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My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1)

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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
Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by DAW (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kevin Hearne
I was pretty much grinning like an idiot through this whole thing. It's just a fabulous, "delicious" situation to read about, the craving for brains when you know eating brains is wrong. Angel Crawford is a a delightful character and I hope we see more of her; I'd like to see her grow from here and confront several plot threads that were left dangling in a tantalizing fashion. Much of the humor isn't the wisecracking sort but the situational sort, and kudos to Diana for pulling it off so well. G ...more
Five stars: Immediately purchase and devour this book. It is awesome! A whole new take on zombies. Fresh and hysterically funny. Don't miss this one!
What I loved about this book:
*Angel, she rocks! There are so many aspects of her character that I found captivating. First is her transformation. Angel starts the story as trailer trash. She is plagued with an alcohol and pill problem, she cannot hold down a job, she has an abusive, alcoholic father with whom she lives in a run down dump of a house
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I went back and forth from 3 stars to 4 stars. I'm actually settling on 3.5 stars. The middle was really slow & I was bored. However, the ending really made up for it. I think book 2 is going to rock though and I really love Angel and someone else that is revealed at the very end of the book (yeah, I'm so excited for book 2 to see what happens with this character).

As for the boredom, I think Rowland was just trying to establish Angel's identity as a zombie. I do think it was necessary as Ang
Mar 16, 2014 Carol. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: zombie fans

Braaaains. Hungry for braaaaains. Brains NOW!

At least, that's the call of the American Zombie, genus and species unknown (human? bacteria? virus?) Rowland does something unusual in My Life by creating a protagonist who undergoes a traumatic experience and gradually realizes she's one of the living dead. Even though she feels almost normal. Except for those pesky cravings. And that body odor. A fan of the genre in general, I couldn't resist giving this a try after seeing how many of my friends e
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Angel Crawford is 21 years old, addicted to pills and in an on-again off-again relationship with another addict, Randy. After the death of her insane and abusive mother, she was left to live with her alcoholic and no less abusive father. She’s a high school dropout, can’t keep any job for more than a few weeks and she’s even on probation for buying a stolen car.

At the beginning of My Life as a White Trash Zombie, Angel wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of the events that occurred th
"It reminds me of an old joke: What did the Zombie say to the whore?"
I looked at him blankly. "Um....what?"
He winked. "Keep the tip."

Okay so you will only understand this joke if you read the book. There's your incentive ;)

I LOVE the fact that Diana Rowland chose a self loathing, drug addict, unemployed high school dropout as the protagonist in My Life As a White Trash Zombie.I guess you could say I have a soft spot in my heart for an abused underdog. Something about these characters
Sep 22, 2013 Anelis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: zombie fans, paranormal fans, anyone who wants a light but exciting mystery

This was my first Diana Rowland book, so I had no expectations whatsoever. I'm not going to describe the plot nor write spoilers.


Before reading the book I LOVED it's cover. In fact I picked it up solely because of it's cool pink zombie cover. I mean look at it! It's pink, with a beautiful woman, piercings, blood, don't-give-a-damn look...what's not to like?
But I must admit it, again because of the cover I didn't expect it to be any good. I was just in the mood for a bad paranormal romance novel
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Angel is 100% trailer trash, her father is an alcoholic who alternates between two states: asleep & drunk. Angel’s name doesn’t suit her; she’s a drug addict who pops pills. She had a dead-end on again/off again boyfriend who isn’t any much better. She dropped out of high school years ago & has a criminal record. Can you tell Angel has everything going for her?

Angel wakes up in the ER after an overdose, but she swears she was in a horrible car crash..yet there’s not a mark on her. To add
3.5 stars

Angel Crawford was your typical white trash chick with a pill popping addiction living with her alcoholic dad in Lousiana. That is, until she woke up in the hospital after being in a car accident with no memory of what had happened to her. She finds a note addressed to her telling her about a job that she is required to take or she’ll end up dead… thinking this is a note from her parole officer and that she’s being threatened with jail she opts to take the job instead. The job turns out
Angel lives in a hovel with her dead-beat and abusive father. She's an alcoholic, pill popping, pot smoking woman with a conviction, an equally dead-beat boyfriend, and she can't even hang on to a dead end job.

