SUMMARY ´ My Life as a White Trash Zombie

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My Life as a White Trash ZombieAngel Crawford is a loserLiving 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 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 takenThat is until. I was in the market for a nice and easy read during my intermission for Robert McCammon's 950 page apocalyptic epic Swan Song but like Tina Turner says in her song We never do things nice and easy My pick was Diana Rowland's 2011 novel My Life As a White Trash Zombie the first entry in what has become a popular series for the author I can see why This is a professionally written emotionally satisfying zombie tale carried away with a light touch that emphasizes character over splatterA twenty one year old white female wakes up in a hospital with zero recollection of how she came to be there Confronted by a nurse with a serious attitude problem the girl has the impression she was involved in a car accident but is notified she suffered a near fatal drug overdose and was found by cops on the side of a road Naked Her interrogation begins with the nurse asking her if she even knows her name Yeah I know my damn name I snarled It's Angel Crawford I wanted to add And you can write it down with that pencil that's stuck up your ass but I managed to hold it back I knew that nurses had the power to make your life suck worse than it already did and it was clear that this bitch considered me to be one step away from starring in my own loser reality show Screw her I was at least two steps awayAngel discovers a package waiting for her at the nurse's station A cooler contains six unlabeled bottles of a brown opaue beverage A note instructs her to drink one bottle every other day or risk becoming very sick She's informed that there's a job waiting for her at the Coroner's Office Angel is warned that if she fails to hold onto the job for a month her toxicology results will be shared with her probation officer and she'll go straight to jailAngel lives in Nice a town pinned in the southeast corner of Louisiana by swamp She shares a sad excuse for a home with her widowed father a bitter drunk who crawled into a Jack Daniels bottle five years ago after the suicide of Angel's mother Angel has an on again off again boyfriend named Randy who she remembers arguing with the night of her blackout at Pillar's Bar but after trading the bartender a couple of joints for a Percocet Angel's memory gets foggyShe discovers that the job waiting for her is van driver dispatched by the parish to transport dead bodies to the morgue for autopsy No one at the coroner's office offers clues as to how Angel got this job or who is looking out for her She's shown the ropes by cocky pre med student Nick Galatas who torments Angel by revealing she's to assist the kindly parish forensic pathologist Dr Leblanc in autopsies Angel dropped out of high school the day of frog dissection but to her surprise not only seems unaffected by the activities of the morgue but finds herself getting hungry around themAs Angel builds confidence on the job she meets a variety of characters There's her partner Derrel Cusimano a death investigator who used to play linebacker for LSU There's a sheriff's deputy named Marcus Ivanov who under normal circumstances might be kinda hot but Angel recognizes as the cop who arrested her for auto theft Ed uinn is a paramedic who worked on Angel when she overdosed and is a childhood pal of Marcus' Monica Gaudreau is a death investigator who later helps Angel piece together events on the night she overdosedHer supply of energy drinks running out Angel receives an anonymous note urging her If you crave it eat it Unable to stop craving brains Angel comes to the conclusion that she's a zombie This is verified by one of her kind a funeral parlor driver named John Kang who confronts Angel about the deceased he's picking up from the morgue missing their brains Kang appears to be Angel's age but in reality is old enough to be her father He's aloof and wary that Angel will cut in on his business selling brains to a zombie clientele In Diana Rowland's ghoulish but off beat vision zombies are turned with a bite from the infected but rather than turn into mindless flesh eating machines maintain their regular lives as long as they mix fresh brains into their diet Failure to do so results in hunger that can turn a zombie rogue as well as exhibit a putrid odor and ultimately the loss of body parts On the plus side wounds heal uickly and a feast on fresh brains summons what Angel describes as zombie superpowers increased strength and agility My Life As a White Trash Zombie completely charmed me Rather than a bizarro take on zombie activity or something that MAD Magazine might've whipped up for laughs this is a real novel Rowland is interested in the transformation of Angel Crawford a woman at a dead end who's given a new lease on life Angel starts a new job meets interesting people and stumbles onto a mystery which her new powers give her the capacity to solve In the process she discovers self respect I stood back while Derrel shared my observations with the detective Abadie scowled and peered at the underside of the tractor then muttered something vile I almost felt sorry for him Handling an accidental death was a walk in the park next to dealing with a possible homicide The procedures didn't change much but the attention to detail went several notches up And if he hadn't been a dickwad I probably would've felt sorry for him As it was I allowed myself a perverse sense of satisfaction Hey I never claimed to be an angelRowland earns points for introducing racial and sexual diversity to her cast of characters and for incorporating a variety of social issues into the story in what feels like an organic way Rather than spending the novel battling creatures Angel struggles with drugs and alcohol domestic violence sexual assault and unfulfilled relationships The novel is laden with profanity and chock full of corpses but the violence is not explicit and the sexual content is handled in a very discriminate tasteful way The novel has sturdy construction too Like a foundation of wet cement Rowland pours on the intrigue I was curious to find out what happened to Angel the night of her blackout who turned her into a zombie and why That cement gets harder and harder as the story progresses and by the climax turns into a bridge that ties everything together Rowland never once bored or confused me I actually found myself falling in love with Angel even if she'd probably look at me and wonder why some old guy was staring at her and about to get his ear bitten offFour and a half stars rounded up to five I can't think of anything that Rowland might've done differently to make this novel better than it turned out The superlative cover art is by Dan dos Santos who in this interview indicated he was working his way through trailer park and lawn flamingo motifs when he hit upon a pink background contrasted with the gray skin of Angel Crawford For once the book inside lives up to the cover

