Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak (The Harvesting #1)

The Harvesting
by Melanie Karsak

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Harvesting - Book 1
Publisher: Clockpunk Press (January 8, 2014)
Publication Date: January 8, 2014
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Print Length: 322 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
It's all fun and games until someone ends up undead.

Layla Petrovich has spent her whole life running away from her hometown of Hamletville. Raised by the town's medium, and dubbed the "weird" girl for her fascination with swords, the last thing Layla wants is to go home.

But when she receives a desperate call to return just as a mysterious outbreak sweeps the country, Layla's instincts urge her to go. Good thing, because the dead are rising.

Layla, however, isn't entirely on her own. With her psychic powers growing, surely everything will turn out okay, right?

Not so fast. Just when Layla believes she might survive the apocalypse, a sinister and ancient force rises from the shadows to finish mankind for good.

Because the truth is, we were never alone in this world.
  

 
The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak (The Harvesting #1)

The Harvesting (The Harvesting #1)Small towns, everyone knows everybody else, people get labels they cannot shake and for Layla, leaving sleepy Hamletville and its painful memories behind for the lights of the big city was exactly what she needed. Now. Her grandmother needs her and she knows it is urgent. What she didn’t know was that going back to Hamletville would be a journey through nightmares, blood, death and a hardscrabble quest for her own survival. The country is under siege by a mysterious outbreak that leaves its victims undead, mindless zombies whose biggest concern is their next blood-lusting meal.

Now, the weird girl, the granddaughter of the town’s medium with a fascination for swords must become a leader, a savior, the word of strength and reason for Hamletville’s survivors. Cut off from the rest of the world, Layla and her band of survivors will face a decision, to stay or move on, to trust in the unknown or trust in her visions and her gut instinct. What lay ahead will make zombies look like fluffy bunnies and it is up to Layla to save her people.

Filled with action, turmoil, romantic entanglements, raw fear and true grit, THE HARVESTING by Melanie Karsak is more than just another zombie apocalypse, it is one strong woman’s quest for survival, while being the guiding light for the town who once looked down on her. Great scenes, a good sense of time flowing forward, a little help from beyond and a collection of secondary characters that never overshadow the heroine. At times these other characters almost seem to be drawn in faded colors as opposed to Layla’s vivid hues. Told in her words, it does make sense, but there were times when it seems that Layla was so busy “telling” what was happening that the doing got lost.

I love a good apocalyptic tale and Ms. Karsak does deliver, starring a very strong heroine with a keen sense of herself and some nasty surprises beyond zombies!

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