Author: Tera Shanley
Publisher: Omnific Publishing (October 22nd, 2013)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: Laney Landry has been fighting Deads alongside her brother and friends for three years. But she has a secret. She's immune to Dead bites and has to find the right people to trust with the information. Her team rallies around her to find a doctor who can extract a vaccine from Laney which could fight the virus that ended the world.
Sean Daniels leads a colony that provides her team with much needed shelter and supplies. He is obviously interested in Laney. The question is whether he's only intrigued by her as a source for the possible vaccine, or for something more. Tests for the cure might push her body beyond what it can endure, and just as she faces a ghost from her past, her longtime teammate Derek Mitchell hints at an interest in more than just her Dead slaying abilities.
Two honorable and alluring men - one colossal decision to make. Despite historically bad taste in men, can she rise above the chaos of the apocalypse and choose the one who deserves her heart? The right choice could mean the difference between surviving...and living.
Review: 4 Stars - Love in the Time of the Dead By author Tera Shanley is somewhat reminiscent to AMC’s The Walking Dead. Shanley focuses on her characters and their relationships within a Zombie Apocalypse, which takes fighting for one’s life and connecting to someone to a whole new level within this title.
Laney, our main character has been fighting with a small group of people that include her brother out in the wilds for the last few years. She’s one tough cookie and knows how to survive thanks to her brother, his friends that are ex-military and her keen sense of smell. They’ve chosen to live out in the dangerous side of the world… outside the walls of the colonies. They travel from place to place and only stop in for short visits to a colony when their supplies are low. They never stay too long so any connections they make are not very lasting. However Laney, her brother and their friends know they need to protect her at all costs and that a longer visit to a colony is in order because Laney just might be carrying the cure.
With a stop at a colony that’s run by Sean Daniels ends up in chaos the small group flee, running for their lives in search of another possible colony, one that might help create a vaccine from Laney.
Sean starts out an ass and he pretty much continues from beginning to end. Laney is confused by her feelings for him and his daughter, and her feelings for Derek Mitchell that she’s known for ever. Mitchell is cocky equipped with looks that make all the girls swoon and Laney doesn’t want to give in and be just another notch on his bedpost.
The overall story is extremely captivating. As mentioned above it made me feel somewhat like I was watching something similar to The Walking Dead and it’s all because Shanley made this title about the people, giving the Apocalypse more of a backdrop feel. Don’t get me wrong, the zombies and all that’s happening around them is important to the story, but one thing I am more thankful for is the fact that it was all just that... the backdrop.
Another thing that I liked about the book is that Laney is one rough and tough girl but she has a much softer side to her that peeks out from time to time, making her not as jaded as you’d imagine someone living in this world might be. She has a lot riding on her shoulders and some pretty tough decisions to make, which she does while struggling through mistakes and danger along the way.
There’s somewhat of a love triangle in the story and Shanley kept me guessing who she would choose right until Laney figured out who she was supposed to be with and why. It’s not as involved of a triangle as some other stories have, at least not to me so I didn’t feel overwhelmed by it. If this is something that puts you off from reading stories don’t let this sway you, it’s not all the story is about… far from it.
The smaller plot lines and twists here and there make the book flow and give the characters a more rounded life and appearance during such a harsh time, I really enjoyed these touches while reading.
All in all, this was a fantastic story that I more than enjoyed. It has a bit of everything that any Zombie fan will love. I recommend this title to The Walking Dead fans and fans of titles set during the apocalypse. I for one will be on the lookout for more from this author in the future and if she’s reading this, I’d love a sequel! Enjoy!
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About the Author:
Born and raised in small town Texas, Tera Shanley grew up in books. Her cousin gifted her a signed copy of Beauty by Bill Wallace when she was young and that was it for her. So smitten was she with getting lost in a story, that while other eleven year olds her age were groaning at the accelerated reader program in school, she was racking up the points just for fun.
Balancing chronic book-wormyness is her devotion to the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping - her soul is happiest out of doors. And lucky for Tera, her family feels the same. She grew up a wild child helping her grandma ranch cattle, and has a hundred memories out in the wilderness which tend to influence her books.
When she's not eating chocolate, slinging rifles, or soaking up some sun, she's lost in a book, but these days it's more often one she's writing. From historic western romance, to paranormal romance, to apocalyptic (zombie) romance, the genre doesn't matter quite as much to her as the love story.
She currently lives with her husband and two young children, and is owned by two crazy mini-cujos.
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