Review: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland

Posted June 2, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

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Review: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland
How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back

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Series: White Trash Zombie #4
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by DAW
Released on July 1, 2014
Pages: 328
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The Delight:

Angel’s got her GED, her zombie boyfriends, a great job, wonderful friends, and everything is in high cotton.  Until it isn’t and she finds herself looking at people she likes and respects wondering which one is betrayer when several key figures among her zombie people are kidnapped.  Each installment has me eager to dive in and sad to see the last page and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back is book four in an entertaining urban fantasy series where the zombies are the good guys and gals.  It’s an ongoing story that must be read in order.

As I said earlier, things are sitting pretty with Angel and the gang until Saberton Corp stages a coup that goes unanswered because the Tribe are busy chasing their tails from carefully planted miscues.  Pietro and the doctor among others are kidnapped, the doctor was interrupted in a treatment for Angel and Phillip leaving them dealing with an illness and it’ll take a road trip to NYC to catch up with their captured people.  Angel feels she’s a drag on the group and wants to prove that she can help.  Then things go from bad to worse and Angel will find out if she has what it takes.

The earlier books were great and I enjoyed each one, but I really enjoyed this one for some of the deeper reveals about several regular characters, the zombie background and secrets, evil Saberton, and watching Angel continue to grow.

Angel is confronted with Marcus’ high-handedness again, an awkward and yet needed reunion with her ex, and in the end a new temptation to stray from the straight, clean, and narrow.  I appreciate that the author didn’t try to make Angel too perfect to be believed, but also not a helpless Mary Sue.  She’s tough and yet she’s got her moments.

There are a few laugh out loud times in this book.   Spit your drink out funny when Angel has a cat fight in a bar.  I liked the humor because there were some really sad moments too when Angel learns that some of the taciturn people around her have suffered greatly in their pasts and she learns that people aren’t always or only what they seem.

The big fight was impressive and zombie gore fans will buzz with excitement over that one.  It was pretty impressive with the action and suspense.  Angel saves the day in her own offbeat way.  Ha!

In summary, the series continues to be a strong draw and I am in high anticipation of the next installment in the series.  Urban Fantasy lovers who can handle a moderate amount of squick should definitely give this one a go.

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #45
Can You Read a Series in a Month #2


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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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2 years ago

oh you’re reading these the one after the other! Really need to start them!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yep! I did the Can You Read a Series in a Month challenge and picked this one so I’ve been going to town on them. 🙂 Just one more, I promise. LOL

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

These books sound great. The covers are always so fun too.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I’m having such a good time with them, Mary. I get a kick out of those covers, too. 🙂

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

Glad to see you are enjoying this series.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I’m having a ball, Angela. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

I can’t really read the review since I want to read these soon. I’m glad to see they are staying with higher ratings. I’ve been buying them on audio.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yeah, it’s a solid series for me. I’d rate all six as a sold four. I think you’ll enjoy the narrator. I only got the last of the six on audio and she is exactly what I’d imagine for Angel.

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

LOVED this series! I had so much fun with Angel and the tribe! I need to listen to this one again. I wish I had time for rereads, this would definitely be one of them!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes! These have been so fun and they are just the type for a later re-read. I’ll probably go for a listen since I did them in print (mostly) this time around.

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

I love when later books in a series continue to provide deeper reveals about characters and when the MC continues to grow throughout the books. I need to check out this series! (Something I keep saying because of all the good things I hear about it. This is a great reminder to pick it up!)

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I agree. It’s fun to see reviews on late series books to see if the series stayed strong for people and worth my time. I hope you get the chance, Crystal. I get a kick out of Angel.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I’m so glad you’re loving this series Sophia! It sounds amazing with the non-stop action, fighting scenes, and a main character like Angel!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

It was the perfect one to pick up when I was in the mood to binge a series. 🙂

2 years ago

I need to catch up but ZOMG those covers!

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Aren’t they out of sight great? 🙂

2 years ago

I’m glad you’re still enjoying these. I really need to start this series; I have the first one!


Sophia Rose
2 years ago

This has been an easy-read series and easy to love. Hope you like it when you get the chance. The first one has some set up so takes a bit longer to get rolling.

2 years ago

I’ve never heard of this series, but it looks like so much fun! The girl on the cover reminds me of the singer Pink, lol.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  ReneesBookcase

Really? Maybe you’ll get a chance at them later if you can do the zombie thing, Renee.

Haha! Yeah, she really does. Good catch!

Carole rae
2 years ago

oooo you guys and this book series 😉 I must try it someday….one day?

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

It’s a hoot! I had a good time doing it for the Can You Read a Series in a Month challenge.