Narrator: Allison McLemore
Series: White Trash Zombie #1
Published by Brilliance Audio, Del Ray on July 3, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 9 hours, 5 minutes
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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.
When Angel wakes in the hospital, she only has vague memories of the night before, including being severely injured in a car accident. Yet she doesn’t have a scratch on her, and she was brought into the hospital naked and nearly dead from a drug overdose. Someone leaves her clean clothes, a mysterious letter telling her she has a job at the morgue, and some “energy drinks” she’ll need over the next couple weeks. This mysterious person doesn’t explain what happened, but tells her that if she doesn’t keep her job, they will let the police know she had drugs in her system, which is a violation of her parole.
The title of the book, My Life as a White Trash Zombie, gives readers a heads up as to what’s going on with Angel, but poor Angel has no clue. I love how the author just tosses Angel in, and she has to piece it all together. Angel’s exaggerated responses to new discoveries, such as she likes to eat brains, is entertaining. With that said, I was STRESSED OUT for most of the book because I was so worried that someone would discover Angel’s truth. Rowland does an excellent job building suspense and tension by skillfully ramping up the danger and capping it off before things go too far.
Not only did I enjoy watching Angel discover what she’s become, but I loved seeing her learn who she is. Growing up, Angel’s home life wasn’t the best, and she’s not made much of herself, never believing she was worth the effort. But as Angel gets clean, she realizes her life has value, and in order to continue to live, she needs to work hard. And then she discovers she enjoys working and being a team member. Her new-found coworkers and friends give Angel a solid foundation to start building a new life. It’s positive and hopeful.
“I was a monster with a mushy heart.”
In the end, I enjoyed the somewhat disturbing world of Angel, the white trash zombie, and based on the way this one ended, I look forward to the next book.
The story is shared via the first person POV of Angel. McLemore utilizes a lively, southern-accented female voice for Angel/the narrator. I found her voice well-suited for Angel and enjoyed it a lot. McLemore slightly alters her voice for the dialogue based on character gender, with slight variances between each character. Her male characters aren’t overly deep, but it’s clear they are male. She adds a lot of great emotion for Angel, helping me get caught up in Angel’s world.
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Jan 19: My Life As a White Trash Zombie – Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About
Feb 16: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues – Carole @ Carole’s Random Life
Mar 15: White Trash Zombie Apocalypse – Brandee @Unconventional Bookworms
Apr 19: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back – Rachel @ Waves of Fiction
May 17: White Trash Zombie Gone Wild – Kimberly @Caffeinated Reviewer
Jun 21: White Trash Zombie Unchained – Kai @ Fiction State of Mind
Jul 6: Q & A with Diana Rowland
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