Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues
Angel Crawford is finally starting to get used to life as a brain-eating zombie, but her problems are far from over. Her felony record is coming back to haunt her, more zombie hunters are popping up, and she’s beginning to wonder if her hunky cop-boyfriend is involved with the zombie mafia. Yeah, that’s right—the zombie mafia. Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower—and maybe a brain smoothie as well—in order to get through it without falling apart.
Book 2 in the White Trash Zombies series brings back old friends and new antagonists. Angel’s zombification has become normal for her. She still wants brains, but in this story she discovers more about her condition. The explaining of the why of zombies and how it works, might have been a little bit much for me, because it’s not something that is easily understood. The story had a slower pace for me than the previous installment, but it was still fun. I loved Leblanc in the previous story, and his role has developed more as a mentor for Angel, in this one.
“You’ve spent this time surviving, but that’s just existing. You can do more. Now is time for you to thrive.” ~Leblanc.
The romance was a little non-existent, but it really isn’t too necessary to move the plot along. Angel is still kick ass and her dry wit never fails.
“We’re all monsters here.” ~Angel
This story brought up a question whether zombies are the monsters or the humans. After reading this one, I have my opinion, but sharing that might give away the story.
The narrator is still a gem. I love all her voices and brings Angel to life all the time.
The Pearl Thief
Sixteen-year-old Julie Beaufort-Stuart is returning to her family's ancestral home in Perthshire for one last summer. It is not an idyllic return to childhood. Her grandfather's death has forced the sale of the house and estate, and this will be a summer of good-byes. Not least to the McEwen family - Highland travellers who have been part of the landscape for as long as anyone can remember, loved by the family, loathed by the authorities. Tensions are already high when a respected London archivist goes missing, presumed murdered. Suspicion quickly falls on the McEwens, but Julie knows not one of them would do such a thing and is determined to prove everyone wrong. And then she notices the family's treasure trove of pearls is missing.
This beautiful and evocative novel is the story of the irrepressible and unforgettable Julie, set in the year before the Second World War and the events of Code Name Verity. It is also a powerful portrayal of a community under pressure and one girl's determination for justice.
The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein, set in Scotland in the 1930s, follows the mystery of a missing man and pearls.
While at times the story was a little slow, the mystery unfolded at a steady pace. Julia’s journey to solve a mystery leads her to befriend Travelers or commonly known as gypsies, who are shunned and are prejudiced against.
The ending was kind of a surprise for me and left me a bit disappointed in a certain character.
The narration is really what hooked me on this story. Maggie Service has the Scottish lilt that brings every character to life. A soothing voice that lends to the easy going nature of the storyline. There were even instances of singing which were really nice.
I picked this book basically because of the blurb. Although it’s a prequel to the series Code Name Verity, reading those books is not necessary if you want to dive into this one.