Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by DAW
Released on Julu 5, 2011
I decided to jump on Velvet @ vvb32’s Zombie theme this month with a Southern-fried sometimes humorous urban fantasy featuring an underdog zombie heroine that many love and are addicted to the series.
A few months back, on a whim, I decided to try a book from a series that several of my book pals who love Urban Fantasy rave about. I was behind because I can’t keep up with everything, but also I took one look at the book and series titles and chickened out. Zombies… not a fan, generally. I quickly discovered when I got into White Trash Zombie Unchained that the zombies of this world were less horror and more like people with extra abilities and a special diet much like the vampire books I read. I had a good time with Angel as the heroine, the humor, and the fun suspense plot. The brains thing is still an iffy element, but I could deal with how it was handled.
So, I finally took the opportunity to head back to the beginning of Angel’s story. It began on something of a low point in Angel’s life. She was hospitalized after being found by the side of the road, naked and high. She has weird nightmarish memories that make no sense, but also blanks from the drugs. She also has a mysterious benefactor who left her a cooler of weird iced coffee nutrition drinks, change of clothes, cab fair, and a warning note to take a job that would be waiting for her at the Coroner’s Office, stick with it for thirty days and keep her nose clean or her probation officer would learn of the drugs in her system.
The book follows along as Angel accepts this mysterious offer of a new start, highlights her sad home life and past, and the squeamish yet hilarious moments as she adjusts to work as a van driver for the bringing dead bodies from the scene of death to the morgue. Meanwhile, she slowly figures out that something happened to her out on that dark road and she’s got a new craving for brains.
The build of the White Trash Zombie World, the characters, and the mystery were great. It was slower paced, but this was due to introductory book issues rather than poor writing or development. I definitely want to press forward with Angel the zombie’s story and see her do a lot of growing as a person while getting involved in some squeamish and exciting zombie adventures.
Romance Roundabout #184 UF