Book Review: Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle

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Book Review: Donners of the Dead by Karina HalleDonners of the Dead by Karina Halle
Published by Metal Blonde Books on February 24th 2014
Genres: Horror, zombie
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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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*** Purchase:


Ok, so I know a lot of people are getting really tired of zombie books. It’s hard to come out with a new idea about flesh eating monsters, and yet Karina Halle does it and she does it fabulously!

Firstly I went into this thinking this was a zombie book or something quite similar and I recommend getting that out of your mind. It’s totally not the norm, the plot is completely different from any zombie book and although it is in the genre of zombies I would describe it more as a horror. There are flesh eaters, blood and guts everyone, and definitely some intense moments but what made this for me was not all of that awesome stuff, but the characters.

I have to say, I like Jake from the get go. He’s so a man’s man. He’s gruff and doesn’t care what others think. When Eve meets the party heading into the mountains I immediately noticed an appeal about him that just grew throughout the plot. He’s mysterious though and has a few secrets!

The plot, as I said above, is fabulous. Very different. Things were coming from left field but they made sense with the overall story. The tone was very horror driven even when I didn’t know what in the hell I was worried about!My heart was palpitating and I was all breathing hard and the intensity was just ratcheting up! Nothing had even happened and I was all freaked out!

And of course, last but certainly not least, Karina Halle’s writing is freaking phenomenal. I love her imagination and have not been disappointed in her books to date. The grace she writes with, even while writing fantastical horror, is amazing. I’m totally a fan, but even if I were not I would still have loved this!

The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with). 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. Author Links:




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