Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review - Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie, Book 2) by Diana Rowland (4.5/5 stars)

Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 320 pages
Publisher: DAW
Release Date: July 3, 2012
ISBN-13: 978-0756407506
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the White Trash Zombies series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

This is the second book in Rowland’s White Trash Zombie series. Right now Rowland has three book on contract for this series. This is a different type of zombie book with an excellent mystery and some good humor; it was a very fun read.

Angel is finally getting used to her new job and her need for brains. Then things get shaken up when she finds out that her parole officer is out to get her for a felony she committed before zombiehood. Then she finds out her boyfriend’s uncle is part of a zombie mafia of sorts and all of this might be tied into some sort of secret lab conspiracy. Angel is going to need a lot of brains (in more ways than one) to survive all of this!

This is a very well done investigative urban fantasy. This book had an excellent mystery for Angel to solve;, one involving genetic tampering and zombie mobsters. I really enjoy this series, it's different from all the other zombie books out there. The zombies in this book are just people who happen to be dead and tend to start rotting if they don’t eat brains.

Angel is a wonderful character, her life sucked before she was turned into a zombie and it’s been great to see Angel slowly getting her life together while dealing with her zombiness. It’s somewhat ironic that being turned into a zombie is one of the best things that has ever happened to her. Angel is really going against the odds to try and turn her life around. I loved watching her stand up to her boyfriend as well, she is finally seeing some worth in herself and gaining some self-respect. Her relationship with her father is interesting too.

The side characters are all well done and have depth to them; although Angel is definitely the true star of the book the side characters support her nicely.

The book is humorous, well written, and a bit gross at times... I had a hard time putting it down and really enjoyed the way all of the different threads of plot wove a wonderful mystery in the end. It is just very well done and a very enjoyable read. Definitely for older readers, as there is talk about sex and oodles of swearing. The book also gets pretty gory and disgusting at times...but it is about zombies...soooo....

This book has a great ending, it is seriously one of the best endings I’ve read in a while. It’s an upbeat ending that just leaves you feeling great and wanting to read more about Angel and her world!

Overall this was an excellent continuation of this series. I loved it even more than the first book. Angel is growing so much as character and I am totally rooting for her! I enjoyed the investigation and mystery; it was very well done. I also really enjoy the creative take on zombies that Rowland has used in this series. Highly recommended to fans of investigative urban fantasy and to fans of zombies of course!

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- Zombie Reading Challenge
- Horror and Urban Fantasy Challenge
- 150+ Books Reading Challenge

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