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January 16, 2013

Blog Tour: The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak – Review with G1veaway

Welcome to our Tour Stop for

The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak

presented by BB Book Tours!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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

add to goodreadsThe Harvesting by Melanie Karsak Publication Date:  September 18, 2012 Publisher:  CreateSpace

Available for Purchase: amazon | B&N | TBD |indiebound

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** This title was provided to us by the author for an honest review. We were in no way paid for our opinions **

MaryAnn New I love apocalyptic and dystopian reads.  Throw in some zombies and you have got my full on attention.  The best combination if you ask me.  But if you throw in yet another curve ball into this mix and you have The Harvesting (Volume 1) by Melanie Karsak.  Reading The Harvesting had was reminiscent of a mixture of The Walking Dead (woot!) and the movie 30 Days and 30 Nights, with a writing style that reminded me of one Rhiannon Frater, zombie apocalypse writer extraordinaire! After not having gone back home for about a year, main protagonist Layla, has received a phone call from her Grandmother to come home immediately.  What Layla finds upon her return is something that she never dreamed would happen.  It seems Grams is getting ready for the end of days.  Not only does Layla have to deal with her grandmothers cryptic messages, but she must also face a past that she had, long ago, left behind. An outbreak takes over the world and turns the living into the walking dead.  It is now up to Layla and her old neighbours to battle the oncoming onslaught of the horde and survive their new, unexpected lives together.  But fighting the dead bodies of her old neighbours isn’t the only thing that Layla and her crew must face.  It seems that there has always been “something” living amongst the, and the end of days has brought their existence to the surface. Now Layla and her friends must now decide what is “safe” and who they can trust.  Loyalties will be tested, survival is more urgent than back in their little town of Hamletville, and a new beginning is a faint spark in this new world where the undead rule and come out to play. I was a little leery in starting The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak.  After having read many books with the subject of a zombie apocalypse, I had it firm in my mind that this would be the same as the rest.  As well, after having read a series about this very same subject, which was epic beyond all else, I was pleasantly surprised that The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak was an thoroughly enjoyable read! I was instantly gripped by the oncoming storyline.  The writing style presented by the author was one where I found easy to follow and very entertaining.  I felt as though the characters and their surroundings were easily visible in my mind, and there were times where I felt like I was right in the moment with these characters.  The characters all had their own personalities where readers everywhere will find one that they will be able to relate to. I loved the spiritual aspect that was thrown in to the story.  Layla finds herself able to communicate with spirits in the forest as her Russian born grandmother was able to.  It brought a whole new element to the whole end of days storyline.  And with a past that Layla had runaway from, it was interesting to see how, when having to face her past, how Layla was able to confront it and move past it.  Layla is a strong, independent, female lead who can really kick some undead ass.  I love female characters who can kick ass, and have the male populace stare wide eyed and open mouthed. Add in the dark twist found within these pages, and readers everywhere will be in for an unforgettable thrill ride.  Once you think that things just couldn’t possibly get worse for these survivors, author Melanie Karsak throws in a curveball.  The different twists and turns found in The Harvesting will have readers on the edge of their seats, and its these elements that will make this book unputdownable. Fans of apocalyptic reads and zombie lovers everywhere will find a new book to devour in The Harvesting, and will also find an author that will quickly rise high on the list of unforgettable horror writers.  Pick up a copy and discover this awesome read for yourself.  You won’t be disappointed. About the Author:
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. A Walking Dead fan, check out her blog for recaps!
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  1. Dita Škarste
    1/16/2013

    So excited about the book and the giveaway!
    Thank you! :)

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Good luck!

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  2. Cindi Clubbs
    1/16/2013

    Thanks for presenting a book that shows strong female characters. My teenaged son, daughter and I read all the zombie books we can get our hands on. Most are male-oriented. If I win this, my daughter gets to read it first:))

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Good luck! It’s a fantastic book.

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  3. Ana Death Duarte
    1/16/2013

    Awesome book indeed xD

    And dying (or undying lol) to win this giveaway xD

    Thanks xD
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    The giveaway is pretty epic hey? Good luck.

