**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
After reading the synopsis, I was really interested in reading this book. I am a HUGE Karina Halle fan and this was so different from anything she has written before. Not only was it a historical romance, but it also had zombies, action, and romance.
Eve is a half Native American and half Caucasian girl in 1851; she doesn't fit in with either one. One day five men come knocking on her uncle's door looking for her. They will pay a good chunk of money to have Eve come with them because of her tracking skills. I really liked Eve; I found her to be brave. She didn't show the fear she was feeling on the outside and I admired that.
I didn't like Jake much in the beginning of the story. He was rude and racist towards Eve. Of course, after hearing what happened to his family, I understood why he was like that towards Eve and he started to grow on me. I loved seeing him and Eve protect and learn to trust each other in the middle of the craziness going on around them.
I enjoyed some of the other side characters, but not others. Avery was one of my favorite. I loved his relationship with Eve and how he was there to protect her as much as he could. Hank was creepy and I didn't Isaac from the moment I met him.
I love how Karina intertwined the fictional world of Donners with what happened with the Donner party. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw how the zombies in this story were not the stereotypical shuffling and moaning zombies. The descriptions were pretty gross and gruesome, but I loved that.
Overall, I really enjoyed all the elements in this story. It had history, action, romance, and, of course, the human-eating zombies. I loved the fast-pace, action, and romance. I highly recommend you give this book a try.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
I love history, and, obviously, I love reading. Therefore, any book that can successfully combine any kind of historical event with some brand of fiction is something I think is amazing. The synopsis of this story promised all that, along with some action, horror, and romance. And let me just say, it lived up to all my high expectations!
I really liked Eve, the main character. As a half-Indian girl in the 1850s, she was looked down upon by most of society, and treated like she was inferior to pretty much everyone. However, Eve didn’t let this get her down, and she was pretty bold, in a totally believable way. I loved how Eve found ways to learn the things she wanted to know. Also, I thought that making her tracking abilities a huge part in their journey through the mountains was great.
The side characters were really interesting. Avery was a very good friend to Eve, and I liked the fact that he didn’t treat her as less than an equal. I loved that he taught her things, and I really felt their friendship. Eve’s love interest, Jake, was always interesting, although I definitely agreed when Eve found him unlikable in the beginning. However, he had a really great backstory, and the relationship between himself and Eve was really nice to watch unfold, because he treated her as his equal, and overcame some of his prejudices. I thought Isaac was horrible, and Hank was even more so. I liked how Tim had many different motives, and the fact that his character was different from how he was portrayed in the beginning of the story made me appreciate the author’s ability to develop characters.
The plot of this novel was great. Intense, fast-paced, and action-packed throughout, it followed Eve as she set out on a tracking expedition with five strange men, looking for the uncle of one of these strangers. There were zombies, battle scenes, and characters who weren’t so good. The book combined a bit of history regarding the Donner party, some romance, and horrible cannibalistic creatures that used to be men. I loved it, and I couldn’t stop reading.
Overall, I thought that this was a really great and unique read. Eve was a wonderful heroine, because she was brave even when she didn’t want to be. The atmosphere was great, and full of creepy parts that I loved. The plot was interesting, and uncovering the motivations behind the characters was fun. I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a bit of horror, action, and some great romance.