Review: The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak

June 6, 2014 Lindsay's reviews 2

Review: The Harvesting by Melanie KarsakThe Harvesting by Melanie Karsak
Series: The Harvesting #1
Genres: Horror, zombies
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"The world, it seemed, had gone silent. It was something we knew but did not talk about. We were alone."

While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla's cool head, fast blade and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that's upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

It's all fun and games until someone ends up undead!


First off… the new cover. GASP! I loved the old cover, but this one is AHHHmazing! Now, I should follow that with an apology. I won this from a giveaway during last zOctober (hosted by My Book Addiction) and it took me almost forever to finally read it. Now that I’ve finished it, I can’t help but wonder “What the hell took me so long?!” Melanie Karsak can write any story, any genre. Shut up and take my money.

While the book wasn’t non-stop excitement, it was far from slow. The action scenes are spaced out perfectly, but the first half of the book was more about how to survive when the world is falling down around your ears. Honestly, we should all take some notes and start stocking up for the apocalypse! Or even better… everybody head to Melanie’s house! She’s got everything figured out! 😉  Halfway through, the book took a U-turn, and headed into a whole new town of weird. I’m not going to spoil things for you, but this isn’t your standard zombie novel. There are so many other paranormal creatures thrown in, and I felt like it was perfectly natural for them all to exist in this new world that Melanie has created.

I was extra lucky to win one of the old copies, which contained the first chapter of Midway, book 1.5  in the series. Normally, when I see a bonus first chapter thrown into a book, I would avoid it. It’s such a tease to get this little nibble of a book I can’t have yet. Well, I guess I’m just a masochist. I was still reeling from the conclusion, and I needed just a teeny bit more. I couldn’t stop myself! Now I’m sitting here, biting my nails in anticipation! Midway should be out this summer, so at least I don’t have long to wait.

This book was nominated for FOUR awards at the Contagious Reads Horror Con, and it completely deserved each and every nomination! Plus, it’s only.99 right now, so how can you afford NOT to buy it?!? How’s that for logic!



About Melanie Karsak

Melanie Karsak is the author of the Amazon best-selling steampunk series The Airship Racing Chronicles (Chasing the Star Garden and Chasing the Green Fairy) and the award-wining horror/dark fantasy Harvesting Series. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3
  • Great review!

    • Lindsay Galloway

      Thanks Mike! 🙂