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“AKLNDFLKND HOLY FUCKING GOD YOU GUYS, THIS WAS AMAZING. NO SERIOUSLY, I'M NOT EVEN BEING IRONIC RIGHT NOW THIS IS LEGIT EXCITE ENTHUSIASTIC CAPS TYPING. Seriously, I had begun to despair of ever finding a decent fucking Urban Fantasy book that didn't make me want to brick someone's face in, and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“An interesting take on the current zombie craze. Angel Crawrford is going downhill fast. A high school dropout, abused, druggie, and about to be just another statistic when a well meaning zombie saves her "life". She gets a job, is doing well, but must have brains to continue her existence. It was an entertaining read and I am starting on the next one as soon as I can.”Pam Bales wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“FUNNY! Don't let the covers through you; this is a fantastic series!”Heather Mc wrote this review Thursday, October 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Angel is white trash in every sense of the word. She lives in a run down, filthy trailer with her alcoholic father, her mother is dead and wasn't any better than her dad when she was alive, she dropped out of high school and hasn't been able to hold down a job, she pops pills and drinks a ton, and her boyfriend is for crap. The one day she wakes up in the hospital after being found naked on the side of the road. She has no idea what happened as her last recollections are being at a bar with her boyfriend and talking to another guy. When she is discharged she finds a mysterious package with her clothes and some bottles of coffee looking sludge and a note that says she should drink one every other day and oh, she starts her job working for the coroner as a van driver the next day and she should not be late and she must keep this job for at least 30 days or else. She figures it's some sort of work rehab program but it's better than jail but then she starts noticing that brains are smelling awfully good...
A friend got this for my oldest who is zombie obsessed but even he raised an eyebrow at it and wasn't sure he would read it when we ran across it on a list of Top 10 Zombie Books. There were others on that list that he had loved so he figured he'd give it a try and he enjoyed it and then told me I had to read it too. I'm not much for the zombie genre myself but there have been the occasional one that I've enjoyed and this one looked better than a lot of the ones I've read at his insistence so I agreed. I found it poignant in some ways and laugh out loud funny in others. Angel is who she is and I loved seeing her grow and figure her way through things, including how to manage her own life. It doesn't try to be anything than what it bills itself as and that is a fun bubblegum read and it succeeds marvelously at being that.”
Decent-ish, mystery If a bit slow and actionless.
Not nearly as funny, or really, not funny at all, as I'd been lead to believe.
No real desire to read book two after that floppy ending. (no cliffhanger, praise be)
Likable flawed protag. with self esteem issues.
Did I mention it was gross?
Don't think I'm carrying on with this one.”
“Loved this character! In the beginning, she is so self deprecating, but learns to love herself...any self respecting zombie (or girl discovering who she is) could take notes from her plight.”Hufflepuffchick wrote this review Monday, May 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“2.5”Anna N.~ You Can Take Everything From Me, Cause This Is All I Need wrote this review Thursday, May 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good brain eating zombie fun in the context of a screwed up girl getting a chance to restart her life and make new choices. I just plain enjoyed this from start to finish and am picking up the sequel right now. ”Heather B wrote this review Saturday, April 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Okay, the book started out slow and continues throughout. The pace made me think of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series, but Sookie's story has much more characters in them and I needed a note book to keep up with who's who.
Anyway, the book is as its name suggest, LIFE as a zombie. It really goes into every detail about Angel's life and how it goes as a zombie; the problems, limitations and benefits. It was actually pretty dull but still interesting. It took me slightly more time to finish this book compared to my norm, but it's worth a read. This whole new perspective of a life as a zombie is definitely fresher and unique compared to the usual special half-breed descendants, werewolf, vampires, fae, or humans with supernatural abilities... Haha, pun intended.
I will read the second book once I manage to get a hold of it. Angel is actually a worthy character that shines more brightly as the story progresses. She would be great right from the start if she has better up-bringing and background. She works hard to make her life better when she was given a second chance and I respect her for that. I like her character and will continue following her story. Nice read.
P.S. Love the book cover! Gorgeous! ”
“AKLNDFLKND HOLY FUCKING GOD YOU GUYS, THIS WAS AMAZING. NO SERIOUSLY, I'M NOT EVEN BEING IRONIC RIGHT NOW THIS IS LEGIT EXCITE ENTHUSIASTIC CAPS TYPING. Seriously, I had begun to despair of ever finding a decent fucking Urban Fantasy book that didn't make me want to brick someone's face in, and thanks completely to Shiori's prodding, I got to read one. I GOT TO READ ONE. IT'S BEEN SO LONG. OH GOD I HAD FORGOTTEN WHAT LOVE WAS LIKE...
My Life as a White Trash Zombie puts the genre to shame. It puts 99.9% of this genre's protagonists to shame. It takes most other books' DRAMATIC APOCALYPTIC WORLD-END LOVE TRIANGLE stakes and just slaps into oblivion with REALITY (+zombies), and it is glorious.
But if we don't get some structure up in this review, I will continue to rave like an inarticulate fangirl, so I'm going to do that horrifyingly twee "REASONS YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK" thing, and inarticulately fangirl in an ordered list. Ahem.
5 Reasons You Should Read My Life as a White Trash Zombie
1. Angel Crawford is Better Than You Everything Else
Yeah, that's right, everything else. Seriously, you try going through half the crap Angel has to deal with and see if you come out with a quarter of her spine.
