Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Review: Harvester by Rachel Russell

Title: Harvester
Author: Rachel Russell
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Publication Date: 17th March 2014

Tell Me About It
Sixteen-year-old Catalina has never seen the sky. As a mage, it’s illegal for her to leave the underground city she lives in. The sun and moon are only fantastical stories of a land far away. So when Catalina stumbles upon a tunnel leading to the surface, she can’t resist the temptation to see the surface world.

But instead of enjoying a night beneath the stars for the first time, Catalina emerges upon the scene of a savage murderer harvesting faery body parts. She's nearly his next victim, but is rescued by a grim boy named Will who has a troubling connection to the killer.

Even more disquieting is Catalina’s criminal status upon returning home. Someone with political clout has framed her for the vicious slayings. Now on the run from the law, Catalina must uncover Will’s tie to the serial killing of faeries, as well as stop a bloodthirsty murderer to prove her innocence, or face a death sentence.
My Thoughts
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.

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