White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland
Narrator: Allison McLemore
Series: White Trash Zombie #3
Published by Audible
Published on: July 2, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 9 hrs & 30 mins
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Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up.
But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that's rotten. Soon she's fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.
Angel’s been through more than her share of crap, but this time she’s in way over her head. She’ll need plenty of brainpower to fit all the pieces—and body parts—together in order to save herself, her town, and quite possibly the human race.
I’ll be honest, I was concerned whether I’d like this installment after having found the previous one a tad too over-the-top in the zombie conspiracies department, and also lacking in classic Angel moments because—let’s face it—I read this series mainly for her crass humour. WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE has a nice mix of both, so even though I found the story slow to start off, I ended up really enjoying it. Allison McLemore’s Southern twang is always a joy to listen to, and Diana Rowland’s character development skills are out in full force which made me exceedingly happy—or as Crawford would say: “props to stubborn bitch willpower for saving the day.”
Marcus has been Angel’s on-again-off-again boyfriend for three books now, and even though the author has explained why he acts like a giant tool most of the time, I’m still not convinced that he’s “the one” for her; especially now that there are some new contenders! I hope Rowland will either love him or leave him in the next installment (even though there are strong hints that that won’t be the case) because I prefer a story’s action to revolve around the plot rather than a couple’s issues. But, that’s just me. There’s also the whole zombie aspect to consider because even though I like Nick’s character, I’m not convinced a relationship with him would be possible. Now Brian on the other hand…
Crawford’s love life aside, I was thrilled that her trailer trash-edness was the focus of this novel because I’d noticed its absence in EVEN WHITE TRASH ZOMBIES GET THE BLUES. There’s still plenty of outlandish zombie drama in book 3, but it felt like Angel maintained her sense of self through it all instead of becoming one of Pietro’s minions. She makes her own decisions and doesn’t let the “more experienced zombies” boss her around. Crawford also doesn’t try to hide who she is; I like that she acts the same whether she’s talking to a senator or her deadbeat dad.
New plot threads are introduced as well as some additional secondary characters which makes me excited about the future of this series. Heck, Allison McLemore’s narration alone makes these audiobooks worthwhile listens because just hearing her talk Angel-speak is wildly entertaining. On top of nailing the main heroine, she also does a mean Marcus, Philip, Nick, Derrell, Brian, Pietro… well, you get the idea. McLemore transitions easily between POVs, and each character has a distinct voice that stays consistent from one installment to the next.
WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE combines the fun tone of book 1 with the mafia aspect of 2 to deliver the best of both worlds. Or, as Angel would say, it’s “corporate espionage on steroids and brains!”
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I love this series and I agree that Allison McLemore is the perfect narrator for it. I can’t wait for book four.
Me too! I’m all caught-up now, so bring it on!!
I admit I am not a huge zombie fan but this series does sound fun. Great review!
I don’t like zombie books are a general rule, but I LOVE these!
Wow. I must really not be paying attention to new releases because I had no idea this book was even out. I had similar issues with book 2, but your review has me curious about book 3. (Relationship issues not withstanding. Like you, I’m not a fan of them when they take over a book.)
Book 2 was my least fav so far, so I hope you’ll give this series another chance. Oh, and have you seen the cover of How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back? LOVE!
I haven’t, but given the previous covers of the series, I’m not surprised. Good stuff. 🙂
Ah if only I didn’t have such huge problems with zombies because Angel sounds like a really fun character (ME LIKES SNARK). Although… eek 3 books and no real relationship would probably turn out to be an issue for me. For UF I usually prefer if the couple gets together within the first two books so that the books focus less on their relationship and more on the plot.
Lovely review, Carmel!! 🙂
This is a very different kind of zombie book, but yeah, the relationship issues are kinda killing it a bit for me…
These covers completely squick me out. I think they’re supposed to but…*shudder* Still, I DO need to read them because Angel sounds awesome. Crass and trashy…nope. No but. That’s awesome.
What? You don’t like the covers? I seriously <3 them! I hope you give Angel a chance. 🙂
I think the relationship issues would probably get on my nerves, but I’m still really curious about this series. I don’t usually read many zombie stories, but appreciate a good one when it comes along. Lovely review, Carmel!
While this was not my favorite in the series I still enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next one.
Oh and… Allison McLemore’s Southern twang is always a joy to listen to…. I thought she had a good (but over the top) southern accent. I found out she’s from Arkansas. LOL She’s faking it but there’s some realness to it.
Muahahaha, I can’t tell you how long these books have been on my radar. I mean, that title! Those covers! Maybe one day I’ll finally take the leap, especially now that I know there are audiobooks for them. Maybe my library will have them so I can check it out!
Same. I have found UF is perfect for audio because of its length. I may check this one out myself.
I like this series and every time a new title comes out I’m envious of Diana Rowland. She’s the luckies author in regards to her covers; Dos Santos is simply amazing!
I didn’t listen to these books, I read them, but you make Allison McLemore sounds so good I think I should listen to next one.
The covers are indeed incredible; Rowland sure is a lucky woman!
I have always been interested in reading this series. I just love the covers that is what really got me wanting to pick them up. The fact that you are still reading the series also leads me to believe it would be worth putting my time into it.
This one is new to me and I haven’t had any zombie book in a while so I might get to it. I love it that there is humor in there as it’s always a bonus. Great review, Carmel 🙂
That cover is so.. ew. I’ve never heard of this series, but it sounds pretty good—fun and mafia? Intriguing!
I’m not sure that I would like these books (not a fan of the cover or zombies) but I have heard a lot of good things, so if I found the first book used at a garage sale or goodwill or something I’d definitely give it a try!
Okay…that cover…um…ewwww. It’s no secret that I’m a wimp when it comes to gore and scare but I love snark! I just don’t know if I’m brave enough to tackle this one.
“corporate espionage on steroids and brains!” eh, I’m in! I so want to read this series too mainly because I haven’t read a zombie book and this series sounds like a great intro do these creatures. Plus I do love the cover arts, it’s rockin!
Sounds like so much fun Carmel, I’ve wanted to read this series for ages and your review just makes me want to read it more! I love the humour and the white trash ness here hehe. Great review!
I’ve only read the first book so far. It was a lot of fun so I need to catch up some time.
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I can’t wait for book 4 😀
ah yes I hope she’ll really choose to stay with Marcus or not. You’re right, I also prefer when the plot about the real intrigue and not the relationship. I have book 1 but I still haven’t read it! I hope I’ll be able to read it soon. I’m trying to read the books I have for a long time.
I’m glad this one worked so well for you! I haven’t read this series by Ms. Rowland but I intend to. Nice review!
Absolutely love this series and can’t wait until book for is up for preorder on Audible. McLemore does an amazing job!
This has been on my radar for quite some time now and your review makes me want to get this, like yesterday! And both of the quotes you included in your review definitely made me laugh. As always, great review Carmel! 🙂
Gosh Carmel…you always give me such great book recommendations! Definitely need to get my hands on the 1st book in this series ASAP! Thanks for sharing and, as always, brilliant review! Glad you enjoyed it – the narration sounds especially great! <3
Great review Carmel! I’ve got the series on my To Listen To List. I need to get started on it sooner rather than later by the sounds of it.
Ugh! I’ve wanted to read the first book for so dang long. I will someday, I know it. I’m glad this one turned out good for you. I get such a kick out of the covers. 🙂