My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

February 18, 2015 Reviews 27 ★★★★★

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana RowlandMy Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
Narrated by Allison McLemore
Series: White Trash Zombie #1
Published by Audible Frontiers, DAW on July 5, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Zombie
Pages: 310
Audio book length:8 hours 44 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Angel Crawford is a loser.

Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who's been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.

That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the parish morgue—and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse.

Before she knows it she's dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she's hungriest!

Angel's going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn't, she's dead meat.

I should have read My Life as a White Trash Zombie a long time ago. I grabbed it as part of an audible BOGO sale, but more because I’d heard good things from people I trust than because I WANTED to read it. The zombie thing just isn’t typically my thing.

But this is going to be a series where I make a huge exception. There’s several reasons, but let me give you the top 3:

  1. The zombie mythology isn’t AS gross. It’s kinda vampire like and I really enjoyed it. There were times where my stomach wasn’t thrilled, but Diana Rowland managed to make the eating of brains really funny most the time. I should have known from the title – My Life as a White Trash Zombie – but this was more hilarious than I expected.
  2. Angel, the main character. I love her, the way you have to love a good person trapped in a “fuck-up’s” body. Especially when they try to make a go of improving their life. I can’t wait to see Angel develop as the series progresses.
  3. The mystery is solid! I constantly had guesses about the who and the why and got close a couple times. But I really didn’t figure things out until momements before Angel. But I could have if I’d picked up on the right hints. Exactly the kind of mystery I like.

I’ll be continuing this series on audio too – and not just because I own a few (I think). Allison McLemore was great! Her Louisiana southern accents were good (IMO) and I was so entertained by the combo of Diana Rowland’s writing and Allison McLemore’s voice, I can’t imagine not listening. This is a combo that works like Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi, in my opinion.

If you’re not a zombie fan, get over it and try My Life as a White Trash Zombie, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised – like I was. All you need to like it is a fondness for humor, great (struggling) characters, and a bit of paranormal woo-woo.
5 stars Flipping Fantastic

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About Diana Rowland

Diana Rowland

Diana Rowland has lived her entire life below the Mason-Dixon line, uses “y’all” for second-person-plural, and otherwise has no southern accent (in her opinion.) She attended college at Georgia Tech where she earned a BS in Applied Mathematics, and after graduation forgot everything about higher math as quickly as possible.

She has worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she’s seen more than her share of what humans can do to each other and to themselves. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can’t rollerblade to save her life.

She presently lives in south Louisiana with her husband and her daughter where she is deeply grateful for the existence of air conditioning.


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27 Responses to “My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland”

    • Berls

      Yeah I’m not really into zombies either – so gross as a rule – but if you can tolerate vampires and the concept of them drinking blood, I don’t think this is much of a leap. And its hilarious! I can loan it to you on audio too :)

    • Berls

      I agree – she’s a great character with lots of growth potential. I’m hoping to get caught up this year too, since its such a fast read especially!

    • Berls

      I liked the second one (finished it recently), but I agree it wasn’t quite as good. I still loved Angel and the way she’s growing though, so I’m looking forward to reading more. You should try the audio for sure, it’s great!

  1. Ramona

    Well, I haven’t even heard of this title before, but how awesome is “My Life as a White Trash Zombie”? :D Simply delicious (despite the implied eating of the brains…) I’m adding this, Berls. And I’m thanking you for sharing it – sounds like I’ll be having some serious fun getting into it. Yeah!
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    • Berls

      Right?! Such a great title and I love the cover art for this series too. I hope you enjoy it (and I definitely recommend you do this one is audio) :)!

    • Berls

      So far, I totally agree. I’ve only read the first two and liked this one more, but I just love Angel as a character! I can’t wait to see her grow over the course of the series :) and yeah, the audio is great!

    • Berls

      I really feel like these are more vampire than zombie – just swap brains for blood and being really cold for the potential to rot – and they’re kinda the same. The reason to read this IMO Is Angel. She’s such a great MC with so much room to grow. If that helps you off the fence at all ;)

  2. Stormi

    Zombies are just one of those things that I just can’t get into. Zombies are just not romantic to me..I can see how vampires and werewolves can pull it off but Zombies are just meant to be nasty, gross, evil brain eating monsters..zombies have rotting flesh..nope can’t do it. Nope nope.
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    • Berls

      Lol I totally get it – I don’t do zombies as a rule. To me, this isn’t really zombies though. Its vampires that eat brains. Yes, I’m fooling myself a bit – but if it were straight zombies I wouldn’t like it I don’t think.

    • Berls

      Yeah, zombies don’t typically pull me either but these are the least gross zombies ever. And Angel’s such a great character that it just was pretty awesome for me :)

  3. Lola

    I have read most of Diana Rowland her Kara Gillian series, but always stayed away from this one because of the zombies, because I think zombies are gross and I don’t enjoy reading about them. Your review makes me want to reconsider that as it sounds like a great book! I am glad to hear the zombie mythology isn’t as gross and Diana handled the mystery in her other series really well, so I am glad to hear that is the case in this book as well. I am adding this to my to-read list!
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    • Berls

      I haven’t read any of her other series yet, but definitely plan to now. Zombies aren’t my thing at all and if it weren’t for all the good reviews I never would have picked this up. But now I’m glad I did :)

  4. Melanie Simmons

    I started off reading this series as soon as it came out. I was already a fan of Rowland because of her demon series, Kara Gillian. When I saw she had book about “White Trash Zombies” with a cover like this one, how could I not try it. Then once the audios started coming, I’ve now switched to audio only. Allison McLemore is the perfect voice for Angel. I also give props to Dan Dos Santos, who does the covers for these. I just love them (he also does Kara Gillian and Mercy Thompson).
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    • Berls

      That title and cover are really great – they might have pulled me in, even without all the good reviews. But zombies so aren’t my thing, so I’m glad I got pulled in by the reviews. Once I catch up in this series, I’m going to read her other series.

    • Berls

      Oh man, the narration is so perfect for this. She fits Angel like a glove, I’m so glad they’ve put it on audio. Now to catch up :)

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