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Author: Melanie Karsak
Series: The Harvesting
Number in Series: 1
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
"To label this a zombie book would be a false pretense . . . this is so much more than that. What you start out with and what you end up with are very different, and those twists and turns in the middle will make your heart beat faster over and over again."-- Colossal Pop
The Harvesting is a story that follows a woman named Layla who teaches fencing. She loves her job and her students. Her life is looking up and things are good. She soon gets a call from her grandmother to visit her and to come quickly. Layla is disappointed, but will always do what her grandmother says since she would never call for nothing. Her grandmother has a special sense for these things. She gets sent on a crazy errand by her grandmother for automatic weapons, grenades, and many other things a granny usually doesn't need. After one night of seeing that a terrible flu has been broken out, Layla knows why her grandmother was preparing for war. This flu has lead to a huge infection and her grandmother knows that since Layla is quite a fighter, she will be strong enough to defend the city against the zombie invasion. But she doesn't know that it isn't only zombies that her and the other survivors have to be careful about.
Whoa!!! I am not even sure of what I just read. And that is a good thing. This book went beyond the usually zombie read. There was so much more to this story that I didn't see coming. I was so curious as to why a zombie book would be called The Harvesting, now it makes sense. Wow, that was just brilliant. This should be a movie dammit. Being a horror-movie fan, that would make me sooooooo happy.
I loved the main character Layla. If the zombie-apocalypse were to take place, I would find Layla. This chick was almost like a one-woman army. When the town was first under attack, the way she saves them was worthy of Ash, it was so cool. Layla definitely gets the kickass heroine stamp. I loved her relationship with her grandmother. Actually, I just loved her grandmother period. She is a psychic, so she is sometimes seen as a little nuts. But she knew so much and was able to do all she could to help Layla in the coming war. Not to mention, a grandma with a semi-automatic always gets a major vote in my book.
I also enjoyed the townspeople. We have Jamie, the love interest. I loved him. He was equally as badass as Layla. Jamie is the brother of Ian, Layla's former boyfriend who was a bit of a jerk in this book. When she arrived to town, she tried to stay clear of him because she still had feelings for him. This made sense given how they broke up which was ridiculous. I would have said good riddance, especially after Layla first saves the town and tragedy strikes. What Ian does after when he is alone with Layla had me so pissed. What is wrong with him? All I have to say is, “Run, woman, run!” Jamie was a much, much better choice. I wanted to slap her for taking so long to see his feelings for her because she treated him like a brother.
As I have said, this goes beyond the normal zombie read. They are trying to survive and protect their town. They way they pull together to watch out for everyone is great to see. Layla has grandma's power to see spirits and take direction from them. They help throughout the book and those were some interesting scenes. I hope we see more about them in the next book. But then after we get zombies, halfway through, the book gives us a twist that I didn't see coming. I won't spoil it, but it is a great idea. Let's just say the townspeople are met by an interesting pair with their own agenda.
Overall, this book is a must read. If you love the supernatural or stories on the apocalypse, you have to read this, There is a lot of action, blood, gore, magic, and a bit of romance. This had everything I could ask for. I can't wait for book 2 especially given the ending. The ending is so crazy, it almost felt like I was reading a different book. I want to know where that goes. Freaking cliffhangers, you kill me! Highly recommend this book. You won't be sorry.
*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2013!BCC's Zombie Challenge 2013!
BCC's Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Challenge 2013!
BCC's Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Challenge 2013!
Under The Covers Book Blog 2013 Immortal Reading Challenge!
Melanie Karsak Bio:
Melanie Karsak, steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and caffeine junkie, resides in Florida with her husband and two children. Melanie is the author of "The Harvesting" series. Visit the author at her blog, melaniekarsak.blogspot.com, to learn more about upcoming projects, book signings, and other neato things
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I was interviewed on a local TV show, a Halloween special, about zombies. I am first up in the special and I talk about zombies in general and the novel in particular--and I have horrible posture and they made me wear my t-shirt--but this might be something nice for people to watch if they are interested in the paranormal.