Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 26 September, 2012 by Amanda / 18 Comments

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland {Amanda’s Review}Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombies #2
three-half-stars
Genres: Fantasy, Urban
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Angel Crawford is finally starting to get used to life as a brain-eating zombie, but her problems are far from over. Her felony record is coming back to haunt her, more zombie hunters are popping up, and she’s beginning to wonder if her hunky cop-boyfriend is involved with the zombie mafia. Yeah, that’s right—the zombie mafia.

Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower—and maybe a brain smoothie as well—in order to get through it without falling apart.

Angel is a bad ass zombie.

Thoughts on Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues

I originally started this series last year at the suggestion of Felicia. Even though I wasn’t a big zombie fan, I decided to give it a go and loved the first book. It was without question that I would read the next book in the series. I didn’t quite like this one as much as the first, but I am looking forward to the third book. I think this is a series that could appeal to a wide variety of people: zombie lovers looking for something a little different, urban fantasy fans, and those who like mysteries.

I kinda love how Angel is changing as a character. You know, beyond the whole being a zombie thing. She is seriously trying to get her life together and being a better person–zombie. But she is still Angel. Though her swearing got on my nerves briefly toward the middle of the book (for me, it was a little too much and pulled me out of the story after a while), I really do like Angel, white trash zombie and all. She turned really bad ass toward the end (really bad ass; it was AWESOME), and I can’t wait to see what the third book has in store for Angel.

One of the reasons I love this series is that underneath all the zombieism is a regular old mystery. And Diana Rowland writes some pretty damn entertaining mysteries. The morgue, the autopsies, forensics, all of it combine into something that could easily stand on its own. The zombie aspect only makes this series that much more interesting. The mystery in Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues will have some big implications in the future, and I like where Diana Rowland has taken the series (I also hope there will be more than three books). So while, yes, Angel solved the mystery and there is no massive cliffhanger, it is obvious that there is far more to come.

And! Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues gives us some answers about how a person becomes a zombie and what happens to a person once they are a zombie. As most know, I am a total information whore, so I really appreciated this part of the book. Plus, I really liked the take on zombieism, and I think it fits well with the zombies that Diana Rowland has created in this world. There is still more for us to learn–both about zombieism and what else is out there. Though Angel is connected to people who have been zombies for years and there is clearly MORE out there, we only know what Angel knows. We experience as she does, and I think this makes these books that much more fun.

The only reason Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues received a 3.5 (rather than the 4 like the first book) was that the mystery and book lulled for me a little in the middle. The ending definitely made up for that, though, and I am eagerly anticipating book 3 next year.

 

three-half-stars

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18 Responses to “Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. This series is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I remember being disappointed in Marcus but the rest of the characters were fab :)

    Great Review! :)

    I can’t wait till book 3 —they come out way to slow for my taste LOL

  2. I don’t know why but the word “zombieism” made me snort. It’s so official sounding:) You know I’m not a huge fan of zombies either, but I feel like if you enjoyed this book than I probably would to. I do like that we get lots of information in this second book and a lot of the questions are answered. Complete win!

    • Oh, Jenny. You know me. I’m all official and shit. ;) I think this is a good starter zombie book, because it’s not a traditional zombie book. I’m generally not a zombie fan, but I’ll take this one. Also, it’s just a good mystery, if you like that.

  3. Zombies…unless they’re getting massacred on The Walking Dead I’m kind of meh about them. Still, I love the title of these books and it’s very cool that it’s not traditional. Think I’ll have to check it out…

  4. Oh My Goodness! Oh My Goodness! Love me some Angel.

    I’m a pirate/ truck driver, but not too reading too much profanity. I would actually like to donate my copy of book 1 to my school library, but the language is the only thing that gave me pause in the first one.

    Marcus is going to let me down?!?!? Poor Angel. But very happy to hear she opens up a can of Zombie Whoop Ass in the end.

  5. I have yet to try this series since I’m not a huge zombie lover but it sounds like this series has so much more to offer than just zombies. I’m going to have to add the first one to my wish list and try to get around to reading it at some point :)

    Thanks for the awesome review!