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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 --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B004XFZ8M8
- Publisher : DAW; Original edition (July 5, 2011)
- Publication date : July 5, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 501 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #288,723 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Plot & Pacing
The plot was interesting and for the most part, unpredictable. I felt the pacing was just right and never felt bored or like a scene was dragging.
Setting & World-Building
Set in today's age, with some supernatural elements. As a Southern girl, I felt the author captured Angel's life very well. I also loved the references to popular zombie movies.
Characters & Development
Angel is what truly made this book. Her humor was hilarious, she had a sweet heart, and an inner strength that even she didn't realize she had. She is far from perfect and knows it, dragging herself down from the beginning. But I loved how her character developed in this book, especially as she began to realize that maybe she wasn't as dumb or as much of a loser as she thought she was. I really loved that she was able to find worth in herself despite almost everyone else and thing in her life trying to say the opposite.
I also loved the side characters of Derrel, Dr. Leblanc, Ed, Marcus, Kang, and Monica (even though her role was small, I loved her date rape talk with Angel). Even Nick showed his sweet side occasionally. I even thought Zeke was a fun character.
And the not so nice characters were fun to dislike, such as Randy and Angel's dad.
I loved Angel's friendships with her co-workers and people she worked alongside, such as Ed and Marcus. I especially loved her talks with Dr. Leblanc.
I thought the build-up of Angel's relationship with Marcus was good until the end, and then it felt a bit rushed and cringeworthy.
Angel's relationship with her father felt realistic for what it was.
I also liked seeing Angel's passive relationship with Randy--that seemed pretty real as well.
Writing & Voice
The writing was easy to read and informative at the same time. I loved all of the detail with the morgue and the brains. The characters were fun, realistic, and well developed. The relationships felt real. Angel's voice was a real treat and she's probably one of my new favorite characters. The audio is decent.
Climax & Ending
I wasn't expecting the climax at all--in fact, it happened a little too fast and out of left field. I liked Angel's talk with her dad but the wrap-up with Marcus felt a bit too rushed. So I'm going to deduct a half star for the sudden climax and rushed ending.
Overall, I'd give this one 4.5 stars. I take back all my judgmental thoughts concerning the title. It was fun and hard to put down at times--I can't wait to see where Angel's journey goes next!
I grew up in small towns just like the one described in the novel, and the author must have too, because she gets all the nuances right. The characters are real and sound just like the people I grew up with. Sarcasm is a way of life in some small towns, especially when it might be all you have at the time.
I've got the four other books and I'm looking forward to them. If you like irreverence and zombies, this is the best place to go to get it. One of the feistiest heroines I've seen in a long time, vulnerable and tough, and she's on quite the journey of redemption.
I loved this book, I thought the different take on zombies was really cool.
Angel Crawford has the unfortunate opportunity to find out what it's like to be a zombie trying to exist in the real world. She wakes up in the hospital not knowing what happened to her. They say she overdosed on pills, but when I found out what happened at the end I wanted to put the beat down on someone! Lets just say she was in the wrong place with the wrong person at the wrong time.
Anyhoo, so she's left a lunchbox with some funky looking stuff blended up in jars saying that she needs to drink one a day. Needless to say she doesn't know what is going on and it's nasty as all get out. Uggg... I don't think you will find a brain smoothie at Dairy Queen. Gag a maggot! Now that that is out of my system, Angel is so confused as you would be. She can't even remember what happened to her until later.
She also has to take a job at the morgue for the drug charge. Now Angel has a very weak stomach and can't understand why the site of the autopsies are not making her sick and holy crow what is that delicious aroma. Who knew a brain could smell so good!
After awhile she finds out she's a zombie and can luckily get brains from the morgue. She has to deal with other zombies wanting brains, other zombies being brain lords dealing in selling brains. Really? And she's also learning a lot from this hot cop that she keeps running into. She is learning in a sense to become a zombie detective, which helps out when she has to find out who is now killing zombies!
I think this was a really cool mystery/zombie book. I look forward to reading the other books!
