Finally, another Series Saturday post! I’ve been neglectful- my apologies 🙂
When I first stumbled upon this series by Diana Rowland in the bookstore a couple years ago, I was ecstatic. I’d been looking for a new zombie read for awhile and the first book grabbed my attention immediately.
SOME SPOILERS AHEAD! BE WARNED!
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Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She’s a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she’s made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay “alive”…
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.
I was hooked from the first sentence of this book. Angel is a great narrator. Waking up in a hospital after an accident without a scratch on her, and her memory fuzzy on the details of what occurred, Angel is suddenly thrust into a second chance at life…with a catch. Her life was less than perfect- all right, it was a mess- before she was turned into a zombie, and after she was turned it’s still…messy, but she starts to pull herself out of that addiction-filled past and move forward. I loved Angel’s grit, her ability to push forward even though she’s forced into a new life. She finds out that she has a job lined up for her at the morgue, and I found that an interesting but perfect touch.
Marcus Ivanov is a cop who arrested her once for auto theft, and he ends up being a love interest…and more. I liked him in this book. He was a nice balance for Angel.
Angel Crawford is finally starting to get used to life as a brain-eating zombie, but her problems are far from over. Her felony record is coming back to haunt her, more zombie hunters are popping up, and she’s beginning to wonder if her hunky cop-boyfriend is involved with the zombie mafia. Yeah, that’s right—the zombie mafia.
Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower—and maybe a brain smoothie as well—in order to get through it without falling apart.
Book two, Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues, was a great follow-up to book one. I enjoyed digging into the world Angel lives in, and the new dangers that arrive.
Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up.
But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that’s rotten. Soon she’s fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.
Angel’s been through more than her share of crap, but this time she’s in way over her head. She’ll need plenty of brainpower to fit all the pieces—and body parts—together in order to save herself, her town, and quite possibly the human race.
Book three, White Trash Zombie Apocalypse, was another great addition. I loved the backdrop of the zombie movie filming in town. It added a nice touch to the story.
Our favorite zombie Angel Crawford has come a long way from her days as a pain-pill-addicted high school dropout with a felony record. After a year highlighted by murder, kidnapping, and the loss of her home, all she wants to do is kick back, relax, and maybe even think about college.
But when key members of the “Zombie Mafia” go missing, she has no choice but to get involved. Angel is certain Saberton Corporation is behind the disappearances, yet she can’t shake the sense that a far deeper conspiracy is at work. With the small band of friends she can trust, Angel strikes out to track down the missing zombies.
But when unexpected danger threatens to destroy her, all the brains and bravado in the world may not be enough to keep her from going to pieces.
The ending of this one really grabbed me. Angel beginning to fall back into her addiction was both understandable as well as heartbreaking.
Angel Crawford has buried her loser past and is cruising along in undead high gear—that is, until a murder-by-decapitation sends her on a hazardous detour. As Angel hunts for the killer, she uncovers a scheme that would expose zombies to the public and destroy the life she’s built, and she’s determined not to rest until she finds out who’s behind it.
Soon she’s neck-deep in lies, redneck intrigue, zombie hunters, and rot-sniffing cadaver dogs. It’s up to her to unravel the truth and snuff out the conspiracy before the existence of zombies makes headline news and she’s outed as a monster.
But Angel hasn’t quite escaped the pill-popping ghosts of her past—not with an illicit zombie pharmaceutical at her fingertips. Good thing she’s absolutely sure she can handle the drug’s unpredictable side effects and still take down the bad guys…or maybe she’s only one bad choice away from being dead meat—for real this time.
Angel knows a thing or two about kicking ass, but now the ass she needs to kick might be her own.
Book Five, White Trash Zombie Gone Wild, is one of my favorites. Between her addiction to the new mods, her zombie Phillip (who she was forced to turn in book two), and Marcus, this book was filled with angst, character growth, and a new hope for her future.
I’m trying not to give away too many spoilers in this post, but I have to say that after book two, I really started to hate Marcus. After book five, I still highly dislike him, though he’s a tad more tolerable. I’m so happy Angel isn’t with him romantically anymore, and I’m so pleased (and greatly surprised) by what happens with Nick.
Angel is starting to stand on her own two feet by the end of book five, and taking steps to make a better future for herself. I’m hoping that book six, White Trash Zombie Unchained (April 2017), continues on with that- here’s the blurb:
Angel Crawford, white trash zombie, believes it’s time for zombies to come out of the dark and coexist openly with the living. However, there are plenty of people who disagree with her, from other zombies to corporations who stand to profit off the zombie parasite. Angel goes off the chain when she uncovers a plot by one such corporation, Saberton, to instigate a zombie rampage in order to turn public sentiment against her kind. She knows that not only would innocent people be killed, but the plot would also result in all zombies getting detained—or worse. To thwart Saberton’s efforts, Angel embarks on a one-zombie campaign to beat the corporation to the punch and expose the truth about her kind.
Sounds very promising 🙂
I have to say that one of the reasons White Trash Zombie caught my eye was because of the cover. I love the covers! My favorite so far is White Trash Zombie Gone Wild. Can’t wait to see what they come up with for book six!