My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland is an urban fantasy novel about, you guessed it Zombies. This is the first in the series and would fit into the First things First category for the 2018 reading challenge. It would also work as the Sleuthing category as the plot unfolds as a mystery.
This book takes a somewhat typical origin story that unfold within the first 15-20 pages, “I’m not sure what happened but brains sound good right about now.” She remembers being in an accident and remembers taking some drugs before the accident – but then she receives a note from a mysterious person instructing her that she has been hired to work in the morgue and she needs to work there for at least a month. It is during this new job that she comes to terms that she is a zombie, that zombies are real and that she needs to eat brains to survive.
This book is character driven. Angel Crawford grows into her new role as zombie but her self-esteem and self-worth grows steadily throughout the series. In this book, she is a little lost along her life and path before she is Zombie. As a human she has real-life struggles with self, family, career and her love life, as a zombie theses issues are a tad more complex and she has to hide her zombie identity and is having internal struggles with this transformation.
There are 6 books in this series and they are all quick reads.
If you read the Southern Vampire Series aka Sookie Stackhouse books, and you are not quite ready to leave the swampy Louisiana setting, this is fun series to try. This series is a little more gritty and there are no love triangles. There are dead bodies – but most of them aren’t slimy and gory and walking around – at least not in this first book.
This series reminded me of the television series izombie. Fresh and fun zombie goodness without the scariness. I.e. You will not have nightmares.
I gave this book 4 stars.