Review: White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland

Posted June 23, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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Review: White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild

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Series: White Trash Zombie #5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by DAW
Released on October 6, 2015
Pages: 325
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

Angel just had a harrowing adventure in the Big Apple and now she’s back home.  But, a crisis is building in her personal life about the same time that things are getting dire for the Tribe.  This one delved into Angel’s personal demons so it was as much an internal battle as an outward fight when new trouble hits the scene and I was good with the change-up it offered.


White Trash Zombie Gone Wild is the fifth of the installments in the White Trash Zombie series.  It is an ongoing story so definitely works best when got in order.

So, Angel may have gotten a bit addicted on the V12 enhancement drug they used to help fight their way out of tough situation back in NYC.  She goes into addict mode with hiding that she is stealing from the lab, making excuses, showing effects of constant dosing and causing those who know her best to suspect.  On one level, Angel knows she’s in a bad place, but feels she can get out of it whenever she wants or argues herself into believing she needs the stuff to function.

While she’s going through this tough battle and avoiding those who challenger her and want to help her, someone leaks real zombie footage at the annual zombie festival and zombie movie premiere and maybe that same someone sicced the FBI onto investigating how lots of corpses appear to be missing their brains.  But, then there is the decapitation murder that looks like the serial killer is back.  Angel is ducking and dodging her boss, the FBI, and the Tribe while working the decapitation case because she knows full well that the serial killer is not back and strongly suspects who is involved.  She’s on her own and not just because she pushes people away due to her addiction.  Keep members of the Tribe are off working to shut down the Saberton labs and recapture Dr. Charish.  It’s a zombie world gone wild.

It was hard to see Angel falter with staying clean from her addictions, but I was glad the author went there because addiction doesn’t just go away and it was more realistic that becoming a zombie isn’t some fast track.  She’s still Angel and fighting this makes her stronger.  I also enjoyed seeing her get brushed aside by Marcus and the others only to hang in there and do her own way of protecting the Tribe.  She’s up against big odds, but she has her own posse and finds a way even when the V12 has some bad side affects including some real zombie rot and hunger.  And is that some romance I see with Nick the Prick?  I hope so.

Another great installment of the series.  I may get a little squeamish at moments, but these books are loaded with lots of urban fantasy goodness that are a can’t miss for me.  Definitely recommend!

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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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Melanie Simmons
2 years ago

I do love this series. I’m really glad you’re enjoying it.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I have had a blast reading these. I’m listening to the last one that was released now. 🙂

2 years ago

Oh my that cover! I’m assuming that’s a Dan dos Santos ( I think he was the artist doing these, but I could be wrong). I would probably get squeamish with these too lol, but glad it was a good one- they do look like fun urban fantasy! 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg

You guessed right, Greg. This whole series is done by Dan dos Santos and they are fab.

Yeah, the autopsy work and the brain eating give me the tummy wobbles, but the rest of the scenes are fab. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Again, I’m reminded I want to get to this series soon. Wonderful that you’re enjoying it still! 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Glad to keep reminding you. It is definitely a fun series and worth the zombieness. 🙂

2 years ago

While I can’t seem to get into this series, I do enjoy your reviews on them and the covers 😉

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  vvb

No worries, Velvet. Not quite full-on zombie horror which I know is your delight. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

These book covers are a lot of fun. I like that the author made Angel’s addiction realistic, and that she had both the internal as well as external challenges to overcome. Excellent Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

They really are. I enjoy looking over them and guessing how they connect to the story b/c they always do in some way.

It was great the way the author gave depth to Angel’s character by having her still struggle with addiction.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I love all the threads too and character struggles.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

It makes it so much more captivating to see all the layers in these stories.

2 years ago

Sounds like she has a lot of her plate with her addiction and then trying to solve those murders while keeping everyone else off her back. It does sound like a series that would make me a bit squeamish at times, but it does sound like a good one. I am enjoying reading your reviews for these books.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, she really does, but she manages to keep it all sorted out and deal with her issues. Ha, yeah, still the zombie stuff, but not too awful. 🙂