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The day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers Angel remembers being in a 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 refuseBefore she knows it she's dealing with a. This review can also be found at Carole's Random LifeWoo Hoo I absolutely loved this audiobook I found this book during one of audible's sales a few months ago and bought it on a whim I just hoped that it would be a fun uirky story to go along with its attention grabbing title and awesome pick cover I was instantly hooked with this one I started this audiobook while I was doing the laundry one Sunday night and I actually found myself spending a lot time than usual folding clothes just because I didn't want the story to stop Anything that can make me want to do laundry deserves a medal of some kind I really haven't had this much fun listening to an audiobook in a long timeI love a good zombie story I will have to blame The Walking Dead for that I guess These stories are just so much fun and I like how varied each one can be Angel is really my kind of zombie She doesn't throw herself a pity party when she realizes that she is a zombie She just tries her best to figure out what she needs to do in order to take care of herself Angel is smart and I really liked the way she thinks about things so spending time in her head was greatThe mystery of this book really took a backseat to the wonderful characters for me There were really two mysteries in the book The main focus seemed to be about a series of deaths in the area but I found myself really wanting to find out what had happened that made Angel into a zombie That was the big uestion in my mind and I was satisfied with the outcome I really liked the flow of the story The pace that things were revealed was just right to keep me very interested It was a very well rounded book for me as well I wouldn't say that this book was laugh out loud funny but there were some moments of humor that I really enjoyed Angel's realization about what she is and what she wants was just a lot of fun She also shows a lot of growth during the book which was well doneI loved the narration of this audiobook Allison McLe did an absolutely fabulous job of bringing life to this story I am so glad that I went with the audio on this one because I can't imagine a better way to experience this story I loved the voices that she used for all of the characters and her southern accent really was perfect for the story I would definitely like to listen to books narrated by this narrator and plan to continue with the series very soon I would highly recommend this book to others I had a great time listening to it and would recommend to others to try it on audio if they have a chance This is the first book by Diana Rowland that I have read and I can't wait to see what else she can come up with It looks like I will be purchasing the remaining audiobooks in this series very soon because I need to spend time with Angel as soon as possibleInitial ThoughtsI absolutely loved this one Full review to be posted soon

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SUMMARY ´ My Life as a White Trash Zombie ½ Angel Crawford is a loserLiving 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 crap jobs than she can count Now on probation for a felony it seems that Angel will never pull herself out 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 hungriestAngel'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 meatLiterall. This was a lot of fun It's impossible not to root for Angel She's not your typical narrator she's straight talking and snarky but makes fun of her own flaws The mystery surrounding Angel's story kept me investedI deducted one star as I found the pacing a tad slow in the middle That said the first time I picked this up I was drowning in college reading so I wasn't in the right head space for this book However I picked it up again once I was finished my assignments and LOVED itOverall this is a really fun urban fantasy read I'm not a big fan of zombies in fact I have never enjoyed any previous zombie books I read But this isn't your typical zombie story I highly recommend to anyone who wants a fun fast read