Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Harvesting Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of being a stop on The Harvesting blog tour organized by AToMR Book Tours. I have a review and there is a tour wide giveaway! Make sure to check out all the fun on the tour by clicking the banner above!


Title: The Harvesting
Author: Melanie Karsak
Release date: September 18, 2012
Age Group:  New Adult/Adult
Genre: Horror and Fantasy, Zombie

“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
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.

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.



When I started The Harvesting, I was ready for a zombie book full of hordes of the undead trying to kill the last few survivors, but what I got was so much above and beyond. There is mythology and depth to the story. While it takes place during a zombie apocalypse, which is not its sole focus. The focus is on Layla, the people she cares about, and the town where her grandmother raised her. 

Layla is the kick butt heroine I love to see, and she is literally the savior of her home town. As they try to band together and survive, the citizens of Hamletville encounter more than just zombies. I really loved the Russian aspect and the mythology that are featured in the story. Layla really makes the story for me, but the writing in the novel is another level. The pace of the story had me flowing through the story, and losing all track of time. The story absorbs you completely, so if you have anything that is going to require your attention, like making dinner, wait to start this book. 

I cannot believe this is only the first book in the Harvesting series, because it just had some much that happened in such a short amount of time. The story ends on a sort of cliffhanger, but does give the sense of completion to that part of the story. That does not mean it does not having me foaming at the mouth for the next book in the series. 

If you have not gathered by now, I loved The Harvesting. There was a feeling of excitement that took over as read the book. This is one of the best “zombie” books I have read so far this year, and I think it will remain one of my favorite “zombie” books of all time.  

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from author, in exchange for an honest review**

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

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