Book Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

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With a fresh take on zombies, My Life as a White Trash Zombie is proof that vampires aren’t the only ones who can go mainstream.

From Goodreads:
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.

Literally.

This was a really fun read! What an awesome cover! A new spin on zombies – mainstreaming. Angel is so likable. Her southern voice and the fact that she is so flawed make her hopelessly endearing. She has some hilarious moments and some rough one’s too. Life as a new zombie can be pretty intense! But Angel can handle it.

Unbeknownst to her, Angel has traded in her drug addiction for a brain addiction. She wakes up in the ER unable to remember the previous nights events. She soon learns that if she doesn’t give in to her new cravings, death will become a reality.

She’s lucky. She has some friends, known and not known, who help her along the way. She’s set up with a job at a morgue which gains her access to brains. But all is not well and she has to turn zombie sleuth to solve the mystery of who’s decapitating locals.

This isn’t a slice and dice zombie story. In this one, they walk among us. We do get a little gore with the decapitations, death scenes and autopsies. Angel’s personality is what shines in this book. The murder mystery is the outlet in which the author reveals who changed Angel into a zombie.

All in all a fresh take with a great main character. It’s a fun, light whodunit and would be a great starter if you want to try a fresh zombie story and skip the usual.

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