Then she dies, is turned into a zombie, and lands a job at the morgue. Things are starting to look up for her...except she's one of the undead, and she has insatiable cravings for brains.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie is a bit of a romp. It's a fun book which glides along effortlessly.
Joe Valdez
I was in the market for a nice and easy read during my intermission for Robert McCammon's 950-page apocalyptic epic Swan Song, but like Tina Turner says in her song, "We never do things nice and easy." My pick was Diana Rowland's 2011 novel My Life As a White Trash Zombie, the first entry in what has become a popular series for the author. I can see why. This is a professionally written, emotionally satisfying zombie tale carried away with a light touch that emphasizes character over splatter.

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 pu
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
"You can't stop me," he said, doing his best to curl his lip into a proud sneer. "I'll finish him, then finish you."

"Oh yeah?" I said. Then I couldn't resist. I took a deep breath and yelled: "Zombie Super Powers, Activate!"

First things first - Daniel Dos Santos is absolutely brilliant! This isn't the only bad-ass book cover that his talented mind has created, but it's certainly my favorite.

If you haven't seen his previous work ... although I'm sure you have, but just didn't realize it ... then
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 l
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3.5
*Genre* Mystery/Suspense/Romance/Zombies


Angel Crawford is a 21 year old abuser of drugs and alcohol, as well as a high school dropout who suddenly finds that she is waking up in a hospital with no memories of how she got there or what happened to her. She is told by a nurse that she overdosed on drugs. She may also have been a witness to a murder that happened in the same area in which she was found naked.

The truth, however, is much different than the actual facts present the
Kat Kennedy
Purdy good.
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
The cover art and title sucked me in but Angel keep me listening. The moment she said

But then again, I was about as far from touchy-feely as you could get. Unless you’re fucking me, don’t put your hands on me.

I knew we were soul mates. Angel is a great character, she is full of snark and dieing really was the best thing that happened to her.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie is my 1st book to read where the main character is a zombie. And like many creatures, each author puts their own spin on
Re-read July 2012

I decided I'm simply a fan of Diana Rowland and will happily try out any book she writes.

Original review July 2011

4 stars, 5 stars? Either way, loved it. I downloaded the sample for my Kindle, and couldn't resist buying and devouring it immediately. I wanted to stop and savor the book, but once I started, literally couldn't put it down. There are the laugh out loud moments and sarcastic dialogue I expect with my UFs, a bit of a Hallmark movie sweetness, an interesting murder mys
Lupdilup Duffy
I don't think I'll be able to eat tapioca, ever again, or bread pudding.. damm!, and for some reason fry chicken is border line. This book is more like 4. 1/2 stars for me. The originality was exceptional; a least for me. This is my first Zombie book ( I don't do zombies) and I love that it kept me glue to the pages, ( every time I could pick it up, that's why I do audiobooks, hard to find the time to seat and enjoy a book in the summer time) and I can't deny that the subject of eating any kind ...more
I've seen this book around for a while and knew that I had to get to it eventually. You see, I am obsessed with zombie stories. And I grew up in SC. Now, now. I'm not saying everyone from SC is white trash. Quite the contrary. I've had multiple conversations with friends about the differences between high falutin, country, good ol' boy, redneck and white trash (aka trailer trash). And, truth be told, in many cases I'd rather hang out with someone considered white trash than someone high falutin. ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
3 1/2 stars

I have wanted to read this book ever since I first saw the fabulous cover on someone’s blog. It’s really eye catching, isn't it? Talk about a lucky author. And best of all, it fits its main character Angel perfectly. Well, I finally made time to read it and, uh, I’m glad I did but I didn't expect it to take nearly a month to get through.

