Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland
(White Trash Zombies, #2)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Read: 8/21/2012 — 8/24/2012
In Six Words: Angel is a bad ass zombie.
1. My Life as a White Trash Zombie
2. Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues
3. White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (2013)
Why I Started Reading This Series
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.
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.
Thoughts on Book 2
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 7 (rather than the 8 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.