <3