January 11, 2013

The Harvesting Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

The Harvesting (The Harvesting Series #1)
Author: Melanie Karsak
Genre: Horror 
Release Date: September 18, 2012


“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.

The Harvesting is a thrilling horror novel that focuses on the main character of Layla, who returns to her small hometown to discover that the zombie apocalypse that her grandmother has seen in a psychic vision is actually happening - and the residents need her help to survive. On top of the zombies, it becomes painfully clear that humankind has never actually been alone in the world and the beings that have been waiting on the edges of the world are about to claim their stake. Layla has to find a way to stop them and save the world or else all will be lost.

This novel was an action packed thrillride with tons of intriguing ideas along with lots of twists and turns. It definitely keeps the reader on their toes and eagerly turning the pages. The writing is very well done and the story flows naturally and at a really fast pace. The main character, Layla, is realistic and easy to like. I found myself identifying with her right from the beginning and rooting her on throughout the book. There's a mix of genres in the book - horror, action, mystery, adventure, thriller - it definitely shouldn't be labelled as just one genre. The descriptions and details of the setting, plot, and happenings in the book are incredibly well done - which I think adds a new layer of depth to the novel that the typical "zombie book" doesn't normally have. This is definitely something fresh and exciting for fans of multiple genres - I highly recommend it to readers who want to try something unique and different from most novels out there right now.

Melanie Karsak, steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and caffeine junkie, resides in Florida with her husband and two children. Visit the author at her blog to learn more about upcoming projects, book signings, and other neato things. A Walking Dead fan, check out her blog for recaps!

 Giveaway Info: 
1 t-shirt (back shown, book cover on front) 
1 autographed copy of the novel 
5 postcard bookmarks 
1 bumper sticker

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  1. Love anything with zombies so I'll have to read this soon! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Mmm, Braaaains! Thank you so much for offering such a fun and generous giveaway.

  3. This book sounds amazing! And the giveaway is awesome too! Thanks so much!