It’s zombie versus zombie as the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, kidnapping several of their party. It falls to Angel to lead the remnants of her gang halfway across the country to claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs, and undead trafficking to rescue her friends - and expose the traitor responsible for their abduction.
©2014 Diana Rowland (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
This series is going strong and book number four does not disappoint. With each book, I kinda hold my breath, waiting for it to be bad and to be a let down, but "Groove Back" is awesome.
The story line is good; the complications, the twists, the who-done-it-ness, are all great. What's even better though, is the continued character development, that is the real genius of Rowland.
Angel is a flawed, reluctant hero, that makes me laugh with her and root for her. I love how she is growing and learning in her new life. I like her better maybe than any other character I've ever followed. I love the complexities of her relationships with her boss, her work peers, and her ex-boyfriend.
The ending of this one was the best ever. It was just really good.
If this is your introduction to this series, Rowland does a nice job of catching readers up, but she also gives away a lot, so you can't really go back and read them out of order because there are spoilers. This series really is read (listened-to) best in order.
People who are reading this series instead of listening to it are missing out on McLemore as the narrator. She really brings Angel's character alive, I mean, she is a real treasure, she takes this story from 5 star to a 6 star.
This was not the strongest in the series and I loved it so much so that should tell you something :-)
This installment was just as fast paced and just as exciting as the others but I think it lacked direction. explanation for complicated issues seemed to come out of thin air and at times I felt like some of the back story was made up in a rush. But what can I say? I have come to love these characters so much and if you have made it this far in this series you know exactly what I am talking about :-)
I like the fact that not every problem was wrapped up neatly at the end of this book. I really hate when writers do that. There is a chance for more books because not all of the problems are solved. In fact it seems there is a really big problem up ahead for our brave heroin wake wink nudge nudge.
I am so glad I started the series and I look forward to hopefully the next one. This, along with the mountain man zombie series are the best of the best of the best of this genre. Thank you to the writer for creating such a memorable characters and an amazing story line and also to the narrator for really bringing these characters to life. I highly recommend the white trash zombie series!
Great series, perfectly narrated. After the first book I was hooked. I got through them all much too soon and have no other option but to wait impatiently for the next book.
I really hope this isn't the last we hear about Angel and her adventures! I must admit I was surprised to find how much I enjoy this series. In a sense it reminds me a bit of the "sookie stackhouse" series, but I like it even better!
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland was not my favorite in the series but it was still full of fun, snark, action, and Angel Goodness!
Story Thoughts:First let me say this: The story did not suck. I have super high expectations cause Diana pretty much knocks it out of the park all the time. This time it just felt like I was waiting the whole book for something to happen and then felt more like it was a lead-in to the next book. Not that it is a bad thing but it just doesn't rank as my favorite in the series.
Character Thoughts: Same kick ass characters, Same kick ass time! In fact, there were a few characters that I started to like a bit more than I had previously. BIG plus resolution of that relationship I don't like. However, I think we are circling back but I hope I am wrong--they make better friends.
Narrated By Allison McLemore / Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
Allison pretty much rocks every time! She is an excellent fit for this series and I wouldn't "read" it any other way :)
Final Thoughts: Angel has some big decisions in the future.
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 3/4
I have to say that I am still amazed that I am in love with a Zombie book. Okay I have one other series that is zombified that I love but it is TOTALLY different than the White Trash Zombie series. That being said I love the world that Ms. Rowland has created in this series. Zombies are not the crazy messed up ghouls that you think that the should be (well as long as they are not hunger then you have a mess on your hands and better run).
How a White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back was a good book, slow in a few parts and left me with a lot of “Well Craps” and “Now what are they going to do”. This was also a huge growing book for Angel. She really learns a lot about who she is and what she is capable of. But as a note to Ms. Rowland PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t let Angel go down that path (yes, you need to read to find out what I am talking about).
Ms. Rowland throw in a lot of twists and turns in this book that left me with a “Well Crap” I didn’t see that coming. While I was sad about a few events that happened in the beginning I believe now that they are for the best. Gaahhh, I can’t say much more that would be a bit of a possible spoiler. So, I will leave you with this if you are a White Trash Zombie fan, you will enjoy this newest book. If you are new to the series start with book 1 (it is a must).
I can’t wait to see what Ms. Rowland has in store for Angel and her Crew and The Tribe as a whole.
And once again Ms. McLemore does an amazing job narrating this book!!! Seriously I could not image Angel’s voice any other way except by Ms. McLemore!!!! Loved it!!!
I purchased this book from Audible and this review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Angel Crawford and the Zombie Tribe are back in the fourth WTZ installment from Diana Rowland.
I am always cautious when a book series begins to stretch past two or even three novels as plot lines usually begin to lose credibility and character development often stalls.
Fortunately for WTZ fans this is not the case with Groove! If anything, Rowland deepens her development of Angel and the main characters from the first three books and introduces us to a few interesting new ones.
As before, driving Groove is Allison McLemore's outstanding narration. At this point in the WTZ series McLemore IS Angel Crawford.
Although Groove does a good job of bringing a listener new to the WTZ series up to speed regarding important previous events, I would really recommend that any listener new to the WTZ series begin with the series' first book, "My Life as a White Trash Zombie", to get a good background on Angel and the locals in St. Edwards Parish.
The WTZ series continues to be really fresh take on Zombies in modern life and Groove is a great addition the Diana Rowland's series.
I enjoy mysteries, wrapped with violence and sprinkled with romance.
This has to be in the top 2 or 3 for the year so far. I usually like to read a book first before I decide to get the audio, however with WTZ books I skip straight to buying the audio. I have yet to be disappointed with doing so!
My favorite character of course is ANGEL because she is tough as nails and also vulnerable at the same time, Her sense of humor and one-liners are hysterical. My close second character in THIS book is PIETRO and the fact that we learn so much more about his true personality. He is changing before our eyes.
My favorite scene was when Angel and Pearce were stuck between freedom and certain death when Angel outfoxed Nicole Sabber to get them to safety. Unlike some reviewers, I will not hint anymore to what was said or done but I will say that I was snorting and hooting out loud!
Yes and I did! Mostly. Kids and animals still have to be fed.
This book was a little different than the others because it was focused on one special op and the details and pitfalls that take place. Those details are somewhat drawn out, which is needed, but the pace of the story is different than the others.This installment read more like a casual spy novel with comedy sprinkled throughout.TOWARDS THE END THERE ARE MAJOR CHANGES THAT WILL REBOOT Angel's WORLD.
Another excellent and exciting adventure with Angel and her zombie "tribe". Allison McLemore once again does a spectacular job narrating this fun, quirky, unique series. I highly recommend these books in audio format. While I am sure they are still enjoyable in print, Ms. McLemore's narration takes them to the next level. Whether on audio or in print, be sure to start at the beginning of the series or you will lose a lot of what makes this book (and the series) so special. As a slight downside, I wasn't thrilled with how this book ended (no cliffhanger, so don't worry there) but it did not ruin my overall enjoyment of the book. Hopefully what happens at the end is not a forecast of things to come.
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