36 Books In 2018 #28: The Harvesting By Melanie Karsak

It’s a gamble, picking up a book in a genre that you haven’t invested in in a while. It’s a bigger gamble when you do it because you were flirting with a guy running a small press table at a comic con while dressed as a Hogwarts student.

But gamble or not, that’s how I found The Harvesting, and it, as well as it’s sequels, and they’ve stared back at me, hissing, “You may have flushed $35 down the toilet and wasted half a book shelf…” before I realized I wasn’t ready for God Emperor Of Dune yet and I was pretty well through the rest of my TBR.

So, yesterday afternoon I picked up the first book. I haven’t read supernatural adventure stuff in a while. After the zombie boom which followed my brief love affair with all things vampiiric, the thought of diving into a series that promised both, as well as a kick ass female lead who uses some kind of sword…well…uh, it was overwhelming.

Anyway, all this baggage I took into The Harvesting, and I was immediately charmed by our heroine, Layla, and delighted in her zombie fighting adventurers, the plague  hitting as she visits her grandmother in the sleepy upstate New York town where she grew up.

Oh, also her grandma was a medium, and she is too, and there are fairies? There’s a lot going on, but I’m totally hooked. I mean, seriously,  she fights zombies and talks to fairies and this is all for about a hundred and fifty pages before the vampires show up. Plus there’s this whole drama with Layla’s high school boyfriend Ian (now married to a girl he got pregnant while cheating on her.) and his brother Jamie (totally dreamy, single and way more stable than Ian!) which is so right up my alley.

It was also refreshing to read a book of this genre where all of the characters are adults. Most supernatural fiction I’ve read has been of the YA variety and usually with a good deal more smooching. I still love a good eternal teen with a focus on brooding and relationship issues, I mean, I think, it’s been a while. But this was really fun to read.

Anyway, back to The Harvesting, it’s a fun easy read, with a hook I couldn’t resist. (Hereditary psychic fights zombies and vampires? I mean, hello?) And I was happy to support small press! And lady writers!

Up next, it’s time to start in on Ulysses…gulp.


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