Review: The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak


The Harvesting
by Melanie Karsak
Series: The Harvesting #1
Publisher: Steampunk Press
Publication date: September 18, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Horror

My Rating:

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It’s all fun and games until someone ends up undead.

Though Layla reluctantly returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she could never have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla’s help if they are to survive the zombie apocalypse that’s upon them. But that is not the only problem. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek to reclaim power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

“To label this a zombie book would be a false pretense . . . this is so much more than that. What you start out with and what you end up with are very different, and those twists and turns in the middle will make your heart beat faster over and over again.”– Colossal Pop

I finished reading this book about an hour ago. My jaw is still on the ground. My mind has not stopped reeling. I may actually have to wait until tomorrow to start reading another book, just so I can savor this masterpiece a little longer. I strolled into the world created by Melanie Karsak expecting to find a whole lot of zombies and maybe a few badass people, blood and gore, heads flying, and perhaps a little post-apocalyptic romance. Boy was I completely wrong! It started as a leisurely stroll, quickly turned into a jog, and by the end I was running faster than I thought possible.

The Harvesting is PACKED! Packed with action. Packed with blood and gore and flying heads. Packed with twists and turns that are impossible to predict. Packed with tears and laughter. Packed with fantasy and the supernatural. I don’t feel that I can adequately discuss this book without giving too much away. I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone by revealing more than I should.

The Harvesting starts before the crap hits the fan. Layla is an ancient weapons instructor living in D.C. when she receives a call from her psychic grandmother who is adamant that she return home. Though Layla is hesitant, she makes the 500-mile trek back to her rural roots because she loves her grandmother — the one person that has always been there for her — and is worried about her. Once she arrives in Hamletville, Grandma Petrovich sends Layla into town to purchase an ungodly amount of strange supplies, though she doesn’t reveal why. Layla soon finds out.. and the thrilling, white-knuckle ride begins.

From the moment I started reading I felt like I was under a spell. This world created by Karsak is revolting and beautiful all at the same time. The characters: at first I felt there were too many to keep straight in my head, but the story is so intelligent and masterful that everything flows together perfectly. If I had to pick one person to be stuck in the zombie apocalypse with, it would be Layla… hands down. I highly recommend The Harvesting to anyone that enjoys zombies, fantasy, supernatural, and even a bit of romance.

About the Author

Melanie Karsak

Melanie Karsak, steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and caffeine junkie, resides in Florida with her husband and two children. Visit the author at her blog to learn more about upcoming projects, book signings, and other neato things. Visit her online at

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