As part of the R.I.P. VII, I finally dusted My Life As a White Trash Zombie off the TBR shelf and read it. While it’s not your typical zombie novel, it’s a lot of fun in that popcorn book kind of way.
Anyway, here’s the full review:
Angel Crawford is a self-professed loser.
A high school drop-out, she staggers from dead-end-job to dead-end-job. She regularly drowns her sorrows at the local dive bar with her on-again, off-again boyfriend who repairs cars and while he lives in a trailer, he’s got the best in high electronics.
All that changes one night when Angel wakes up in a hospital after what she believes was a severe bender. She can’t recall what happened, but a mysterious note tells her that a job as the driver for the local coroner’s office is hers and that she has to drink a series of mysterious shakes every other day for the next few weeks.
Angel takes the job at the coroner’s office and to her surprise finds that she’s not repulsed by the cadavers. Instead, she’s suddenly found an iron stomach and a strange fascination with brains.
Turns out Angel has been turned into a zombie. But if she eats a brain every day or so, she won’t rot–in fact, she can regenerate wounds fairly quickly with the help of a tasty brain or two. What Angel doesn’t know is who the mysterious benefactor is who changed her to zombie, the hierarchy of the local zombie community for distributing brains to snack on and whether or not a serial killer is targeting the local zombie population.
With a title like My Life As a White Trash Zombie, this novel was hard to pass up in the bookstore. It sounded like a lot of fun–and the story does have its moments. Angel is likeable enough to help keep the plot moving forward, though there is some initial frustration because we know from the title what’s happened to Angel while she’s still piecing it all together. The book has humor, romance and a bit of brain eating gore. It’s a fun read and while I don’t expect this one to be up for any major prizes, it’s still enjoyable enough that I may pick up the next installment in the series at some point.