Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by DAW
Released on July 3, 2012
After the exciting events in book one when Angel Crawford’s life takes a dip into the bizarre with her new craving for chocolate brain smoothies and her restart in life working for the parish coroner’s office about the time a serial killer of zombies starts up, she’s ready for some calm days to begin figuring her life out- and maybe getting her GED. But, that is not to be and I was all in for the latest adventure of Angel the White Trash Zombie.
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues is the second book in a unique urban fantasy series that works best read in order as each installment carries on the storyline from the book before it.
Angel enjoys her job doing the body pick ups and helping with the autopsies at the coroner’s office and she likes the self-respect she feels now that she’s getting her life on track- no drugs, booze, or bad relationship decisions.
Sure, she has a parole officer that reminds her she needs to keep fulfilling her tasks like getting that GED she forgot about and yeah, Ed the zombie hunter is still out there and maybe plotting to add Marcus and her heads to his collection, but right now there’s a new mysterious death and a body snatching to occupy her.
This is good because it takes her mind off meeting Marcus’ family and her worry that they really do come from two different worlds. Handsome Marcus has an influential uncle and the family hobnobs with the governor and senators, he’s on a career track for politics and working on his masters, and a girlfriend with Angel’s background is a liability.
Angel may feel inadequate, but what gets her steamed is Marcus making all the decisions and does things ‘for her own good’. And, don’t get her started on the prickles of jealousy when a certain female scientist is always around and has known Marcus for years and the stronger vibes that hint that something hinky is going down at that top secret research facility where the woman works.
Now, I had a good time with the first book, White Trash Zombie. The Louisiana parish and small town setting, Angel’s history and reputation as someone who generally made bad decisions for her life because she’d stopped caring after her mom took off and her dad sank into his beer can so that she got busted and is now on parole. Her life hit bottom and someone mysteriously stepped in and gave her a second chance of the supernatural variety. Now, she’s gotten adjusted to all the changes and is settling into her new life. There is more about zombie-ism in this one, the return of an enemy or two and the rise of a new villain that seems likely to plague the zombies for the whole series Angel also gets the unwelcome news that zombies are no different than humans with their political plays and even mafia types.
Alongside the fun twisting murder mysteries to tease Angel’s curiosity, this series is definitely the story of her figuring things out and getting it right this go around. I love having her as the narrator and cheering her on as she makes better decisions though it’s a work in progress. Her relationship with her alcoholic dad and the inroads they make on building something new as father and daughter is a neat extra, too.
The first half of the book was slow as a lot of set up was going on, but it wasn’t boring. That said, it was fabulous when things took off in the second half and I was riveted. Angel got into some bad spots and she was one tough cookie as she took care of business in her own way. Whew! She was impressive and kickbutt.
I am definitely wanting more Angel and her White Trash Zombie world. There are some squeamish moments for me because- zombies. But, its no more squeamish in ways than a gritty thriller or any other urban fantasy so it falls within my ability to handle it. I can definitely recommend this book/series to other Urban Fantasy lovers.
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