There is a substance and tenacity to Angel that I almost never see in urban fantasy anymore. She doesn't have her shit together out of the box; in fact, her shit is all over the place, and the whole point of the book is that it's going to be a difficult task to get it in order, but that's the best part. Angel's life is a challenge that she is damn well up to. She doesn't want anyone to rescue her or pity her or make things easy on her; her whole arc is about coming to realize her own worth, earning her place, her pride, and living her life on her own terms.
It's almost pathetically exciting to me that Angel has actual flaws that are not being "clumsy" or a bad cook or "too loyal", and that Rowland isn't afraid to get all up in your face with them. Yeah, she's popping pills and hanging out with a drug dealer and generally fucking up AND SHE'S STILL THE HEROINE, SUCK IT! Angel has no self-esteem, no ambition, very little self-control, and she's made a lot of bad decisions, but she's not shamed or vilified or made to seem lesser for any of that. She overcomes it. I think the defining difference between WTZ and SO MANY OTHER BOOKS HERE LET ME JUST POINT TO LIKE THE ENTIRE GENRE is that the narrative actually acknowledges Angel's flaws, has Angel acknowledge her flaws, and then allows her to grow from them, whereas many other books just steadfastly refuse to acknowledge that they exist. I don't even know if I can accurately describe how satisfying that is.
The whopping cherry on top of this magical sundae is that, in allowing Angel to be responsible for herself, not once does the book sacrifice her intelligence, independence, or agency for the sake of the plot, or worse, romance. So there's no brain-bleeding TSTL action, no spunky agency, and sweet mother of cabbage, no waiting around to get saved.
Which brings me to my second point:
2. The Universe Does Not Revolve Around Penis
You know, about a quarter of the way into the story, I legit paused and thought, "There is something weird about this book. What is missing here?" And then I realized: there was a distinct lack of romantic penis presence. Angel was concentrating on her job and figuring out her zombie-ism, rather than spending every spare moment agonizing over whether or not some dude loved her.
HO. LY. SHIT.
Oh god, it's like the first breath of fresh air after crawling out of a sewer filled with the stank of insta!love and romantic angst and love triangles and men inextricably tied to plot resolution and destiny, and oh god, the air is so sweet up here, I never knew! This...this isn't a romance novel! It's just straight-up urban fantasy, where the heroine is the focus, and not just a vehicle to the hot, sexy mens!
I mean, yes, she does still have a boyfriend, and yes, there is also a love interest, but they are not at the center of the galaxy. They're out there on the edges, with like Uranus and Neptune*, hell, even Pluto! Angel encounters them occasionally, but even when she does, the interactions don't exist purely for the sake of sex or romance or angst; they're not just another predictable step stone on the road to forever and ever, amen. They're about Angel, and her relationships with the men in her life change as she develops and grows.
Which is FUCKING AWESOME.
*There is a slight caveat to this, but we'll get to that later.
You know what I loved about this book? Its scale. This isn't a wide-sprawling epic; Angel doesn't have to save the world, she isn't the Prophesied Messiah of Zombiekind. She wasn't plucked from her upper-middle-class life to become a Zombie Princess, nor was she trained from birth to be the Best Goddamn Zombie at What She Zombies. She is just a woman, who makes a few bad decisions one night in a bar, and happens to get turned into a zombie. A white trash zombie whose death inspires her to do some serious life-assessment...
Read full review at http://ykmreviews.blogspot.com/2013/01/074-my-life-as-white-trash-zombie-by.html”
The narrator, Allison McLemore, is a narrating genius. She perfected the lazy Southern trashy drawl and masterfully created a multitude of characters. I've noticed that I say fuck a lot slower since listening to it. It's more like fuuuuck, now. Love the lazy Southern trashy drawl.
Angel Crawford wakes up in the hospital after an apparent overdose. She remembers popping some pills but also vaguely remembers being in a car accident. Though she doesn't have a scratch on her. Upon discharge she is given a note and gift left by a mysterious stranger. The gift is some odd looking bottled drinks and the note states she has a job waiting for her at the Coroner's office. Don't accept the job and the mysterious stranger will fill Angel's parole officer in on her recent drug mishap.
What the fuuuuck?
Left with no other options, she reluctantly takes the job as "body snatcher", picking up dead bodies and bringing them into the morgue. She is surprised by her sudden iron stomach and her sudden craving of brains. Yes, brains. She smells them, and they smell like chocolate.
What the fuuuuck?
““The smell was like chocolate and cookies and biscuits and gravy and everything else that was delicious. It damn near drove me crazy every time I had to touch one. I’d been fighting the cravings the way I’d never fought the urge to take drugs or get drunk.”
As if her life taking a huge turn to the strange and macabre is not enough, it seems she is now a zombie and someone around town is hunting her kind. While learning to survive without her body literally rotting (she starts to smell like a decomposing corpse after just a few days of no brains...yuck), dealing with her drunkard dad, trying to piece together how she turned, now she has to try and keep hidden from a serial killer. Could life (or death) get any worse?
Angel is hilarious. She's not stupid though she's taken for a dummy, a lot. She's spunky and a fighter. I don't think I could love this character more. She's had a rough life and it's not any easier now, but she's been given a second chance at life and she's determined to figure it out. Her fumbling through it is equally endearing and entertaining. She's so far from your typical protagonist and I love her more for it.
This is a 'zombies are humans too' type story. If you are looking for a shambling mindless gorey zombie tale, you won't find it here. This is a story of second chances, survival and life...even for the dead.