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In the first novel, we got introduced to the high school dropout, Angel Crawford; a self loading, pill popping-looser; daughter of an alcoholic deadbeat, living in the swamps of Louisiana. I don’t think I need to draw you a picture, just look at the fabulous cover. But all that comes to an abrupt end when she wakes up in the morgue craving brains and wondering what that hell happened to her.
Who knew that becoming a zombie will put Angel on the right path, and the reader/listener in the path to discovering a fantastic, creepy, gross (better have a strong stomach) mysterious, funny, suspenseful, and downright entertaining world.
I love Angel; I think you will too, she’s smart and funny. Her sarcastic personality with her self deprecating-down to earth tone make a terrific, but most importantly, a genuine character. So, If you haven’t read/listened to the first novel, stop right here. You need to get properly introduced to Ms. Rowland’s zombies, with the first entry, My Life As A White trash Zombie.
Angel is coping with her new reality; she has learned most of how her new world works, and what she needs to do to survive. Everything seems to be going fine for Angel, but things start to get complicated, and now, besides making sure she has a jar of brain’s smoothie at hand - she also has to deal with new dangers; zombie hunters, conspiracies, her unsavory past catching up to her, not to mention her boyfriend's attitude.
The twist and turns, the mystery, the small dab of romance, and a great ending, make this entry a must read or listen. I’m seriously hoping we don’t have to wait a whole year for the following novel, White Trash Zombie Apocalypse.
This is my first experience with Alison McLemore, and I thought she did a very good job bringing this novel and its characters to life.
I have to warn you, I’m not an expert in southern accents, but Ms. McLemore approach definitely worked for me, even though, at first I thought it might have been a little bit over the top, I settled down within the first chapter, and just began to enjoy the story. She does a fantastic job communicating Angel’s emotions, as well as the rest of the character’s.
The mood and feel of the novel are skillfully captured, and nicely transmitted to the listener.
One thing I’m not so sure about though, that is, the sense of humor. I did find the first novel (which I read) a lot funnier than this one - I’m not sure if my inner voice for Angel was funnier, or maybe this novel was a little bit more serious. I’m planning a re-visit on audio to find out.
I didn’t have problems distinguishing the different voices, except for Angel’s father, sometimes they sounded too much alike, but it's such small portion of the novel that it does not really make that much of the difference. I was fine with her male voices; this is not a romance ( the center anyway) so I’m a lot more lenient in these cases, and did I find them quite adequate.
All in all, this was a great listen, and I recommend this series to any UF fan in search of something new, engrossing, original and fresh, if the word "fresh" can be use when speaking about Zombies :)
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
DUDE, YOU READ WAY TO MANY ROMANCE NOVELS
Angel does care about her loserness and she is trying hard to become a better person or Zombie. As another reviewer has said, it is her self deprecating down to earth personality that draws you in. If you don't fall in love with this flat chested, barely 100 pound Zombie, then you need to go to surgery and have a heart put in your chest. OH SH#T, SORRY. Angel is also one tough lady, don't expect her to lay down and give up. I would like to see Rowland and Maberry do a book together, Angel just might kick Joe Ledger's butt. CARGO PANTS AND A MID DRIFT THAT SAYS REDNECK PRINCESS, ANGEL'S SIGNATURE LOOK.
JESUS, F##KING CHRIST, IT WAS A ZOMBIE SOAP OPERA.
This is book two and like most series that depend upon originality, the newness has warn off a little. This is not as good as book one and the plot is a little thin, but it is a good book, cause of Angel Crawford. I am hoping that the plot is better in the next two books, cause I know I will be listening. YOU NEED TO ACCEPT I'M RIGHT A LOT QUICKER IN THE FUTURE.
UNIVERSITY HELL, I JUST WANTED TO KEEP FROM GOING BACK TO JAIL.
Another reason, I like the book is its intelligent look at what we in America call White Trash. It is commonly accepted that this group of people are unintelligent and beneath the rest of society. This gives us a group of people we look down on, thus making us feel better, with out being called a racist. It is my feeling, just like any other group that is isolated, White Trash is a whole different society. I society that was formed by a group of people who fell between the cracks, who did not have the connections others had and who mostly lost hope in making it in the corporate world. In America, it is often not what you know, but who you know. I have had three main jobs in my adult life and I got my foot in the door at all three places, because I knew someone. I am middle class, I grew up middle class and my friends are middle class, it is what I know.
The narrator is excellent and makes the book better to listen to then to read.
WHEN YOU GOING TO PUT SOME MEAT ON YOUR BONES?
WHEN YOU MAKE ME A SANDWICH, B**CH.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful
You must read My Life as a White Trash Zombie first really, as it is the prequel, I love this book. I was so pleased to rejoin Angel and the other characters in the next stage of her life. Angel is a very likeable character in realistic circumstances, other than being a zombie. I love the take on being Zombies in this book, I love how unpretentious and unlikely the heroine is and it's just a really fun read.
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"Even White Trash Zombies Get The Blues" continues Angel Crawford's tale from where "My Life As A White Trash Zombie" left off. It has the same punchy style as the first novel and continues to benefit from Allison McLemore's first class narration.
The thing I liked most about the book is the way Angel grows and develops. She's turned becoming a zombie into an opportunity to turn her life around and become a better person, or at least one she likes and respects more. Putting aside the humour (which occasionally made me laugh out loud) and the zombie strangeness (which becomes satisfyingly complex) the main impact of this book comes from making the reader care about Angel Crawford.
"Even White Trash Zombies Get The Blues" is darker than the first novel. The scenes relating to Angel's treatment by her abductors are well enough written to be disturbing. This is about fear and humiliation and what happens when we treat people as things. Not a laugh a minute but not exploitative either. This is Angel's introduction to some of the more unpleasant realities of her new life. Her reaction to her experience forces her to grow or die and begins to shape here into someone who thinks about the big picture and not just how to survive until tomorrow.
Diana Rowland goes to some lengths to explain the science behind being a zombie. While I think this was important, even necessary, I felt there was a little too much info-dumping at some parts of the book. The science does sound plausible and it sets up all kinds of ideas that can feed future books but I'd have rather had it drip fed a little more. The best part of the explanation was Angel's reaction to it. Her enthusiasm for "learning cool stuff" is infectious.
I'm now a confirmed White Trash Zombie fan. I'll download them as they appear and consume them with pleasure.
I'm also a fan of Allison McLemore, not just for her Angel voice, which is perfect, but for her ability to give voices to other characters and to narrate the action scenes. I'll be looking at other books she's narrated.
A great follow up in the White Trash Zombie series. We learn more about how Marcus came to be a zombie, the zombie virus & what it can actually do..... Once again we see Angel underestimated by those around her including those who are suppose to care for her & she has not choice but to kick ass to prove her point whether she wants to or not. It was missing a bit of Angels humour from the first book, but there were still some great funny scenes like the one with her ex drug dealer. Alison McLemore does a great job bringing Angel to life, can't wait for the next in the series.