Warning: If you have not read “Even White Trash Zombies Get The Blues” by Diana Rowland, do not read this review if you don’t want spoilers. If you don’t mind spoilers or already read the book, feel free to read this!
I’m back with another book review, and this time it’s “Even White Trash Zombies Get The Blues” by Diana Rowland! I liked the first book so much that I decided I wanted to get the second one in this series! Here’s a summary so we know what it’s about:
“Angel Crawford is finally starting to get used to life as a brain-eating zombie, but her problems are far from over. Her felony record is coming back to haunt her, more zombie hunters are popping up, and she’s beginning to wonder if her hunky cop-boyfriend is involved with the zombie mafia. Yeah, that’s right—the zombie mafia.
Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower—and maybe a brain smoothie as well—in order to get through it without falling apart.”
I’ve read the book that takes place before this one, and it’s fair to say that this sequel does not disappoint. There is some definite continuity involved, as Ed returns (and it turns out he’s not all that bad), Angel and her dad work on making things work, and Angel and Marcus deal with their relationship issues.
I really liked the character development involved. Angel and Marcus both learn to talk things out with each other (especially Marcus) when things are getting rough in their relationship, Angel’s dad is struggling to get off his alcohol addiction with varying degrees with success, and Ed, as I mentioned, has realized the error of his ways and is trying to do good (which isn’t easy, given that he’s accountable for the killings from last book). The feelings of all of the characters were believable and so interesting to get into, especially Angel which is good given that she is the main protagonist.
Plotwise, I thought it was well-paced. I admit the ending felt slightly rushed when Angel was breaking out of the secret headquarters of the people literally developing zombie soldiers (and forcing Angel to try to turn people into zombies to make into zombie soldiers), but other than that it was fine.
I also liked the worldbuilding of this book, expanding on zombies and how they interact amongst humans and such in the normal world. The Zombie Mafia was quite interesting to read about, as well as the ‘Zoldiers’ that are being created—not by the Zombie Mafia, but by another group entirely. I won’t discuss this part much further, due to plot spoilers.
Overall, I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. If you haven’t read the first book, I recommend you pick it up before reading this one!