The book starts out when Angel wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of how she ended up there. She's told she overdosed and she figures it c
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Diana Rowland was becoming one of my favorite urban fantasy authors thanks to her demonically good Kara Gillian series, and now with MY LIFE AS A WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE, she’s cemented that position. Trust me, this is the zombie book for people who never read zombie books. It’s a nonstop riot of gross and girly fun.

Angel is nothing like her namesake. She’s white trash, pure and simple. She’s a dropout on probation for a little pill problem, her boyfriend co
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

As much as I enjoy watching zombies on TV, they’ve never managed to work their way into my reading rotation until now. Previously, the very idea of a protagonist eating brains freaked me out but the way that Diana Rowland developed Angel’s character has me singing a different tune. I enjoyed the author’s snarky sense of humor and her unique spin on the standard murder mystery story line. Allison McLemore’s narration also helped make this audiobook an especially enjoyable
Another Audible BOGO find, and another enjoyable zombie book. I don't know if I would have picked this one up if not for getting it 1/2 price. It seems like one of those weird books that are almost too hyped and I wasn't sure if I was really into reading about a white trash zombie.

But, after listening to the sample probably 5 times, I decided to just go for it, and I'm glad that I did. Not only was it not annoying, but it was actually quite funny and unique. I really liked the different take on
Heather Book Savvy Babe
I am not usually a zombie reader. I am totally cool reading books that have zombies as monsters, but when it comes to a book where a zombie is the protagonist, I have my reservations. I have no problems with vampires drinking blood or shifters tearing into things, but the thought of surviving off of brains...that creeps me out. However, so many people recommended this book to me, both in print, and in audio. In fact, people LOVED the audio so much that I figured I should give My Life as A White ...more
Fiction Fool
Feb 07, 2014 Fiction Fool rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone! It's that good.
Rating: (♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥)
I followed his lead and pulled my mask off, then froze. All of a sudden it seemed as if I could smell the brain, and not in an oh-how-gross way, but as if someone had taken the lid off a pot of gumbo and let the aroma fill the room. And I knew it was the brain that smelled so utterly enticing--knew it with all of my being.

What the hell was wrong with me?

To my shock and horror my mouth began to water and my stomach gave a loud growl--loud enough for the others to hear. Both of

I've recently become a big fan of Diana Rowland reading all her Kara Gillian books, so when I saw that she was starting a new series featuring a white trash zombie I went and pre-ordered it right away. Diana Rowland came to my attention not long ago after I reading a review about how detailed and accurate her depictions of procedural and police matters were. Bought all the Kara Gillian books out at the time and really enjoyed them, and have been recommendi
4.5 stars.

This series is so, so fun. I picked up the first two books on sale on Audible and I was instantly hooked. The narrator, Allison McLemore, does an awesome job capturing all of the different characters - each voice was distinct and believable. As for story, I loved Angel, the heroine, who is a hot mess until she nearly dies and wakes up as a zombie. Becoming undead allows her to finally pull her life together. She's a strong, fierce, imperfect heroine who is easy to root for. She reminde
You can also read this review at Reflections on Reading Romance

This book is seriously sick – and I LOVED it!!! I made a trip to Barnes and Noble yesterday and was totally psyched to find this book out a few days early, since it’s not supposed to come out until Tuesday. I’m a huge fangirl of Diana Rowland’s Kara Gillian books, and My Life as a White Trash Zombie is a great start to a new series. This book rocked! I’ve never been a big fan of zombie fiction, but I love to read paranormal fiction s
This was a fun, fast read. I zoomed through the book in a few nights, and enjoyed it. Angel reminds me in some ways of Jig the goblin. She’s society’s underdog, and she knows it, but when you’re seeing life through her eyes, you can’t help but sympathize and cheer her on. Many of the secondary characters were a lot of fun too, and more than they seemed at first glance.

Rowland’s background includes a job as a morgue assistant as well as working as a street cop and detective, all of which add a lo
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“It reminds me of an old joke: What did the Zombie say to the whore?"
I looked at him blankly. "Um....what?"
He winked. "Keep the tip.”
“Still, waking up this early was just wrong. “Why can’t people be reasonable and only die after eleven A.M.?” I whined.” 10 likes
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