This book is EVERYTHING! I have been reading creepy reads for a long time and The Last Harvest tops my favorites of ALL.TIME!!! Yes it is that good!!
RThis book is EVERYTHING! I have been reading creepy reads for a long time and The Last Harvest tops my favorites of ALL.TIME!!! Yes it is that good!!
Right from the beginning Liggett throws her readers into a story filled with dark and scary elements. From the breeding barn, wheat fields, and Preservation Society you can just feel the sinister smoke following Clay around. It was AMAZING!! I don't think any other story has been this way and I loved it!
The story itself was dark and had a religious tone throughout, but it wasn't too heavy handed and I honestly liked the way it was woven throughout the story. It plays a huge part in the overall plot, but the author didn't let it get too preachy which I appreciated. It felt right inside the story and I don't think it would have worked otherwise. There is one part that's a bit aggressive and bothered me, but I am guessing the author chose to throw that particular scene in to show how bad the church was and it's thinking. Not quite sure why it was necessary, but I am grateful it was only one scene and the author chose to move on.
Clay was a great character. He was flawed, but he just wanted to help his family after his fathers gruesome death. That's another thing I liked about this, Liggett didn't throw all the gory at you at one time she let things build. Like with Clay's dads death, you know it was gruesome, but she only throws bits and pieces (okay that's a bit gross if you have read the story you will understand...ick) at you and you don't really see the full picture until later in the story. I liked this because I felt like the story was building into something spectacular and I was right. Okay back to the characters, Clay was awesome. I think the played his part right and didn't come across as too good or too bad. He tried to be the man of the house, but when you are seventeen and well things beyond your control start happening one can't expect to be perfect. I appreciated that he stood his ground throughout and he did the best he could.
I also liked the town feel. Like I said this author painted a great picture for her thriller and this small town was a great addition. It sounds cliche, but it worked and she did a great job weaving in the history to show why this town was the way it was. It all just really worked!
I honestly can't think of one thing I would change and for me that's rare. The pacing, flow, writing, characters, setting, and plot were all key pieces to this masterpiece and they all pulled their own weight. Side note I would love to see this on the big screen!!
My favorite part was the ending!!! OMG! I don't think I have ever been as surprised at an ending before! I won't spoil anything, but let me just say Kim Liggett has become my now go to author for creepy!! I loved the way she chose to end The Last Harvest and I won't lie I had nightmares last night about that ending!! SO.MUCH.FUN!! If you love creepy thrillers this book is definitely for you!!!!!!!!...more
Imagine if your parents were the couple from the Mr. & Mrs. Smith movie. You know the one with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie?? That's who Reagan haImagine if your parents were the couple from the Mr. & Mrs. Smith movie. You know the one with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie?? That's who Reagan has as parents and she is expected to follow in their secret agency footsteps. Only Reagan isn't so sure she wants to live that kind of life after falling for the boy next door.
I've seen this premise in quite a few books lately and I won't lie I am intrigued by them all and have liked most of them that I have read. This one however just missed the mark for me. From the get go Reagan wasn't tough enough. She states several times throughout the story that she has all this training, but we really don't get to see her stone cold side. Yes she fights a few fights, but in the end she failed to show that she was capable enough to handle dangerous situations. That was one part that bugged me immensely. I didn't mind that she questioned her future, in fact I liked it, but I didn't buy she was this child prodigy and that the agency couldn't wait for her to come of age. Her decisions weren't great and she disregarded orders multiple times and put others in danger including someone who had to right to be there. I was frustrated to say the least.
I actually liked the romance in this one. I am a sucker for the boy next door/best friend line. What I didn't like was what Reagan did after her and Luke's big moment. I understood what she was trying to do, but what she did was unforgivable in my opinion and I almost threw the book out the window when that chapter hit. Communication is huge and I just wish she would have trusted her gut to at least tell him a bit about her life. I know it was all hush hush, but come on. That whole scene wasn't needed after chapters and chapters of her pinning for him and all the talk about her goosebumps when he was around. If she could put a stop to things so fast, why even go down that road to begin with. I would have rather watched her avoid anything personal from the get go then read what she did.
Those were my major gripes. I still have a few minor ones, but I can live with the others. Those two not so much. This story ends not really in a cliff hanger, but you know there is more to come and I will read the next installment. I am hoping to see Reagan gain some fierceness and I think she did by the end after the devastation that happened. I am also hoping the agency either kicks her out or lets her take part because this whole on the outskirts thing is a bit annoying. They said she was the best, but yet they won't listen to her. Frustrating!! So much of this book was frustrating!! Compared to other books I have read with this same plotline this one doesn't stand out which is a shame because it had great potential....more