Review & Giveaway: Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle

February 27, 2014 Book Reviews, Book Tour 1 ★★★★

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review & Giveaway: Donners of the Dead by Karina HalleDonners of the Dead by Karina Halle
Published by Self Published on February 24, 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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***A Standalone Horror Romance coming February 2014***

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***


It is no secret that I love all things Karina Halle. So I was all over the idea of a historical zombie romance as long as she was writing it! I was hooked from the beginning. Eve and Jake were different from your typical characters, the setting was remote and terrifying, and the zombies … *shudders*.

I liked Eve from the very start. Set in the 1800’s she was a strong woman for her situation. With her mother being “sick” and her father gone, presumed dead, her raising fell to her uncle. And with her being not a blood relation to the man, he did the minimum to care for her. She wasn’t mistreated, but she wasn’t given the same opportunities as her cousin. So any knowledge she had, she had through her own will. She isn’t a pushover. So when some strange men come to town seeking her out because she is a good tracker, her uncle jumps all over the chance to rent her out and make some money.

In the group on men, you are instantly drawn to Mr. Growly, soon to be known by his name, Jake. It is obvious from the beginning he has some issues he is going to have to work through before things blossom between him and Eve. But from the start he is attracted to her, even as much as he doesn’t want to be. This inner turmoil causes him to be less than pleasant to be around for a while.

Of course, being thrown together in a survival situation for days, being attacked by zombies, people dropping around them like flies, causes them to rely on each other and the attraction hits like a ton of bricks. But like any good horror story, once they admit their mutual attraction, will they live to pursue it?

Because … ZOMBIES. Oh geez. I love to be scared, and that is the reason I started reading Halle’s books, and Donners did not disappoint. The monsters were some of the scariest I’ve read in a while. And for some reason Halle has a thing against bathrooms. No, there are no bathrooms in the 1800’s, but there are outhouses …

creepy bathroomYeah. I don’t think I can ever go to an outhouse again. Thanks. *shudders*

Donners of the Dead is not for the faint of heart, but if you read during the day, with the lights on, you will be fine. I enjoyed this historical horror romance immensely, and I think you will too.

Check out the rest of the tour here!

Tour wide giveaway

Open to US and Canada

(All to 1 winner): Signed paperbacks of Donners of the Dead, The Devil’s Metal and The Devil’s Reprise plus a tote bag AND a one-page handwritten story about the winner in a fight with a zombie!

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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, Smut, The Artists Trilogy, Heat Wave and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her rescue pup and her husband Scott Mackenzie, who co-wrote Rocked Up with her. That’s right. It’s like the book SMUT come to life! This is their first venture as a writing team. A lot of music was played. A lot of laughs were had. A lot of sex was…put in the book!

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One Response to “Review & Giveaway: Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle”

  1. Giselle

    I love zombie books too! And I had no doubt that Karina could write a fantastic one. The characters sound perfectly flawed and brilliantly written! I can’t wait to start this one myself! 😀

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