Audiobook Review: White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland

Posted April 18, 2014 by Carmel in Audiobook Reviews, Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 34 Comments

Audiobook Review: White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland
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
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

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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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34 responses to “Audiobook Review: White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland

  1. 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.)

  2. 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!! 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. Sam

    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!

    • 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.

  5. 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!

  6. bookaholiccat  

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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!

  10. “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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Christy  

    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. 🙂