Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle Review by Sarah

Posted February 28, 2014 by Erin in Reviews / 0 Comments

Donners of the Dead Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle Review by Sarahby Karina Halle
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four-half-stars
Genres: Fiction, Horror

***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***

4.5 stars! I loved this thrilling, creepy, historical tale! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.Donners of the Dead is set in 1851, during a time when pioneers are still afraid to travel the same route in California where the tragic Donner party had died years earlier. In comes Eve Smith, an 18 year old native of the area, who is hired by a group of rough and tough cowboys as a tracker. This party is led by the chauvinistic, mysterious former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw. Little does Eve know that she’s about to embark on a terrifying adventure beyond her wildest imagination. photo DonnersoftheDead3_zpsa19aebe7.jpg“I’m not a savage.” He smiled handsomely and with a shake of his head said, “No, you aren’t. And you’re not a lady either. I reckon you just might be perfect.”Jake was such an ass, and I couldn’t get enough of him! He’s rough, burly, manly, and sexy as hell. I loved Eve’s character as well. She’d led a lonely, isolated life and had already been dealt more than her fair share of death and sadness. She was such a strong, courageous heroine. photo DonnersoftheDead2_zps98fa6816.jpgNot long into their journey in this dangerous, wintery terrain, the group begins to encounter the ‘monsters’ who have taken over. Cannibalism is the horror they face, and one by one their party is picked off. photo DonnersoftheDead_zps18316d3a.jpgThrough all of the horror, Eve slowly begins to trust Jake, and their interesting relationship progresses. I loved how they truly had to depend on each other in order to escape this unbelievably terrifying nightmare that had become their reality. Cannibalism and the deeply disturbing unknown weren’t the only monstrosities they faced. Jake and Eve were tested many different times in deeply disturbing ways, yet their true north was found in each other, and was what kept them alive. There were some very sexy, raw moments between these two amazing characters.

I went through so many emotions while reading this! It’s official. I will read ANYTHING Karina Halle writes. She’s brilliant, and everything she produces is interesting, fresh, unique and sucks me right in! I’m a fan for life.

 

About Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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