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.
Angel's life has been swirling down the toilet for as long as she can remember. Her mom died in lockup and her father is an abusive alcoholic. Her boyfriend isn't much better, so it's no wonder she's a pill popping high school dropout. Things get really turned upside down when she wakes up in the hospital with no memory of how she got there. A mysterious note tells her she must take a new job at the morgue or suffer serious consequences. It all seems strange to her until she starts having a seriously strong craving for brains. Her new job sure comes in handy in that department, but then bodies start showing up decapitated and the heads (and brains!!) are missing. Angel will have to really step up if she's to have any chance at surviving, because once a zombie's Hunger takes over, nothing good happens.
Angel is such a mess, White Trash at its best (or worst depending on how you look at it). It's really sad when a person can honestly say that the best thing that ever happened to them was dying and becoming a zombie. At least when she was given the chance, she finally started to work to turn her life around. She's so strong yet so weak at the same time. There are times when she has a backbone of steel and stands up for herself, and there are others where she will just cower and take her 'lickins, both physically and mentally. I was really happy to see that as time went one, her cowering moments got less and less, making me quite proud of her. Of course she has a long way to go yet to truly believing in herself, but at least she is on the right path now.
I'll be honest that the only reason I picked My Life as a White Trash Zombie up was because it was by Diana Rowland. I love her Kara Gilman Series, so I figured I would give this one a try even though I'm not big on zombies. Lets face it, Zombies are not sexy like vampires can be. In the throws of passion you might enjoy a vampire bite, but who really is gonna say "Hey baby, eat my brains", while getting down to 'business'. Putting all that aside, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Yes it is gritty and gory, yet Angel's humor really lightens things up so that instead of being disgusted, I was actually amused. Trust me, that is no small feat, which goes to show just how talented of an author Diana Rowland is.
While reading My Life as a White Trash Zombie, I was a little frustrated at the lack of information Angel was given about her condition, or who made her this way. I was quite impatient to find out "who dun it" but one everything became a little more clear, I realized that it was perfect as written. The buildup made everything much more interesting that an early reveal ever could have, especially since Angel had a lot of growing to do. So, even if you aren't a fan of Zombie books, My Life as a White Trash Zombie is a book you won't want to miss for a trashy fun read. I cannot wait to see more of Angel in the future!