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review 2018-01-22 02:30
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild - Audible Studios, Allison McLemore,Diana Rowland

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had a lot of fun with this one! I had a bit of a rough time with parts of the previous book in the series so I was really happy to have such a good time with this one. This is the fifth book in the series and I do think that this is a series that needs to be read in order. A lot of things that happened in previous books played a big role in this story. I listed to this book for hours at a time and even found myself cleaning things around the house just so I could listen a little bit longer.

Angel is not in the best place at the start of this book. Becoming a zombie has really forced her into cleaning up her life but in this book she finds that she isn't immune to everything. Eventually others figure out what is going on and she is able to get some help. I really liked seeing Angel deal with her demons. She wasn't always nice and likable but I enjoyed spending time in her mind as she try to work through things.

There is a mystery at the core of the story that Angel is trying to figure out. She sees a few things while recovering a body with her job at the morgue that leads her to believe that she may know the culprit. All of this is going on a the same time a big zombie movie premier is the big event in her hometown. With everyone running around dressed as zombies and zombie hunters, there is no shortage of entertainment in this book. There is plenty of excitement in this installment and Angel finds herself in a few rather dire circumstances.

Allison McLemore is the voice of Angel. I honestly could not imagine experiencing this series in any other way but audio. She really brings Angel to life and does a great job with the other characters as well. I like that she can express Angel's emotions through her reading and is able to add a bit of excitement to the action scenes.

I would highly recommend this series to others. I think that Diana Rowland has created a wonderful group of characters that are a lot of fun. I love her unique take on zombies and I look forward to listening to the next book in the series very soon.

Initial Thoughts
I liked this one. I was pretty much hooked on the story from the start. A lot of events from previous books come into play in this story. The narration was wonderful and I think that the audio is the best way to experience this series. 

Book source: Audible purchase

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review 2018-01-20 20:59
4.5 Out of 5 "Angelkins" Stars
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild - Audible Studios, Allison McLemore,Diana Rowland

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

This is my favorite book of the series since the first one.  A lot more action and less slow-boring time.  It was a little tedious in the beginning when she was abusing the V-12 (not sure if that is correct spelling…{{{because of audio}}}.  It quickly moves from that into some action complete with some angel-style ass-kicking. 

 

Alison McLemore brings Angel and her southern twang to life.  I totally recommend audio for this series…even if you've been reading them so far because she sounds exactly like I think Angel should.  If an audiobook can be pitch perfect…this would be that.

 

~MY RATING~ 4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4.3/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.5/5  Cliffhanger~ A "to be continued", feel to it.

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Book Cover~ Quite Busy, but I'm oddly drawn to it despite it having nothing to do with the actual story.

Narration~ Fantastic narration by Allison McLemore, she is Angel Crawford.

Series~ White Trash Zombie #5

Setting~  Tucker Point, Louisiana

Source~ I Own on Audible

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review 2017-10-30 02:43
Review: White Trash Zombie Unchained
White Trash Zombie Unchained - Diana Rowland

Is this . . . the last book in this series? I honestly can't tell. There's a lot of plot threads that seem to reach an end here, but maybe the series is just headed in a new direction?

 

Anyways.

 

Not quite as funny as some of the previous ones, but with a lot of interesting content. And one annoying habit on the narrator's part. There are three doctors heavily featured in this book, but only the male one is consistent referred to as Dr. The two women with the same credentials are consistently referred to by first name with no title. I know that's a pretty minor complaint, but it really got on my nerves. 

 

Whatever, hopefully the FBI agents will show up more in the future if there are more of these.

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review 2017-10-04 23:40
"White Trash Zombie Unchained - White Trash Zombie #6" by Diana Rowland - things go right for Angel
White Trash Zombie Unchained - Diana Rowland

"White Trash Zombie Unchained" is the most fun I've had with Angel Crawford since the first book in the series.

 

How could I not like a book that has Angel Crawford AND zombie alligators in it?

 

Some of the recent Angel books have been dark, as Angel came to terms with her own nature and her new status as a person that needs to eat brains and who LOVES their smell, especially when fresh.

 

"White Trash Zombie Unchained" manages to lift the mood while still embracing and enriching the world-building from the previous novels.

 

Angel comes into her own in this book, showing leadership, taking good decisions and still remaining someone who will rescue frogs from certain death.

 

The book is packed with wit, humor, action and its own distinctive brand of strangeness. The plot stands up on its own, resolves some points from previous books and opens up some intriguing new possibilities. What more could I ask?

 

The book is perhaps a little wish-fulfillment heavy, but hell, I enjoyed it and Angel certainly deserves it.

 

Read this one with a grin on your face. I recommend the audiobook version because, for me, Alison McLemore IS Angel Crawford and she does a wonderful job with this book.

 

I was originally drawn to this series by the striking cover art. Take a look at the pictures below to see how this book cover evolved.

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review 2017-08-22 04:42
The Gator Whisperer
White Trash Zombie Unchained - Diana Rowland

Sweet Baby Zombie Angel Grows Up

Angel, is walking that relationship line not knowing where things are going or not. Rotting away may have ruined her chance for love forever. Rotting flesh tends to muck love up, it's true. Let's stay on romance here for a minute. There was a scene that was all hopeful smoochy and then it went all Uuug Eeeerg uggggg and the moment was lost ! Way to kill a smexy moment Ms. Rowland.

There seems to be an outbreak of "B" movie zombie types  all around town. The source of this new cheesy zombie might be Angel. These moaning shamblers are not reacting well to brains or other treatments, they are dying. Angel and her tribe of civilized zombie race for a cure, even if they must call on an enemy for help. Believe me when I tell you they called on the Bitchzilla Deluxe. HATE HER.

Angel is forced to step out of her comfy eating brain chips on the couch mode and go out and mess up, a little. She makes new friends, cold bloodied ones that almost steal the book from her. There is a scene where she swims in the swamp, ewww yuck. You know nothing good happened in those muddy waters. Bad, bad and more bad, piles onto the mountain of crap to deal with.

Omg this book was fun. The ending was most excellent. it was all cross. cross, cross dressing to the extreme. I was up on my feet cheering, it was so good. I'm chuckling now, thinking about it. Oh the next book, I can't wait.

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