Author: Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie #1
Published by: Audible Studios
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Narrator: Allison McLemore
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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.
“Unless you’re fucking me, don’t touch me.”
Why did I wait so long to read this? I’ve been totally missing out. There’s a major plus side that came out of waiting though. That’s right, I now have several to read at my leisure. High five, bitches!
Okay, so technically I didn’t read it. Nope. I listened to My Life as a White Trash Zombie on audio, and it was fantastic! I’m just now really getting into audiobooks on a more regularly, and I’m pretty damn picky when it comes to narrators. So, I was beyond delighted to discover Allison McLemore kicks narration ass! She does great accents, is clear and natural, and truly becomes the characters. I had very happy ears.
I love zombies! Always have and always will. This, however, is not your typical zombie book. It’s more in the urban fantasy genre than horror. I know, weird, right? Believe me, it’s actually really freaking cool.
Listen, Angel isn’t exactly on a very good path in life. She’s 21, living in a trailer with her alcoholic dad, dropped out of school at 16, drinks, pops pills, and all that other fun stuff. Pretty much just wasting her life away. Then shit hits the fan one night and she awakes as a zombie. Only she isn’t quite privy to that information at first. In fact, she doesn’t even remember the prior night. Thus, a mystery is born.
Angel is quite a character! Don’t judge her on all that crap above, because this chick is caring, smarter than she thought, and funny as hell. She shows tremendous growth. I absolutely love the irony of her situation and that she doesn’t waste her second chance at life. Undead life? You know what I mean. And the secondary characters are great, too! It was really nice to see the impact they made on her life and helped her evolve without even knowing it. I’m looking forward to more of all of them.
I was so engrossed in the story. There were several times I had to tell people to stop talking to me because I didn’t want to pause it. The mystery was great and handled very well. I’ll be honest, I tend to be a bit critical when it comes to law enforcement and crime scenes in books. It drives me nuts when it’s obvious the author didn’t do very much research on how it all works, if any at all. Even small details make my eye twitch. As I read My Life as a White Trash Zombie, I found myself increasingly impressed. I figured the author must have background in this area because it’s so well done. So I wasn’t all that surprised to discover that yes, Diana Rowland does have real life experience. And I will tell you, it shows. It brought the whole book up several notches, in my opinion.
Seriously, even if you aren’t exactly into the zombie scene, give this a try. It’s definitely a kick ass twist on the whole undead thing, and extremely entertaining. Plus, look at the covers of this series. I’m so in love with them!
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