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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

{Book Review} The Harvesting (The Harvesting) by Melanie Karsak

The Harvesting (The Harvesting)
by Melanie Karsak
Released: September 18th 2012
Genre:Fiction- Adult: Horror, Zombie
How I got it: Received a copy from the author

It's all fun and games until someone ends up undead.

Though Layla reluctantly returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she could never have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla's help if they are to survive the zombie apocalypse that's upon them. But that is not the only problem. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek to reclaim power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

Review: Not what I expected. The Harvesting is a unique take on the apocalypse. At the request of her grandmother Layla returns to her hometown. Always a bit eccentric grandma has taken it to a whole new level, turning her cottage into a bunker. She does her best to prepare Layla for what will happen. Awakening after drinking some weird mushroom tea, Layla is force to deal with a new world where the dead have come back to life.
Taking weapons from her grandmother's stock pile Layla swoops in, to save what is left of the town folk and comes face to face with her painful past.
There are a lot of facets to this story, not only is there the survival and zombie aspect but also a bit of a romance. Layla must deal with a new burden of leadership, developing feelings for Jamie, and old feelings for Ian. Not to mention a new awareness, brought on by her grandmas tea.
All this moved the plot along pulling me deeper into the book. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, Ms Karsak throws in a curve ball. Introducing a whole new element, the vampires. I thought the twists to the creatures was interesting as was the metaphysical element.
Over all this was an enthralling book and I loved the teaser at the end for book two. Which I will be awaiting.

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