Review: My Life As A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

Posted 27 August, 2011 by Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side in Reviews / 5 Comments

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by: DAW on July 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 310
Source: Purchased
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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.


Left me hungry for more!

When Angel Crawford wakes up in a hospital asking about the accident she was in, the nurses and doctors tell her she overdosed on pain killers and nothing more, just another typical day in her crappy life. With no solid recollection of the previous night’s events, Angel is determined to get out of the hospital and try to remember what exactly happened. Just before she decides to make her escape, a nurse hands her a set of bags left for her, one containing clothes and the other containing an anonymous note with instructions and some mysterious jars.

“Why did I have the urge to grab a handful of that pink and grey mass and shove it into my mouth like movie popcorn?”

Taking all the help she can get, Angel follows the instructions on the note which leads her to a new job at the local coroner’s office, talk about an unbelievable night! The concept of working at the coroner’s office seems a little gross at first, but Angel soon finds she has an iron stomach and has no problem assisting with dead bodies; something that surprises everyone, including her. Finally feeling she has a second shot at a normal life, she tries her best not to screw it up by staying away from all her vices, but Angel’s new cravings for brains might just cost her everything she’s worked hard to keep!

“That…is a zombie, I silently shrieked to myself. Holy Fucking shit. That’s a motherfucking zombie, and this shit is real.”

This is my first, official zombie book and I can now say there’s not a better book to start with than this one! Initially drawn in by its cover, I was skeptical but curious to venture into the world of zombies. If you’re looking for slow-moving, grotesque-looking, mindless zombies, you won’t find them here. “Zombie-ism” in MY LIFE AS A WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE is more like the supernatural strength and abilities of vampires, only a bit more gross. They walk and talk as humans, keep jobs, have incredible strength but need to chow down on some brains every few days to keep appearances up, failure to do so will turn them into an extra on Night of the Living Dead!

Angel Crawford is one troubled leading lady when we first meet her. She’s a high school drop out with a  dark childhood, is unemployed, has a pill-popping habit and even has a criminal record. Angel is one of the most flawed heroines I’ve met but her rawness is what makes her so intriguing. The change in her is quite inspirational, even if it took dying to accomplish. There are times where she lacks self esteem and you wonder: “Now why the hell would you do that Angel?” but you can’t help rooting for her. Her character is marvelously written, as is her transformation. There are also some secondary characters that come into play that you’ll enjoy and some that you’ll instantly hate. My personal favorite: the sexy and mysterious Deputy Marcus Inavov, you’ll have to read the book to find out why!

“Death wasn’t fair. Death didn’t give warning. Death hit nice people and nasty people. It didn’t give a shit.”

MY LIFE AS A WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE is shear genius, pairing up the gruesome details of an autopsy while keeping it humorous and then adding a bit of romance into the mix seems crazy, but Ms. Rowland does it flawlessly! A little bit of mystery, action, zombie romance and a totally unexpected ending will exceed your expectations and have you craving for more brains…err, story that is! This book will definitely make you a member of Team Zombie if you aren’t already. I encourage everyone to put this on their reading list, you’ll devour it just as I did!



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