Review: White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland

Review: White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana RowlandWhite Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland

Narrator: Allison McLemore
Series: White Trash Zombie #6
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Audible Studios on September 5, 2017
Pages: 14 hours 22 min
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
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Angel Crawford has finally pulled herself together (literally!) after her disastrous dismemberment on Mardi Gras. She’s putting the pieces of her life back in order and is ready to tackle whatever the future holds.

Too bad the future is a nasty bitch. There’s a new kind of zombie in town: mindless shamblers, infectious and ravenous.

With the threat of a full-blown shambler pandemic looming, and a loved one stricken, Angel and the “real” zombies scramble to find a cure. Yet when Angel uncovers the true reason the plague is spreading so quickly, she adds “no-holds-barred revenge” to her to-do list.

Angel is busting her ass dealing with shambling hordes, zombie gators, government jerks, and way too many mosquitos, but this white trash chick ain’t giving up.

Good thing, since the fate of the world is resting on her undead shoulders.

The Delight

Finally, yes finally, I had the opportunity to see what everyone was loving on.  A scrappy Louisiana local girl turned zombie and her adventures told by a well-matched narrator certainly lived up to its rep.  This was my kind of zombie story.

Review

White Trash Zombie Unchained is book six in the White Trash Zombie urban fantasy series.  I read it out of order and did alright, but I can most definitely see that these books build on each other and are best read/listened to in order.

The story opens with the heroine, Angel Crawford, just recovered from her last (un)deadly adventure just in time for another one.  A new zombie strain has arrived affecting even the gators in the swamp and this brings an old nemesis back making a strange bedfellows situation.  The new strain’s epidemic must be stopped and the stakes are high to find a cure.  So much isn’t adding up and Angel and the other zombies have to figure it all out fast.

I took to Angel right from the beginning.  She has a wry, homey, country girl humor.  She’s an every-gal sort of heroine trying to live down her past mistakes and move on.  And, she is a scrappy one.  I enjoyed seeing her stand up to the big shots when she felt she was right and she got in a few jabs when people got condescending toward her.

Side characters are numerous as its six books into the series now.  I enjoyed all the camaraderie among the zombies and Angel’s various and colorful circle of acquaintance and friends.  It cracked me up that she works in the coroner’s office as a zombie where bodies with fresh brains are a plenty.

I worried that I’d get squeamish since this is a zombie story, but it wasn’t horrid at all.  It was fun and exciting.  There’s a dire situation and mystery to solve and inter-personal relationships to enjoy.  Its no more gruesome than the average urban fantasy.  Zombie gators!  What a hoot!

Allison McLemore narrated and whoa girl was she a fab fit.  She nailed the southern, the genders, and the tempo of this story so well.  I was riveted and well-settled with her narration from beginning to the end.  In just one book, she established herself as the voices of the White Trash Zombie series.

All in all, a fantastic outing that will not be my last with the series.  Like a good reader girl, I’ll be catching up the backlist and progressing forward as a new fan.  Urban Fantasy lovers, this ones a winner!

My thanks to Audible for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #132 UF
New Release #140
Audio #56

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I am glad to hear that you had such a great time with this book here!! I am not a fan of zombie themes, but I am tempted to reconsider this book after reading your review.

    • Oh, I am right there with you on not being a zombie lover, Renee. But, I think this will be one of my exceptions. 🙂

  • Karen

    I’ve only read the 1st book but the author has won the cover lottery. The titles and artwork always stand out.

    For What It’s Worth

    • LOL, yes, for sure, Karen. Love the covers and titles, too.

  • I so need to binge listen to this series. I’ve read book 1 but it was so long ago I forgot lol

    • Me, too, Lily. This was my first and now I need to go back for the whole series and then keep going. 🙂

  • I started to listen to the audio during a car ride, but only got through the first chapter before I had to deal with other things. Hopefully I can get back to it soon! I love this series!

    • Yes, you really have a treat waiting for you, Christy. 🙂

  • I really loved this series too. It is a favorite of mine. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yes, I saw several exciting reviews from the series like some of yours and it kick-started me into giving it a try finally. Thanks, Melanie!

  • This series is on my to be read list, so I am thrilled to see you liked this installment!

    • Definitely a treat in store for you, Angie. 🙂 I can’t wait to go back and get the earlier books.

      • Sophia – can you tell me if there is any romance in these at all?

        • I’ve only read this one, but there was a mild romance angle going on.

          • Excellent. Thanks! I need to update my series challenge, as my other series wasn’t working out for me. I’m going to dive into this one instead.

            • Oh, super. I had that happen a last year with my series challenge. I was never more happy when I switched to Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series Hope this one works out for you, Angie.