Monday, February 24, 2014

NEW RELEASE: Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle

Karina Halle Donners of the Dead

Donners of the Dead
***A Standalone Horror Romance***

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***

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 4.5 Legendary Stars

What do cowboys, zombies, and romance have in common? –Nothing, you’re right about that.
But what do you get if you combine cowboys, zombies, and romance? –A new kick-ass book by Karina Halle.

Yes, she did it again. I don’t know how she’s doing it but she combines the unthinkable together and creates a piece of art. I was a bit skeptical at the beginning because come on, it’s not your everyday story reading about Indian legends, cowboys and zombies, nor can an author pull a great story out of these three ingredients. But she did; and she creeped me out as usual.

This novel has pieces in it from a true legend –no other than the Donner Party, which was a tragic event in American history during the winter of 1846-47; combined with Karina’s creative mind she wrote a mix of legend and fiction that exceeded my expectations. 

It’s Pre-Nevada Statehood, 1851
Eve, half native Indian and tracker, lives in the house of her uncle and aunt after her father mysteriously disappeared and soon after her mother stopped taking care of her.
Her life was about to change when some cowboys rode up to her uncle’s house looking for a tracker…more preciously, they were looking for Eve - she is the only half-native girl around.
The men are on a mission to go on an expedition, wanting to find the missing people from the Donners search party, who got lost 1yr ago in the Sierra Nevadas.

Among these men is Jake. He caught Eve’s attention: “black arched brows and sharp cheekbones, slim nose, broad, masculine jaw, and a trimmed beard.”

“If you asked someone to tell you what a ‘man’ was, I was certain he’d be their description.”

Eve agrees to join the expedition but little did she or the others know what’s truly hiding in the mountains.

And ladies, I was scared shitless. I was reading until 3am in the morning and paused several times because I thought I heard noises…you know, those horrible scratchy noises you so DON’T like in horror movies. So yeah, Karina succeeded to scare me yet again.

She’s this special way with words, building up your own anticipation and fear, putting your nerves on edge that makes you want to scream: “Get the hell out of here!! I was hooked to my kindle and never thought that a somewhat historical plot can consume my very thoughts.

Not only did she capture the action and historical aspects in the book but also the romance. She successfully recaptured, in my opinion, an unusual love story between two races that weren’t common/allowed in 1851. Their story felt real to me, as well their action, thoughts and spoken words.

Her plot, character development, content and originality was as usual flawless and made this standalone another hit for me. That’s the reason why her books or WIP are always, and I mean ALWAYS, on auto-click. With Karina, you barely have a book that is lacking on anything –another reason why I appreciate her. 

ARC kindly provide by author/Rock Star PR

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