Top reviews from other countries
Diana Rowland's 1st in the White Trash Zombie series, My Life As A White Trash Zombie. Takes the zombie trope and presents it from the zombie's perspective. The best use of this I have seen is the film, Wasting Away, low budget B movie comedy horror at it's best.
Rowland's White Trash Zombie, Angel Crawford is down on her luck, recently woken up in hospital, with no memory how she got there, a hunger for brains and a mysterious note with instructions on how to embark on a new job at the Coroner's office. Angel is turning her life around with a job, a deadbeat father and dropout boyfriend in tow. But someone is on the decapitation, killing the residents of Angel's small tow
Angel's assent in to a normal life albeit as a zombie comes across as rather slapdash in someways it reads as an addict trying to recover only to be replaced with another addiction. It is a vehicle that assists in driving the story but sometimes it becomes over stated short of stating: "Braaaaaaaaiiiiiiins" on every page, Rowland makes sure the reader knows Angel is a zombie, she reminds us every page.
The white trash element of the story seems tacked on and Angel never really comes across as white trash in the true definition of the label. A high school dropout who purports not to be smart as an impressive vocabulary of someone who isn't that well read with an ability to reason and apply logic that would make most chess grand masters blush. This element could have been fleshed out (pardon the pun) . Living in a shack with beer cans in the garden doesn't really explore the white trash condition. And as this is a key selling point of the story, the reader is somewhat sold short on this narrative, maybe I like my stereotypes too much.
The story unfolds as you would imagine and the plot is the standard murder mystery that is often found in the urban fantasy market, "someone is killing our kind" but it is good enough to keep the story on track, there is a bit of background on Angel and her life at home that helps build Angel in to sympathetic character. Angel could have been a lot more sassy along the lines of Anita Blake but Rowland was clever in the writing of Angel and allows the reader to line their sympathy with her.
My Life As A White Trash Zombie paves the way for the series it makes some mistakes along the way and Angel isn't a fully developed character, but if you are a fan of urban fantasy there would be no shame in giving this a read.
I have to be honest, I didn't like this one quite as much as I liked the previous two books, but I still really enjoyed it. I fly through these books, and this one was no different; I'm pretty sure I managed to get through this one in just a couple of days, and if I hadn't been working I could have easily read it all in one sitting, that's how readable this series is.
Compared to the previous books, the plot of this one felt a little all over the place and ended up being very different to what I was expecting. A lot happens in this book, and yet I came out of it with more questions than answers. That's not an entirely bad thing, this, after all, is only the third book in what is an ongoing urban fantasy series, and urban fantasy series have the tendency to be quite long; I think of them as the literary equivalent of a TV show, and each book is a new season.
Still, this book felt like a bit of a filler compared to the others, but sometimes we need the fillers and we need to set the stage for the next big story arc. Angel's relationships seemed to take more of a centre stage in this book, particularly her relationship with her father; it was nice to see a little time dedicated to the two of them. I also appreciate that Angel still calls Marcus out when he's being a pain in the backside.
Having said that, I did feel like Angel was a little too forgiving in this book towards one particular character, one who I'm afraid is only going to continue to have a bigger part in the series. He treated her appallingly (not to worry, there's no love triangle in this book!) and, honestly, I really wanted her to drown him.
Something else I'd like is to see Angel have a few more relationships with women. Two new ladies were introduced in this book, one of whom seems to have the potential to become a good friend of hers. For the most part, however, all of Angel's relationships are with men and I'd like to see some more positive female relationships around as the series continues; particularly as two of the big antagonists of the series so far - Dr Charish and Angel's mother (granted, she's dead, but we know from what we've learned that she wasn't all that great) - are women.
So I didn't love this one quite as much as the others, but I still really like this series and I'm looking forward to picking up How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back soon!
Angel is completely likable a little socially awkward and smarter than she realizes she starts a job and begins to get her life in order which it only took her dying and becoming a zombie for her to do.
i loved it what a brilliant urban fantasy a bit of humor,murders to be solved and lots of brains it doesn't get much better than this, and what a beautiful front cover. ive just order the next in the series even white trash zombies get the blues.