My Life as a White Trash Zombie
Diana Rowland, DAW Books, July 2011, 310 pgs
Angel Crawford is a loser. A high school dropout with a criminal record and a pill habit, she lives with her alcoholic dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, bouncing from one crappy minimum wage job after another. Angel’s got a bad attitude and worse prospects, but things could hardly get worse, right?
Turns out they can – she wakes up in the ER after being found unconscious on the side of the road after overdosing. The weird thing is that, even though she has nightmarish memories of a car crash, there’s not a scratch on her. Then she finds a letter addressed to her that says her parole officer can find out she was on drugs or she can take a job waiting for her at the morgue. Now Angel has a bizarre career, a crush on a way-sexy cop, and a new addiction – brains. And just when she starts to get a handle on her new life, a serial killer comes to town and starts decapitating his victims! If things don’t start looking up, Angel is dead meat – literally.
I adore Angel Crawford. She is quite honestly the best part of this book – sarcastic, tough-as- nails, foul- mouthed, and determined as hell. It’s a lot of fun watching her grow and develop, and she makes you laugh and cry in turn. There’s surprisingly little action – most of the drama is internal as she tries to come to terms with being a zombie – but it’s a good read in a fun few hours.
If you like “My Life as a White Trash Zombie” as much as I did, you’ll be happy to know that Angel Crawford’s story continues in “Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues” and “White Trash Zombie Apocalypse.” Diana Rowland didn’t stop at the shambling undead, either – heroine Karen Gillian kicks major butt in “Secrets of the Demon,” “Sins of the Demon,” and “Touch of the Demon.” I’m looking forward to snagging the next few books in both series, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!