Thursday, May 15, 2014

Review - The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak

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 never could 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.

Title: The Harvesting (The Harvesting #1)

Author: Melanie Karsak

Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Supernatural, Post Apocalyptic

Publisher: Clockpunk Press

Publication Date: January 8, 2014

How can an author blend a family with paranormal abilities, a post apocalypse world filled with hordes of hungry undead, and beautiful, yet terrifying vampires? You may be skeptical, thinking it would be an awkward, stitched-together story, much like Frankenstein's monster. But you would be wrong. Melanie Karsak blends these elements and genres seamlessly into a fantastic, heart pounding world.

Layla returns to her small hometown after a cryptic call from her grandmother. After stocking up on supplies - some of which are strange requests, but she fulfills all the same - at the request of her grandmother, a zombie apocalypse hits that her grandmother foresaw but would not reveal, perhaps because it was inevitable. 

Layla, the bogatyrka, the female warrior, does what needs to be done to help the residents of Hamletville - and all of humanity - survive. Survive not only the zombies, but other creatures content on feeding on humankind.

I thought it beautiful how the zombies and the other creatures are compared, that it simply transforms you to another state of existence, something different from human.

I wish I could write a longer review, but I fear I would spoil the surprises. I highly recommend The Harvesting to anyone who enjoys zombies, paranormal, or supernatural.


Melanie Karsak grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master's degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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