Review: The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak

Posted 15 January, 2013 by Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side in Blog Tour, Reviews / 4 Comments

The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak
Series: The Harvesting #1
Genre: Paranormal, Paranormal Mystery
Published by: CreateSpace on September 18, 2012
Format: eBook
Pages: 396
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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.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A fantastic mix of the walking dead, vampires and so much more!

In THE HARVESTING we meet Layla, a young, independent woman who receives an unexpected phone call from her psychic grandmother to return to her childhood home of Hamletville. Always one to listen to her elders, Layla heeds her grandmother’s request, not knowing that one phone call will change her life forever. When she arrives in Hamletville, Layla comes face to face with the demons of her past and must prepare herself for the oncoming zombie apocalypse that threatens her world.

THE HARVESTING is a page turning, suspenseful story with paranormal and horror elements that literally kept me on the edge of my seat from the moment Layla arrives in Hamletville. The dark and mysterious tone lend a feel of unpredictability to the supernatural world Ms. Karsak brilliantly writes. The fast-paced story adds to the intrigue of plot.

I instantly connected with the heroine, Layla. When she’s introduced she’s just an average young woman living out her life in another city, with a career she loves and looking for romance. As the story progresses, Layla discovers she has inherited her grandmother’s psychic abilities, but even with that supernatural ability she’s easy to relate to.

I love a fierce heroine but I also love one that is more ordinary and I think that’s what draws you to Layla’s character; sure she’s a natural born leader and has plenty of courage, but she would be all those things even without her ability to see and communicate with spirits. Layla has all the qualities of a leading lady: passion, determination, strength and vulnerability. The horrors she experiences would make anyone cold, bitter and heartless, yet Layla’s kind heart and soul remains intact throughout the book, making her an exceptional heroine. Ms. Karsak broke the mold with this memorable heroine!

In the midst of zombie attacks and blood sucking vampires, THE HARVESTING also incorporates a short-lived love triangle and a tasteful blooming romance. I’m a huge fan of sexiness in my paranormal books and while the romance is not the main focus of this story, it’s perfectly woven into the plot without losing its edginess. Every character has their own voice and whether you love them or hate them, you’ll definitely remember them all.

With a sensational heroine, an impending zombie apocalypse, vampires and forest spirits, THE HARVESTING leaves no stone unturned when it comes to excitement, twists and turns and the supernatural!



About Melanie Karsak

Melanie Karsak grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania where there wasn’t much to do but read books and go for hikes. She wrote her first novel, a gripping piece about a 1920s stage actress, when she was 12. Today, Melanie, a steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and caffeine junkie, lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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4 Responses to “Review: The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak”

  1. This sounds like EXACTLY what I love to read: dark and funny, plus a mix of all my favorite monsters AND some steam to match. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

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