Title: Love in the Time of the Dead by Tera Shanley
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Expected Release Date: October 22nd, 2013
Age Group: YA
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.
This is my first attempt at a zombie book. I can’t believe that I have been putting off reading the zombie genre for so long! This was an awesome book to start out with. I loved it. There was so much kick butt zombie fighting. This book was one intense ride. I thought Tera Shanley did such an awesome job keeping me guessing. That is part of the beauty of the book I think, so my review might be a little vague because I don’t want to give anything away.
Laney is so interesting. She is fierce, and spunky and just the right amount of reckless. She is fearless. She always jumps right into the fray. I think part of it has to do with the fact that she is somehow immune to zombie bites, but she is also just super brave. I really admired that about her. I loved when she dove right in front of Shane’s daughter, Adriana to save her from a newly turned dead. That was a turning point for me. It’s when I went from liking her to completely loving her. Plus, if her badass fighting skills don’t impress you, then her snarky mouth totally will. Some of her one liner retorts totally had me chuckling out loud. I think I even said “oh, snap!” at one point. Laney is a clever girl.
One of the things that I loved the most about Love in the time of the Dead, was that as the name implies, there is romance too. It’s not only really cool zombie fight scenes, but there is also a love dilemma for Laney. As soon as Laney first meets Shane and he is a total jerk to her, I knew there was something there. He just seemed to get under her skin. I really liked watching the progression between the two of them as the story went on. Fair warning though, there is a love triangle in this book. I’m not going to give too much away about it though.
Love in the Time of the Dead completely kept me on the edge of my seat. I thought it was so fascinating. I don’t have much zombie experience to compare it to, but I thought this was a great book! The added mystery of Laney’s blood and he kind of connection to the deads was a unique twist to the story. Why is she immune to zombie bites, and it seemed like each time she was bitten her senses heightened. She is very sensitive to the scent of the deads. Fans of zombie books should grab a copy of Love in the Time of the Dead. It is well written, well thought out, and will keep you totally riveted.
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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