Friday, June 7, 2019

Review - The Loudest Silence by Kate L. Mary

The Loudest Silence by Kate L. Mary
Narrated by Heather Firth
Series: Oklahoma Wastelands #1
Publisher: Twisted Press, LLC
Publication Date: May 22, 2019
Date Read: June 1, 2019
Length: 10 hours 51 minutes
Source: Audiobook Boom
★★★★☆
From the author of the Amazon best-selling Broken World series comes an exciting new zombie apocalypse series....

When Regan was a young girl living in the small town of Altus, OK, Kellan was just her brother’s best friend. Then the virus came, turning the world’s population into zombies, and he became so much more. They were only kids, but he saved her. Watched over her. Kept her alive. And he’s been doing the same thing every day since.

After living the apocalypse for nine years, Regan thought they’d experienced every kind of loss and terror imaginable. But when a new group starts wreaking havoc in the Oklahoma wastelands where they live, Regan and Kellan are faced with a new set of horrors.

When they cross paths with a teenage girl, offering to help seems like the right thing to do. But Regan and Kellan soon discover that lending aid to the girl very well could lead to their undoing.
My Review

This was very entertaining!  I picked up this book because I was in the mood for some zombies and I had heard good things about Kate L. Mary's books.  Once I started listening to this story, I didn't want to stop and ended up finishing the book in just a couple of days.  I am glad that I decided to take a chance on this one because it ended up being a whole lot of fun.

This book did focus on romance a bit more than I expected.  I also have to admit that I would have liked to see more zombies.  These were not big issues for me and I really liked the story that the book did tell.  This was one of those books that I found myself liking more and more and the story progressed and I have to admit that I was completely sold by the romance by the end of the book.

Regan and Kellan were just kids when the world fell apart.  It has been nine years since they lost everyone but they have somehow made it along with a small group of people that share their shelter.  They have always thought of each other as siblings.  At least until recently when things started to change.  Regan wants to be able to take care of herself and be a productive member of their community while Kellan wants to protect her and keep her safe.

I thought that this was a pretty exciting story.  I liked the way that we learned a lot about the character through their actions and I enjoyed seeing what they were willing to fight for.  There were some pretty intense situations where I worried about the welfare of the characters.  I was completely invested in this story and thought that the author did a great job of creating characters that I cared about.

I enjoyed Heather Firth's narration of this book.  I think that she did a really great job with all of the characters and the dialogue felt very natural.  She had a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time.  I think that the narration increased my enjoyment of this story because she was able to add a lot of emotion to some rather important scenes.  I look forward to listening to more of her work in the future.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy some romance in an apocalypse story.  My audiobook copy also had a short story at the end that focused on two of the other characters from Regan and Kellan's group which I also enjoyed.  I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author via Audiobook Boom.
About the Author

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of Adult, New Adult, and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance! Her YA book, When We Were Human, was a 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner for Young Adult Science Fiction. Her book Outliers was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2018 Author Academy Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction, a Finalist in the 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and the First Place Winner in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction. Tribe of Daughters was recently named as an Honorable Mention in the 2018 SPR Book Awards.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

9 comments:

  1. It feels like it has been ages since i read a zombie book!

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  2. It's been a while since I haven't read an apocalypse story I confess

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  3. Haha! I think this is about my speed for zombie books where there is more romance and less zombie action. Glad the book got stronger as it went.

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  4. Zombie books scare me off a bit but I really should try them sometime. Glad you enjoyed this one.

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  5. Oh I do love a good zombie/apocalypse/romance story! I'm off to look this one up. Never heard of this one so thanks for putting it on my radar! :)

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  6. Wonderful review! I think I might like this better than you as I wouldn't be as interested in the zombies. I just like the apocalypse / romance more.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  7. I am glad you liked this one, Carole. I haven't read too many zombie books, admittedly, but this one does sound fun. And I love a good romance.

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  8. I'd certainly prefer more zombies and less romance!

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  9. I love Kate L. Mary! I can't wait to read this one, though maybe I'll check out the audiobook since it's done so well.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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