My Life as A White Trash Zombie

My Life as A White Trash Zombie

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Horror meets humorous urban fantasy in first book of the White Trash Zombie series * Winner of the 2012 Best Urban Fantasy Protagonist by the RT Awards

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 a 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 county morgue--and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse.

Before she knows it she's dealing wth 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.

Literally.
Publisher: ©2011
ISBN: 9780756406752

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PearlyBaker
Jul 27, 2016

So what if I felt like an angsty teenage girl reading this novel in public. I loved it though I have never liked zombies that can talk before. She reminded me of the anguish of having to always find and stash dope and the complete terror of running out and getting sick. Coming off brains for Angel brought up the unimaginable torture one feels kicking opioids. It hurts on a cellular level. Every pore, cell, bone, muscle fiber, hair and especially ever inch of skin screams in agony like what I assume hell would feel like if there were such a place. In other words it feels like a dance party at the Republican National Convention.

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dolorespena
Mar 23, 2015

It was on a whim that I picked this up from the discards shelves. Holy wow, I adored this book. It's funny and yet, at the same time, you actually feel for Angel. It's a heckofabook and I'm kind of sad that they discarded it.

On the other hand, I kind of hope that they discard the other books in the series so I can complete the collection!

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ScorchingSun
Sep 28, 2014

Mmmm...zombie girl is very hungry...raorwgghh!!
Funny, witty, with a huge dash of real pain and anger.

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Mahala
Apr 22, 2014

I loved this book series. It's funny and heartfelt. It was very entertaining. Angel Crawford is hilarious. you love her and all her coworkers
Overall a fun read which surprised me as the title and cover left me thinking I wouldn't plus...zombies... come on....but it is so well written you can't help but cheer for Angel, so in this case the saying Don't judge a book by it's cover applies. I ended up loving it. I throughly enjoy Diana Rowland's other "Demon" series as well.

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thetravelingbard
Oct 04, 2011

fabulous book! She was funny, not always smart but willing to learn from her mistakes, and of course, BRAINS!

Clsomers Sep 02, 2011

Really enjoyable, it flowed so smoothly that I read it all in one day without being conscious that I was doing it. I just kept reading and having fun and suddenly it was over. Angel is just someone that I couldn't help rooting for. I was under the impression that this was YA, but she's 21, a young woman getting a very strange second chance and trying to make the best of it. She's sarcastic and smart-mouthed (and funny!) but never mean and that makes the book fun but with a lot of heart. And what about that cover, how fantastic is that?

FangFiction Aug 27, 2011

The idea of self-healing, super-strong, über-speedy zombies clashes with the inarguable fact that zombies are undead, rotting creatures—a reality that Rowland’s world-building absolutely denies. Another problem is that a number of upright citizens are walking around as zombies—and no one can tell that they are dead. Although she is herself a zombie, even Angel can’t tell a human from a zombie.
The serial killer plot thread sustained my interest right up until the killer was unveiled. The killer’s identity came out of left field, and not in a good way. In one short scene and with no real clues, Angel is suddenly able to spot the villain and charge in for the rescue. The suspenseful build-up was a lot better than the actual ending.
Having said all this, I must confess that I really like Angel as a character. With her smart (and profane) mouth and her cynical take on life, she is both entertaining and heartbreaking—a girl who never had a chance for a “normal” life, and now never will. Her gradual metamorphosis into a compassionate and honorable young woman is a big part of the charm of the story. I’m looking forward to book 2 to see what’s next for Angel. Read my full review at FangFiction.Blogspot.com.

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FangFiction Aug 27, 2011

Angel has her first brain cravings:
"But I'd been craving brains. The smell was like chocolate and cookies and biscuits and gravy and everything else that was delicious It damn near drove me crazy every time I had to touch one. I'd been fighting the cravings the way I'd never fought the urge to take drugs or get drunk." (p. 56)

Angel gets creative with her brain smoothies:
"I...started blending brains up with soup or fruit juice or chocolate milk—stuff that looked normal so that no one would freak out if they happened to open the cooler. I could fit half a brain and about a cup of soup or chocolate milk into each jar or water bottle, and so far it seemed that a jar or bottle every other day kept me from getting smelly. (p. 81)

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