Based on the first chapter, I should have enjoyed Gena Showalter’s Alice in Zombieland a lot more than I did.
Alice Bell’s father is a bit of the peculiar side. He won’t let his family venture out of the house after dark, he won’t drive by the cemetery and he’s convinced that he can see evil forces that no one else can. For her younger sister’s birthday, Alice convinces her father to bend the rules and attend the younger sister’s dance recital. Leaving quickly after the recital is over, the family is killed while driving past the cemetery, leaving only Alice alive and forced to face the future without her family and wracked with guilt. Oh and she might just have inherited and unlocked her father’s ability to see the evil forces.
Intriguing enough premise, right?
It’s just too bad that once you turn the page into chapter two, Alice in Zombieland descends into the depths of a Twilight rip-off, complete with two diametrically opposite male love interests who are competing for Alice’s attention. I quickly found myself becoming less and less intrigued by developments in Alice’s social and love life and more curious as to when Showalter might bring us back to the promise of that opening chapter.
The answer is, unfortunately, never. Instead what I ended up with was a lot of frustration and the promise that there are more books in the series to come. This is one reader who won’t be back.