Review: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues
(White Trash Zombie #2)
by Diana Rowland
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: July 3, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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.



Well this series is a whole new take on zombies that I wasn’t expecting. Instead of mindless corpses shambling around looking for brains, they are intelligent people who just happen to begin to rot if they don’t get the nutrition they need. For Angel, being turned into a zombie means she gets a second chance at life. Her life was headed nowhere, except to a jail cell or an early grave, and now she’s holding a full-time job, making friends, and has a boyfriend. However, when she’s held at gunpoint at the morgue, over a dead body, she realizes that she’s stumbled across something big. If only people would believe the fact that someone stole a dead body, instead of thinking Angel screwed up and lost the body.

I really like that this series is kind of a mystery, P.I style story. Angel isn’t really an investigator, that that’s twice now that she’s stumbled upon something that no one else seems to notice. However, this time leads her into a huge conspiracy that just might get her killed. It doesn’t help that the only one who believes her is probably the one person she shouldn’t trust. There was just a lot that goes on in this story that it was hard to get bored.

Another thing that I want to point out is that Angel’s character grows a lot. It’s only the second book and she went from her “white trash” title to being an upstanding person. She really turned her life around rather quickly and others have taken notice. I find it very frustrating when you are reading a series and the main character never seems to grow as a person. While some might say that Angel changed pace too quickly, I think a lot of it is credited to her becoming a zombie and the fact that she had to hit rock bottom in order to get where she is right now.

It’s only the second book, but so far I’m really enjoying this series. I love the character growth, the secondary characters, and the fact that every time we turn around, we learn something knew about zombies. This is a great series to pick up if you want a lil mystery with a paranormal twist.


Previous reviews from White Trash Zombie
My Life as a White Trash Zombie




6 Thoughts on “Review: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland

  1. Okay, I gotta say, these aren’t my type of read, but MAN! They always have some eye catching covers! Thanks for sharing!

  2. sounds like a hoot. i have seen the series around and i may have one on my kindle. off to see.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. I haven’t read this series yet but it does sound better than mindless zombies.

  4. I’ve heard great things about this series but have avoided it because I’m not a fan of zombies. But I didn’t realize they weren’t the average zombies so I’ll go ahead and give this series a try. I have read Rowland’s Kara Gillian series and enjoyed it. She’s good at character growth. 🙂 I’m happy you’re having a good time with Angel, Kristin!

  5. I’ve only read the first book so far but these covers and titles are always so spectacular.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  6. I’m glad the second book in the series was enjoyable like the first! I must admit, I’m curious about this series.

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