Review + Giveaway: Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle

February 27, 2014 giveaway, Lindsay's reviews 11

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review + Giveaway: Donners of the Dead by Karina HalleDonners of the Dead by Karina Halle
on February 24th 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror, Romance
Source: the author
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***A Standalone Horror Romance coming February 2014***

Jake McGraw was unlike anyone I’d ever known. He was brash, rude, unapologetic and arrogant; chauvinistic, close-minded, and terribly stubborn. He was built like a tree, tall with a hard chest and wide shoulders and hands that looked like they could wrestle a bear. He was a cigar-chomping, scruffy-faced, beast of a man. I was pretty sure I hated him. And I know he hated me. But among the flesh-eating monsters in these snow-capped mountains, he was the only thing keeping me alive

The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw.

What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term “monster.” While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization.

***This is NOT New Adult***

I have to start off by saying that I am absolutely crushed that this is a standalone novel! I want SO desperately to spend more time with these characters! I would read book after book featuring Eve and Jake! I know that there is zero chance of this ever happening, but I still think that I should start a petition to have a sequel written. Do you think Karina would succumb to intense peer pressure?? Nah, probably not. I guess I’ll just have to settle for building a time machine so I can read it for the first time all over again.

So, cowboys. Who would have guessed that I would have enjoyed a story about cowboys?! This isn’t strictly western, though. It’s historical fiction thrown into Horror. And it. Is. Glorious. My previous experience with Karina proved to me that she could paint a scene, but this was even beyond what I was expecting from her. She proved exactly how versatile she is by being able to recreate 1851 and a trip through the mountains. Throw in a snow storm, an isolated mountain pass, and a new breed of zombies and it’s a match made in heaven!

This brings me to my favorite part of the setting; the smell. Eve has a second sense, of sorts, being able to feel more of the world around her. The way that Karina describes the smells is amazing! I wish I could give you all quotes to demonstrate what I mean, but this was an ARC and might have been changed before publication. You’ll just have to take my word for it. You’ll see what I mean.

I can’t help but notice that this book is classified as romance, as well as horror. If you’ve read any of The Artist’s Trilogy you’ll know that Karina can dish out some heat. I’ll admit to expecting a higher quantity of sexual content. I was really pleased on how subtle the romance was though! There was a small amount of heat in Donners, but on the large part Karina focused on creeping me the fuck out. Mission accomplished! I hereby make a promise to horror fans everywhere: the romance takes a backseat to the thrills and chills.

To appreciate the full effect, you should read it when you’re home alone. Preferably at night. You’ll thank me for it later.
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About Karina Halle

Karina Halle is the USA Today Best Selling Author of The Artists Trilogy (On Every Street, Sins & Needles, Shooting Scars, and Bold Tricks) published by Hachette, the Experiment in Terror series, and The Devil’s series published by Diversion.

The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.

Karina is represented by Scott Waxman of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency

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  • AWESOME review for an AWESOME book. Nicely done, Linds! I want to read it again for the first time, too. Let me know when you get that time machine built, will ya? 😀

    • Lindsay Galloway

      Yeah, I’ll get right on that! 😉

      Thanks Toni <3

  • Shannon

    The excerpt sounds great.I Liked your review.I have to read this for sure!

    • Lindsay Galloway

      Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  • I was also wondering how the horror and romance would fit together but it seems like it’s very well balanced. I’m kind of happy that the romance is kept on the subtle side, though. I have no doubt that she can create a creepy story I’m so excited to start this one! 🙂

    • Lindsay Galloway

      I hate to admit that I haven’t read her Experiment in Terror series yet, but I’m led to believe that it has a similarly more subtle heat. That one will be next for me.

  • Peggy Martinez

    I am DYING to read this! Sounds fabulous!!

    • Lindsay

      You NEED to read this! ASAP! 😉

    • Lindsay Galloway

      Let me know when you have a chance to read it. I would love to hear what you think! 😀

  • Katherine Ivan

    Each of the numerous times I’ve traversed the namesake summit in the Sierras during the years I’ve lived in northern California, I think about the fate of the Donner Party. A bit macabre, perhaps, but that should go a long way toward explaining why I’d *love* to read DONNERS OF THE DEAD — which sounds wonderfully horrific!

    • Lindsay Galloway

      Horror made all the more horrific when it touches in reality. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it!