Review - Twisted Mind by Kate L. Mary

Twisted Mind by Kate L. Mary
Narrated by Heather Firth
Series: Twisted #1.5
Publisher: Twisted Press, LLC
Publication Date: March 30, 2018
Date Read: September 13, 2019
Length: 3 hours 21 minutes
Source: Author
Born at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse to the head of the CDC and the leader of the new world, Jackson Star has always known that he would one day rule. Only the Stars’ plans go much deeper than simply keeping humanity alive, and the evil that sleeps inside Jackson is darker than even his father knows. Everyone in the settlement is a puppet, and everyone has a purpose in the Stars’ master plan, starting with Megan James.

But as Jackson and his father creep closer to achieving their goals at the CDC, things slowly begin to unravel. Meg isn’t cooperating the way she should be, and the presence of a new person in her life is threatening to blow their plan apart. Jackson must now decide how to deal with the girl he has spent the last nine years trying to manipulate, as well as the family she has left and the man who has taken up residence in her life. To complicate matters even more, the darkness inside Jackson has gotten increasingly persistent, making it difficult for him to control it at times and leading him to wonder if he shouldn’t just give in to his urges once and for all.

Twisted Mind is a dark and disturbing look into Jackson’s brain, and the inner-workings of the CDC. It will give readers a glimpse of the future, as well as answer questions that have plagued us from the very beginning of the Broken World series.
My Review

This was a great chance to see things from a completely different perspective.  This is a novella-length story that really does need to be read after Twisted World since the events in this story take place at the same time.  In this story, we see things from Jackson's point of view.  I was pretty sure that I didn't like Jackson before I started this book but now I am absolutely certain that this is not a nice guy.  It was really kind of fun to see just exactly how this guy mind really works.  I had a good time with this story.

Jackson Star was born at the start of the zombie apocalypse and he is roughly the same age as Megan.  Jackson's father is the man in charge of the settlement that they live in.  He doesn't know what it is like to not be in power.  They live in a big house while others live in shacks.  Jackson, along with his father, has a plan and that plan involves Megan James.

Jackson was even worse than I thought he would be and I thought he was pretty bad.  He really does have an evil mind and I was at times amazed by just how far he would be willing to go.  I thought he was selfish and uncaring but learned that he actually enjoys seeing others in pain.  He likes to make others suffer and he is completely unable to empathize on any level.

This story was very eye-opening.  It was really interesting to see things happening that I couldn't even imagine.  I liked that certain parts of this story mirrored Twisted World but though a warped lens.  I thought I knew what happened but I didn't know everything.  I love the fact that even though I knew a lot of the events that would happen in this story, everything still felt very fresh because the perspective was so different.

I thought that Heather Firth did a great job with this story.  I like that she speaks very clearly and I think she does a great job with the character voices.  I thought that she had a very pleasant voice and I had no trouble listening to this story for hours at a time.

I would recommend this series to others.  I love the world that Kate L. Mary has created and the characters almost feel like family.  I cannot wait to read more in this series!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author.
The Series

Book #1 - Twisted World - My Review
Book #1.5 - Twisted Mind
Book #2 - Twisted Memories
Book #3 - Twisted Fate
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


  1. I love when novellas work this well, and I also really love when the characters feel like family! You definitely piqued my curiosity, Carole, I'll have to check the first book in the series :)

  2. a novella, it's special when it works well. I am glad you like it

  3. I like having novellas during a series, it gives a little bit more about the characters and their back stories and a different side of things too. This one sounds like it worked well for the series. Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. oooo zombie apocalypse. i do like dark and twisted. great review
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. I think it is awesome when authors use a novella to further develop a side character and give us another perspective. Great review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart


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