Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Review: The Devil's Metal by Karina Halle

  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 9/20/2012
  • Source: eBook provided by the author for review
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It’s the summer of 1974 and 21-year old Dawn Emerson has only three things she wants to do: compete one last time in the Ellensburg Rodeo, win back her ex-boyfriend Ryan, and become the best damn music journalist at Central Washington University. But all her plans are left in the dust when she’s contacted by Creem magazine to go on the road with one of her favorite groups, the up-and-coming metal band, Hybrid.

At first the assignment reads like a dream come true. Not only will Dawn land some much-needed credibility as a female music journalist, but she’ll finally get to experience life from the other side of the stage, and maybe crack the drunken, enigmatic code that is guitarist Sage Knightly. Instead, Dawn finds herself on an aging tour bus filled with ego-maniacs, band politics and a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. When monsters start showing up in dressing rooms and some of Sage’s groupies become increasingly strange and dangerous, Dawn discovers the band is not only going places – they’re going straight to Hell.

And Dawn has a backstage pass.
The Devil's Metal is the first book in a two-part New Adult Horror/Paranormal Romance and very (very!) loosely based on the author's exploits as a music journalist. Hell comes in different forms.
 
My Thoughts

This is the first book by Karina Halle I have read, and will definitely not be the last. Her writing is fantastic and draws you right into the world she had created. She makes you feel like you know the characters on a personal level. I felt very invested in the characters and what would happen to them. I loved how the creep factor wasn't totally in your face, but popped in here and there and leaves you with a sense of wondering when things were going to crumble!! You don't know if Dawn is just going a little crazy and imagining things, or if the strange things happening are real. The story immersed me to the point where I didn't want to put this book down.

Dawn is a character that you can't help but really like. She knows what she wants and will work hard to get it. She's all for fun and partying too, but she keeps her head about things. When given the opportunity of a lifetime to tour with her favorite band and possible have her story on the cover of a magazine she is all about it. She learns very quickly that things are not as awesome as they seem. I give her props though. Even when things start to get crazy and anyone else would run, she stays. She won't run away. She will get the story she came there to get. Even with the crazy groupies who seem to have it out for her, and she suspects there is something not right about them, she pushes on.

The band was so intriguing. I could really imagine them. Through the writing I could almost feel the music and the vibe they throw off. Each of them has such a different personality and I wanted to know more about all of them. I wanted their story, how they came to be in the band, why they acted like they did. Even the ones who I didn't care for much. I just felt like I had to get to know them.

Now the story is amazing. It leaves you going WTF? at times and other times sending chills up your spine. I loved the concept of it and though that the way Karina Halle weaved the story together was amazing. What could have come off as cheesy was done better than I could have though a story like this could be. It keeps you frantically turning pages wondering if evil will win. Will the romances last? Will they survive this? Will the band fall apart? You need to know these answers. It's like an ache and it won't go away. I don't really know what else to say without giving away any of the story, so I will just tell you that I was so lost in this world and I can't wait for more!! If you are looking for a creepy book with hot guys, crazy situations, and steamy romance, you should definitely pick this one up!!



21 comments:

  1. Ooh so cool I just got this one last week and I hadn't looked at ANY reviews for it so this is good! And this is your first by Karina? You have to read the Experiment in Terror series. I only read the first but I'm 100% sure you'll love it! I hear the series gets freaking epic too (Like a MILLION people said that! A MILLION, AMY!!!)

    Dawn definitely sounds like a protag I will like. I love brave, smart chicks in creepy books and dude, just the fact that it's creepy=I'm there!! :D Which I have to say, I had no idea this was a thriller/creepy type of read. From my glance at the blurb (you know I never read those things) and the cover I was thinking contemporary about a musician or something.

    Anyways, fab review, love!

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    1. Yes!! It's creepy, but not too much. It's more like a WTF type creepy. It's like a contemporary with some scary stuff thrown in just to up the awesome factor!

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  2. This sounds so freaking good. I have had my eye on it for a while. I saw a few people compare it to Almost Famous which is one of my favorite movies ever. That mixed with the creep factor sounds so cool! Dawn sounds awesome too. Fantastic review!

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    1. You should totally read it!! I think you would like it.Andrea liked it too and we all have similar taste in books. This reads mostly like a contemporary with a little extra!! ;)

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  3. I really liked Devil's Metal. Totally reminded me of a supernatural version of Almost Famous. So happy you liked it. Great review!

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    1. It was really good!! I'm glad that I read it.

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  4. I'm glad you liked this. I probably read it at some point. I like karina's style.

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    1. I really like her writing. I will definitely read more of her books.

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  5. Wooo, love the way you describe the book. I love awesome writing that pulls me in. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. This book sounds really fun! Great review!

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  7. Ooh I'm so glad you liked this one! I haven't read any Karine Halle books, but I probably should soon! Ooh and YAY for predictability and MUSIC STUFF! That entire paragraph about the band just totally hooked me! As the singer, WHERE DO I GET THIS BOOK? ;)

    Awesome review as usual, Amy-buns! ;) (Thought I would try it out. Amy-buns. I can't add an extra "y" to your name since it already ends with a y, so I have to get creative here ;))

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    1. This one is adult, I know that doesn't bother you just thought you should know. There is a lot of profanity, drug use, sex, you know... rockstar stuff! Lol!! Amy-buns is awesome!!

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  8. Hmmm....didn't know this one. Thanks for sharing.

    Valerie

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    1. I have the first few books in Karina Halle's Experiment in Terror series, but hadn't read any. I really like her writing so I will have to read those ones soon.

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  9. I hadn't even heard of this yet but it sounds different and very cool! I think I would be a bit afraid the horror might be too much for me but maybe not.
    Fantastic review!

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    1. It's not a lot of horror. It's more creepy at times than really scary.

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  10. I agree. It definitely has an Almost Famous vibe. I loved this book and I'm glad you and so many others are noticing it! Yay! You made my day today with this review. :)

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    1. It does have the Almost Famous vibe. I thought this was fantastic. I will be reading more of her books for sure!!

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  11. This really isn't my *type* of book. I'm super picky when it comes to thrillers and new adult books. I'm glad you enjoyed this one though. It sounds like there's a lot of great characters. Plus, who doesn't like a lot of wtf-moments? Lol.

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