Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

Posted September 7th, 2017 in book review / 7 comments

Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana RowlandMy Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie #1
Publisher: DAW on July 5th 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

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.


At A Glance

White trash and zombies, perfect combo.

The Good

I LOVE how grungy My Life as a White Trash Zombie was. It intrigued me because the story and characters were really white trash. We have white trash Angel: going nowhere, smoking pot, drinking, not keeping a job… Then she wakes up a zombie and it seems like life is over but that’s when her life really begins. She turns it around: getting up in the morning and keeping a job, being good at her job, making friends, eating brains…

I love Angel’s take-no-shit attitude. She will tell you how it is, which was refreshing. She’s also hilarious and caring, in her own way. All her glorious flaws made her that much more interesting. I was rooting for her the whole time. Then we had Randy, her asshole boyfriend. Marcus, the hot, supportive detective. The real gem was the abusive, alcoholic dad. Ugh! I can’t even talk about him.

The book was mostly about Angel dealing with her new zombieism. I love how zombies are handled in this book. They are mostly normal except for needing brains to keep “fresh.” Yeah, ew. Then we have some murders and suspicious circumstances that point to a killer zombie. The mystery was well handled and I was mostly surprised by the big reveal. The ending was exciting and intense.

The Bad

The middle was slow and boring for me. I get that we needed to see Angel become one with her zombieness but it just seemed to drag on and on with nothing substantial happening.

The Snuggly

No sex scenes in this one, just a few minor sexual situations.

Final Thoughts

I will for sure continue this series. I’m excited to see what’s next for Angel. Non-traditional heroines are my fav and Angel sure is that. Very recommended.


“It reminds me of an old joke: What did the Zombie say to the whore?”
I looked at him blankly. “Um….what?”
He winked. “Keep the tip.”  

“Still, waking up this early was just wrong. “Why can’t people be reasonable and only die after eleven A.M.?” I whined.”  

“But then again, I was about as far from touchy-feely as you could get. Unless you’re fucking me, don’t put your hands on me.”  


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7 Responses to “Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland”

  1. kindlemom1

    This series has been on my list for awhile now to try and I really need to find a copy of it. Maybe I will luck out and my library will have a copy. I like that it is something different. Wonderful review and have a great weekend Jennifer!

  2. Braine

    I heard the audio version of this is really good, I might go for that instead. I need to start this series but I keep forgetting to check out my library if they have it.

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