How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2014
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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 : 336 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0756408220
- ISBN-10 : 9780756408220
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.94 x 6.75 inches
- Publisher : DAW; First Edition (July 1, 2014)
- ASIN : 0756408229
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #691,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this installment Angel is still trying to live a normal life in spite of the "zombie thing" and the book would be boring if that was the story but throw in some really evil guys, a killing, a kidnapping, some romantic angst and a host of main/secondary characters that are fleshed out and brought to life by skilled writing.
The addition of the Congresswoman in a previous book comes to fruition in this one and you are finally going to have a politician you will love. As usual Ms Rowland has thrown in a couple of curve balls from left field that you never see coming and a couple of really inappropriate hilarious moments make this near 5 Star reading for me.
I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that there is a "gross" factor to be considered for some readers, it has been kept at a somewhat low level, relatively speaking, in previous novels but becomes more prevalent in this installment since there is a fairly detailed scene of an autopsy to start the book and while it was no worse than watching CSI for me but I thought I should mention it.
The growth of Angel is another of the reasons I enjoy this series so much, in many series the heroine never seems to get any smarter, Angel does not fall into that trap, she is getting better/smarter and more confident in each novel. I like where this part of the overall story is going.
The writing and exceptional plot overcome any reluctance due to "squish" factor for me and I still consider this 4.5 Stars rounded to 5 (wish she would have closed one romantic storyline a bit more) but I will be on the auto-buy list for the next novel in this series.
Side note: Not sure whether this series and the new tv series izombie are connected, but the similarities are there. Only without the psychic ability. Interesting. I read these books first, which is why the tv series caught my attention. Will there be a cure? Can zombies be regrown from heads? Will the heroine accidentally eat a friend's brain during an uncontrollable zom-rage? How did zombies start? So many questions!? Either way, I think that this lucid zombie idea is intriguing and am looking forward to more WTZ books and season two of izombie.
Angel Crawford has grown a lot. She's self sufficient, off drugs, and even thinking about college. She's also gone through a lot recently what with the flood that destroyed her home and everything she owned plus the Saberton corporation killing people left and right. That evil corporation rears its ugly head again and kidnaps key members of the group she affectionately named the Zombie Mafia. One of these members is a doctor tht gave her and a fellow zombie an experimental treatment that is now causing them to rot despite a steady supply brains, If that weren't enough, there is clearly an informant in her trusted circle of friends and she doesn't know who to trust. Angel chooses to trust the Zombie Mafia group that's left, but is it a horrible mistake? Will her condition be cured before she is too far gone?
I've enjoyed the series so far and this installment brings a lot of awesomeness. First, Angel breaks up with Marcus. Finally! He's nice but oh so very controlling. The most recent incident involved him telling her they were moving without even discussing it with her first. She recognized that they are in a rut and will have the same arguments over and over. When she ended it, I cheered. The split was amicable and low on drama. Jane Pennington, mild mannered congresswoman, proves to be a crazy awesome badass that had some of the best lines in the book. I thought she was a minor addition to the last book, pleasant but forgettable. She is anything but here and I can't wait to see more of her. The overall plot was good and kept me turning the pages. One particular reveal had me abandoning real life duties to read what happens. This book also got a bit darker than others, which I enjoyed.
While I did enjoy the novel, this is the worst of the series for me. I usually read them within a couple of days, but this one took me 2 weeks. Angel has gone through a lot, but she cried through most of the novel over trivial things. I don't mind emotion, but the constant whining and crying grated on my nerves after a while. The rotting issue was pretty overlooked and wasn't treated as critical as it was presented. It just muddied the plot. My biggest problem was that a momentous zombie ability was revealed so late in the series. Pietro, being a very old and powerful zombie, can eat someone and adopt their appearance. First, it's annoying that this was never mentioned before. Second, it just seems cheap and gimmicky. It doesn't make sense in the world and no other zombie power is even remotely like it. My suspension of disbelief found its limit and dampened my enjoyment of the book.
The latest White Trash Zombie book is another success, but has some significant problems that classified it as the worst book of the series. Considering how much I enjoyed the rest of the series, it's not that damning of a title and I will still continue to read the series.
Top reviews from other countries
Another rollicking episode of Educating Angel. Here it’s her reaction to New York in general, and its subway in particular, that provide the lighter moments. There’s also the problem that more and more “normal” people are finding out about the zombies. And the final scene might indicate the resurrection of an old problem that Angel thought had gone forever.
Endlich ist Angel zurück! Wie schon in den Vorgängerbänden besticht sie durch ihre liebenswerte und humorvolle Art, was sich auch wieder in der erfrischenden Erzählstimme des Romans widerspiegelt. Angel ist im Verlauf der ersten drei Bücher schon sehr gewachsen, in HTWTZGHGB wird sie vor neue Herausforderungen gestellt, die sie in eine Richtung führen, die sich Angel vorher nie erträumt hat. Angel muss eine Menge Verantwortung übernehmen und es hängen Menschenleben von ihr und ihren Entscheidungen ab. Trotzdem bleibt sich Angel im Grunde treu und sie ist und bleibt gewohnt liebenswürdig. Mehr möchte ich an dieser Stelle von der Handlung nicht verraten, um niemandem den Lesespaß zu verderben.
Natürlich mischen in HTWTZGHGB auch wieder Angels sympathische Freunde und Verbündete mit. Wir sehen viel von Philip und Naomi und wir erfahren auch einige sehr interessante Details aus der Vergangenheit diverser Zombies. Jane Pennington kann im Verlauf der Handlung ebenfalls glänzen und wir gewinnen auch einige Einblicke in die Saberton Corporation. Marcus spielt nur eine sehr kleine Rolle in der Handlung, was mich allerdings nicht gestört hat.
HOW THE WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE GOT HER GROOVE BACK ist wieder ein spannendes und vor allem unterhaltsames Lesevergnügen mit höchst sympathischen Figuren. Der Roman endet außerdem mit einigen sehr überraschenden Wendungen und ich bin schon sehr gespannt, wie sich Angels Geschichte in den Fortsetzungen entwickelt. Sehr empfehlenswert!