White Trash Zombie #1
Published July 2011 by DAW
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Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Series: 1. My Life as a White Trash Zombie* 2. Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues 3. White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (2013)
Source: Won @ Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog
Rating: Loved It
Angel Crawford is a loser
Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she’s a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who’s been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.
That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn’t have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there’s a job waiting for her at the parish morgue—and that it’s an offer she doesn’t dare refuse.
Before she knows it she’s dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she’s hungriest!
Angel’s going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn’t, she’s dead meat. (Source: Goodreads)
This was love at first sight. The cover and the title just called to me. Am I revealing too much? This book provided some much-needed therapy. During a week-long pity party, Angel gave me a dose of perspective.
Angel is White Trash. She lives in a dump paved with beer cans and can’t seem to hold even a convenience clerk job. Her loser boyfriend only gives her a second thought, if it benefits him. She pops pills to numb reality. It is sad to say, but waking up in a hospital is the best thing that ever happened to her. It isn’t because she had a “significant emotional event” and is ready to clean herself up.
She wakes up to a job and a mystery bottled concoction. She could use a job and she has drunk way worse things. What the heck? You find yourself laughing with her (not at her) as her inner dialogue reveals her past, processes what the heck is going on with her and she starts turning her life around. Who would have thought becoming a zombie was such a positive turning point? Angel is smart and shows a real aptitude for her new job. She really shines as she navigates the mysteries in the book. How to be a zombie? Who changed me? Why? What’s the deal with all the bodies turning up?
The mystery was a nice surprise. Why? I don’t know. It is pretty clearly laid out in the summary. I try to forget or not read summaries or reviews too closely, if I know I’m going to read it. So I was thinking the mystery was her figuring out that she was a zombie and/or who changed her? I stumbled into the body count just as she did and only figured it out as Diana laid that last piece of information out before Angel. Angel is surrounded by a great cast of characters. You’ll like the good guys and you’ll want to eat the brains of the bad guys. The end wraps up nicely. No cliffhangers. Great lessons–get your shit together, do good and you don’t have to fulfill people’s negative expectations. It has me wondering what is giving Angel the Blues in the next book.
A Daily Dose of Brains is just what the doctor ordered to clean up your life.