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.The Shadow Aspect by Melanie Karsak
Series: The Harvesting #2
on June 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Horror
Source: the author
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When Layla took the final step through the labyrinth, she thought she was saving the ones she loved.
She couldn’t have been more wrong.
The unwitting victims of a grudge seething for eons, Layla and the other survivors now find themselves in a war for our world. With vampires lurking and shapechangers plotting vengeance, if mankind has any hope of survival, Layla must decide whom to trust: the carnie girl? The quiet doctor? The tarot reader? The stranger with alluring gold eyes? Or the man she loves? And then there are the voices. What does it forewarn if the dead can speak?
When the world burns, mankind’s shadow side rises. Do we deserve to survive?
I have been in love with this series since book one, page one. First came The Harvesting, so completely different from anything in its genre, and then came Cricket in Midway, and yet again, I was blown away by the strength of Melanie’s female characters. But then, starting The Shadow Aspect, I ran into a problem. It has been so long between books that I was completely lost. The very first scene in this book was bloody, a huge handful of characters being killed… and I couldn’t remember a single one of them. Their deaths didn’t affect me as it would have coming straight off The Harvesting. I highly recommend reading them all back to back!
I absolutely loved the changing setting and new characters. After that first scene, I was a little concerned that there wouldn’t be many characters left, so it’s good to be introduced to some fresh fodder. I’m very careful not to get overly attached to characters, knowing any one of them could die at any time! Melanie has demonstrated time and again that she isn’t afraid to rip my heart out, so I’m guarding myself from here on out. The last scene from this book nearly broke me! It was so completely tragic, but also gave an ounce of hope. It feels so strange to be teetering on this fence, not sure which side I’ll be shoved onto. Only time will tell… GIVE ME THE NEXT BOOK!
This series is so detailed and full, and The Shadow Aspect takes that to a whole new level. There is so much new material being given. The zombies aren’t what you would expect, the vampires aren’t done with those pesky humans yet, and there’s a whole scientific viewpoint that I’m thrilled for. With such a complex plot, I think a reread will be in line before the next installment.