The Last Harvest
Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad's throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely Cattle Ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest.
Now, on the first anniversary of the Midland, Oklahoma slaughter, the whole town's looking at Clay like he might be next to go over ...more
Well, Kim Liggett sure doesn’t mess around. That was my first thought after finishing The Last Harvest, but only once I was recovered from feeling like I was thrown off a bridge thanks to that ending. This book might be published under a Young Adult imprint, but when it comes to delivering horror, it’s the real deal—no kid gloves here. To give fair warning, I would probably place this on the “older teen” spectrum, and if y ...more
Clay was such a relatable character and he was going through a lot. Sometimes I didn’t know if he was crazy or what was going on! And I loved that!
I also liked the thing going on between him and Ali but I felt their relationship was a little underdeveloped. I would have liked to have seen more scenes between them with deeper conversations or even flashbacks!
Other than that, ...more
Here's two things you probably need to know about Kim Liggett: 1) She writes about really creepy shit going down in large, ominous crop settings; and 2) She does a damn good job of it.
Instead of trying to "review" a book with a ton of potential to spoil stuff, I am going to ask myself questions about it and then answer them for you! See, horror and I don't always mix. I want to like them ...more
The nitty-gritty: The devil, teens and wheat fields collide in Liggett’s latest terrifying story.
Once again, Kim Liggett tackles the irresistible combination of teenagers and horror. In her debut Blood and Salt, she set her story in the corn fields. This time the story revolves around wheat fields (OK Kim what’s up with the crop stories??) and involves an age-old evil that is infiltrating a small Oklahoma town. While I enjoyed Kim’s first book, I can definitely see that she’s grown as a writer,...more
This was a suspenseful young adult horror novel with a fantastic autumn setting. Filled with football and harvesting, this would be an excellent book to read in the fall season. The teenage romance was an annoying distraction from the occult plot. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this folk horror novel.
Last Harvest starts with a few mysteries a year after a major ...more
Quick & Dirty: Suspense filled young adult horror novel that is equally creepy and terrifying.
Opening Sentence: People call this God’s country, but you can’t have God without the Devil.
Kim Liggett’s The Last Harvest is a young adult horror novel that kept me in suspense from beginning to end. There are some terrifying and creepy events that happen within the book but it wasn’t until the end that I was truly creeped out. I spent most of the novel try ...more
Genre: Young Adult Horror
The Last Harvest falls well within the young adult horror genre and incorporates vivid evil that is sure to give readers goosebumps. Having enjoyed the authors debut novel, Blood and Salt, I was very much looking forward to reading this one. Unfortunately, it didn’t necessarily hit me in the gut like her former book, but was still good none the less. I think this may be because I really couldn’t connect with the storyline, although I did ...more
I LOVED THIS BOOK. The Last Harvest was my introduction to Kim Liggett, and it was so good. I ordered this book when it was nominated for a 2017 Stoker Award, and it ended up winning!
This is a YA horror novel, and most of the others I've read have not really gone into full-out creepy territory like this one did. I felt like it was an excellent blend of teen drama and unsettling horror, and I imagine that's probably a di ...more
Seventeen-year-old Clay is not having a fun time in life. After the death of his father, weird stuff starts happening in Clay’s town. Either Clay is going insane, or his classmates are possessed by demons. (Personally, I vote for the demons. Have you ever met a teenager?) Clay is ...more
Clay is the main character and he has been dealing with a lot since his father died a year ago. ...more
*The other being Blood and Salt. Both owe a lot to the Children of the Corn, rural mi ...more
People call this God's country. But you can't have God without the Devil.
Clay Tate is almost eighteen. He's got big-time football colleges willing to give a poor Central-Oklahoma farm boy a full ride in exchange for playing ball, the chance of a lifetime when you come from such humble backgrounds as Clay.
The sixth American-born generation of an Irish immigrant family who came rushing for the land rush in 1889, Clay, as well as the other sons an ...more
Wow, this was a gory, creepy and fun story! It's the perfect mix of mystery and horror to keep the pages flying.
Clay's father did a horrible thing to the town last year. Once he was gone, Clay is now the man of the house. Between his mom's depression, Jess's rebellion and Noodle's young age - Clay is trying to get the harvest done, keep food on the table and the bills paid with not a lot of help in the house. But that' ...more
It's been a year since Clay's father died in a horrific way. Everyone thought he was crazy for what he'd done before he died.
Now Clay is starting to have some very disturbing nightmares and everyone in town seems to be acting strange.
He begins to wonder if he too is going crazy or maybe his Dad knew something evil was coming and died in an attempt to stop it.
Kim Liggett has a special talent when it comes to writing about farmers fields and cults. But I'm not complainin ...more
The story is told entirely in the main character POV; in that regard, we get to know Clay very well as he suffers through an endless series of supposed hallucinatio ...more
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 ...more
My ENglish review
It’s been a long time since I read a novel of this kind, a novel of anguish or even horror but it is always interesting to plunge back into this type of atmosphere. I had the opportunity to read some reviews before beginning the story and it was with pleasure that I saw that they were all positive even if several explained that for a YA novel, that it did not correspond to a youthful novel. I can understand that and it is true that I did not expect the story ...more
First off, I loved the ending! No spoilers, so I'll just say that it really packed a punch. It's the kind of ending that has you re-reading the last twenty pages or so to savor how everything turned out. Having said that, I was a little disappointed in the book as a whole. About 200 pages in, I started skimming a bit. There was just too much teenage angst for me - it's hard to figure out how seriously to take events whe ...more
This book is about a small town that gets stuck into an occult and cult-like practices, that most of them weren't even explained by the end of the book. It's about the devil trying to come back using an old pact the first settlers made with him, in exchange for the souls of their sixth generation.
It was very confusing, the romance drama was very out ...more
The perfect read for someone that is looking for a Halloween/Fall read about a really small town and a secret society that is ready to do anything to make sure everything will be ready for The Last Harvest.
After losing his father, Clay is struggling with keeping his family and their wheat farm afloat. His mom's mind is gone, Jess is acting out and he is having disturbing nightmares that could be related to his father's strange death.
This was a great dark tale about a secret society/cult in a ...more
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Kim Liggett, originally from the rural midwest, moved to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She's the author of Blood and Salt, Heart of Ash, The Last Harvest (Bram Stoker Award Winner), The Unfortunates, and The Grace Year. Kim spends her free time studying tarot and scouring Manhattan for rare vials of perfume and the perfect egg white cocktail. ...more