Series: White Trash Zombie #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by DAW on 3 July 2012
Our favourite zombie gal has to deal with zombie hunters (eek) and the zombie mafia this time round but it is her personal development that really kept my attention. This book follows on fairly closely on the heels of the first.
Angel Crawford went through a massive transformation – literally and figuratively – in book one My Life as a White Trash Zombie but that was nothing compared to this book. Life should be good for Angel as she is doing well at the coroner’s office, has a boyfriend and her father is trying to get off the grog. For some reason Angel still doesn’t have any female friends. Why? She still struggles with low self-esteem and having a wealthy and successful boyfriend exacerbates it. Marcus doesn’t go out of his way to support Angel and often makes decisions without consulting her. He is weak and completely dominated by his uncle Pietro who was a complete jerk. The old Angel would have put up with this treatment and been grateful for the crumbs of affection thrown her way. Not anymore and I couldn’t be prouder of her.
She has a plethora of other issues to deal including getting her high school certificate so she doesn’t violate her parole. It is a bit hard to with such as finding out what happened to the body that was nicked from her morgue. She was held up at gunpoint but no one seems to believe her. The trail leads her to a seedy world of experimentation and she soon butts heads with the zombie mafia (run by Pietro of course). They want to monopolise the brain market so they can drive up prices whereas Angel is far more egalitarian.
Rowland’s take on zombies continues to delight. They are blessed with superhuman strength and speed providing they have access to brains. It is only when they get the munchies that they literally slow down. Rowland integrates her zombie lore fairly well and I love the little morsels that are slowly being revealed. Introducing basic economics into a zombie novel was also an unexpected delight – it just goes to show that there are those who will take advantage of any given situation. The plot had plenty of twists and turns and I didn’t see the ending coming. What I didn’t like was when our baddie decided to spell out everything to Angel at the end. It was jarring and when combined with the repetition at the start, made this novel feel a little unpolished.
This book is gory, very funny and highly entertaining. I have some quibbles with aspects of the plot but I can’t wait for number three.