Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Review: Harvester by Rachel Russell
I had not heard of Harvester before so when I was asked to take part in the cover reveal and possibly review the book I had to do a little research first. After finding out more I quickly replied with a yes for the review.
Harvester is quick to introduce us to Catalina and the trouble she gets into. Catalina lives with her brother, Evan, in Micerum, a city hidden under the United States to protect the Mages from being discovered by the Mundanes. Catalina is caught trying to smuggle fairy elixir back home to help save Kit, a kitsume that was rescued by her parents. It is thanks to Kit, that Catalina is a witness to a murder and kidnapping, and also has her life saved by Will. Between Will and Una, Catalina's friend who has her own dodgy dealings, Catalina finds herself caught in the middle of a hunt for a fairy, kidnapping of fae royalty, and being persecuted by Marshal Sycamore.
Marshal sycamore is an ass, plain and simple, and he will not leave Catalina alone, convinced she knows more than she actually does. In the human world his actions would definitly be classed as stalkerish, and every time he makes an appearance I wanted to punch him in the face.
Harvester was a quick read, that I managed to finish in a few hours once I had time to sit and concentrate on reading it. I really enjoyed falling into the world that Rachel has created with its unique worlds, people, and abilities. While I didn't like a few characters, Catalina was someone who I instantly liked, and rooted for her throughout the entire book. I felt sorry for her having to deal with the things she does, living with her brother who I felt didn't really pay too much attention to her or want to spend time with her.
Throughout Harvester there are a few hints about Catalina's ability and how 'special' she is, I would like to see where her ability gets her and what else she is capable of doing, especially since no-one has ever heard of someone like her before.