Narrator: Allison McLemore
Series: White Trash Zombie #1
Published by Audible Frontiers, DAW on July 5, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Zombie
Length: 8 hours 44 minutes
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.