Author: Gena Showalter
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
Hard Cover: 404 pages
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
Alice has been through a lot that many people cannot relate to. She was in a car crash that kills her entire family and she is the only one to survive. Her transformation throughout the book is amazing. She attends a new school where she makes new friends, which some of them have the same ability that she has. She grows up thinking her dad is crazy and believes in monsters to a strong person that learns to fight them. She becomes a stronger and better person.
I really enjoyed this book and did not know what to expect from it. I thought it was an Alice in Wonderland type of story with zombies, but that is definitely not the case. It is almost like a roller coaster with all the twists and turns. I also love Alice’s sarcasm and how she is always asking a thousand questions. Then of course how can you not love Cole. He is good looking, strong, and has a tough guy rep. But as Alice gets to know him you find out he is caring, smart, and actually a good guy and I like being able to see both sides of his character. Then last but not least, Alice’s new best friend Kat. She is loyal, funny, and full of energy. She helped Alice to get out of her comfort zone and helped her to recover from missing her family by friending her on the whim. Of course it made Alice’s transfer to her new school smooth and comfortable.
Overall I would definitely recommend this book. It is a strong plot and a lot of action. Twists and turns; ups and downs. It was an enjoyable book and so good that it was hard to put the book down. So if you have time and do not know what to read next I would definitely choose this one.