Review: Shades of Blue

Shades of Blue, part two of The Loudest Silence by Olivia Janae, starts soon after where the first book left off. Kate and Vivian are juggling family and work life together. Of course it isn’t all fun and games…

This time the biggest problems arrive in the shape of one Jacqueline Kensington, Vivian’s mother. If you thought Ash was irritating (in the first book) and wondered why Kate went along with her, well.. Jacqueline is much worse.

I suppose it’s a good sign that a book makes me really invested in the story – enough to want to kill one of its characters, and gets me ranting out loud about why someone just doesn’t see what is going on 🙂 My poor spouse got to hear it all, murder fantasies included. 

Shades of Blue takes the reader to quite an emotional journey, through anger, frustration, heartbreak and sadness to eventual love and happiness… whoo, what a ride!

The characters stay true to themselves and “in character” all the time, we get more insight to some of them, get even more info on deaf culture and perhaps some knowledge about careers in the world of classical music. The auditions, for example, were written so well that I felt I was there.

Olivia Janae: I’m a fan. Next task – have to read both books back to back! 


Review: The Loudest Silence

The Loudest Silence by Olivia Janae is one of those books you can’t stop reading until they’re finished.. and then you immediately check for the release date for the next part. This is a long story, made into two books. DON’T wait for the second book to be published – read this first one (and then wait)!

It’s just so good! At first, it seems like a fairly common story: single mother gets a chance at something bigger and better, makes friends along the way, maybe falls in love, too, all the while balancing family life and career. The usual stuff, right? Nah.

The single mother, Kate, is a cellist who moves to a new city – Chicago, having made it into the Windy City Chamber Ensemble. She has a rocky start (to put it mildly!) with her boss, Vivian, who is seen as cold-hearted and almost inhuman. Vivian, however, is deaf, and Kate – very intrigued.

There is a nice ensemble of other characters, some pleasant, some so grating I wished I could throttle them. The setting, the world of classical music, is what originally got me into this story (been a fan for as long as I can remember). The book also gives plenty of insight into deaf culture, which for me, was – apart from the romance – the most interesting part of the story.