ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND
SERIES: The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: YA Paranormal Romance
DNF at Page 150 of 404 (37%).
She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
If anyone had 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.
WHY I DECIDED TO DNF ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND
I think this one was largely a case of my expectations and this book just not being what I was looking for.
- I thought this would be an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland retelling, but with zombies. But, as far as I could tell, it wasn’t. Aside from some names (Alice, Kat.) and a couple of nods in some lines of description (downing in a lake of tears, falling down a dark hole of despair) there was nothing of Alice in Wonderland here.
- There were no zombies? (up to the part I reached, obviously) There’s mention of the monsters which scare her dad, and a scene at the very start, but there was far too little zombie for a book with that in the title.
The romance was horrid. An instant, psychic-connection and instalove with a boy who is described as dangerous, scary and all sorts of badboy. This seemed so unhealthy after Alice’s recent trauma. Also, he kidnaps her! He takes her out to the middle of nowhere and ties her up! But it’s sweet, and romantic and cute… Uh huh…
I did’t really like any of the characters. Or even feel like I really wanted any of them to succeed. I wasn’t invested in the romance which is what this book really is. Being a paranormal romance isn’t a bad thing, but in that case, I need to feel some kind of connection between the characters other than the weird psychic visions. I also wasn’t invested in the plot. Alice decides to find out what happened to her family, but doesn’t really seem to do much to achieve that, so there’s no mystery or tension.