Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Review: My Life As a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

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My Life As a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland
Synopsis (Goodreads):
Angel Crawford is a loser.

Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who's been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.

That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the parish morgue—and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse.

Before she knows it she's dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she's hungriest!

Angel's going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn't, she's dead meat.

My Thoughts: I got to the end of this book and had this sort of giddy delight over it. It was fun. It was fun and it ended on a note that left me completely satisfied. I almost needed a cigarette and cold beer, I tell you. Instead, I'll just bask in the wonderfulness of a zombie book where the zombie is a contributing member of society and actually has more prospects dead than she had alive.

Let's face it, Angel's life is in a slow spiral to nowhere before her little accident. She can't hold down a job, her dad needs some serious alcohol rehab, and her boyfriend is a piece of work. Being turned into a zombie ends up putting her on a path that she otherwise wouldn't have taken. She cleans up good. Well, provided she remembers to eat her dose brains every so often.

The mystery was nicely balanced and kept me guessing until the end. Between Angel attempting to figure out what she had become and what sort of upkeep was now required of her and the headless bodies that kept popping up (not literally), I was hooked. With no one to guide her in this second chance at living, Angel ended up thinking outside the box. For all that she continually puts herself down for dropping out of school and being  white trash, she was creative in her way of getting answers to things that had others stumped. I'm very interested to see how this carries over into the next book.

While I'm a hardcore zombie lover (err... not literally), I think this is a great book for both people who enjoy their zombies and for those that have never dipped their toes into this particular sub-genre. It's fun. It's fast. It's full of the occasional rotting bits. Good stuff!

Books in this series
1. My Life As a White Trash Zombie - Paperback | Kindle
2. Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues
3. White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

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  1. Yeah! You know I loved this book hardcore just because it is so stinking fun. The 2nd one is just as fun too :)I am so glad that you read it and enjoyed it :) :) :)

    1. I already love zombies and this book just took all that loved and smothered it in brain goo! IN A GOOD WAY!

  2. Mystery is my favourite genre but I cannot get into Urban Fantasy. Zombies, Vampires, etc, nope not me. I have enjoyed Angel stories.

    1. I am a HUGE paranormal fan so anything that brings out the creepy crawlies gets my vote! throw in a little mystery and I'm a happy girl!

  3. This was the first book about zombies that I actually really loved. And yeah, I was totally enamored with the mystery aspect of this book.

    I just started the second book in this series yesterday. I didn't get very far, though. Stupid other distractions.

    1. I'm very very tempted to pick up book 2. But then I look at all the books I already own and I'm all... Maybe I should read those first.

  4. Awesome review. I will pick this one up SOME DAY. Glad to hear the mysteries are attention-grabbing!

    1. The zombies are attention grabbing to. I have a feeling you'll like this book a lot. A LOT!

  5. I've been thinking about reading this one. I'm one of the people who are still dipping their toes in the genre. I do really like the fun zombie books!

    Great review, Kelly!

    1. I just like the whole idea. Plus, Diana Rowland writes a good story. I am smitten with her white trash zombie.

  6. I've been wanting to read this after Felicia gushed all over it. Glad it is receiving more sounds like Angel can use it.

    1. Angel's getting herself together. I think she'll be just fine!