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How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back, Diana Rowland 02 May 2022

2014 urban fantasy, fourth of its series. Angel Crawford is still a zombie (subtype conscious and super-strong, though still cerebrivorous), and things seem to be going all right, but several of her allies get kidnapped by the evil corporation…

I don't get it. It's only been about three months since I read the previous book, and I enjoyed that enough to keep the series on my rotation list, but this time… it seemed all greyed-out. All the same sorts of thing were happening as before, but there was more and more clag getting in the way, more obstruction slowing down the pace of actual story development.

Here's Angel utterly lacking confidence again, and still doing something awesome. Here's another completely un-foreshadowed power that this world's zombies can have. Here's the psychotic boss of the evil corporation being generically psychotic. Here's a road trip. Here's Angel, having last book reconciled with her deadbeat alcoholic father, reconciling with her deadbeat druggie ex-boyfriend. (Why is this a good thing?) Here are yet more hot guys falling in love with Angel, to which she's entirely oblivious. Oh, and here's a great big new problem for Angel introduced in the closing paragraphs.

It's all stuff happening but the people who come out of this story, considered in terms of their personality rather than their skills and powers, are basically the same people who went into it, and that's not what I want from an ongoing series.

I very much enjoyed the first book. I liked Angel's journey of supernatural discovery without a great big zombie society to hold her hand; I also liked her journey of mundane discovery, going back to school and getting her GED and sorting out her life in small ways, rather than getting on first-name terms with a Congresswoman. The rest of the series hasn't provided more of the bits I liked, and I probably shan't read another.

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