[Donners of the Dead + Karina Halle + Read Feb 2014 + 5★ + Favorite]
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.
[My Thoughts & Favorite Quotes]
SUSPENSE + FEAR + SEXUAL TENSION
"There are only monsters inside of angels and angels inside of monsters. Choose wisely."
✳ And I've just add one more book on my Favorite shelf!
✳ I loved Donners of the Dead and I'm not a zombie fan (well, I guess I am now). But I'm not surprised I liked it so much. Karina Halle is a great writer - she creates the strongest heroines and the scariest stories. If you are looking for a different paranormal romance, you should read Experiment in Terror!
✳ But back to Donners of the Dead... my first western zombie romance.
Eve Smith - confident + courageous + kind + sweet
I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't like her.
Jake McGraw - jerk + mysterious + playful + protecting + sexy
✳ Once I started to read, I couldn't stop. I was completely immersed in this gross and scary book.
"It lunged for me with skinny, outstretched fingers. I opened my mouth to scream but horror seized my throat and the monster seized my legs, its fingernails digging into my pants like claws. I rolled over onto my back and tried kicking at it. I got it once—hard—in the face, shattering its jaw. But its grip on my calves barely loosened and it dragged me toward its bloody, unhinged mouth that snapped open and shut like it was about to devour me whole."
How am I supposed to have a good night sleep?!
✳ The big stars of this book are the zombies, and the romance is a good complement to the story. After all, they (and us) deserve some happy and peaceful moments with so many creepy stuff going on.
"The son of a bitch had kissed me. It was quick and fast and nothing like I thought it would be, but he'd kissed me all the same.
I was glad he couldn't see the odd smile that found itself on my face."
✳ Just one more thing, the cover is GORGEOUS! Loved it.