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  4. Traci
    1/16/2013

    Awesome giveaway…thanks for the opportunity!!!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Good luck Traci

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  5. Heather C.
    1/16/2013

    Ohhh, I’ve heard good things about this book. I really want to read it!! =)

    (PS – I accidentally started entering under my husband’s name, so if you see an entry with Simon Cranmer as the name, could you please delete it. There should be two entries under that name for a like on Facebook and following on twitter. Thanks)!
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    I hope you get to read it soon! It’s a pretty epic read.

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  6. Natalie Cleary
    1/16/2013

    Looks good and the prize is awesome :)

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Good luck!

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  7. Dione Sage
    1/16/2013

    Thank you for the giveaway! Cool prize!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Love the prize pack!

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  8. cody
    1/16/2013

    Thank you so much for the review and the giveaway. I love that you say it’s not just a zombie book. I can’t wait to check it out.

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    It’s seriously more than just a zombie book! I hope you get to check it out soon!

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  9. Leslie S.
    1/16/2013

    OMG! Your book sounds amazing! I’m adding it to my Amazon wishlist right away!!!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    It really is a pretty amazing read!

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  10. Raina
    1/16/2013

    This sounds fantastic! I’ll be adding it to my TBR. Thanks for the review and the giveaway.
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by Raina. It’s so good!

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  11. Carl
    1/16/2013

    This sounds like a great genre mix. I keep hearing about how cool it is.Please enter my name in the draw to win a copy. Thanks.

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    It is def. a fantastic read. Good luck Carl.

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  12. Martha
    1/16/2013

    I love twists and turns!
    So weird though because I don’t usually read zombie books but how this one is described my book junkie brain started “MUST READ NOW! MUST READ NOW!”
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    You absolutely need to read this now! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. kimbacaffeinate
    1/16/2013

    I am a little over 50% done reading this ..and its awesome!
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Right?! It’s so good! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it Kim!

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  14. kimbacaffeinate
    1/16/2013

    I am about 50% done and loving it!
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  15. Holly Underhill
    1/16/2013

    Although I don’t read a lot of zombie novels, this looks really interesting!

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    Totally worth the read.

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  16. Great Review! I am not going to lie I was a little iffy but you have turned me to the not so iffy side of things. Plus Zombies have become something I am enjoying reading more now :D
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    I hope you get to read this one Tiff. It’s so good!

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  17. Monica C.
    1/16/2013

    Seems like a lovely book. I would love to read and review it, too.
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    I hope you get to read it soon!

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  18. Bonnie Hilligoss
    1/16/2013

    Wow, this looks really interesting and just my kind of book, plus it’s Vol.1, meaning there will be more – yea!!! The prize pack is awesome, too – thanks for the giveaway!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    I can’t wait to see what the “more” is going to be! Good luck!

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  19. Grace Lo
    1/17/2013

    EEK! I love zombie books, and this sounds perfectly AMAZING! I can’t wait to pick this up!
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    I hope you get to read it soon! It is such a great read.

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  20. Filia Oktarina
    1/17/2013

    I still haven’t read zombie books, to scared to read them. But this book look interesting, i wanna try to read this book. I just hope not have a nightmare when i finished reading. LOL.

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    omg You need to check it out! Especially since it’s more than just zombies!

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  21. Tia
    1/17/2013

    Count me in for the zombie apocalypse!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Woot!

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  22. Bookish Brunette
    1/17/2013

    OMG! So EVERYONE is talking about how AMAZING this book is! I’m going to start it as soon as the tour is over!!
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    I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! It really is an amazing book! Thanks for setting up this tour! If it weren’t for it, I never would have discovered this book!

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  23. Samantha D
    1/17/2013

    TY for the awesome giveaway! :D Def downloading this book! :)

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  24. Kayla Prada
    1/18/2013

    I am really looking forward to reading this awesome book! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  25. Abby (Avie S.)
    1/18/2013

    thank you..:D
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  26. Sherry
    1/18/2013

    I love the cover and the review was very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  27. daph
    1/19/2013

    I am SO in the reading mode for this book!!!!

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  28. Brittany Utley
    1/20/2013

    OMGOSH! This Giveaway is Totally Awesome!

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  29. Lisa Vazquezanzua
    1/21/2013

    This one sounds really good. The cover is spooking looking but I like it:) Thank you for a great giveaway!!

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  30. Holly B
    1/22/2013

    This book sounds GREAT, ladies! Just the kind of thing I like. Would love to win this!

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  31. Armando Read
    2/3/2013

    Thank for the giveaway! The book sounds good for me *-*

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