The Harvesting (The Harvesting Series Book 1) : The Harvesting

  • by Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by Kristin James
  • Series: The Harvesting
  • 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's all fun and games until someone ends up undead.
Layla Petrovich has spent her whole life running away from her hometown of Hamletville. Raised by the town's medium, and dubbed the "weird" girl for her fascination with swords, the last thing Layla wants is to go home.
But when she receives a desperate call to return just as a mysterious outbreak sweeps the country, Layla's instincts urge her to go. Good thing, because the dead are rising.
Layla, however, isn't entirely on her own. With her psychic powers growing, surely everything will turn out okay, right?
Not so fast. Just when Layla believes she might survive the apocalypse, a sinister and ancient force rises from the shadows to finish mankind for good.
Because the truth is, we were never alone in this world.
Begin The Harvesting Series with The Harvesting, Book 1.


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a spin on surviving the zombie apocalypse

The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak is a riveting horror and love story. Layla Petrovich is summoned home by her elderly psychic grandmother. Grandmother Petrovich gives Layla duties to perform and vague instructions; like a dutiful granddaughter, Layla follows them to a T – well, except for the part that makes her deal with her past boyfriend who dumped her to marry someone else.

Shortly after arriving home, Grandmother Petrovich becomes an undead victim of the vicious and deadly virus that has hit humanity. Layla must make hard decisions that may save her small piece of the world or condemn all those she has loved and cared for to die. Inheriting her grandmother’s psychic visions, Layla receives help from many unseen allies – forest sprites, animal totems and grandmother Petrovich.

Layla thought her only concerns were the walking zombies but she soon discovers there are far more deadly monsters out there that want to eat her friends.

The Harvesting is an interesting spin on surviving the zombie apocalypse by using the spirit world for guidance and the tie in of other monsters threatening humankind. I enjoyed the twists and turns, the romance was not sickening but rather presented in a stand-offish manner making it more believable. The dialog was well utilized in every aspect of the book.

I enjoyed the characters – Karsak presented each character with the right cues to make them loved, hated or indifferent. Layla is the sword wielding, Russian warrior who will save her friends regardless of who gets in her way with deliberate and deadly thrusts and slashes of her Shashka. Tough as nails but vulnerable as well, Layla is exciting and what most every girl wants to be when she grows up – a woman warrior! She does not dwarf the other characters, they are allowed to grow and show as much depth as Layla.

The presence of other beings simply affirms Layla’s acceptance of savior and wise, warrior woman.

Kristin James did a good job of narration given the accents and Russian words she had to pronounce. Both Kristin and the book kept my attention! Karsak being a B.R.A.G. medallion winner is icing on the cake – this is a must read for lovers of horror!

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Yawn Fest! Guilty of the crime of being boring.

This goes to the top of “Worst Book I Have Read This Year” category and I average about four books a week. I knew I was in trouble from the beginning when this supposedly strong and well trained woman was still in love with… are you ready for it … her old cheating, now married boyfriend from HIGHSCHOOL. Ugh..nothing is more pathetic in a person who years later can’t return home because of her broken heart. This lady is supposed to kick some major zombie butt (which by the way never happens). This is a truly dumb love story with zombies as a secondary plot line. Then half way through the tedious story the book turns into a totally different equally as dull and boring new plot. I won’t spoil the twist for you, just in case you fall for all the FIVE STAR reviews for this book like I was a knucklehead to do. To get through this book I listened to it on speed 3x and I still skipped parts. I normally don’t write reviews but after having audible and Kindle shove this book in my face everyday “based on your past purchases area” I felt compelled to write one. If you want good zombie books with compelling storylines included…. try the Zombie Fallout series or The Reapers are the Angels, The Dog Stars and I am Legend.
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- Kci3

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-11-2015
  • Publisher: Clockpunk Press