Karina Halle: Donner’s 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***
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.
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Krystle’s 4.25 Star Review
When Karina writes, I read. Really, it’s as simple as that. Although I have seen my share of zombie movies a “zombie book” isn’t something I would normally go searching for to read but since Karina wrote it, I dove right in and I was not disappointed.
DoTD is the perfect mixture of historical romance and horror. Cowboys and Indians meet Flesh-Eating Monsters. It is very different than anything I have ever read before and I absolutely loved the change of pace. Every single book that Karina writes blows me away and Donners of the Dead was no exception. The story was intriguing, kept me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning and scared the living daylights outa me a few different times.
Karina’s writing is so solid in absolutely everything that she puts out there. One thing I have discussed with others on a few different occasions is how everything she writes seems like a movie playing out right in front of you. Somehow her words transform into the clearest picture as soon as I read them and in my opinion this takes true talent. She isn’t overly descriptive or wordy but still somehow her words paint the absolute perfect pictures in my mind.
Karina also has a gift for writing characters that I can’t help but fall in love with. They are always flawed and quirky and I just love that about them. In DotD we are introduced to two main characters Jake and Eve. My thoughts on Jake are that he is somewhere in between a complete jackass or one of the swooniest mofos around. I couldn’t decide whether I wanted Eve to smack him around or rip of his clothes and jump on him. Eve also had me torn…for the most part I loved her but at times I wanted to shake her and yell at her to stick up for herself! These two have some awesome interactions and it is really fun to watch their bickering in spite of the creepy gore fest all around them.
All in all I’d give this one 4.25 Stars – It took me by surprise and although it wasn’t my favorite Karina book I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to switch up their normal reading routine or looking for a good scare.
Thanks for another great read Karina, you sure know how the scare the hell outa me! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next!