My Life as A White Trash Zombie [NOOK Book]

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Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive"...


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Overview

Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive"...


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101516591
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: White Trash Zombie Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 40,869
  • File size: 449 KB

Meet the Author


Diana Rowland has lived her entire life below the Mason-Dixon line. She has worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen more than her share of what humans can do to each other and to themselves. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, and has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition. She presently lives in southern Louisiana with her husband and her daughter where she is deeply grateful for the existence of air conditioning. A master of urban fantasy, she’s the author of the Demon series and the White Trash Zombie series. She can be contacted via her website, www.dianarowland.com.
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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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    Unconventional and Entertaining

    This book features an engaging 'loser' protagonist, a convoluted but entertaining plot, morbid details, wonderfully gruesome imagery and a new twist on zombies. In this story zombies are ageless supernaturals who only begin to rot when they don't get their quota of brains.

    The protagonist, Angel, is a surprisingly sympathetic character. Life has treated her badly but, as a pill popping high-school dropout, she's also cheated herself. At twenty-three she's going nowhere fast until she wakes up in the hospital with flashbacks of grave injury. She's told that she overdosed on drugs, and she believes it because she doesn't have a mark on her Then, she finds an anonymous note which threatens to inform her probation officer of the overdose unless she begins a job as a 'body snatcher' at the local morgue. She's also given 'energy drinks' with weird pudding-like material at the bottom.

    The story is part murder mystery, part upbeat self-discovery tale, part horror story and part traditional paranormal fiction with an underlying romance element. The first party narrative unwinds at a fast pace and culminates in desperate and thrilling climax. Note, the edible brain imagery and morbidity details are gruesomely excellent. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any and all zombie enthusiasts. Further, I recommend this book to all urban fantasy fans looking for an unusual but entertaining story.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2011

    Really hope theres a second wtz

    WTZ wad a great read with great character development, humor, and enough romance to make me like it more than some of those will not be named vampire books. Really hope to see a followup within the next year or so, and not just cause the zombie on the cover looks like me heh. Really great read.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    Excellent new series!

    I heard about this book last year during during the Romantic Times convention. Diana was talking about the newest book she was working on about a white trash zombie who gets a job as a morgue tech for easy access to brains. I know it's shocking, but the an unpolitically correct story about a zombie is totally up my alley. Also, being a huge fan of the Kara Gillian series by Rowland I have been waiting impatiently for this book to release.

    The book opens with Angel waking up in the hospital. She was brought in as a suspected overdose victim. Her scattered memories and the mysterious package left for her at the hospital hint at something entirely different. Now don't accuse me of spoiling the book for you, but she has been turned into a zombie. Of course the reason why she has been turned into a zombie and who her mysterious mentor is keeps you hanging through the ending of the book. In fact the majority of the book is about how being turned into a zombie is one of the best things that has ever happened to her.

    Also a good deal of the buildup is world-building. Namely, introducing you to what it means to be a zombie in this book series. It also lays the groundwork for how the zombies abilities and weaknesses work. The author takes the difficult situation of having to make a zombie likable and excels at it. By the end of the story I was really rooting for her.

    This brings me to the end of the story. As I insinuated in an above comment, I will not spoil the story. George R.R. Martin may threaten to put a spoilers head on a pike, but the author in question on this series has certifications maintaining her aim and ability with deadly weapons. (According to her own bio she has worked in the police force among other jobs.) That being said, I will say that her ending took me by surprise. My expectation is for an ending (even one with a twist) to be along the lines of the direction I thought the story was going. Rowland caught me on this one, marking it as one of my favorite reads so far this season.

    I will over the caveat that this is a story about zombies. Those with a weak constitution should be forewarned. Even if you are a little skittish at the thought of brain-eating zombies, I would urge you to read this as you might very well be surprised at the extent to which you enjoy the novel. Mrs. Zombie (who is ironically not a fan of the gore) is chomping at the bit to read my copy of it.

    Easily I will give this one a full 5 dancing zombies out of 5. If you want to go the Slayer route on it, Faith calls this one 5-by-5. No matter what pop culture reference you use, it is easily worth the money. To prove that fact, even with my library budget tight I am going to stop tonight and purchase a retail copy. Normally I would consider this one for a Nook purchase, but that cover art is just to damn good to pass up!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Nothing New Here....

    I have a sneaking suspicion the author wrote this as a vampire story first. Nothing in the story differentiates this from a modern vampire tale. You could take just about any of a dozen vampire stories; change vampire to zombie and blood to brains. That would pretty much recreate the same story.

