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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Our main character is in the middle of a zombie (oops, undead, no zombies in this book), and she starts having a memory of a white elephant sale in which she bought her sword. Often in the middle of action scenes, she reminisces about her past. Not that the fight scenes are that exciting to begin with. Here is how she described one such encounter: I STABBED HER IN THE EYE, SHE FELL. That's it. Pretty much through the first 2 and a half hours, which was all I could take. There was one good scene in which you felt you were there and in which you got that ick feeling. It was when she took her knife out of a cub scouts forehead. It was a showing not telling moment. All the rest were telling moments and were narrated like reading a shopping list.

Within two hours of her killing her dear grandma and her ex-boyfriend watching his wife and kids killed, these two are going at it. She is hot for him and he is hard. Now at the last minute she does call it off, but I find it hard to believe it went even that far.

As another reviewer mentions, it was real hard to believe that this whole town turned to her for leadership. We are not shown anything that would make you believe they had that kind of confidence in this young girl and no older man thought he should be in charge. Then they decided to protect the town from the Undead, Diseased, Sick (not Zombies) by covering the bridge and the two roads coming into town. Cause the undead are not going to walk through the woods?

To top everything off this narrator was very uninspired.

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- Jim "The Impatient" "My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books."

Book Details

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