Review: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland

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Review: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues

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Series: White Trash Zombie #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by DAW
Released on July 3, 2012
Pages: 312
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

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.

Review

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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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.

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Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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I just loved this series. Angel is such a great character and I loved this take on zombies. I am so glad you are enjoying it, Sophia Rose. If you have a chance to grab the audios for any of the remaining books in the series, the narrator captures Angel perfectly.

Sophia Rose
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I’m with you there, Carole. Fun take on zombies and I want more Angel antics.

I got the opportunity to listen to one of the books so I know what you mean about the narrator doing Angel’s voice perfectly. I have all print books for the last three that I need to read, but eventually I’ll go back for the audios, too.

Anne - Books of My Heart
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OK I had to just skim this as I haven’t read these yet but hopefully soon. I am collecting them on audio.

Sophia Rose
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I did get to listen to one on audio. You’re in for a treat, Anne. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
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I don’t know if you’ve ever seen it but this reminds me of iZombie the tv show.

Sophia Rose
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Really? I will definitely have to check that one out, Mary. I didn’t know about it.

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I love the cover art for these books! The capture the trashy settings perfectly and have such wonderful colour and detail. I might be too squeamish to actually read the stories though

Sophia Rose
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I love Dan DeSantos’ work. He does the Mercy Thompson series covers, too. Yes, the trashy icky settings are perfect. You should see the cover on the next ones.
It does get squicky and I can barely handle the gore stuff. 🙂

vvb
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OK 🙂
I think I’m going to try this series. I ended up DNF my zombie pick for this month.

Sophia Rose
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Woohoo! Glad to have a reading buddy for a book in the series, Velvet. But, bummer you had to do a DNF.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I wonder at the longevity of a zombie. Isn’t she a rotting corpse? I do love UF, but I’d be worried about Angel’s future. I’ll have to look into this one. Wonderful review, Sophia Rose. 🙂

Sophia Rose
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That’s why they need to eat brains. If they miss feedings then they do the rotting thing. The brains can give them energy for some time, but any extra activity makes the energy burn through faster. The author created an interesting world. Hope you like it if you get the chance, Rachel.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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I’m glad that things picked up in the second half of the book! I love a good female kick-butt character! The small town setting, mysteries, and this unique story sound like they contribute to the continuation of a really good series! Good job on working towards your reading challenges/goals Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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Yes, the elements all work together so well. I am definitely enjoying the series so far, Lindy!

Yes!!! It has been a good year for my reading goals and the challenges help.

Melliane
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I have the first book for years but I still need to read it I confess

Sophia Rose
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Definitely yes, Melliane! This is a fun and quirky series.

Angie Elle
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YES! This series is so so good, and SO UNDERRATED! I hope more people discover it. I’m glad to see you enjoyed it, too. I love Angel and the way her character has matured in just two books. 🙂

Great review.

Sophia Rose
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I think most people see ‘Zombie’ in the title and run the other direction like I did. But, it turns out not to be a typical zombie series though I do appreciate that they are real zombies in their traits.
I love cheering for Angel as she gets her life together.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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Squee..i just love this series which reminds me I need to check to see when the next release is! Glad you are listening to these, they rock on audio!

Sophia Rose
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Yes! You and Carole got me enthused to swallow my zombie fears and give these a go. I picked them for my Can You Read a Series in a Month challenge. I listened to one on audio and hope to go back and do that with these that I’ve gotten through the library.

Nadene
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I have heard great things about this series. Gad that the second half was riveting.

Sophia Rose
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It has been such a surprise. I am generally not a zombie fan, but these have knocked my socks off.

Carole rae
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These sound SO good, but I can’t get myself to read them. :/

Sophia Rose
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Yeah… there is definitely a squicky factor even if its less than the usual with zombie stories. But, it is there. Angel is great and these have some good action and mystery.

Lola
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This sounds like a good series and I enjoyed the author’s other series (on which I’ve fallen behind on sadly). It sounds interesting to read about how Angel’s dealing with all the changes and figuring things out in this book. And that there is a bit of mystery too. Although I am not sure about those squeamish parts, as I am usually not a fan of zombies. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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I noticed that she had another series. I’ll probably try that one eventually. I’m hoping to finish up this series by the end of the month since I only have two more to read.
I love Angel and the mystery to the stories, too, but you are right that there is a little zombie ickiness. Not like a full horror story, but brain eating is involved in there. 😉

Melanie Simmons
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I love this series so much. I really enjoyed revisiting it through your review. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series as much as I have.

Sophia Rose
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I’m going to try to plow through the last two I haven’t read yet for this month. It is definitely going to remain a favorite. I love Angel.

Lorna
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Honestly, I just skimmed your review because I have this. Can’t exactly remember if I have it to listen to or read though. I loved the first one on audio so hopefully I have this one like that too. Certain series you just have to do on audio, like Molly Harper’s vampire series or Karen Lynch’s “Relentless” series.

Sophia Rose
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Haha! Yes, I’ve got a few reviews that I’m holding off reading until I’ve finished the book. I like going into some blind.
I agree about this series being great on audio. I had the chance to listen to one and loved her rendition.