- Series: White Trash Zombie (Book 5)
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: DAW (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756408237
- ISBN-13: 978-0756408237
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the White Trash Zombie series:
“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
Diana Rowland has lived her entire life below the Mason-Dixon line. She has worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen more than her share of what humans can do to each other and to themselves. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, and has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition. She presently lives in southern Louisiana with her husband and her daughter where she is deeply grateful for the existence of air conditioning. A master of urban fantasy, she’s the author of the Demon series and the White Trash Zombie series. She can be contacted via her website, dianarowland.com, or on Twitter at @dianarowland.
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But I admit I really enjoy that we are not getting the “prefect” character with this series and especially this book. Angel not only has to deal with her new addiction but also gets outed. So she has plenty of stuff thrown at her in this book.
She gains some unlikely and new allies in this book. Which I really enjoyed. I also liked that we got less of the whole SaberTech stuff and more of Angle and her daily life or more of her chaos would be more fitting.
I absolutely love this series because Angel is one of my all-time favorite character arcs. It is slow and gradually, has its up and downs and overall is very realistic and easy to relate to . The same goes with any and all relationships in this series. Friendships and romantic. Which by the way we don’t get much in this book. But I think something has been brewing in that department for a while and we will get to … hopefully soon. Anyway. I love the way they build up relationships and works through issues.
Like her and her dad, I used to hate her dad and he has done some pretty nasty things but I really think, he is next to Angel a rising star of the series. I absolutely loved him in this book. Thinking back to book one I would have never thought that happening.
We have some nice surprises and twist in this book that I honestly didn’t see coming.
Some spots of the book were a little slow but overall I really loved this book and Angle’s adventurers and I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series.
I rate it 4 ★
This book continues developing the story of Angel, a highly sympathetic character from the wrong side of the tracks who is (like so many of us) looking to better her life and control her diet. In Angel's case, she tries to eat the right brains - which is to say, of the "no longer living" and most definitely not of the "friend and family" variety.
For those of you unfamiliar with the series, I really recommend beginning at the start, as Rowland plays a long game, with broad cross-book story arcs that benefit from following along. You can expect a relatively light-hearted adventure story with some elements of horror (this is zombie fiction, after all), some elements of science fiction (there are mad scientists around), some elements of mystery (always a crime or conspiracy to be solved) and some elements of paranormal romance (even an undead girl wants to be loved).
Those of you who have read the preceding White Trash Zombie novels can expect more of the same. In this episode, Angel has a major setback in the whole "bettering her life" thing as she learns that an addictive personality persists beyond the grave. Like many addicts in crisis-mode, she makes some stupid decisions and isn't quite at her best, but Rowland doesn't wallow. Important developments in zombie evolution will be revealed!
As her working day starts, she's being called on the carpet by her boss Allan Prejean for reasons unknown, and which will remain unknown for the majority of the novel as his meeting with her, and her dressing down with Allan gets interrupted by a phone call, and Angel will get abruptly dismissed. This is something that will hang above her head throughout most of the novel and leaving her in suspension as to her fate with her boss and her job.
Of course, things will continue to go downhill for her, as she notices later when she goes out for lunch later that Marcus, head of the local zombie tribe's security is, along with Rachael, Angel's arch-nemesis in the tribe, are having a meeting at the Scott Funeral Home. It is from them she learns that the FBI is sniffing around town.
While at work she has also learned that the zombie movie "High School Zombie Apocalypse!!" that has been filming in her hometown is having its premiere opening that night. So, when she gets back from lunch she finds that co-worker Nick has a free pass to the movie’s premiere, but because of circumstances Nick can't go, so he gives it to Angel. Dateless, this will leave Angel free to take her father, who has recently broken up with his girlfriend, to the premiere. And there she meets a hot guy who gives her hot pants. Trust me, this will be important later in the novel.
The day continues to be a busy, busy day, as before she goes to the movie she has chores to do at Dr. Nikas' lab. One of which is to check up on the damaged Philip, a man whom she was forced to turn into a zombie in the previous novel. Another one of her chores is to take care of the head of Kang, who was beheaded several novels ago, and for whom they are growing a new body for, and for whom the regeneration is coming along very well indeed.
Unfortunately, due to circumstances in the previous novel, she has developed a habit, and so while she is at Dr. Nikas’s lab she also lifts the last of the V12 drug. The drug V12 was developed to help Philip because his parasite was damaged in the last novel, and he needs the drug to survive, such as it is, but his the V12 drug has been upgraded to V13, leaving little of the now obsolete V12 behind. Unfortunately, since the drug was developed for Philips damaged parasite, the drug is having unexpected side-effects on Angel, including slowing down Angel's super-zombie powers (speed, healing, strength), and causing hallucinations; with the lamentable end result being that suddenly Angel finds herself reverting to the old junkie-based Angel that she was before she was before she was zombiefied. And because of this, her consumption of brains, without the benefits, is on the increase.
And she finds that those at Dr. Nikas' lab know that she's been stealing this drug, and when she's confronted about it, it causes her to flee, both the lab and her friends.
With all of this coming down on Angel, the poo really starts hitting the fan as Angel has to deal with her new addiction; track down the killers of a movie executive, who also might be an industrial double agent, and who Angel had the hots for; while Saberton's agents, who are the tribe's enemies, are tracking her down; finding herself afoul of a local survivalist and prepper bunch which includes her ex-boyfriend; that she is being searched for by her tribe because of her recent erratic behavior; and the fact that the tribe is preparing for a possible exodus, in total, for parts unknown. Whew!
Stock up on your caffeine as all of this happens over a time period of a day or two, so the day's events will eventually leave her a bit frayed by the end of this novel.
Still, despite, or because of, all of this, "White Trash Zombie Gone Wild" is definitely a novel for the fans. This is because there is little in the way of exposition as to why anything is happening, who the characters in this novel are, and why they are relating the way that they are to each other. So this is a poor novel to begin reading the Angel Crawford series with, as you will have had to read all of the previous novels to really understand what is happening, and why the characters are behaving the way that they are, and Diana Rowland does little at times to fill in the blanks.
Still, as I've read the previous novels, and as a fan, I'm giving it a higher score than I would if I were a casual reader. The only other real problem is that Rowland will toss in a little too much irrelevant levity, both snark and slapstick, for my liking, giving the whole novel a veneer of being a little too frothy at times.
On-the-other-hand this novel has another kicker piece of front cover artwork by Daniel Dos Santos. I mean, it doesn't really illustrate anything in the book, but Dos Santos makes the cover look like a beat-up VHS cover. Although why Angel has autopsy scars is beyond me. And once again I want to know who the model is, as from a totally sexist point of view, she's pretty hot.
For this site I have read and reviewed these other novels of interest:
Angel Crawford #1: My Life as A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland.
Angel Crawford #2: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland.
Angel Crawford #3: White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland.
Angel Crawford #4: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland.
Blood Of The Pride #1: Blood of the Pride by Sheryl Nantus.
Blood Of The Pride #2: Claws Bared by Sheryl Nantus.
Blood Of The Pride #3: Family Pride by Sheryl Nantus.
Blood Of The Pride #4: Battle Scars by Sheryl Nantus.
Realm Walker #1: Realm Walker by Kathleen Collins.
Realm Walker #2: Death's Daughter by Kathleen Collins.
This adventure we have more hunts, movies, and more people learning that Zombies Are Among Us. We also have to learn control, play hide and seek from dogs, and deal with stupid!
I can't wait until the next one.
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White Trash Zombie Gone Wild is the fifth book in the series written by Diana Rowland.Read more