30 Day Challenges

Book Challenge 25

Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most

Angel Crawford. I know that sounds crazy because I’m not really white trash and I’m certainly not a zombie but I grew up in a place, that even throughout high school when I said where I from from people would reply, “Ew you’re from _____.”

And so maybe I can get behind her, maybe I know what it feels like to be surprised when you’re doing well in life. Not many people in my public school class completed high school, not many in my high school went onto college and I’ve even met up with teachers in high school who weren’t sure I was going to make it that far. Even my parents were a little shocked that I did. I was that kid who “had so much potential.”

 

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30 Day Challenges

Book Challenge Day 9

Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

This one section actually bought to mind two books in the same “genre” if you will. Both of which made me realize how close minded I can actually be, and I am forever grateful to one of my friends and my sister who urged me to read the first book though I don’t know where I got the second from.

1993860World War Z by Max Brooks.

This book made me cringe at first, before I even started reading it. Why on earth would I want to read a book about zombies? I don’t even overly like zombies. They’re not the best nightmarish monsters out there.

And yet, this book gripped me. It was history, fictional history of a world gone awry and yet it felt so damn real. It was written in a sort of respectful manner in regards to understanding the intelligence of the audience without a single moment dumbed down. This book demands that you feel fear, because World War Z has arrived, and you will be taken by it.

I had the pleasure to meet Max Brooks at FanExpo in Toronto, and that only solidified my love for this novel. He was so warm and personable, teasing me as he saw I had three copies to be signed (one for my brother in law and one for my sister) as well as my own. When I told him this was my first zombie book he told me he was shocked, but honoured.

Aaaand the other book in this genre that I didn’t expect to love iiiis…

My life as a white trash zombie by Diana RowlandMy Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

Apparently I was a little late to the Diana Rowland party, and I’ll admit I still haven’t read her other series.

I didn’t want to like this book, I’m not sure why I was so against it but this is a cover that demands you take a look at it.

Angel Crawford did not impress me in the slightest as a character at first, not because she wasn’t well written but because there was just..something that didn’t mesh with me.

However I was soon pulled in, more by her flaws than her strengths I will admit. It was nice to like a character because she is flawed, as opposed to demanding more perfection.

It’s a quick read, but it’s fun. It’s funny and clever, at times horrific and yet I sped through this book and the following two and waited eagerly for the fourth which I received just this week. If zombies aren’t your thing, maybe this could be your gateway book, because it’s certainly wonderful.

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White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland (Spoilers Abound)

White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (White Trash Zombie, #3)White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This might very well be my favourite book of the series thus far, and July can’t come soon enough.

The thing I liked about this book was how much more descriptive it was than the previous too, and getting to delve in a little more of what it is to be a zombie in this world, depending on what side they fall on.

Angel’s preparation for the GED was amazing, and wonderful to see, as she began building her self confidence with the unlikely help of Nick, who really flourished as a character.

The flood was absolutely heart breaking and Angel’s reactions to it, especially when she had to explain her house was gone were heartbreaking.

Finally there was some growth with Marcus, and I hope that their relationship can hold true. Though the developments between her and Phillip were definitely interesting.

This book was another fun read, and I loved the chaotic feel to parts of it.

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Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie, #2)Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Slight Spoilers

I devoured this book in a matter of hours, just as Angel would devour brains. Angel is gaining her footing here and in some ways doing better and worse than ever.

The pacing on this book is excellent, allowing you to enjoy every moment. Angel’s paranoia is palpable, and the ever present danger of a bigger, wider zombie world is amazing. I really appreciated the way the characters are growing in this book, even as they deal with the issues of being zombies. Though Marcus seems to grow the least.

I found it interesting to learn how Ed had been manipulated and I can’t help but like Marcus’ uncle.

The zombification process was done perfectly though, though I found Angel’s inner dialogue to be rather comedic.

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My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

My Life As a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)My Life As a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t know what it was I was expecting when I started reading this book, I just know that I didn’t expect to like it so much, or love the character of Angel but I do.

This book is borderline ridiculous, but in the best possible way and there is nothing wrong with that. Zombie folklore is turned on its head, and the result is something that is crazy amusing. The characters are rich, and lovely and I can’t help but love each of them.

It’s a quick, light read and definitely tons of fun.

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