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Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues Mass Market Paperback – July 3, 2012
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“Rowland is a hilarious writer, and her White Trash Zombie series shines in a crowded genre.” —USA Today
“An incredibly fun series, and a breath of fresh air in an increasingly crowded field.... While there's no denying that the basic premise is fascinating and entertaining, the real draw here is Angel's personal journey of growth and self-discovery.” —Tor.com
“Uber-talented Rowland takes a break from her Demon series to produce a wonderful story with a zombie heroine who is endearing and engaging. This unique twist on a coming-of-age story explores a young woman’s journey toward self-acceptance in the face of long odds. Throw in the need for brains and a nasty serial killer and presto—you have the recipe for a terrific read!” —RT Book Reviews
“An intriguing mystery and a hilarious mix of the horrific and mundane aspects of zombie life open a promising new series from Rowland.... Humor and gore are balanced by surprisingly touching moments as Angel tries to turn her (un)life around.” —Publishers Weekly
“Rowland’s delightful novel jumps genre lines with a little something for everyone—mystery, horror, humor, and even a smattering of romance. Not to be missed—all that’s required is a high tolerance for gray matter. For true zombiephiles, of course, that’s a no brainer.” —Library Journal
“Blending very mild horror, humor and mystery, I was hooked from the start. Both urban fantasy and zombie fans will enjoy this highly entertaining novel. Full of suspense, drama, and several surprising twists, this is one zombie story I couldn’t get enough of.” —Sci Fi Chick
“Angel will make you laugh out loud, and she will also make you come close to losing your lunch. After all, these are creatures that suck down pureed brains for a pick-me-up.... Angel is a distinct character, and she has grown through the series.” —Kings River Life Magazine
“Equally gross and heartwarming, disgusting and riveting, My Life as a White Trash Zombie is a clever read. If you like to see a flawed heroine pull herself back up, and can handle visceral imagery, it’s a brilliant book. Fans of Carolyn Crane, Stacia Kane and Allison Pang will dig on this one. Big time.” —Vampirebookclub.net
About the Author
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0756407508
- ISBN-13 : 978-0756407506
- Product Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.88 x 6.75 inches
- Publisher : DAW; 1ST Edition (July 3, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #908,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of the things that I loved about the first book in the series was being with Angel as she discovered what she was and learning to live with it. In this book, Angel knows exactly who she is and not only accepts it but has embraced her new reality. I still really like Angel a lot. She wants to be a better person and tries really hard to be the absolute best that she can at her job. She even seems to accept the fact that people will judge her based on her prior actions and doesn't hold it against them.
When a body under her care is stolen from her at gunpoint, Angel becomes the focus of suspicion at the job that she loves. To clear her name, she does a little investigating and is eventually pulled into a much more sinister organization. She finds herself in a very dangerous situation and is forced to make horrible decisions.
There is a pretty interesting mystery at the center of this story. During the course of the story, we also get to learn a little more about the science behind zombies in this world. I liked that Angel really stood up for herself in this story and simply refused to be accept being treated poorly in any way. She really doesn't take a lot of crap from anyone in this story but she still shows that she has a softer side and cares about others.
Allison McLemore does a fabulous job with the narration of this story. In my mind, her voice is Angel's. I love her southern accent and the way she delivers the story. It was always clear to me who was speaking and I just found myself being carried away by the story. I felt like I was right there with Angel at times and really felt her range of emotions. I definitely plan to listen to more work from this narrator.
I would highly recommend this book. This is the second book in the series and is really best read in order since there are some parts of the story that are brought from the first book. I can't wait to start the next book in this fun series!
Angel Crawford is such a unique character. When we met her in the first novel she was rough. She was on probation for theft, living with a drunken father, and working minimum wage job after minimum wage job. Dying may be the best thing that ever happened to her. Now Angel is a zombie and she works for the cororner's office. She finds that she actually enjoys her job and does really well at it. Oh and the access to brains is a big bonus. But Angel is the most human zombie I have ever had the pleasure to read about. In the second installment, "Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues" we see how Angel has really made a better life for herself. She loves her job and has a new boyfriend, a cop named Marcus. He is also a zombie. Even her father is trying to clean up his act.
Then the stuff hits the fan. As Angel is delivering a body to the office one night, she is held up at gunpoint. The gunman then steals the body. The incident isn't caught on tape and they only have Angel's word for it. The media blows the story up and makes Angel look guilty. She is an ex felon after all. Angel must redeem herself. Darn it, she likes this job! What she uncovers is quite a sinister plot involving a group that wants zombie bodies for evil reasons.
I really liked how Rowland weaves dangling threads from the first book so seemlessly into this one. I also like how realistic the new relationship is between Marcus and Angel. Some of the most wonderful moments in the book are actually those between Angel and her father. For me to love any book, they characters have to take center stage. They truly do in this series. The fact that the plot is so totally entertaining and well written is merely a bonus.
I love reading five star books but they aren't my favorite to review because I get so excited about them and yet I don't want to give a single detail away. Please take my word for it though. If you enjoy paranormal or urban fantasy novels this series (and her other) are simply not to be missed.
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Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues basically takes off immediately from where My Life as a White Trash Zombie left off. A couple of weeks have passed, but nothing more, and we see Angel still enjoying the new, better life she had to die to achieve. But hey, why get frustrated with being undead when you can just chow down on brains and carry on as normal?
Soon enough, however, it's clear that Angel's in for a rough ride. She's held up at gunpoint at work and barely anyone believes her, she meets her new boyfriend's uncle who turns out to have a huge stick up his ass, only made worse when she discovers her boyfriend will do pretty much anything he says; including pretending that the two of them aren't dating, and somewhere out there the person who's been chopping heads off zombies may still be after them.
And to top it all off, Angel only has a few weeks to study for and take her GED or she'll find herself in prison.
I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the first one, mainly because I've grown very fond of Angel and I was frustrated with all the crap she was being put through. Having said that, I did love that she didn't just lie down and take it; whenever someone called her a liar she put them straight, and whenever Marcus started acting like his uncle's pet she called him out on it. Angel doesn't take any s***, and I love that about her.
I still recommend this series, whether you're a hardened zombie fan or you're a newbie to the genre, and I can't wait to read the others!
I enjoyed the new take on zombies in the first book and I knew I had to read the rest of the books in the series after that. It took me a while to get around to reading this one as it wasn't available on Kindle and that is my only real complaint. The world that Rowland has created is grounded firmly in reality, her characters flawed and believable. Angel's snarky narration is refreshing and results in many smirk-able moments. I wouldn't say it was laugh out loud funny, but it is wildly entertaining throughout and the story takes plenty of unexpected twists and turns.
While Angel got a bit swept up in everything in the first book, including a quick slide into a relationship with the guy who turned her into a zombie, she is questioning things more in this book and appears to be gaining a bit more control over her own future. Her relationship with her dad is very flawed but they are both working at it and this adds to the realism. I liked that she wasn't letting her feelings rule her when it came to her boyfriend being a bit controlling. She really is a great character, easy to sympathise with and I also find her use of profanity pretty amusing.
I would highly recommend the White Trash Zombie series to fans of Urban Fantasy.