I haven’t read a lot of paranormal books in a while. I mean, I absolutely love a good vampire book (I absolutely love the Night Huntress series), but I haven’t really ventured into the other paranormal staples like zombies and werewolves. Sure, I love watching movies and TV shows featuring these creatures, but it is not something that I actually love to read.
I have been reading a lot of historical romances lately and I picked paranormal to genre cleanse. I bought My Life as a White Trash Zombie when Audible had a two-for-one sale and borrowed Moon Called from the library.
I enjoyed My Life as a White Trash Zombie so much but on the other hand, I DNF’d Moon Called. These books helped me genre cleanse, though so I am super happy for them. I am still not 100% sure if I will be binge reading paranormals, but hopefully, I will pick up more awesome paranormals with strong heroines!
My Life As a White Trash Zombie written by Diana Rowland
Narrated by Allison McLemore
Series: White Trash Zombie #1
Published by Audible Frontiers
Publication Date: July 3rd 2012
Source: Audible, Purchased
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
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Angel Crawford is a loser.
Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who's been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.
That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the parish morgue—and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse.
Before she knows it she's dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she's hungriest!
Angel's going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn't, she's dead meat.
Well, well, well! Who would have thought that I would enjoy a zombie book?! Sure, I absolutely LOVE The Walking Dead TV show, but I wasn’t too keen about the graphic novel. Also, I am not such a fan of gross, zombies gobbling brains, where the zombie acts like a human!
But boy, I was wrong! I thoroughly enjoyed My Life as a White Trash Zombie. This book goes along the lines of the Netflix show iZombie with the heroine working in a morgue! I loved the fish out of water part of this book and I know, some of the things in this book were laughable to me, View Spoiler »like her drinking something out of a bottle given to her at the hospital BUT SHE DOES NOT KNOW WHO GAVE IT TO HER? « Hide Spoiler I mean, WHO DOES THAT?
Anyway, I absolutely loved how Angel changed from someone who didn’t give a sh*t to a really strong character, that I couldn’t help but root for her!
Mind you, this book isn’t really a romance, but it does have romantic elements in the end. This part, I didn’t like at all because it felt too forced. Like this book had to have a romance.
Trigger warnings though, because this book does have a short abuse scene so beware.
Despite all the things that really grossed me out, the cheek in this book is just WOW! This book is thoroughly enjoyable and I would definitely read the sequels!
Moon Called written by Patricia Briggs
Narrated by Lorelei King
Series: Mercy Thompson #1
Published by Penguin Audiobooks
Publication Date: September 1st 2009
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
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Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy's connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water...
I was looking forward to this book. I had heard a lot of good things about the Mercy Thompson series and because I have been wanting to read more diverse books, I decided to pick this up. Apparently, it wasn’t what I was expecting.
Unfortunately, I had to DNF it at about chapter 5. I can’t believe that I wasn’t captured by the plot. I mean, there was a newly transformed werewolf, then there was an attack at the head werewolf’s mansion, and then Mercy Thompson is just super cool but… it couldn’t capture my attention at all.
To be fair, I listened to the audiobook during my vacation, so I wasn’t really trying super hard to focus.
I may have picked the wrong time to listen to this book, though so that may be the reason why I DNF’d this. I may pick this up again when I am in a mood to read another paranormal!
Do you love reading paranormals? Any books that you would want to recommend?