Audiobook Read-along Review: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back (White Trash Zombie #4) by Diana Rowland

Posted April 19, 2024 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 11 Comments

Audiobook Read-along Review: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back (White Trash Zombie #4) by Diana RowlandHow the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie #4
Published by Audible Studios on July 1, 2014
Genres: Adult Horror, Adult Paranormal, Adult Science Fiction, Adult Urban Fantasy
Length: 14:44
Source: Purchased
Format: Audiobook
My Rating: five-stars
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Horror meets humorous urban fantasy in fourth book in the White Trash Zombie series • Winner of the 2012 Best Urban Fantasy Protagonist by the RT Awards

Our favorite zombie Angel Crawford has come a long way from her days as a pain-pill-addicted high school dropout with a felony record. After a year highlighted by murder, kidnapping, and the loss of her home, all she wants to do is kick back, relax, and maybe even think about college.

But when key members of the “Zombie Mafia” go missing, she has no choice but to get involved. Angel is certain Saberton Corporation is behind the disappearances, yet she can’t shake the sense that a far deeper conspiracy is at work. With the small band of friends she can trust, Angel strikes out to track down the missing zombies.

From a seedy redneck bar in the backwoods of south Louisiana to a high society cocktail party halfway across the country, Angel claws her way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs, and undead trafficking. In no time at all she’s embroiled in kidnapping plits and hostage negotiations—though for once she’s the one calling the felonious shots. Add some breaking and entering, criminal damage, and a wee bit of terrorism, and Angel’s up to her undead ears in the kind of trouble she excels at.

But when unexpected danger threatens to destroy her, all the brains and bravado in the world may not be enough to keep her from going to pieces.

My Review

Now this fourth installment was packed with action from the very beginning to the very end! There were tons of twists and turns and so many new details about the zombie parasite or whatever it is that this author brings in this world. And not only is there a ton of action, we get to see the world outside the little bitty Louisiana town that Angel lives in when they must go to New York City to rescue some of the zombies we know and maybe love. For a change, I have to say that I felt some similarities between Angel and myself. For instance, the stubbornness about having other people pay or do things for you, and how it can make you feel like they are looking down on you or not believing you can do something, even if they don’t even mean it that way. And then when she’s walking in NYC with the others and complaining about how her short legs can’t keep up, it totally reminded me of visiting my sister who lived in NYC and her walking so fast, only her legs weren’t that much longer than mine, she was just completely a NYC native at that point.

With all the stuff going on, some traitors, who maybe later we found weren’t actually traitors. And then some that Angel or others trusted until people tried to point a finger at them, and it was hard to know for sure. So many possible double agents, or then again maybe they weren’t! One character mentioned how they’d felt like they didn’t want to “be here” basically be alive, but it didn’t mean he was suicidal, and I get that. I have feelings all the time that I just don’t want to do things anymore, life specifically, but I also am not suicidal. So that really spoke to me.

Something happens late in the story that means we learn a huge load of info on the zombie parasite and how it continues to affect its hosts. We also get histories of Pietro and other older zombie characters and that is fascinating to learn as well. It got really dark with some of the ways the bad guys were treating the zombies they’d managed to lock up. It was horrible and so sad. But again, we learned so much more about their “medical condition” as Angel called it with her dad, as well as other people that had to be let in on the secret in this book.

In the end we have some new zombies that will for sure feature in future stories. As well as Angel who has been doing so well with her new life, finds something that her addictive personality might be able to use to slide back into some old habits. That end of the book made me eager to get started, and I’ll do that in May!

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11 responses to “Audiobook Read-along Review: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back (White Trash Zombie #4) by Diana Rowland

  1. Great review Lisa! Thanks for sharing. I’m just tickled that you (and I) are enjoying this series SO much. There’s more to it than action. I love Angel’s growth and learning more about the world. The romance is background for me. I hope you’ll have time to join the chat.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah, I don’t really think much about the romance with this. I mean it’s there, but I would never call this a romance. I am planning to be part of the chat tomorrow!

  2. I’m worried about Kyle with his outlook on life. You’d think he wouldn’t feel that way with being involved with (can’t remember her name right now) someone romantically. Saberton Corp people are awful! I can’t imagine treating any being as terribly! Worried about Angel’s future path with that ending. I guess we’ll see how it all works out. Hope to see you at the chat tomorrow!

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    • Lisa Mandina

      I get Kyle’s outlook a little though personally, as I’ve had those same feelings, but also like him, won’t actually be doing anything suicidal. But yeah, I’m worried about Angel now too, and it sounds like the next book will be dealing with that.

  3. Great review. I’m so glad we finally connected on the chat! I was going to ask to see the pups, but figured it would have been too distracting.

    I am so eager to start the next one, but I didn’t want to until after the chat. I may end up listening to it soon because… eep! What’s going to happen??

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah! I’m glad we were almost all there this time! I will wait till the beginning of May to start the next one. Since I do the audio, it takes a bit longer to finish than if I was just reading. But yeah, I can’t wait to see where it goes next.

    • Lisa Mandina

      It’s such a fun series! But yeah, I can see why it wouldn’t be someone’s cup of tea. Although these are not zombies like normal, they walk and talk like normal people!

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