Monday, February 24, 2014

REVIEW: Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle

                                                 Donners of the Dead

Blurb: ***A Standalone Horror Romance coming February 2014***

A note about this book: Donners of the Dead is set in 1851 – couples were often thrust into marriage together with short courtships, racism was widespread and not overly frowned upon, and women had little to no rights. What wouldn't fly in today's day and age was unfortunately the norm back then - it is worth keeping that in mind when reading this book.

Jake McGraw was unlike anyone I’d ever known. He was brash, rude, unapologetic and arrogant; chauvinistic, close-minded, and terribly stubborn. He was built like a tree, tall with a hard chest and wide shoulders and hands that looked like they could wrestle a bear. He was a cigar-chomping, scruffy-faced, beast of a man. I was pretty sure I hated him. And I know he hated me. But among the flesh-eating monsters in these snow-capped mountains, he was the only thing keeping me alive 

The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw.

What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term “monster.” While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization.

***This is NOT New Adult***

My Review

First let me start off by saying two things: 1) I normally don't read anything considered historical. Not sure why but it's just not my thing. 2) I also tend to stay away from Horror stories, I prefer romance. Those two things being said I ADORE anything written by Karina Halle and even though this book is obviously not something I would normally go for.

 I gave it a chance and like any other Karina Halle book I have read, I LOVED it. *BEWARE* Fan-girling here for a second. Karina's writing is so fluid and just pulls you in instantly. In everything I have ever read by her, I see myself there. I experience the story. Whether it be the rush, cons and steamy scenes it T.A.T or scared out of my mind in the E.I.T and Devil's Metal Series, I feel like I am there experiencing ever single thing! I know going in that even if the story is primarily focused on other things aside from romance, like in this story, that I am going to enjoy the ride. 

I have to say I liked Eve instantly. She followed her instincts and her heritage. She trusted her senses and they never let her down. It is prefaced that there is some racism in this story, and there is, but not as much as I assumed there would be. Eve is considered a halfbreed, half white and half Indian. Like her father she is considered a tracker, her sense of smell alone saves this girl for real. That blew my mind, but I believe it possible. She is asked to go on this journey in search of the Donner family who were lost in the mountains and then the rescue team that was sent out never returned except for one lone man. She knew instantly that something wasn't right but agreed to go. 

Jake is a bit of an asshole. But that being said I understand why he is hardened but it is easy to see that just because he is an ass, doesn't mean he won't stop harm coming for anyone in his team if he can help it. They go into the mountains in search of one thing, but find something so unexpected it is almost unbelievable if they hadn't witnessed it with their own eyes. 

This story kept me on the edge of my seat. Waiting to see what would happen next. This is a horror story, but for those leery of reading because of that alone, there is also romance. But remember when survival is forefront in your mind who has time for love. It's all about getting out alive. Finding yourself and love is just a bonus

5 STARS!!!


About the Author:

With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term "Hybrid Author." Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she's a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA...whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.

Karina is represented by Scott Waxman of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.

Twitter: MetalBlonde

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