Review ~ White Trash Zombie Gone Wild By Diana Rowland

Posted October 18, 2015 by Tanya in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 4 Comments

Review ~ White Trash Zombie Gone Wild By Diana RowlandWhite Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland
Narrator: Allison McLemore
Length: 11 hrs 18 mins
Series: White Trash Zombie #5
Published by Penguin on October 6th 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
4.5 Stars
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Angel Crawford has buried her loser past and is cruising along in undead high gear—that is, until a murder-by-decapitation sends her on a hazardous detour. As Angel hunts for the killer, she uncovers a scheme that would expose zombies to the public and destroy the life she’s built, and she’s determined not to rest until she finds out who’s behind it.  Soon she’s neck-deep in lies, redneck intrigue, zombie hunters, and rot-sniffing cadaver dogs. It’s up to her to unravel the truth and snuff out the conspiracy before the existence of zombies makes headline news and she’s outed as a monster.  But Angel hasn’t quite escaped the pill-popping ghosts of her past—not with an illicit zombie pharmaceutical at her fingertips. Good thing she’s absolutely sure she can handle the drug’s unpredictable side effects and still take down the bad guys…or maybe she’s only one bad choice away from being dead meat—for real this time. Angel knows a thing or two about kicking ass, but now the ass she needs to kick might be her own.

I love Angel Crawford. I do.

After How The White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back, I knew Angel was headed down a bad road. I have been going nuts waiting for this release to see just what decisions she makes. Got Her Groove Back’s ending was kind of a mini cliffhanger. Angel was left teetering on the edge of falling back into her old ways, or continuing to grow personally.

White Trash Zombie Gone Wild dives right in and shows us the direction Angel went. The question is how will it affect her life now. Angel is pretty much left on her own throughout this book. She has Dr. Nikas and Jacques, but the rest of the Tribe have left town trying to catch up with Christie Cherish. With the personal problems she is fighting and no back up, Angel is on her own trying to solve a murder. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget trying to keep zombies from being outed during the ZombieFest.

Angel and her baggage at the beginning of the book just had me angry at her. Here she had been handed a whole family, if you could call the Tribe a family, and she was lying and sneaking around. That was not the chick I had grown to love and respect from the first books. People were depending on her now. She had to get it together.

Besides the murder Angel finds herself involved in, there is the big threat of zombies being exposed. That awful movie is coming back to haunt the Tribe and no one is around to keep the incriminating evidence from leaking but Angel. With her zombie powers not quite activating, it is a real struggle to keep all the pieces together and not get killed.

One of the things I love about Angel is that when she has the support and encouragement she needs, she becomes a force to be reckoned with. Her determination is so strong that she is willing to risk her neck, arms, legs, or whatever, to save those she loves. Her relationships with Dr. Nikas, Jacques and her dad was so heartwarming.

Angel deals with a lot in White Trash Zombie Gone Wild. The murder mystery was a lot of fun and the exposure threat to the zombies kept you holding your breath. Tucker Point and its inhabitants just crack me up. Things seem so serious, then we’ll come across a part that has you gut-busting laughing. Well, Angel also has a way of making the serious parts actually kind of funny too.

Bringing it all together is the narration by Allison McLemore. Allison is the perfect narrator for this. The accents kill me, and her variations are very well done. I truly think listening to this series on audio is the best way to read it. The books are absolutely awesome, but the narration just blows it out of the water.

Here is just a sample!


 
 

About Diana Rowland

Diana Rowland worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen a lot of weird crap. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can't rollerblade to save her life.

About Diana Rowland

Diana Rowland worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she’s seen a lot of weird crap. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can’t rollerblade to save her life.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2015 Audiobook Challenge
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  • I love this series, especially on audio. Great review.

    • I think this had me laughing before I even got out of my neighborhood. I adore the audio for this!

  • I just finsihed the third book. I don’t know what has taken me so long to get back to this series. I loved the first book. I am glad to see this one is still strong, and I like that it has a different story line, getting tired of the whole Saber thing.

    • We have mentions of Saberton but not a lot. The struggle between the old Angel and the strong, kick-ass one was a big part of this one. This audio always has me laughing.