Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Release Day Review: White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland

Release Date: July 2, 2013
Series: White Trash Zombie #3
Published by: DAW
Page Count: 311 pgs
Source: Provided by publisher

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.

The third installment in the White Trash Zombie series had an overall lighter tone compared to the previous two stories. There was still violence and a bit of gore and plenty of brains, but many aspects of Angel's life and relationships felt much more positive than before.

She has repaired her relationship with Marcus, improved her relationship with her father, and has formed a relationship with Pietro. This, among other things, gave a sort of happily-ever-after vibe that had me thinking this is the conclusion. Fortunately, my friend Goldilox has assured me it's not. 

If there were an award given for most-improved character, Angel would definitely deserve it. She has completely turned her life around. She's a stronger, better person and is no longer defined by her past addiction, criminal record, or lack of education. She's working hard, studying hard, and is forming long-lasting, meaningful friendships with people she genuinely cares about. 

While I adore Angel's character and enjoyed the improvements that she's made, I felt that this story overall lacked the entertainment value that the previous installments possessed. 

The big reveal at the end regarding the mystery was also lacking and the reasoning behind it was a little confusing. I can't give details without being too spoiler-y, but it seemed like the bad guys could have chosen a less risky way of implementing their villainous plans. 

Despite the things that I didn't enjoy this time around, I'm still crazy about this series and Angel is still one of my absolute favorite characters. Now that several issues have been resolved, I'm hoping the next installment takes a new direction. 


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