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Waiting On Wednesday (117) The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

| Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 15 comments |
Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly blog post hosted by Breaking The Spine where readers showcase which books they are highly anticipating. This week I'm turning my spotlight on The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury .

Expected Publication:
February 25, 2014 from Scholastic Press



Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.


However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

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Why Am I Waiting?
I don't read many Fantasies, especially those with a heavy romantic element to the story but I think I'll have to make an exception for The Sin Eater's Daughter. Twylla sounds like such a complex character and I want to know desperately what the stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice is. February definitely needs to hurry up and arrive so I can get my greedy hands on this one that's for sure!
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Since I'm curious, Have you heard of The Sin Eater's Daughter before? 
If so, Do you plan on reading it?

Sound off in the comments below. I love to read your responses. 
That about wraps up my Waiting On Wednesday for this week. Feel free to leave a link to your Wednesday memes in the comments below, I love finding new books to read. Like what you see? Please share!

Zurvival Saturday (112) Review: Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle

| Saturday, November 22, 2014 | 0 comments |

Have you ever read a book that was a great idea in concept, yet lacking something in execution? Donners of the Dead was sort of like that for me. Was it a good book? Yes. Did I enjoy it? Sure. I guess in the end that's really all that matters. However, if you would like to hear more about what I thought, feel free to read on.

Author: Karina Halle
Genre: Horror, Paranormal
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Publication Date: February 23, 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.


Review
One of the best things about the Horror genre is the fact that the creativeness of the Authors who write it continue to surprise even a die hard fan of the genre like myself.  

Without giving it away, Donners of the Dead isn't just about the Donners themselves like the name suggests but does take place in and around where they were last seen. I really enjoyed how the Author combined the Donner's demise with that of the quest that ultimately lands Eve and her best friend Avery in danger. 

Speaking of Eve, I really liked her character. Considering the time period Eve was free thinking, strong and brave. Eve wasn't content to sit demurely by the wayside while all the men did everything. Instead, she'd get right in the trenches along side them and pull her fair share. Avery on the other hand was an almost unnecessary character for me. Sure, he played the role of best friend to Eve dutifully but for me, he didn't really bring that much to the table beyond that. Now Jake, woah boy, he was everything I wanted in a no good cowboy and then some. Not to mention some of the scenes between him and Eve near the end left me searching for an ice pack.  They were H-O-T, Hot and this is coming from someone who doesn't care for romantic entanglements in the least usually. 

Lastly, I really loved how glued in I became to the story. I read Donners of the Dead in barely an afternoon and that's only because I had to stop and get some actual work done for the day, lol. Had I read this on a weekend I'd probably have finished it in 2-3 hours tops. 

Now although I did like Donners of the Dead and definitely enjoy Karina Halle's writing style, one thing did bug me enough that I thought I should mention it was the ending. While the story does have resolution it just wasn't as I was expecting. I was hoping for some grand reason why all these people had turned into crazed monsters, maybe even a puppet master behind it all (such as Eve's Uncle) but the explanation we ultimately are given just sort of felt lackluster considering. I was expecting a big "Ah Ha" moment but instead I just sort of went "Huh, that's it?". Disappointing indeed.

Final Thoughts
Karina Halle took the story of the Donners (which was already gruesome in its own right) and made it even more upsetting and terrifying by adding zombie like creatures, Indian Folklore and treasure seeking bandits to the mix. I definitely recommend picking up Donners of the Dead and giving it a go, especially if you like Horror Fiction set in the past. 

With that being said, I'll be rating Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle  ★★★★.

 *Copy purchased.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in an which way  for providing them.

About this author
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and rock music journalist and the USA TODAY bestselling author of Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Experiment in Terror and other wild and romantic reads. She lives in a 1920's farmhouse on a bucolic 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.

Karina is represented by the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.

Follow Karina: Goodreads / Website / Twitter

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Out of curiosity, Have you read Donners of the Dead? 
What other historical moment would you like to see zombiefied?

 Leave me your answers in the comments below or feel free to tweet me them @Hermyoni  

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