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

White Trash ZombieMy Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Zombies

Publisher: DAW (January 2011)

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Wendy’s Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Supernatural creatures like vampires and werewolves have been getting the Hollywood treatment lately, turning them into sparkly objects of desire.

Well, zombies need love too!

Unfortunately, there’s that whole mindless, brain-eating, decomposing corpse aspect that makes them less than appealing…

But Diana Rowland fixes all of that! Sort of. Well, there’s still the decomposition. And the compelling hunger. But as long as brains are in fresh supply, the social stigma against zombies can easily be avoided!

Angel wakes up in the hospital with a vague recollection of a car accident and a lot of blood, yet she has no scars, and the strange note she finds leaves no answers. But the note does offer her a way out of her crappy, drug-addicted, domestic abuse life with a well-paying job at the local morgue as a driver. She has no idea who her benefactor is, but vows not to waste the opportunity.

Everything is going well, until she starts getting *hungry* and realizes that the only thing that will satisfy her are the brains of the dead she happens to be surrounded by at her new job. As she comes to understand her new state of undead, a mystery develops around her as bodies start to pile up…

This is, plain and simple, a fun book. Narrated in first person by Angel, it pokes just as much fun at itself and the main character, as it does the zombie genre. Angel’s self-deprecation is endearing and amusing, rather than melodramatic. She accepts her flaws and weaknesses, and, even before growing and overcoming them, she proves her worth.

I was not a fan of the True Blood television series, which is based on Charlaine Harris‘s Sookie Stackhouse books. White Trash Zombie shares a similar urban supernatural vibe, but it doesn’t take itself as seriously, which makes it much more appealing to me. I would love to see a white trash zombie on my television.

16 Comments on “Book Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland”

  1. Arrghh I really need to read this book. I have it for a while but haven’t tried it yet. Now with your review I know I need to do it soon! really soon! great review!


  2. I ♥ this book so hard! Angel is such a fantastic character, and Rowland’s humour is to die for (pun intended, haha!). The audiobook narrator of this series does an amazing job too. Unfortunately, all of the installments that followed failed to live-up to this one, but were still good.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads


  3. I’ve read really good reviews for this one and I do like a good zombie book so I’m not sure what I’m waiting for! Sounds like fun – which isn’t something you usually associate with brain eating zombies!
    Lynn 😀


  4. Zombies seem to be the new vampires. I wouldn’t have picked this book based on that title alone. I like humor but it sounds so stupid. I’m glad it was good though. It’s always nice to find a fun book. I wasn’t a fan of the True Blood show either, but the books are better, but that might just be because it’s easier for me to skim stuff.


    • Walking Dead is about the people surviving and their journey, which is a good view to take (though I find it’s gotten tedious after this long). This book is from a zombie’s PoV which is definitely unusual.


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