My Life as A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
Angel Crawford was practically born emblazoned with an L for loser in the middle of her forehead. She didn’t have much choice in changing her hard knock status with a mentally ill mother, a drunk for a father, and being a high school drop out. Angel seems to be hurtling herself into all the pitfalls of her white trash standing, including a felony, a deadbeat boyfriend, drug and alcohol addiction, and a steadily growing resume of former dead end jobs.
And then she dies. Or at least she thinks she did. Angel has some flashes of an accident. But the details of her condition and the events leading up to them are a bit fuzzy. Angel wakes in the hospital without a scratch on her. She then starts to receive cryptic messages and a seemingly too good to be true job. What Angel doesn’t know is that she has been changed into a zombie. She looks fine, feels fine, but Angel is going to have to learn quickly that all that can change in an instant if she doesn’t get the nourishment she needs. Without the self-induced intoxicated drug haze, it turns out Angel is a pretty clever cookie. And since they’ve been hauling in numerous headless dead bodies to the morgue, Angels going to have to use all the brains she’s got to solve the murders, and keep her strength up.
My Life as a White Trash Zombie was an interesting take on a second chance. Diana Rowland really showed how one incident can change someone’s life for good or bad. With Angel’s addictions stripped away and a good opportunity to support herself she found her self worth. This is made even more interesting with the vehicle Rowland uses to employ change, zombie-ism.
I was skeptical about this premise. The title was provocative, but the cover art sold me on giving this one a chance. I’m glad I did. This book is filled with rich characters and decent story lines. Reading about Angel’s prior decline and present rise, while stumbling through her revelations on becoming a zombie where very entertaining. Rowland created a nice mix of background information, zombie high jinx, and mystery. I loved the supporting cast as well, and the little love story at the end. I think there where parts of the story that were a bit slow but overall a good read with great potential for a sequel.
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