    Gave it two stars only because the writing style itself was tolerable.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    LOVED IT

    drug addict turned zombie...plus a side romance and mystery. loved it read it twice

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    g Good read

    I enjoyed the book a good read

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

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    Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    …does it make me a little weird that when Angel was describing her cravings for brains that I kept getting a little hungry?! That’s either really good writing, or I need to see a Doctor! ~ Under the Covers

    Angel Crawford is a deadbeat; with no job, a loser boyfriend, an alcoholic father and a pill addiction her life is getting no where fast. But, when she wakes up in hospital after ODing and being found naked on a road her life starts to change for the better and for the freakier, instead of craving pills, she now can’t seem to stop drooling over delicious brains…

    I got this book originally because I loved the cover, normally that doesn’t pan out too well but in this case I am really glad I am a bit of a cover whore because I really loved this book! I know zombies are a new craze at the moment and they seem to have a sub-genre all of their own, but this has to be the first book I have read where a zombie is the main character and not a shambling monstrosity who immediately gets its head loped off and I will definitely look closer at zombie books in the future.

    I do admit though, this book could be a little gross, but it wasn’t too bad and does it make me a little weird that when Angel was describing her cravings for brains that I kept getting a little hungry?! That’s either really good writing, or I need to see a Doctor! But this book was more then a gruesome tale of a girl discovering a love of devouring brains, Angel was a fantastic and well realised character. As the book went on she changed and grew as she shrugged off her label as a “loser” and started to take control of her life and become a responsible adult.

    The plot on this was a little slow to start as it focused mainly on Angel adjusting to her new zombie lifestyle; this made the book a little unbalanced. In the beginning not too much happened when we were being introduced to Angel and her world and then towards the end we suddenly had a zombie hunter on our hands. However, this wasn’t a problem for me, this was a first book and I expected it to be heavy on the world and character building.

    A fantastic read, which has the bonus of looking awesome on your book shelf and I can’t wait to see what more is in store for Angel in her new undead life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Really amusing!

    Fast paced, funny, and great new take on zombies!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Amazing

    This book, was so cool! 100% Worth the money.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Surprisingly good.

    Okay, I'll read vampire books as long as they're not teen oriented. Same goes for fae stuff, demon, werewolf/shifter reads along with completely different genres. But zombies? But after some hesitation, I put my faith in Diana Rowland and decided that it's not possible for her to write a bad book. I was rewarded. Great, fresh read that kept me rooting for the underdog. However, I think the last part was a little rushed...but that's just me.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    My life as a zombie fan

    I saw this book and had to have it! You never hear of zombies before just oh lok they eat brains and shoot them in the head. I love zombies i have movies, games, and now books. This was written so well i hope there is another one! I read it in one night. This book has inspired me to explore the depths of zombie romance. Thanks Diana for being an inspiration!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    Highly Recommened

    This was an awesome book, kept me laughing the whole time. Love the sarcasm and the mystery. I didnt put it down for a second.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Awesome!

    Run out and pick up this book if you are a zombie fan!  I devoured this book in two days.  A refreshing zombie tale that shows the reader a human side to zombie life.  I love that Angel grabs hold of her second chance and runs with it.  The author did a great job of leading the reader through the story while keeping the conclusion a surprise.  I am often frustrated at figuring out all details and mysteries when only half way through a story, but that was not the case with My Life as a White Trash Zombie.  Can not wait to see if a second book will be coming in the future!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Cute idea

    Half the book is setup. Conflict unconvincing and very late in the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Gross, disgusting but couldn't put it down

    This was a gross book but I found it fascinating and had to keep reading to the end to find out what happened and who was responsible. I really liked Angel but I think I was a little let down by the ending. I felt the ending was kind of rushed and too happily every after - all ends sewed up.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

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    A great new take on the zombie genre. Part mystery, part zombie

    A great new take on the zombie genre.
    Part mystery, part zombie story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Well thought out

    Reminiscent of the Christopher Moore "Vampire books". Funny, darkly comic, and surprisingly human

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    Another outstanding Rowland sequel - don't let the title throw you...

    We're talking about about a genuine heroine in Angel, a drop out, pill popping, drunk low income, trailer trash equivalent who turns into, well let's just say she becomes someone to root for with everything and everyone against her. Oh and she also just happens to be a zombie.

    Rowland is quickly becoming my favorite author in this genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Good concept and execution. Was a little baffled by her casual

    Good concept and execution. Was a little baffled by her casual attitude about how she became a zombie.

    I know it's a zombie book, but the worry about her next meal was annoying by the end. For a while it seemed as if that was the whole story. Glad to see character growth toward the end and I look forward to starting the next book and seeing how Angel continues to discover who she really is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Zombies

    Great read!!!

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