Saturday, April 13, 2013

*TOUR: REVIEW+ GIVEAWAY* The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak

Title: The Harvesting
Author: Melanie Karsak
Series: The Harvesting (#1)
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Pages: 211 (e-book format)
Age Group: New Adult/Adult
Genre: Horror and Fantasy, Zombie
Event Organized By: AToMR Tours
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My Rating:3/5

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

My Review
Writing Style:

I would describe the writing of The Harvesting as quick and to the point. The lack of detail made the story dull at points and left me with many unanswered questions. The character development and world building were appealing and well written.

My Opinion:

The Harvesting started off as a classic post-apocalyptic novel with a supernatural twist. It begins with the human population being contaminated with an unknown deadly virus. Many people die but soon become the undead. Many crazy situations take place that will literally shock you to the core. This book is NOT your typical zombie story. It has other paranormal creatures along with things in the psychic realm. 

The beginning and middle of this book were amazing! I loved the action scenes and the way the characters came together. I enjoyed the chaos and disorder. The fight to survive was challenging but the author always left a sliver of hope behind. Hope is always good…. Right? 

However once I reached a little over half way through the story, things went downhill a bit. I feel like the author was trying to fit way too many elements into her storyline. The last chapter confused me because I was not sure how it fit into the plot.  Maybe it was an introduction to the next book? I’m not really sure. I also wished the author would have gone into more details on how the virus was created and explained what “the harvesting” meant. 

Overall, I would rate this book as okay because I actually did enjoy it. This novel has a lot of potential and I hope to see improvements with the plot in the next book of the series.

A Giveaway
(1) eBook of THE HARVESTING (International)
(1) eBook or Print copy of THE HARVESTING and theme t-shirt (US/Canada)

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*Note this giveaway has been provided by the author & AToMR Tours*
About the Author
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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, to learn more about upcoming projects, book signings, and other neato things.

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A special note from the author: 
 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.

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