Review | My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland | White Trash Zombie #1
Urban Fantasy
Publication Date | July 5th, 2011
ARC from the publisher


Book Blurb:

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.


| Book Review |

I’m just going to get this off my chest first thing and tell you that this is my first zombie anything. I’ve never seen The Walking Dead, Warm Bodies is a book that, while still on my to be read list, I have not yet picked up. So My Life as a White Trash Zombie eased me into a world where brains are the main course. And I loved it! I think what initially drew me to the series was the cover. I think it’s stunning, and after reading the book, it’s humorous enough to fit what’s between it.

I loved being inside Angel’s head. She was self-deprecating enough to be funny, while at the same time willing to make the changes she needed to adjust to her new life and become a better ‘person.’ One thing I have learned when it comes to any sort of fantasy is that I prefer being introduced into the world while the main character is instead of being immediately immersed into a world and being the victim of an info dump. That’s not to say I can’t be sold on the latter – I can. But given the choice, I’d rather be eased in. There were times when I felt like this book moved at a slower pace, but that’s not something that bothers me. Especially here. I can’t imagine how it felt being in Angel’s shoes and being kept in the dark about who and what she was, and I feel like the pacing reflected her frustration. I felt like there was a lot of character development in this book that was so wonderfully done; right down to how her vocabulary increases and becomes more medical as she gains knowledge at her new job. I also liked how it became clear to her that a home was what you made it into, not what you had. The secondary cast in this book was a great addition. I thought they were all interesting characters who really rounded out the plot. My favorite was Kang; I loved how he kept Angel on her toes and made her angry. It was so entertaining to read! There was obviously a bit of mystery to this book as Angel had no idea how she was changed, and there was a red herring thrown in early in the story that I totally fell for pretty much until the end of the book.

I went back and forth between print and audio (which I purchased from Audible,) and I thought the narrator for the audio was phenomenal. She did a fantastic job with the accent, and I felt like she really captured the essence of Angel’s character.

I wasn’t expecting so much humor or a romance in this book (I am not spoiling that for you!) but I was thrilled to find My Life as a White Trash Zombie had both. I loved Angel’s story, and I can’t wait to continue with the series!

| Rating |

Series | White Trash Zombie



7 thoughts on “Review | My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

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  1. I am so glad you enjoyed this one, Angie! I love Angel and think the narrator does a wonderful job with the series. I still need to listen to the last two books in the series but hope to do so soon. Great review!


  2. I can’t wait to go back to the beginning. I jumped the gun and grabbed the last release and loved it, but I want it all now. So glad you enjoyed your first zombie outing with Angel. 🙂


  3. I love the covers for these books. It’s been on my “want” list for years now. So glad to hear that you enjoyed it. ❤


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